Politics | 7/6/2015

Farmers the 'losers' as Chesapeake Bay pollution limits upheld

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2015 - An appeals court has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's limits on pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay, while acknowledging that the regulations will likely hurt farmers.

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Politics | 7/7/2015 4:56:24 PM

FDA pushed to delay trans fat phase-out

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2015 - House appropriators are pushing back on the Food and Drug Administration's efforts to remove trans fats from the food supply and reduce sodium consumption.
Politics | 7/6/2015 3:56:31 PM

Judge invalidates Maui ban on GE crops

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2014 -- A federal judge has ruled that federal and state law pre-empt a Maui County, Hawaii, ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops and that the ban is invalid.

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Politics | 7/6/2015 3:16:48 PM

Washington Week Ahead: House Republicans take aim at environmental rules

WASHINGTON, July 5, 2015 -Lawmakers head into the final stretch before the August recess with a bunch of unfinished business, including fiscal 2016 appropriations bills, highway funding and the country-of-origin labeling law for meat.
Politics | 7/2/2015 3:46:46 PM

White House orders updated biotech regulatory process

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2015-- The White House issued an executive memorandum today requiring the USDA, EPA and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to update their strategy for regulating biotechnology products.
Politics | 7/2/2015 3:29:59 PM

As farmers flex social media muscles, food groups express fear

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 -- What happens when farmers start using social media and new communication strategies to tell their sides of the food production story? Apparently, they're starting to get under the skin of some food and environmental groups.
Politics | 7/2/2015 2:17:50 PM

Groups file complaint over EPA WOTUS rule

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2015 - A coalition of 12 groups from a wide variety of industries filed a complaint today against the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers over the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, claiming the new provision goes beyond the intentions of the Clean Water Act.
Politics | 7/2/2015 10:35:37 AM

Cargill pork assets acquired in $1.45 billion deal with JBS

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2014 - JBS USA Pork will purchase Cargill's U.S.-based pork assets in a $1.45 billion agreement, the companies said in a joint release.
Politics | 7/2/2015

EPA cooks up barbecue research

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2015 - Backyard grillers beware: That barbecue you are planning for the Fourth of July may be hazardous to your health!
Politics | 7/1/2015 4:22:44 PM

BRAC founder named 2015 World Food Prize Laureate

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder and chairman of BRAC - a 40-year old anti-poverty organization that focuses on empowering the poor, and in particular women and girls - was named the 41st World Food Prize Laureate Wednesday during a ceremony at the State Department in Washington, D.C.
Politics | 7/1/2015 3:28:42 PM

 Moving from fossil fuels to renewables 'at no net economic cost'?

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2015 -- The International Energy Agency argues that existing technology can halt the growth in the energy sector's global-warming carbon emissions by 2020 and do so without harming global economic growth.
Politics | 7/1/2015 11:43:45 AM

 EPAs Clean Water rule triggers flood of lawsuits

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - The lawsuits against the Obama administration's Clean Water Act rule are rolling in and look for more to come. Three groups of states filed lawsuits on Monday, the day the rule was published in the Federal Register.
Politics | 7/1/2015 11:37:32 AM

 RFS advocates give EPA an earful at Kansas City hearing

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - EPA traveled to the heart of corn country last week to gauge public sentiment on its recently announced plan for Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements through 2016. Agency officials certainly got an earful.
Politics | 7/1/2015 11:33:17 AM

 Farm bill choices boost cost estimate

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - The new farm bill will cost a little more than previously thought because of the surprisingly strong interest in the new Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program, economists say. But overall it appears that the programs are right in line with the average cost of commodity subsidies over the past decade.
Politics | 7/1/2015 11:26:01 AM

 Vilsack: Great momentum to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - Now that President Obama has signed a bill to put pending trade deals on the fast track, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the administration has great momentum to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and to generate more enthusiasm for a potential Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) deal with the European Union.
Politics | 7/1/2015 11:21:37 AM

 Will FDAs trans fat ban increase deforestation

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - Environmentalists are warning of a dark side to the Food and Drug Administration's new restrictions on trans fat. Requiring food manufacturers to transition away from oils high in trans fat could cause them to boost imports of palm oil, which Friends of the Earth says is a leading driver of rain forest destruction.
Politics | 7/1/2015 11:16:09 AM

 Rural side of highway bill debate examined at Congressional hearing

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - While the needs of the nation's rural transportation systems don't get nearly as much attention as their urban counterparts, they did have their day on Capitol Hill last week as part of a broader discussion over federal highway funding.
Politics | 7/1/2015 11:12:08 AM

 Cotton growers seek relief from limits on marketing loan gains

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - The fiscal 2016 agriculture appropriations bill that the House Appropriations Committee will take up after this week's recess would lift the $125,000-per-producer limit on marketing loan gains imposed by the 2014 farm bill. 
Politics | 7/1/2015 11:08:15 AM

Senators encourage unified federal policy on biomass

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015-A bipartisan group of senators led by Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., are urging the USDA, EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE) to uniformly recognize and support biomass energy as a sustainable and economically significant energy source.
Politics | 7/1/2015 11:08:13 AM

 How long will Florida growers be able to fight citrus greening?

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - As researchers continue testing potential solutions for citrus greening disease that is plaguing Florida's $10 billion fruit industry, more groves and packing houses are shutting down or consolidating.


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Keepseagle v. USDA :The Case Continues
Do you remember the class action litigation Keepseagle v. USDA claiming discrimination against Indian farmers and ranchers?


Bruce Knight

Climate Change: Scientific and Spiritual Matter
As I said last summer, there's no doubt in my mind that climate change is real.


Marshall Matz

Why Adesina's election is important for agriculture
In a surprise upset, Dr. Akinwumi (Akin) Adesina was elected to be the next President of the African Development Bank (ADB), defeating seven rivals in six rounds of voting.


Bruce Knight

Conservation Cuts: Precursor to Regulation?
I have long been a proponent of voluntary action as the best approach for addressing environmental concerns.


Wade Cowan

Food Security at the Heart of Soy Growth Plan
Judging by acreage and harvest trends over the past twenty years, there can be no doubt that soybeans-once considered to be a rotational crop for corn-centric operations-are now at the heart of an American farm renaissance.
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