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Politics | 7/29/2014 10:39:44 AM

Farmers can still flex muscles in mid-term elections

There are 36 Senate seats in play this year and 21 are held by Democrats like Hagan with 15 in the hands of the GOP
Politics | 7/22/2014 2:56:57 PM

 Grassley, Klobuchar seek DOJ review of Big Oil practices

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014 - Senators Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Amy Klobuchar, D- Minn., have asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to look into possible anticompetitive practices involving certain big oil companies.

Politics | 7/22/2014 10:17:31 AM

PACS pave the way for greater political influence in Rural America

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 - Shortly after the U.S. House of Representatives defeated the farm bill on June 20, 2013, Rep. Justin Amash, along with hundreds of business leaders
Politics | 7/22/2014 5:50:19 AM

Scott O'Malia to resign from CFTC

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014 -- Scott O'Malia is resigning from his position as a member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission effective
Politics | 7/22/2014 5:46:59 AM

Scott O'Malia to resign from CFTC

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014--The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced Monday that Commissioner Scott O'Malia will step down
Politics | 7/21/2014 4:30:09 PM

Washington Week Ahead, Focus on school food fight

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 - The food fight over nutrition requirements in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 will resume Wednesday when Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow holds a hearing
Politics | 7/18/2014 12:04:49 PM

 EPA releases proposal to protect Alaska¸s Bristol Bay from mining development

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2014 - EPA today issued a proposal to protect Bristol Bay in Alaska from development of large scale copper and gold mine. The agency says the operation, backed by Northern Dynasty Minerals and the Pebble Limited Partnership, would threaten
Politics | 7/18/2014 9:49:29 AM

USDA approves glufosinate-tolerant soybean

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2014— USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today approved a soybean genetically engineered to tolerate exposure to the herbicides
Politics | 7/18/2014 9:38:41 AM

USTR says negotiators worked 'productively' in latest T-TIP talks

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2014 - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman is offering an optimistic outlook on the sixth round of negotiations for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which ended today in Brussels, but he offered
Politics | 7/18/2014 9:26:13 AM

Calling experienced Hill reporters: Would you like to work for Agri-Pulse?

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2014 - Agri-Pulse Communications is looking for someone who is passionate about reporting on farm, food and rural policy issues and serving our growing readership. The ideal candidate should have
Politics | 7/18/2014

AFBF isn't buying EPA's defense of 'Waters of U.S.' proposal

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2014- Although EPA has been trying to ease controversy surrounding the agency's proposal to re-define (Waters of the United States) under the
Politics | 7/17/2014 9:35:21 PM

Food for Peace advocates celebrate 60 years of global dividends

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 - When President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Public Law 480 back on July 10, 1954, he was strongly motivated to help farmers deal with mounting surpluses
Politics | 7/17/2014 6:09:21 PM

EPA official admits RFS process taking longer than it should

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 - Speaking at NCGA's Corn Congress, EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe said the 2014 RFS rule is
Politics | 7/17/2014 3:49:05 PM

House passes conservation easement tax break

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 — The. House of Representatives passed a bill today that provides tax breaks for charitable giving, including an enhanced tax incentive for
Politics | 7/17/2014 3:09:26 PM

 USDA, DOE announce funding for biofuel feedstock improvement

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 - USDA and the Energy Department today announced the selection of 10 projects that are being awarded funding aimed at accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of
Politics | 7/17/2014 12:15:44 PM

 USDA makes available $13 million to aid organic certification

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 - USDA is making available $13 million in 2014 Farm Bill funding to partially reimburse farmers seeking certification
Politics | 7/16/2014 7:24:35 PM

CFTC official suggests 'do no harm' regulatory approach

NEW YORK, July 16, 2014 - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) would be best served if it uses 'do no harm' approach, Commission Scott O'Malia said in
Politics | 7/16/2014 4:13:01 PM

EPA defends 'Water' rule as House committee passes bill to halt it

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2014— The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a bill today that would invalidate the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)
Politics | 7/16/2014 3:13:43 PM

Roberts, Heitkamp back bill to help farmers in futures market

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2014 -The bill - dubbed the Risk Hedging Protection Act of 2014 - would give futures customers an additional day to provide payments to brokers to
Politics | 7/16/2014 4:56:51 AM

House approves short-term bill to keep Highway Fund afloat

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 - Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to approve H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, by a vote of 367-55, even though many
Politics | 7/15/2014 8:30:31 PM

EPA reassessing temporary grain storage structures

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014-- The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) is giving the EPA a pat on the back for its proposal to change the rule that governs how it deals with
Politics | 7/15/2014 7:25:53 PM

Corn, soybean crop ratings well above year ago

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 - The U.S. corn crop, the nation's biggest, continues to improve, with the fields in the best condition for this time of the growing season
Politics | 7/15/2014 10:32:28 AM

Farm leaders crave comfort and clout in new coalitions

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2014 - When David Graves was hand-picked from Sen. Thad Cochran's staff to lead the Rice Miller's Association in 1989, the U.S. congressional map was not his friend. The U.S. rice crop is primarily grown in just
Politics | 7/14/2014 4:27:59 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Focus on International Trade Talks

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2014 - Look for trade issues to make headlines this week as U.S. efforts continue to forge two major commercial treaties, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with 11 other Asia-Pacific nations, and the
Politics | 7/13/2014 2:31:17 PM

Organic foods have more antioxidants, U.K. study finds

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2014- Organic crops have higher levels of antioxidants associated with better health than conventional crops, according to a study led by scientists at Newcastle University
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