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Politics | 10/20/2014 11:28:48 AM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2014 - A World Trade Organization compliance panel has ruled against the United States and its amended country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules, raising the specter of retaliatory tariffs from Canada and Mexico.
Politics | 10/19/2014 4:49:30 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2014 - Food Policy Action, a group that formed in 2012 "to hold legislators accountable on votes that have an effect on food and farming," has released its latest scorecard for members of the 113th Congress.

Politics | 10/17/2014 1:10:31 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2014-USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today it has granted nonregulated status for a soybean variety developed by Monsanto Company that is genetically engineered (GE) for resistance to lepidopteran insects.
Politics | 10/16/2014 10:06:58 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 - It's World Food Day and this year the spotlight is on the family farm, which the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) says is central to solving global hunger.
Politics | 10/16/2014 6:22:16 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 - An EPA analysis has concluded that there is little or no increase in soybean yields using most neonicotinoid seed treatments when compared to using no pest control at all.
Politics | 10/16/2014 2:59:51 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 16, 2014 - A report released today at the World Food Prize 2014 Borlaug Dialogue identifies a growing gap between the supply of new graduates trained in agriculture-related science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and the demand for young professionals in related roles by global food and agriculture employers.
Politics | 10/16/2014 12:18:59 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $1.4 billion in loan guarantees to improve the delivery of electric power to rural communities in 21 states.
Politics | 10/16/2014 11:00:54 AM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014-- The Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Environmental Protection Agency to block the use of a dual herbicide produced by Dow AgroSciences known as Enlist Duo.
Politics | 10/16/2014 10:37:14 AM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 - Minnesota-based CHS Inc. was the top agricultural cooperative in 2013, according to USDA data, bringing in more revenue than the rest of the top five cooperatives combined.
Politics | 10/16/2014 8:29:10 AM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 - While the agricultural industry is grateful for the Environmental Protection Agency's approval of Dow AgroSciences' dual herbicide known as Enlist Duo, consumer and environmental groups are promising to file legal challenges against the decision, citing health and environmental concerns.
Politics | 10/15/2014 5:48:04 PM
DES MOINES, Oct. 15. 2014 - A new report by the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) indicates that global agricultural productivity is not accelerating fast enough to meet the expected agricultural demand for sustainable production by 2050.
Politics | 10/15/2014 2:29:46 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 - Missouri's Amendment 1 passed by a slim 2,375-vote margin in August, but the measure isn't out of the woods yet.Three individuals are bringing a lawsuit before the state's Supreme Court seeking to send the controversial amendment back to the legislature.
Politics | 10/15/2014 12:23:42 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 - Whole Foods Market today launched a new rating system for its fruits, vegetables and flowers that assesses growing practices on how they affect human health and the environment.
Politics | 10/15/2014 10:57:51 AM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014-The Environmental Protection Agency today announced its approval of the dual herbicide produced by Dow AgroSciences known as Enlist Duo.
Politics | 10/15/2014
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 - The launch last month of USDA's new Margin Protection Program (MPP), intended to help America's 45,000 dairy farmers survive when feed costs overtake milk income, has provoked a debate over whether it is compatible with U.S. trade interests. WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 - Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to the president of the European Commission on Tuesday, asking him to complete the regulatory process for eight biotechnology products pending before the EC. The European Commission is the executive arm of the EU. WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 - A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report sheds new light on the hurdles that producers, manufacturers and consumers will continue to face as economic activity improves and more freight moves across already overcrowded U.S. roads and railways. WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 - The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and 45 state associations sent a letter to Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Tuesday urging him to reconsider his efforts to increase funding for the beef industry by reforming the Beef Checkoff administratively. WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 - Fracking - injecting a high-pressure, sand-water-chemical mix to tap natural gas by fracturing deep rock formations - is boosting natural gas supplies, lowering prices, and promising a bonanza in revenue and jobs for 31 states with proven or projected shale gas reserves. WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 - Agricultural technology continues to improve by leaps and bounds, but use of drone technology in farming is not keeping pace, hampered by delays in regulatory approval, or confusion about rules already in place. WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 - Coming soon: a potential determination on whether or not the northern long-eared bat species, prevalent throughout much of the United States, will be listed as "endangered" by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). A decision, which could impact hundreds of thousands of acres, is expected early next year. WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 - Nearly a year beyond the Nov. 30, 2013, deadline to set volume requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the EPA still isn't saying when to expect an announcement. But National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe says the advanced biofuels industry remains "hopeful and cautiously optimistic that they will ultimately get it right even though it will have taken them a year to do so." WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 - American Farm Bureau Federation's Deputy Chief Economist John Anderson comes across as one of the most easy-going agricultural economists you'd ever want to know. But when it comes to advising producers on new farm program choices, he starts wringing his hands, wondering out loud about the steep challenges ahead and the potential for "disparate" outcomes.
Politics | 10/14/2014 3:46:41 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014-- Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to the president of the European Commission today asking him to complete the regulatory process for eight biotechnology products pending before the EC.
Politics | 10/14/2014 3:41:24 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014 - Telecommunications companies and industry associations today joined with the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to unveil a public-private partnership to develop apprenticeship programs for the training of the telecommunications industry workforce.
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