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23, 2015 - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today called on county
government officials from across the country to support President Obama's
request for trade promotion authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2015-- Bee experts at USDA's annual Agricultural Outlook Forum last week said better management of crop chemicals could go a long way toward improving the health of this pollinator that is crucial to agriculture, but researching diseases that plague the insect is the best long-term solution.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2015 - President Barack Obama today kept his promise and vetoed a bill approving the Keystone XL Pipeline. In a message to the Senate, Obama said the bill was an attempt by Congress to "circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest."
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 - Almost 400 organizations with ties to agriculture, food, conservation and rural America wrote a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Budget Committees, calling on them to reject demands for additional cuts in programs which fall under the jurisdiction of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 - Kathleen Merrigan, a former deputy secretary of agriculture, is joining Agree as one of four co-chairs. Merrigan, currently the executive director of sustainability at the George Washington University, will replace Gary Hirshberg, co-founder and chairman of Stonyfield Farm, who is stepping down after four years.
21, 2015 - West Coast ports resumed full operations after settlement of a
labor dispute that snarled Asia-bound traffic for weeks, hitting meat and
fresh fruit exports especially hard.
20, 2015 - The Senate Finance Committee's top Democrat, Ron Wyden of
Oregon, is accusing Republicans of moving prematurely to advance
President Obama's trade agenda, including a bill to give the him the
fast-track negotiating authority to finish a Pacific Rim agreement.
GRAPEVINE, Texas, Feb. 19, 2015 - Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen launched RFA's National Ethanol Conference here in Texas Thursday with a direct attack on EPA. EPA responded with an apology and a promise to deliver the long overdue biofuels volume requirements sometime this spring.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2015 - The USDA today released supply and demand projections for the major U.S. crops, including corn, soybeans, wheat, rice and cotton. The estimates were released early today at the department's annual Agricultural Outlook Forum.
ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 19, 2015 -- Darci Vetter, the U.S. Trade Representative's chief agricultural negotiator, said her team has made "significant progress" in recent talks with Japan regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership but she says Congress needs to pass fast-track Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to get the deal over the finish line.
ARLINGTON, Va. Feb. 19, 2015-The opportunities for farm productivity and young agriculturalists are buoyed by data technology in agriculture, but challenges like wireless infrastructure and data privacy are stalling adoption, noted a speaker panel hosted by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at the 2015 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum outside Washington today.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 - USDA is investing $37 million in new and existing projects to restore forest health and reduce wildfire threats. The plan is being implemented through a collaborative venture between the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), called the Chiefs' Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - When Kansas Senator Pat Roberts holds his first hearing as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry next week, he will make a simple, yet symbolic change in the order that witnesses appear - calling on producers to testify ahead of the Secretary of Agriculture on Feb. 24.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 - Thirty-five conservation groups are urging the Senate and House budget committees to reject President Obama's fiscal 2016 budget proposal to cut $800 million from farm bill conservation programs.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 - The European Union's agriculture
commissioner sought to downplay the seriousness of a dispute with the
United States over the EU's protection of geographical indications, product names such as Parmesan and Feta cheese.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 - The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its final report today, setting the stage for a nutrition policy battle involving lean meat and sustainability that is expected to play out through the rest of the year.
ARDEN HILLS, Minn., Feb. 19, 2015 - Land O'Lakes, Inc.
announced plans to acquire the assets of FLM+, a leading marketing
communications and strategic consulting company with expertise in the
agribusiness and rural community sector.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 - U.S. Farmers are expected to cut their planting of most major crops in response to sagging commodity prices, but growers will benefit from falling fuel prices and transportation costs, according to the Agriculture Department.
PAUL, MN., Feb. 19, 2015- The nation's leading agricultural co-op, CHS,
announced that it will distribute an estimated $518 million to farmers,
ranchers and cooperatives - extending a record of what it described as
(significant cash returns to owners.)
This week’s guest on Open Mic is Wisconsin Representative Reid Ribble. The 8th district Republican left the Freedom Caucus last week in the fallout from a failed attempt to elect a new House Speaker. In this week’s interview, Ribble outlines challenges the Congress faces in approving a spending plan and his efforts to bring about a two-year budget cycle. He sees action soon on the nation’s debt ceiling and tax extenders but says the bigger issue lies between liberal Senate Democrats and conservative GOP leaders on spending. Ribble strongly opposes the EPA’s new clean water rules but supports a new voluntary program to reduce nutrient runoff in his home state.