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Politics | 9/16/2015 4:22:36 PM
WASHINGTON, Sep. 16, 2015 - Top executives from 23 companies that produce cellulosic and advanced biofuels are calling on President Obama and the EPA to remove a waiver provision in the latest Renewable Fuel Standard proposal that would allow oil companies to challenge RFS blending requirements because of so-called (distribution) problems.
Politics | 9/16/2015 4:15:18 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2015 - Increased funding that Food and Drug Administration officials say is critical to implementing sweeping new food-safety regulations will be at stake in this fall's budget negotiations.

Politics | 9/16/2015 2:37:59 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2015 - Facing the possibility that crude oil prices could drop below the current range of $45 to $50 a barrel, far below June 2014's $114 peak, oil producers and their allies in Congress are pushing hard to end the 40-year-old ban on crude exports.
Politics | 9/16/2015 11:08:02 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2015 - The U.S. leads the world in wind energy generation, but if the wind industry is going to reach its goal of being (vibrant and self-sustaining,) the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) must be extended, according to a white paper by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).
Politics | 9/16/2015 10:57:03 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2015 - This fall is shaping up to be key for federal wildlife policy.
Politics | 9/16/2015 10:46:01 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2015 - A leading environmental group is exploring a plan to pay farmers to set aside edges or corners of their fields to serve as habitat for the monarch butterfly.
Politics | 9/16/2015 10:33:48 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2015 - Skirmishes are breaking out in Arizona, New Mexico and Washington, D.C., over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) decision to expand the experimental population boundaries for the endangered Mexican gray wolf.
Politics | 9/16/2015 10:22:28 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2015 - Two key members of the Obama administration addressed renewable fuel supporters Tuesday in Washington, but didn't tip their hand about the upcoming release of the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Politics | 9/16/2015 10:10:10 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2015 - Farm program payments shouldn't come anywhere close to exceeding the annual limit that the United States can spend on trade-distorting subsidies under World Trade Organization rules, according to a new analysis published in the economic research journal Choices.
Politics | 9/16/2015 9:57:29 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2015 - After a string of inconsistent and often tardy service from rail companies in recent years, uttering the name of a rail service provider in the Midwest was usually a good way to ruin a grain elevator operator's day.
Politics | 9/16/2015 9:44:29 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2015 - Once thought of as a niche product meant for a limited consumer base, grass-fed beef is starting to gain traction among a wider array of producers and consumers.
Politics | 9/16/2015 9:33:12 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2015 - The outlook for moving agricultural commodities through West Coast seaports has improved dramatically over the past few months as labor contracts have been settled, but challenges remain in terms getting the products to the ports and onto ships.
Politics | 9/16/2015 9:19:04 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2015 - European Union agriculture ministers have been meeting this week to complete a plan to distribute some 500 million euros ($565 million) to hard-squeezed dairy and pork producers facing surplus production and collapsing prices.
Politics | 9/16/2015 9:09:46 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2015 - A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report criticizes the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for failing to track or evaluate the effectiveness of $2.1 billion worth of conditional food aid activities.
Politics | 9/16/2015 8:55:49 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2015 - One of the leaders of a foundation-supported effort to reconcile conflicting views about food and agricultural policy sees an (increasingly powerful kind of anti-GMO fervor arising) in the United States.
Politics | 9/15/2015 4:54:07 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2015 - If the current deadline for implementing one of the biggest changes ever in railroad safety systems is not adjusted, some rail companies have told Capitol Hill to expect service interruptions.
Politics | 9/15/2015 4:05:56 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2015 - Excessive subsidizing by China, Brazil and other advanced developing countries is harming U.S. and world wheat farmers and could cost U.S. growers nearly $1 billion in revenue every year, according to a study commissioned by U.S. Wheat Associates.
Politics | 9/15/2015 11:45:37 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2015 - USDA is awarding $20.5 million for 45 projects that will advance the conservation of natural resources, including increasing habitat for pollinators and helping farmers and ranchers make their operations more resilient to climate change.
Politics | 9/14/2015 4:53:12 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2015 - The Senate Agriculture Committee has delayed action on a child nutrition bill with negotiations still continuing.
Politics | 9/14/2015 2:39:10 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts is trying to reach a sweeping agreement on child nutrition programs in time to move a reauthorization bill this week. However, disputes over several key policy issues stand in the way.
Politics | 9/14/2015 11:04:58 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept., 14, 2015 -- U.S. and Chinese officials will sign a phytosanitary agreement next week that will allow U.S. rice exporters to ship the grain into the world's most populous country, US Rice Producers Association (USRPA) said.
Politics | 9/14/2015 11:01:22 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2015 - USDA and the Department of Defense (DOD) announced a partnership Monday that would add agriculture to the career training and counseling provided to the 200,000 service members leaving the military and returning to civilian life every year.
Politics | 9/13/2015 6:54:31 PM
KANSAS CITY, Kan., September 13, 2015 - A federal district court judge on Friday dismissed a number of the legal claims filed against Syngenta regarding U.S. sales of Viptera, but will allow some challenges to be potentially amended and others to go forward.
Politics | 9/13/2015 12:22:44 PM
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 10, 2015 - The U.S. 9th Circuit of Appeals vacated the EPA's approval of the pesticide sulfoxaflor, concluding that the agency violated federal law when it approved the registration without additional studies regarding potential impact on honeybees.
Politics | 9/11/2015 3:28:41 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2015 - The Food and Drug Administration today released a draft guidance document to help chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations comply with a new rule that requires calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards.
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