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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Carl Casale, President and CEO of CHS Inc. The cyclical pendulum has brought the ag industry from record highs to lows not seen since the early 1980's . In this week's interview, Carl Casale shares a view that the industry hasn't yet seen the bottom of the income swing. Despite the current challenge, Casale shares a bright view for the next generation of the industry with tremendous turnover in producer demographics. Casale says CHS is pro-trade but believes the U.S. must step up spending on infrastructure to stay competitive.