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Politics | 1/6/2016 3:02:25 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2016 - A widely used neonicotinoid insecticide poses a risk to honey bees, EPA said in an analysis released today that drew criticism from a leading manufacturer of the product as well as environmental groups.
Politics | 1/6/2016 2:08:27 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2016 - A new tool called a "Transparency Evaluator" may soon be available to help farmers more easily determine how technology companies use and protect the data they gather from farm operations.

Politics | 1/6/2016 1:29:54 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2016 - After years of fighting for recognition and a level playing field, renewable energy advocates see a great year ahead for their industry.
Politics | 1/6/2016 1:11:53 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2016 - EPA's agenda for 2016 is shaped heavily by the Paris Agreement on climate change, Administrator Gina McCarthy said...
Politics | 1/6/2016 1:05:01 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2016 - The U.S. oil and gas industry will continue to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions while increasing domestic production in 2016 so long as...
Politics | 1/6/2016 12:56:02 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2015 - The electric grid must balance power supply and demand nearly in real-time, requiring power plants to be adjusted on a second-by-second basis. This balancing is made increasingly more complex by renewable energy technologies...
Politics | 1/6/2016 11:50:21 AM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2016 - Congress heads into the election year with plenty of unfinished business when it comes to agriculture. No issue is more important to either side than GMO labeling, with the...
Politics | 1/6/2016 11:26:49 AM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2016 - A conversation with Bob Stallman reflects the time he's spent at the helm of the nation's largest agricultural organization...
Politics | 1/6/2016 11:11:31 AM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2016 - Next week, delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Orlando, Florida, will choose the next leader of their organization from among...
Politics | 1/6/2016 10:49:20 AM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2016 - USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says he's reluctant to overhaul the department's structure in the final year of the Obama administration by creating a...
Politics | 1/6/2016 10:11:12 AM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2016 - California is starting to claw its way back from its long, deep drought and, what's more, is preparing...
Politics | 1/6/2016 9:59:18 AM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2016 - Ranchers failed last month to get Congress to delay USDA's plan to lift bans on Brazilian and Argentine beef imports, but lawmakers did pass legislation that...
Politics | 1/6/2016 9:46:56 AM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2016 - Short supply - the biggest issue facing the organic agriculture sector in 2015 - will undoubtedly hinder growth in the sector through 2016. But the CEO of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), Laura Batcha, says...
Politics | 1/5/2016 5:34:38 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2016 -- While a coalition of cattle organizations agreed to work toward changes on the national beef checkoff last year, it looks like Congress may not get to vote on the proposed changes until the next farm bill.
Politics | 1/4/2016 8:58:23 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2015 - A bipartisan congressional commission charged with finding ways to combat hunger and improve nutrition recommends barring the use of food stamps for some sugary beverages and instead providing incentives for buying healthful foods.
Politics | 1/4/2016 4:27:15 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2016 - South Africa has made no apparent progress toward removing its trade bans on U.S. poultry, pork and beef imports, despite an ultimatum to repeal them months ago from President Barack Obama and years of pressure from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Politics | 1/4/2016 4:06:05 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2016 - The bipartisanship that took hold as Congress enacted a series of major pieces of legislation before Christmas is likely to come to a quick end as the election year begins.
Politics | 1/4/2016 3:07:18 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2016 -- The Food and Drug Administration will consider whether to ban the use of seven food additives based on their potential to cause cancer in humans or other animals.
Politics | 1/3/2016 11:28:26 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2015 - Differences over labeling dominated debates over food policy in 2015 and promise to carry on into the new year. Here's a look at some of the big stories of the year, and possibly for 2016.
Politics | 12/31/2015 11:15:04 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2015 - The Justice Department has reportedly launched a criminal investigation of Blue Bell Creameries over a deadly listeria outbreak, the latest example of the Obama administration's effort to turn up the heat on producers and processors over food safety failures.
Politics | 12/30/2015 5:05:34 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 29, 2015 - The next step in the food industry's challenge to a Vermont law requiring labeling of some foods made from genetically engineered ingredients likely will be a decision by a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City.
Politics | 12/30/2015 1:37:29 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2015 - Additional organic farmers and handlers will be exempt from paying into commodity checkoff programs under a rule being finalized by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service.
Politics | 12/29/2015 7:06:24 PM
WASHINGTON, December 30, 2015 - With national security, terrorism and renewable energy topping their list of election-related concerns, a plurality of Iowa farmers say their preference for president is businessman and self-acclaimed Washington outsider Donald Trump.
Politics | 12/29/2015 11:04:14 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2015 - Twenty-two states and 92 members of Congress - all but one a Republican -- want the Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court decision upholding the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), an EPA-approved plan to reduce nonpoint source pollution flowing into America's largest estuary.
Politics | 12/28/2015 2:53:25 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec, 24, 2015 - USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service is reaching out to U.S. beekeepers and farmers from now through January to gather information on the number and health of honey bee colonies, honey production and stocks, and the cost to farmers of pollination services.
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