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Politics | 2/27/2014 9:04:06 PM

Vilsack urges EPA caution in revising RFS

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the nation's ethanol producers that he's reached out to EPA chief Gina McCarthy and White House officials to make sure they understand
Politics | 2/27/2014 4:49:44 PM

Inspector general finds USDA ag data vulnerable

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2014 - A new report from USDA's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) finds the department's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) isn't

Politics | 2/27/2014 4:21:38 PM

Grains Council pushes stewardship for new biotech products

SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 27, 2014 -- U.S. Grains Council President Tom Sleight said he's asking corn farmers to strictly follow recommended stewardship guidelines for growing and selling Syngenta's
Politics | 2/27/2014 12:32:27 PM

Nutrition Facts Panel faces 'tweak,' not overhaul, experts say

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2014 - Experts say the revamped Nutrition Facts Panel, set to be released by FDA today, will tweak the information found
Politics | 2/26/2014 11:16:36 PM

New Poll: Farmers plan to cut expenses, strongly oppose RFS changes

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2014 - Farmers expect to see weaker financial returns in 2014 and will adjust their expenditures - spending less on fertilizer and equipment but more on
Politics | 2/26/2014 9:16:44 PM

Big food firms improve social policies under pressure, Oxfam says

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 - Driven by consumer pressure, nine out of the world's 10 biggest food and beverage companies improved their social and environmental policies over the past year, according to
Politics | 2/26/2014 5:44:01 PM

Senate Agriculture Committee to consider CFTC nominations

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 - The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry will hold a hearing on March 6 to consider Timothy Massad's nomination to serve as
Politics | 2/26/2014 5:27:59 PM

Obama set to sign drought information system reauthorization bill

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 - President Obama is expected to sign into law legislation (H.R. 2431) that would reauthorize the National Integrated Drought
Politics | 2/26/2014 4:41:57 PM

Camp releases tax reform package

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 - House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., released draft legislation today that promises sweeping changes to the nation's tax system, increased
Politics | 2/26/2014 9:24:56 AM

Capitol will dedicate statue to Norman Borlaug

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 - A statue of Dr. Norman Borlaug, widely regarded as the father of the Green Revolution, will be dedicated on March 25
Politics | 2/26/2014

Citrus industry fights 'greening' as it waits for disease-resistant trees

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 - The U.S. citrus industry may not have time to wait for the availability of a genetically engineered fruit-bearing tree resistant to the growing affliction of citrus greening, researchers said last week at

USDA Biofuel production to grow through 2023 at decreased rate

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 - A USDA report offering long-run projections through 2023 says ethanol production will continue to grow over the next several years, but at a reduced rate when compared with

On anniversary,vFirst Lady's health initiative breaks new ground

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 - Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative turns four this week. And though the program, which aims to combat child obesity, has occasionally been a source of

Panel raises specter of high cost of dairy margin payments

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 - The dairy panel at USDA's annual Outlook Forum focused almost entirely on the bullish market prospect for dairy farmers and vigorous exports of U.S. dairy products. Yet one speaker offered

National Beef says falling cattle herd forcing closing of Brawley plant

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 - National Beef Packing Co. says it is going ahead with plans to close its Brawley, Calif., processing plant despite an offer by local cattle-feeding operations of 

California farmers watching for congressional action on drought

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 - Farmers in California who are patiently waiting for rain and congressional drought assistance have their eyes focused on

Number of U.S. dairy farms down 29.7 percent in past decade

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 - Even as the number of farms in the U.S. held relatively steady for the past decade, the number of dairy farms has been in a steady decline that even accelerated last year, according to

EPA pesticide proposal stirs controversy among farm groups

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 - After twenty years of study, it happened last week: EPA released its proposed Agricultural Worker Protection Standards, which, if approved, will regulate

Preliminary census data renews attention on mid-size farms

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 - The first installment of the 2012 Census of Agriculture shows 6.2 more women principal farm and ranch operators than five years earlier and a 2 percent gain in farmers under 35. It also adds to the

Nearly one-third of U.S. food got dumped in 2010, USDA says

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2014 - The United States wasted about 31 percent, or 133 billion pounds, of its food supply in 2010 with a value of
Politics | 2/25/2014 7:48:14 PM

Big food firms improve social policies under pressure, Oxfam says

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 - Driven by consumer pressure, nine out of the world's 10 biggest food and beverage companies improved their social and environmental policies over the past year, according to
Politics | 2/25/2014 6:50:58 PM

Bayer releases product to reduce seed dust harmful to bees

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. 25, 2014-- Bayer CropSciences designed a new seed lubricant, which it made available for growers in the United States today, for corn and soybean seeds that helps reduce the release
Politics | 2/25/2014 2:11:48 PM

USDA announces $3 million for a new pollinator program

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2014 - USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today it will provide close to $3 million in technical and financial assistance for interested farmers and ranchers
Politics | 2/24/2014 9:40:32 PM

Supporters of Hawaii pesticide law challenge agriculture companies in court

HONOLULU, Hawaii, Feb. 24, 2014 - The Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Earthjustice filed papers in federal district court in Honolulu to defend the County of Kaua‘i's
Politics | 2/24/2014 8:08:08 PM

 USDA official expects no sugar program costs in 2014, TPP by year-end

DANA POINT, Calif. - February 24, 2014 - A top USDA official says he expects to avoid the perfect storm that resulted in the first sugar forfeitures in a decade
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