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WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 - A federal judge in Wyoming ruled Tuesday that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management doesn't have the authority to establish rules over fracking on federal and Indian lands, dealing another blow to President Obama's effort to tighten environmental regulations.
WASHINGTON, June 20, 2016 - Brian Baenig, a former chief of staff to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, is joining the US Beet Sugar Association as executive vice president and will take over as president in January following the retirement of longtime President James W. Johnson.
WASHINGTON, June 20, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has notified Congress thathe plans to increase to $2.5 billion from $2 billion the amount of loans the Farm Service Agency can guarantee from FSA-approved commercial lenders to cover a shortfall during the fiscal year ending Sept. 30.
June 17, 2016 - When it comes to rallying public sentiment, anti-trade forces
will always have the advantage over those who support massive trade deals like
the Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to Angel Gurria, secretary-general of
the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
WASHINGTON, June 16, 2016 - The U.S. will take
all the help it can get in pushing forward negotiations on the Transatlantic
Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union - and that's one of
the reasons USDA Acting Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse is in
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2016 - Food and agriculture
groups are eagerly awaiting a final agreement in the Senate on biotech
labeling. Late last night, an aide told Agri-Pulse that negotiators
were (working on the language) of the bill "and making more progress."
WASHINGTON, June 16, 2016 - The Senate Appropriations Committee advanced a fiscal 2017 spending bill that would block the Obama administration's (waters of the United States) rule, curb work on greenhouse gas regulations and bar some endangered species protections.
WASHINGTON, June 16, 2016 - Republicans are
pressing ahead with election-year fights over the Clean Water Act, the
California drought and other environmental issues as lawmakers took to budget
negotiations later this year.
WASHINGTON, June 15, 2016 - The House Appropriations Committee today voted 31 to 18 to approve a $32.1 billion spending bill to fund the Interior Department, Environmental Protection Agency and the Forest Service in fiscal year 2017. The bill includes a provision that would block the EPA from implementing its controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.
WASHINGTON, June 14, 2016 - There's little that Republicans can do legislatively this year to kill the Obama administration's regulations on carbon emissions from electric power plants, so GOP lawmakers are trying to do the next best thing: Delay the emission curbs as long as possible.
This week's Open Mic guest is U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. As the nation's political focus turns to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia this week, the agriculture industry awaits what role farm, trade, nutrition and rural issues will play in the party platform. In this week's interview, Senator Klobuchar challenges suggestions that nutrition programs be separated from the farm bill, discusses the need for global trade and offers specific reasons why the Cuban embargo must be lifted. The Minnesota Democrat is a member of the recently formed Rural Broadband Coalition and has joined other congressional leaders challenging the EPA's preliminary volume obligation targets under the RFS. Senator Klobuchar offers thoughts on the process that brought mandatory biotech disclosure legislation and what role that may play in future debate on Capitol Hill.