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Politics | 5/29/2014 6:06:19 PM

U.S. farm exports seen at record $149.5 billion in FY 2014

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 — U.S. farm exports will reach a record $149.5 billion in the year ending Sept. 30, up $6.9 billion from a February forecast, helped by
Politics | 5/29/2014 3:42:27 PM

Rabobank sees bearish outlook for fertilizer industry

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 -- The outlook for the fertilizer industry will continue bearish through the second quarter of 2014, according to a report by the Rabobank Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory group, which looks at

Politics | 5/29/2014 3:09:14 PM

 Biodiesel industry seeks Obama support in RFS

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 - Some 117 biodiesel companies and affiliated businesses are urging President Obama to support continued growth for
Politics | 5/29/2014 2:39:04 PM

USDA awarding $6 million to prepare farmers for new farm bill program

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $6 million to universities and cooperative state extension services to develop online decision tools and
Politics | 5/29/2014 2:05:11 PM

Bipartisan House majority want corn-ethanol mandate lowered in RFS

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 - A bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives is urging EPA chief Gina McCarthy to reduce mandated corn-ethanol production in the agency's
Politics | 5/29/2014

Vilsack on school lunch: 'Fix it, don't break it"

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the School Nutrition Association (SNA) both struck conciliatory notes Wednesday and told reporters they would be willing to accept
Politics | 5/28/2014 10:08:22 PM

Vilsack, Stabenow seek 'partners' for new conservation program

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow on Tuesday unveiled a new five-year conservation program that seeks
Politics | 5/28/2014 8:13:15 PM

Leader Reid's adviser Kasey Gillette joins Monsanto's team

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2014 - Monsanto announced today that Kasey Gillette, the senior policy adviser handling agriculture, nutrition and other policy issues in the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid since 2009, will join
Politics | 5/28/2014 7:39:40 PM

Leader Reid's Adviser Kasey Gillette joins Monsanto's team

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2014 - Monsanto announced today that Kasey Gillette, the Senior Policy Advisor handling agriculture, nutrition and other policy issues in the office of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid since 2009, will join
Politics | 5/28/2014 3:36:32 PM

U.S. ag groups urge TPP without Japan

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2014 - A coalition of U.S. agricultural groups representing pork, rice, wheat and dairy producers is urging the Obama administration to reach a deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without Japan unless
Politics | 5/28/2014 11:57:48 AM

Most back current FDA biotech food labeling policy, survey shows

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2014 -- While a majority of Americans continue to support the FDA's labeling policy for food produced through biotechnology, the number of those opposed to the policy has increased
Politics | 5/28/2014

The 'quiet crisis' confronting agriculture

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2014 - American agriculture is threatened by a ticking time bomb, with the country losing three acres of farmland every
Politics | 5/27/2014 12:34:14 PM

Global food waste targeted in Think. Eat. Save. campaign

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2014 -- The United Nations in partnership with a government funded agency in the United Kingdom has released a four-part plan to reduce food waste, which it says amounts to almost $50 billion a year just in
Politics | 5/27/2014 9:14:29 AM

Opinion: Conservation easements, a chance to save America's best farmland

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2014 - Our country's population is projected to increase by at least 75 million in the next 50 years, according to
Politics | 5/27/2014

Washington Week Ahead: Focus on agriculture spending bill

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2014 - With the Senate in recess all week, agricultural stakeholders will be focused on the House Appropriations Committee, which meets on
Politics | 5/23/2014 1:34:52 PM

U.S. Meat Export Federation paints optimistic picture for U.S. exports

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2014 ‑ The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) presented a positive outlook for U.S. meat exports, bringing more than 125 members and
Politics | 5/23/2014 1:08:51 PM

S.D. Supreme Court denies ABC appeal in Beef Products Inc. case

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2014— The South Dakota Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from television network ABC challenging a lower court's refusal to throw out Beef Products Inc.'s
Politics | 5/23/2014 1:04:34 PM

Memorial Day BBQ could be pricey as beef, pork prices surge

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2014-- This year, Memorial Day celebrations could come with a high price tag. Extreme weather and disease outbreak have caused price increases
Politics | 5/23/2014 10:23:51 AM

Nominations sought for outstanding women in ag for Demeter Award consideration

DANVERS, Mass., May 23, 2014 - Know a leader or innovator in agriculture or an organization supportive of women in the industry? It's time to submit nominations for consideration for the Demeter Award of Excellence, which acknowledges
Politics | 5/23/2014 10:02:45 AM

Breanne Brammer joins Agri-Pulse as summer intern

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2014 - Agri-Pulse is pleased to announce the appointment of Breanne Brammer as a summer intern through the
Politics | 5/23/2014 8:04:26 AM

Committee members want EPA to stop proposed WOTUS rule

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 - Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves, R-MO., and other GOP committee members sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers today
Politics | 5/23/2014

Corn dogs are top dog in survey of America's regional favorites

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2014 - Planning to throw a few hot dogs on the grill this weekend? You're not alone. Americans are expected to devour more than 7 billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and

 Senate panel debates amendments on GMO salmon, horse slaughter

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 - The Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday narrowly approved a bill authorizing $20.6 billion in discretionary spending for USDA and FDA in FY 2015, while adding amendments that would effectively ban horse slaughter in the U.S., mandate labeling for genetically modified salmon, and
Politics | 5/22/2014 10:31:54 PM

Stabenow to organic group: 'I have respect for all parts of agriculture'

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 - Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., told organic industry representatives yesterday that coalition building would be essential to
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