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WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 - Climate change could make both
government and private sector players in the crop insurance program more
vulnerable to potential losses, a report released today by
the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said.
President Obama came back from his week of
foreign policy meetings in Asia saying he was enthusiastic about promoting the
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement (FTA) now being
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 - The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) says EPA's proposed (Waters of the U.S.) (WOTUS) rule fails to provide the certainty that dairy farmers need and should be changed substantially or withdrawn and rewritten.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 - The American Farm Bureau Federation's 29th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year's feast for 10 is $49.41, a 37-cent increase from last year's average of $49.04.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014- President Barack Obama's executive order regarding undocumented immigrants does little for the agricultural industry, according to several farm group representatives, who say legislative reform through Congress is the way to solve farm labor problems.
Nov. 18, 2014 - A bill authorizing the go-ahead on the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the Senate Tuesday night by a single vote, saving
President Obama from having to decide whether to veto the legislation.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service has awarded funding to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for American products.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2014 - Agricultural organizations and
business groups are pushing Congress to act on tax extender legislation before
the end of the lame duck session, saying retroactive action in 2015 will be too
late for many farmers, ranchers and businesses.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2014 - Much of rural America will be paying close attention to the U.S. Senate this week as lawmakers prepare for a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that would carry heavy crude oil from Canada's Alberta tar sands through the U.S. midsection to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2014 - The House of Representatives today passed a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline, but the fate of the legislation in the Senate - and in the White House, should it get that far - remains uncertain.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2014 -- The Republican Senator who's expected to be the next chair of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee says he's not ruling out a hike in the federal gasoline tax as a way of funding a national highway bill.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2014 - A group of 12 major farm organizations and agriculture technology providers (ATPs) today announced an agreement on data privacy and security principles designed to protect farmers as farm innovations advance.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2014 - A group called the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) has filed a federal lawsuit charging that the USDA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) is unlawfully holding back records regarding the OIG's 2011 through 2014 investigation into the national beef checkoff program.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2014 - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce along with 375 trade associations and chambers from all 50 states are calling on the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed (Waters of the U.S.) (WOTUS) rule, saying the plan would (dramatically expand the scope of federal authority over water and land uses across the U.S.)
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2014 - A new report from Rabobank Food Agribusiness Research and Advisory group sees opportunities for investment in the U.S. flour milling industry, despite growth in flour consumption "that can only be described as modest."
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2014 - The Russell Group announced two new staff additions enhancing its government affairs service capabilities - director of government affairs and chief of staff/office manager.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2014 - President Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, surprised the world Wednesday by announcing a sweeping agreement to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, a deal that Obama called a (major milestone) in the campaign to limit the effects of climate change.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2014 -- Just when Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is promising the new GOP-controlled Senate will rein in the EPA and its regulatory powers, 54 agricultural, conservation, environmental, public health and bioenergy organizations are urging the agency to do more - not less
WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2014 -- Senator Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is calling for congressional action on climate change, following the announcement that the U.S. and China have jointly made a commitment to reduce dangerous carbon pollution.
As Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in the 114th Congress, Mike Conaway has revised the subcommittee structure to allow for closer policy oversight and careful attention to reauthorization of nutrition programs and futures trading. In his first audio interview on ag issues this year, Conaway covers a wide variety of topics. He expects congressional action on immigration policy but isn’t sure tax reform will be a part of the early congressional agenda. The Texas Republican says the budget process will dominate the early days of the new congress and expects budget reconciliation to play a major role in policy reform and debate. Conaway says the government must respect industry investments made within the Renewable Fuels Standard but questions overall volumes.