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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.
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.
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
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week’s Open Mic Guest is the new President of the American Farm Bureau Federation Zippy Duvall. As a representative of the nation’s largest general farm organization, Duvall says it’s important for the farm and rural voice to be heard on the national and local level. In this interview Duvall speaks to the industry’s ongoing battle to stop the EPA’s Waters of the US regulations, the need for a national voluntary labeling law and the challenging plight of the cotton industry. Duvall says the AFBF is still evaluating the text of the TPP but is ready to join the fight for greater access to global markets.