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Politics | 9/5/2012 10:10:37 PM

Leaders praise Obama's focus on Rural America

CHARLOTTE, NC. Sept. 4, 2012 - Rural leaders from across the United States, including Secretary Tom Vilsack, Senator Mark Begich of Alaska and Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana outlined the Obama Administration's accomplishments during a meeting of the Rural Council Tuesday at the 2012 Democratic
Politics | 9/5/2012 10:33:04 AM

The Organic Center moves to DC and combines efforts with the Organic Trade Association

WASHINGTON, September 5, 2012— Effective Sept. 1, The Organic Center is combining efforts with the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and relocating its headquarters from Boulder, Colo., to Washington, D.C.

Politics | 9/5/2012 8:49:14 AM

Overall food insecurity unchanged, while very low food security increases

WASHINGTON, September 5, 2012- The percentage of food insecure households in the United States remained essentially unchanged from 2010 to 2011, while the percentage with very low food security increased
Politics | 9/5/2012 6:44:47 AM

Harvest progresses despite Isaac

WASHINGTON, September 5, 2012- According to USDA's Crop Progress report released Tuesday afternoon, 10 percent of the nation's corn is harvested and more than half of the crop is
Politics | 9/5/2012 6:04:45 AM

Rural leaders urge farm bill passage, oppose extension

WASHINGTON, September 5, 2012- In a letter to House and Senate Agriculture Committee leadership last week, 44 organizations urged passage of the Farm Bill and inclusion of key rural development policy changes
Politics | 9/5/2012

Vilsack hails Obama at Democratic National Convention

CHARLOTTE, N.C., September 5, 2012- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday night to advocate for a second term for
Politics | 9/4/2012

 Stanford study finds no nutrition benefits for organic vs. conventional foods

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2012 - Many consumers believe they are buying more nutrition for their buck when they purchase higher-priced organic products, but
Politics | 8/31/2012

USDA report predicts record exports

WASHINGTON, August 30, 2012 - Fiscal 2013 agricultural exports are projected at a record $143.5 billion, according to USDA's quarterly Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade report
Politics | 8/30/2012 10:22:57 AM

Secretary Vilsack Announces Grants to Support Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

BOONE, Iowa, Aug. 30, 2012-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced more than $18 million in grants to organizations across 24 states
Politics | 8/30/2012 10:14:19 AM

USDA Report reveals conservation efforts have strong, positive impacts in watershed

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2012 - A new study shows that conservation practices have made great strides in reducing pollutant losses from cultivated cropland in the Missouri River Basin.
Politics | 8/30/2012 9:59:31 AM

Vilsack extends emergency grazing to assist ranchers impacted by drought

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2012- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a two-month extension for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres this week
Politics | 8/30/2012 9:56:01 AM

 Chairman Lucas: Just give me floor time to move a farm bill

TAMPA, August 29-2012 - House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-OK, is ready to get a farm bill done. So ready that he told those attending
Politics | 8/29/2012 3:37:14 PM

ERS report weighs influences on China's DDGS export market

WASHINGTON, August 29, 2012- While China's demand for feed ingredients makes it an important export market for U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), or the residual co-products from ethanol production, the volume
Politics | 8/29/2012 9:07:44 AM

 2012 farm income expected to hit record level

WASHINGTON, August 29, 2012- USDA's Economic Research Service updated its 2012 Farm Sector Income Forecast yesterday, indicating a record income value for farmers in 2012 despite
Politics | 8/29/2012 8:07:37 AM

Monsanto announces schools selected to receive education funds

BOONE, Iowa, Aug. 28, 2012 - Monsanto announced at the Farm Progress Show on Tuesday that its education program chose 176 school districts in 35 states to receive grants of up to
Politics | 8/29/2012

 Ag leaders rally for Romney and Ryan, provide more farm policy details

TAMPA, Fla., August 29, 2012 - Over 500 agri-business leaders, lawmakers, lobbyists, three former secretaries of agriculture, and even a few farmers gathered at the Great American Farm Luncheon
Politics | 8/27/2012 9:39:50 PM

USDA clears California meat plant after cow handling reforms

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2012 - A week after pulling federal inspectors out of Central Valley Meat at Hanford, Calif., effectively shutting it down, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service allowed the plant to reopen
Politics | 8/27/2012 3:32:01 PM

Retail food price inflation remains unchanged

WASHINGTON, August 24, 2012-The Consumer Price Index (CPI) USDA released today noted that the Midwestern drought is raising corn and soybean prices, but that the impact
Politics | 8/27/2012

Early corn harvest moves forward

WASHINGTON, August 27, 2012- USDA's Crop Progress report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released Monday confirmed the continuing early harvest
Politics | 8/24/2012 11:42:28 AM

 Better crop insurance industry controls needed to identify new producers

WASHINGTON, August 24, 2012 - Crop insurance providers need to do a better job verifying and documenting growers who qualify for new producer eligibility
Politics | 8/24/2012 9:25:29 AM

Crop insurance payoffs vary for harvesting poor crops

DES MOINES, IA. August 24, 2012 - Drought-stricken growers who lost most of their crops may decide not to harvest this year, but those who have crop insurance
Politics | 8/24/2012 9:14:35 AM

Retail food price inflation remains unchanged

WASHINGTON, August 24, 2012- The Consumer Price Index (CPI) USDA released today noted that the Midwestern drought is raising corn and soybean prices, but that the impact will not
Politics | 8/24/2012

USDA announces Conservation Innovation Grant winners

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2012 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $26 million in Conservation Innovation Grants awarded by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to
Politics | 8/23/2012 2:07:05 PM

USDA approves 30-day voluntary waiver on livestock program

SPOKANE, Wash., August 23, 2012 -- USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced approval of the voluntary waiver of Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) Basic Provisions 30-day
Politics | 8/23/2012

Romney supports RFS in energy plan

WASHINGTON, August 23, 2012- Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney supported the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in his energy policy released today. The main goal
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