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Politics | 4/16/2014 11:28:44 AM

FAS awards $196.4 million to expand export markets

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) awarded $196.4 million in funding to
Politics | 4/16/2014 11:10:01 AM

 Rail companies ordered to report plans for fertilizer deliveries

WASHINGTON, April 16 -- The U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) yesterday ordered the Canadian Pacific and BNFS railway companies to report by Friday their plans for fertilizer

Politics | 4/16/2014

Old threats confront new 'data-power' age of U.S. agriculture

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - A new technological epoch for U.S. agriculture, driven by information technology, has enormous promise but faces threats from a political system that is slow to adapt, Deere & Co. Chief Economist J.B. Penn told

Sweet side of Easter turns sour when politics is involved

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - This Easter is expected to inspire record seasonal candy sales, but the news is looked at in much different ways by the confectioners who make the treats and the sugar industry which

Leaders say 'farm to cafeteria' movement is booming: Here's why

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - More than 1,000 stakeholders are gathering in Austin, Texas, this week for the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, an event that organizers say will build on a growing effort to

Wild pigs targeted in $20 million eradication initiative

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - Federal, state and local wildlife specialists are gathering in Montgomery, Alabama, this week to develop a coordinated strategy for dealing with what USDA calls

Europe's rocky relationship with biotech continues

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - U.S. negotiators appear to be running into a stone wall in their bid to open up Europe to genetically modified crops (GMOs) in the

California mulls changes to groundwater regulations amid drought

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - California Governor Jerry Brown is proposing major changes in the way the state regulates water from its underground reservoirs to preserve supplies as

Immigration reform supporters continue uphill battle

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - Supporters of immigration reform legislation that would create a pathway to legal status for many of the nation's undocumented farm workers are keeping up

Ethanol groups say IPCC report shows faults in LUC 'theory'

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released over the weekend says that the estimates of global land use change (LUC) are highly uncertain, unobservable, unverifiable

Poultry sector fighting against proposed rule on unionization

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - A proposed rule from the National Labor Relations Board dealing with a faster unionization process for workers at U.S. companies has drawn the ire of
Politics | 4/15/2014 7:42:52 PM

 CBO projections: More savings than expected for new farm bill programs

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2014 - Updated budget projections released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) suggest that some of the new farm bill programs may save even more than first expected
Politics | 4/14/2014 8:37:54 PM

Northwest expecting strong water supplies, while South looking at low supplies, USDA says

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 - Several Northwestern states are expected to have near normal of above normal water supplies, while far less than normal streamflow is expected in some southern portions of the nation
Politics | 4/14/2014 4:16:12 PM

USDA plans to complete rule for faster poultry inspection by year's end

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2014 - The USDA intends to finalize a proposed rule by the end of the year that seeks to create a new speedier inspection
Politics | 4/14/2014 5:09:00 AM

New IPCC report: No more business as usual to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Berlin, April 13, 2014 - Despite many efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that global emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010
Politics | 4/13/2014 1:59:23 PM

Virginia supports EPA in battle with Farm Bureau over Chesapeake Bay pollution

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2014 - Virginia has filed a brief in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in its legal
Politics | 4/11/2014 12:28:54 PM

USDA accepting applications for Beginning Farmer and Rancher grants

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2014 -- USDA says it is now accepting applications for more than $19 million in grant money available through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. The grants will be competitively awarded by
Politics | 4/10/2014 9:51:17 PM

 Vilsack announces food aid projects just as program debate heats up

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday announced at a Council on Foreign Relations event that the department would provide
Politics | 4/10/2014 6:29:39 PM

House approves FY 2015 budget with SNAP, agricultural outlay cuts

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 - The House approved today a fiscal year 2015 budget proposal (H.Con.Res.96), on a 219-205 vote, that aims to reduce federal spending by
Politics | 4/9/2014 9:37:50 PM

Bill introduced that preempts state GMO labeling efforts

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 -- Reps. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C., both members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, are introducing a bill today that creates a federal standard for voluntarily labeling foods
Politics | 4/9/2014 3:12:18 PM

 GOP senators urge EPA to work with agriculture on Clean Water Act proposal

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014—Republicans on a Senate Appropriations subcommittee today urged EPA chief Gina McCarthy to work with farmers and ranchers as her agency finalizes its
Politics | 4/9/2014 1:35:48 PM

 Pork production forecast reduced on PED virus

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 - USDA cut its estimate for U.S. pork production for this year by 2.5 percent from its March forecast, citing piglet losses from
Politics | 4/9/2014 12:32:06 PM

USDA cuts estimates for corn, soybean ending stocks as exports rise

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 - Unsold supplies of U.S. corn before the next harvest will total 1.331 billion bushels, down 125 million bushels, or 8.6 percent, from the month-ago estimate, because of
Politics | 4/9/2014 11:57:34 AM

EPA Administrator McCarthy addresses CWA and RFS concerns

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2014— Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy defended her agency's Clean Water Act (CWA) and Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) proposals during a meeting
Politics | 4/9/2014 10:31:33 AM

House Agriculture Committee approves CFTC reauthorization

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 - The House Agriculture Committee today approved legislation (H.R. 4413), by voice vote, that would reauthorize the
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