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WASHINGTON, March 1, 2016 - The drop in commodity prices since 2013, falling farmland values and the ongoing decline in agricultural income is making it harder for farmers to repay operating loans and could make credit more difficult to get for many next year, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, told U.S. lawmakers.
OXON HILL, Md., Feb. 29, 2016 - A top scientist at USDA, a Monsanto executive and other experts agreed Monday that improving on existing biotechnology and developing new agriculture practices are vital to meeting increased global food demand by mid-century - but they didn't say it'll be easy.
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2016 - EPA is moving ahead with cancellation of the pesticide flubendiamide, which under the trade name Belt is registered for use on more than 200 crops, including soybeans and almonds. Registrants Bayer CropScience and Nichino America already told the agency they plan to fight the cancellation decision.
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2016 - The Agricultural Research Service did not violate USDA's Scientific Integrity Policy (SIP), as asserted by an entomologist who has published papers on the risks of neonicotinoids to monarch butterflies, a USDA-assembled panel has found.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 29, 2016 - The Supreme Court has decided not to review a 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals opinion upholding an EPA plan to reduce nonpoint source pollution in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2016 - The $19 million the FDA is sending to states to help fruit and vegetable growers understand the agency's new produce safety rule is "a good start," Stephen Ostroff, who's been acting FDA commissioner since early last year, told a House Appropriations subcommittee.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2016 - After a prolonged trade ban that resulted in threats of retaliatory action from the Obama administration, South Africa will begin accepting select shipments of U.S. pork, following through on a commitment made in January.
ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 26, 2016 - The U.S. corn production is forecast at 13.825 billion bushels, up 2 percent from 2015 and below the record 14.216 billion-bushel crop in 2014, USDA said today as it released its first complete set of projections for major crops in the 2015-2016 crop year.
Va., Feb. 24, 2016 -- Purdue University President Mitch Daniels is calling on
U.S. farmers, food manufacturers and ag researchers to fight back against
opponents of biotechnology in agriculture production, who he said were spreading
misinformation that threatens the lives of millions.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack acknowledged that cotton growers need help, but reaffirmed his position that the department is currently prohibited from designating cottonseed as an oilseed, which would allow growers to receive farm program payments.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2016 - USDA officials fielded tough questions from a philosophically split House Ag Appropriations panel Wednesday on the president's new summer feeding program, which is projected to cost billions of dollars, and drug testing for recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2016 - Dr. Robert Califf, a prominent cardiologist who spent more than three decades as a medical researcher at Duke University, was overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate Wednesday as the new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.
This week’s guest on Open Mic is US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. In this exclusive interview, the Kentucky Republican shares a very dismal view for approving a new trade agreement this year and his plans to see the appropriations process complete under regular order. McConnell shares his frustration with the Obama administration’s environmental agenda and thoughts on finding a compromise on federal preemption legislation to prevent state labeling laws on foods with ingredients from genetically enhanced crops.