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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.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2014 - Shortly after riding a Republican wave into a re-election victory, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts wants to reassure everyone - and especially Rep. Collin Peterson - that he's not planning to rewrite the farm bill.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2014 -- USDA is lowering its forecast for the corn harvest slightly and raising its estimate for the soybean crop - but production of both commodities is still projected to be the biggest in history.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 - President Obama is urging the leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nations to (break some of the remaining logjams) that are holding up agreement on the ambitious free trade deal that he called a (high priority) for the U.S.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2014 - Stakeholders must move beyond debates about big vs. small, organic vs. conventional or low vs. high tech, according to a new set of consensus recommendations offered by AGree today.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9,
2014 - With bumper crops being harvested and icy winter weather closing in on
the upper Mississippi River system, growers and barge operators are focused on
moving products up and down our nation's waterways as quickly as possible.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2014 - Days after
Republicans claimed the majority in the Senate and strengthened their majority
in the House, President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner,
R-Ohio, weighed in on prospects for immigration reform.
In this week’s Open Mic, Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agriculture Negotiator with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, provides an update on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPA) negotiations, as well as the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks. Vetter says the nation’s agriculture industry cannot afford to be isolated from the other ninety-five percent of the globe’s population or growth in its middle class. Support from farmers and ranchers will be crucial in advancing an ambitious trade agenda, she adds.