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WASHINGTON, April 14,
2016 - More than 40 farm groups are raising an alarm over a planned three-daymeeting next
week by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific
Advisory Panel over concerns about negative human health effects from the
commonly used pesticide chlorpyrifos.
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2016 - Companies that want to bring a new crop protection product to market will have to spend $286 million in research and development and 11 years "to ensure the highest safety and efficacy standards," according to a new report released today by CropLife International, CropLife America and the European Crop Protection Association.
WASHINGTON, April 12, 2016 - Secretary of State John Kerry focused on climate change and renewable energy in a speech last week at the invitation-only Future of Energy Summit in New York, asserting that "clean energy is one of the greatest economic opportunities the world has ever seen."
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2016 - The general public typically
views the oil and gas industry as a bunch of big companies (charging too much
for a gallon of gasoline,) said House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway as he opened
a committee hearing on the impacts of oil and gas production on the rural
economy. But today the panel heard a different story.
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2016 - Peabody Energy, the largest private-sector coal company in the world, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy "to strengthen liquidity and reduce debt amid an unprecedented industry downturn," the corporation said on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2016 - Senate critics of farm programs are trying to head off an effort to use the appropriations process to provide new subsidies to cotton producers struggling to deal with depressed global prices.
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2016 - The European Parliament is recommending that the European Commission, the governing arm of the EU, renew its authorization of glyphosate for seven years and release all data used in a recent assessment of the herbicide by the European Food Safety Authority.
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2016 - The U.S. isn't waiting until Congress votes on the Trans-Pacific Partnership to start making sure that the other 11 countries in the free trade deal are ready to begin implementing it if and when it takes effect, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, April 13,
2016 - The fiscal 2017 appropriations process takes a few steps further today
as House subcommittees mark up the agriculture and energy and water spending
bills and a Senate subcommittee considers its energy and water bill.
WASHINGTON, April 12, 2016 - The (waters of the U.S.) rule is in limbo, but its potential impact is causing widespread concern among farmers, Tom Buchanan, president of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, told a Senate subcommittee today.
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2016 - Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts released a reauthorization bill for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission that would protect grain elevators and other end users from speculative position limits, but the draft tossed some more controversial provisions in a House-passed measure.
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2016 - Texas sorghum growers will be allowed to use Dow AgroSciences' Transform WG to control sugarcane aphid on up to 3 million acres under an emergency exemption granted by EPA.
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2016 - The Senate returns to work
today on its reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration, and
there's still hope that Senate leaders will agree to attach extensions of tax
incentives for biodiesel and advanced biofuels.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2016 - Millions of dollars left over from a class-action settlement involving black farmers will be available for distribution to law schools or nonprofit organizations, under an order issued Friday, April 8, by U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Michel Nischan, CEO and Founder of Wholesome Wave, and an award-winning chef. The USDA announced a second amount of funding for the nonprofit to expand its healthy food initiative into areas of Connecticut and Vermont. The $500,000 was awarded through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program, enabling SNAP program participants to buy more locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. The program means better nutrition for consumers and increased opportunities for local farmers. In this interview, Chef Nischan shares his vision for the power of food to improve personal health, his thoughts on improving diets with fresh as well as frozen vegetables, and his ideas for the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.