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Politics | 4/2/2014

Troubled waters? More groups questions EPA's proposed rule

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - Early reaction to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed new rule to define waters of the U.S. last week was fairly predictable. Republicans and even a few Senate Democrats bashed the March 25 proposal as another example of

Farmers, foresters squeezed between a 'rock' and ESA regulations

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - Like many landowners, Joe Hopkins purchased a farm with the expectation that he could generate income from his crop in southern Georgia - in this case, trees. But his income potential has been taking

In EU, policymakers struggle to define a buzzword - and regulate

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - Here's help, maybe: Merriam-Webster defines sustainability as involving methods that do not completely use up or destroy

Ryan releases FY 2015 budget seeking EPA, SNAP changes

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., released a fiscal year 2015 budget proposal Tuesday that aims to reduce federal spending by $5.1 trillion over 10 years and includes

Company cites progress toward USDA approval for hog vaccine

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - A small animal health company based in Ames, Iowa, says it's making progress toward gaining a conditional license from USDA for the vaccine it's developed against a virus that has

TTIP inching toward finish line

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - The U.S. and EU are clearly into negotiating mode, after completing the fourth round of their Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks, Marc Vanheukelen, the European Trade Commission's head of cabinet, told EU's agriculture community at the

Bills would legalize raw milk, curb FDA food-safety authority

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - Twenty House members are backing legislation that would ease restrictions on interstate sales of unpasteurized milk - a product that medical experts and major dairy groups say can be

FDA chief to seek 'reasonable solution' in rule dispute with brewers

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told Congress last week that she'll seek a reasonable solution to a dispute between her agency and the brewing industry over how to

IPCC says adaptation needed to counter crop production drops, shifts

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - The authors of the latest report from an UN-sponsored group of scientists and researchers charged with addressing the impacts of a changing climate on humans and ecosystems say food security is

 USDA official pledges to reduce biotech approval backlog

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 - The head of USDA's Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) told a congressional panel yesterday that the department plans to have the backlog of pending petitions for biotechnology products reduced by half

Senators propose new caps on crop insurance premium subsidies

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - Less than two months after President Barack Obama signed a new farm bill into law, two U.S. senators are already eager to change it
Politics | 4/1/2014 8:02:20 PM

Soybeans planting may soar as farmers follow the money

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2014 - With soybean prices nearly three times those of corn, U.S. farmers are indicating they will plant record
Politics | 3/31/2014 6:19:15 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Lawmakers eyeing USDA, EPA budget requests

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014 - The House is keeping up its aggressive schedule this week through a series of hearings to debate the administration's fiscal year 2015 budget
Politics | 3/31/2014 6:06:55 PM

Dave Camp to retire at end of term

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014— House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., announced he will retire after he completes his last nine months serving
Politics | 3/31/2014 3:14:58 PM

Coalition of governors asks Congressional leaders to extend wind energy tax credits

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014 - The chairman and vice chairman of the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition, as well as two of the coalition's former chairmen, sent a letter to Congressional leadership today urging Congress to approve
Politics | 3/31/2014 3:03:53 PM

Congressmen ask EPA about challenges in ethanol mandate implementation

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014 - Congressmen Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., Jim Costa, D-Calif., Steve Womack, R-Ark, and Peter Welch, D-Vt., sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy on Friday requesting additional information on the challenges of implementing
Politics | 3/31/2014 1:16:05 PM

Food production will fall due to rising temps: NIPCC Report

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014 -- A report released by a Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) work group says rising temperatures are having a greater
Politics | 3/31/2014 12:10:40 PM

Corn stockpiles rise 30 percent; soybean supplies down slightly

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014 - Unsold supplies of U.S. corn totaled 7.01 billion bushels as of March 1, up 30 percent from a year earlier, USDA said today in a quarterly report. Usage for the three-month period from December through February was indicated at
Politics | 3/31/2014 11:43:35 AM

Corn acreage may fall while soybean seedings seen at record high

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014 - U.S. farmers intend to plant 91.7 million acres with corn this year, down 4 percent from 2013, USDA said today. If realized, the figure would be the lowest since
Politics | 3/29/2014

 Rogers plans to block funding for EPA's 'Waters of the U. S.' rule

WASHINGTON, March 28, 2014 - House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., said Thursday that he would move to block funding to implement EPA's
Politics | 3/28/2014 4:03:22 PM

Administration rolls out proposals to reduce methane emissions

WASHINGTON, March 28, 2014 - The administration today announced steps to reduce methane emissions that includes plans to lower U.S. dairy sector
Politics | 3/28/2014 2:50:07 PM

U.S. hog population falls sharply, reflecting PED virus

WASHINGTON, March 28, 2014 - The U.S. hog and pig inventory totaled 62.9 million as of March 1, down 3 percent from
Politics | 3/28/2014 1:21:27 PM

USDA officially announces MILC program extension

WASHINGTON, March 28, 2014 - USDA today officially announced the extension of the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program through
Politics | 3/28/2014 12:03:30 PM

U.S. sugar industry files anti-dumping petition against Mexico

WASHINGTON, March 28, 2014— The American Sugar Coalition (ASC) filed an antidumping case against Mexico today, asking the federal government to take corrective action against the
Politics | 3/28/2014 11:29:00 AM

Food security top priority in China, say soy farmers meeting in Beijing

BEIJING, March 28, 2014 - In a teleconference from Beijing this week, representatives of two U.S. soybean groups spoke of meeting with industry and government officials there to discuss how farmers from the Americas
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