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Politics | 1/15/2014 7:38:48 PM

Farmland prices still up ? but for how long?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 - Farmland sales continue to climb, according to data released by national real estate and
Politics | 1/15/2014 7:27:47 PM

 National Cotton Council disappointed by Brazilian comments

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 - The National Cotton Council (NCC) said today it is deeply disappointed and disturbed by statements reportedly made by representatives

Politics | 1/15/2014 6:53:15 PM

 Lucas continues work on proposal to solve dairy differences

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 - House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., said today he has a proposal to possibly settle the dairy
Politics | 1/15/2014 5:05:47 PM

Peterson, lawmakers meet with McCarthy on RFS

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 - House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and other lawmakers met today with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to express
Politics | 1/15/2014 3:42:42 PM

 House approves spending increase for USDA in omnibus bill

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 - The House approved today a $1 trillion omnibus spending package that would fund the federal
Politics | 1/15/2014 11:58:46 AM

WikiLeaks releases secret TPP proposals on environment

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 - WikiLeaks released the secret draft text today for the entire Trans-Pacific Partnership
Politics | 1/15/2014 11:58:26 AM

Virginia's Democratic Rep. Moran to retire

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 - Though Moran is not a member of the House Agriculture Committee, he has influenced ag issued through his ranking membership on the Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies
Politics | 1/15/2014 8:45:43 AM

Obesity, diabetes rates mean U.S. not one of the best places to eat

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2013 - A new report by Oxfam America ranks the United States 21st out of 125 on its index of best countries to eat in around the world
Politics | 1/15/2014 8:33:21 AM

Obesity, diabetes rates mean U.S. not one of the best places to eat

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2013 - A new report by Oxfam America ranks the United States 21st out of 125 on its index of best countries to eat in around the world
Politics | 1/15/2014

Farm Bureau delegates add new drones and ?Big Data? policies

In their annual policy review session, the voting delegates of American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) chose to add new policies on unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, and the sharing and ownership of

?Waters of the U.S.? rule could lead to more red tape, lawyer says

An attorney who specializes in environmental law told farmers at the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF's) 95th Annual Convention that EPA's efforts to clarify the definition of waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act (CWA) could result in

Sec. Vilsack, BIO square off over GMO process

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack fired back at accusations that his department is moving too slowly to approve genetically modified (GMO) and other new seed traits, during

California agriculture braces as drought enters third year

With California entering its third year of drought and near-term prospects for precipitation looking bleak, state and industry officials say they are taking whatever steps are available to

Farm energy stakeholders await fate of funding for key programs

The farm bill under negotiation is expected to have an energy title that has mandatory funding for farm energy programs, closely following a version adopted by

Trade is back

After more than three years of focusing on a new farm bill and a host of other domestic priorities, the topic of international trade is once again taking top billing. Negotiators continue to

Congress set to move $1 trillion spending bill with USDA increase

Congress is poised to approve legislation this week that would fund the federal government, including USDA and FDA, through

Dairy fight continues to muck up farm bill progress

More fighting over a dairy policy solution for a long-term farm bill continues to bog down action, as lawmakers now eye

Majority of Ag Committee members in the millionaires club

Most members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are millionaires, according to personal financial disclosure data compiled by
Politics | 1/14/2014 8:11:55 PM

Economist sees bumpy years ahead for U.S. agriculture

SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 13, 2014 - An agricultural economist at Ohio State University has some words of caution for U.S. farmers
Politics | 1/13/2014 7:55:44 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Farm bill, appropriations at center stage

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2014 - Negotiations over a long-term farm bill are expected to continue this week while lawmakers try
Politics | 1/13/2014 7:29:45 PM

USDA would see slight increase as part of $1 trillion FY 2014 spending package

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2014 - USDA and FDA would receive a combined increase of $350 million in FY 2014 as part of a $1 trillion
Politics | 1/13/2014 7:10:49 PM

Boehner to hold steady on dairy position, Conaway says

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2014 - Although House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will not budge on his position on dairy policy, top Republican
Politics | 1/13/2014 5:22:41 PM

Miller joins growing list of outgoing House Democrats

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2014 - Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., announced today that he will not seek a 21st term in
Politics | 1/13/2014 1:05:44 PM

Vilsack says USDA is preparing to implement a new farm bill

SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 13, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he is organizing USDA to be prepared to implement the provisions of a new farm bill as soon as
Politics | 1/12/2014 1:21:41 PM

AFBF's Stallman calls for Congress to act on farm bill, WRDA, immigration

SAN ANTONIO, January 12, 2014 - American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Bob Stallman called on the over 5,500 members and guests attending the organization's 95th annual convention to hold their members of Congress
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