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WASHINGTON, April 10, 2015 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it will issue its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements for 2015 by June 1, and a final rule governing the volumes for 2014 and 2015 by Nov. 30.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - A new study commissioned by U.S. commodity groups concludes that several so-called "advanced developing countries" have ramped up their subsidies to corn, wheat and rice producers in excess of their commitments to the World Trade Organization, creating unfair conditions for global commerce.
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2015 - The Obama administration released a report today highlighting the importance of trade exports in all 50 states, an effort to drive home the impacts of trade on the middle class as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) talks heat up on Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2015- Cathleen Enright, executive vice president for food and agriculture at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is leaving BIO for the Pet Food Institute where she'll be CEO. She starts the new position on April 27.
April 9, 2015 - USDA announced today it will grant $73 million to rehabilitate
and assess dams in 23 states to protect public health and expand water supplies
in drought affected areas. About 150 projects and assessments are being funded.
WASHINGTON, April, 7, 2015 - If USDA's Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) works out as planned, the results could include up to $88.5 billion in additional economic activity and about 700,000 new jobs by 2023, with most of the new money and jobs flowing to rural America.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - The honeybee population in Indiana survived the winter in better shape than a year ago, with estimated losses at about 29 percent compared to a mortality rate of about 65 percent after the winter of 2013-2014, according to Purdue University honeybee specialist Greg Hunt.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - USDA has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Meeker County, Minnesota, marking the ninth outbreak of HPAI in the state.
April 8, 2015 - A Texas federal judge who blocked the Obama
administration's executive actions on immigration is refusing to stay
the decision and accused government lawyers of misleading him about when
the orders were first implemented.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - Reinvigorating animal agricultural research is essential to sustainably addressing the global challenge of food security, according to a report issued by a National Research Council committee, part of the National Academies of Sciences.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - A group of 15 stakeholders in the organic industry have filed a lawsuit in San Francisco alleging the Department of Agriculture violated federal rulemaking processes and took power away from the National Organic Standards Board.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - Potential agricultural operators of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones, would like the government to allow higher, wider ranges for the vehicles, and to ensure the privacy of the data collected by this technology.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - Sen. Rand Paul, who officially launched his presidential candidacy on Tuesday, is trying to expand his support beyond his young and libertarian base. One way he's trying to do it is by sponsoring legislation aimed at increasing consumption of ethanol.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - Dramatic growth in the craft beer sector domestically and abroad over the past five years has translated into big opportunities for American hop and barley producers who cultivate the industry's most essential inputs.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - It's no secret that a substantial amount of land was converted to crops starting in 2008 as prices for corn and other commodities were soaring. But a new study out of the University of Wisconsin claims to detail for the first time where that new cropland is located and what it was used for before being plowed up mostly for corn and soybeans.
WASHINGTON, April 7, 2015 - USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service
(NRCS) will invest $10 million this year, and an additional $90 million over
the next four years, in water quality improvement projects on farms and ranches
within the Mississippi River Basin.
April 3, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack solicited farmers, ranchers
and agribusiness owners to (personally lobby) for the speedy passage of fast track negotiating authority for President
Obama and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.
This week's Open Mic features Representative Ron Kind. As a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Wisconsin Democrat supports free trade and explains why it was such a difficult vote for many Democrats, who largely opposed President Obama. Kind shares his thoughts for the Obama administration in the latter stages of the TPP negotiations, especially in regard to his home state’s dairy industry. He also discusses EPA’s proposed waters of the U.S. rule. As a long-time farm bill critic, he also talks about further changes he’d like to see in crop insurance and other farm programs.