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ARDEN HILLS, Minn., Feb. 19, 2015 - Land O'Lakes, Inc.
announced plans to acquire the assets of FLM+, a leading marketing
communications and strategic consulting company with expertise in the
agribusiness and rural community sector.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 - U.S. Farmers are expected to cut their planting of most major crops in response to sagging commodity prices, but growers will benefit from falling fuel prices and transportation costs, according to the Agriculture Department.
PAUL, MN., Feb. 19, 2015- The nation's leading agricultural co-op, CHS,
announced that it will distribute an estimated $518 million to farmers,
ranchers and cooperatives - extending a record of what it described as
(significant cash returns to owners.)
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 - The final report of
the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee was published earlier today, and
language regarding sustainability and lean meat has livestock and meat groups
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 - The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its final report today, setting the stage for a nutrition policy battle involving lean meat and sustainability that is expected to play out through the rest of the year.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - The participation rate among people eligible for USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) jumped to 83 percent in fiscal year 2012 from 78 percent in the previous year, according to a department report.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - Those interested in applying for up to $1 million in conservation or carbon credit project grant funding through USDA's Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program must submit their project pre-proposals by Feb. 24.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2015 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today released its long-awaited proposal for regulations governing the commercial use of small, unmanned aircraft, or drones, including in agriculture.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2015- USDA Inspector General Phyllis Fong told House appropriators Friday that her office would focus on cyber security and improper payment challenges with its fiscal year 2016 budget request for $98.9 million.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2015 - Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut along with Rep. Pete DeFazio, D-Ore., held a press conference today to reintroduce a mandatory GMO labeling bill that will face stiff opposition in a Congress controlled by Republicans.
Feb. 13, 2015 - The House voted to make permanent the expired Section
179 expensing allowance, but the popular tax break is likely headed to
another temporary extension until Congress can agree on a broad overhaul
of tax policy.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13,
2015-- While environmental groups are putting pressure on the EPA to rein in
agricultural chemical companies on the production and use of neonicotinoids,
agricultural entities are encouraging government agencies to work with
beekeepers in providing access to federal- and state-owned land with healthy
forage for pollinators.
12, 2015 - A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to put the House on
record urging President Obama to step in and end a labor dispute
snarling West Coast ports if there isn't an agreement soon.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2015 - USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack spent four hours with the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday talking about the state of the rural economy and answering members' questions about a wide range of issues - ranging from the EPA's controversial Waters of the U.S. proposal to country-of-origin labeling to nutrition programs for the poor.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2015 - House Agriculture Committee members questioned Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Timothy Massad today on the agency's 2015 agenda, including new regulations in the swaps market, end-user protection and cyber security.
Feb. 12, 2015 - Outbreaks linked to raw milk have increased sharply as
the unpasteurized product has grown in popularity, according to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Feb. 12, 2015 - A new study says
droughts in the central Plains and the Southwest in the latter half of this century are likely to be more severe than
even the decades-long (megadroughts) that hit the Southwest and central Plains
during Medieval times - (an unprecedented fundamental climate shift.)
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2015 - The chairman of the House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee today told the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) the agency won't be getting the $72 million increase in spending President Obama is asking for.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2015-Appropriations subcommittees in the House and Senate questioned the Army Corps of Engineers today on President Obama's proposal to reduce spending for the agency in fiscal year 2016, while allocating $5 million for (waters of the United States) implementation.
This week's guest on Open Mic is US Senator Heidi Heitkamp. As an outspoken advocate for agriculture and rural America, the North Dakota Democrat was instrumental in crafting the 2014 farm bill and now has proposed legislation to address uncertainty over renewable fuels and waters of the US as well as expanding trade with Cuba. In this interview Senator Heitkamp shares her thoughts on food labeling and outlines senate debate over Trade Promotion Authority for President Obama. While trade dominates the legislative agenda this week, Heitkamp hopes for timely action on the highway trust fund, the export-import bank and national security issues.