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Politics | 3/16/2014 5:05:07 PM

A St. Patty's Day nod to 'green' breweries

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2014 - Want to really go green this St. Patrick's Day? How about celebrating with a brew from a green brewery, one of the many across the U.S. and Canada with
Politics | 3/16/2014 5:01:31 PM

A St. Patty's Day nod to 'green' breweries

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2014 - Want to really go green this St. Patrick's Day? How about celebrating with a brew from a green brewery, one of the many across the U.S. and Canada with

Politics | 3/14/2014 4:45:49 PM

House panel questions Vilsack over USDA budget request

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2014 - Lawmakers questioned Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today on several issues related to the administration's fiscal year 2015 budget request with
Politics | 3/14/2014 12:58:00 PM

USTR Froman 'generally pleased' with latest round of T-TIP talks

WASHINGTON, March 14, 3014 - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said he was generally pleased with the progress U.S. and European negotiators made this week
Politics | 3/13/2014 6:21:31 PM

 Keystone supporters explore legislative ways to get project started

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 - Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas, continue to search for a way to get veto-proof congressional approval for
Politics | 3/13/2014 6:01:04 PM

Grassley, agriculture groups rail against Japan tariff demands

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 - Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and several agricultural groups reiterated their opposition today to Japanese tariff demands
Politics | 3/13/2014 5:36:24 PM

House approves bill dealing with water rights

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 - The House approved legislation (H.R. 3189) today, on a mostly party-line vote of 238-174, which would prevent federal agencies from requiring
Politics | 3/13/2014 4:21:15 PM

Crop protection industry urges stronger regulatory framework between U.S. and EU

BRUSSELS, March 13, 2014 --CropLife America (CLA) and the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) called for a more harmonized risk assessment framework for pesticide regulations during the
Politics | 3/13/2014 3:51:01 PM

House Agriculture Committee approves budget views and estimates letter

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 - The House Agriculture Committee adopted today, by voice vote, its budget views and estimates letter, which outlines the committee's budget and
Politics | 3/13/2014 2:53:01 PM

Senators seek disaster aid for pork producers hurt by deadly pig virus

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 - Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D.-Mich., and Sen. Kay Hagan, D.-N.C., are urging Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to approve disaster assistance for small pork producers affected by
Politics | 3/13/2014 10:56:06 AM

Incidents of low-level GMO crops in traded food and feed rising: FAO

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 -- The increased production of genetically modified crops around the world has led to a higher number of incidents of
Politics | 3/13/2014 10:02:45 AM

Tolman to retire as NCGA CEO

ST. LOUIS, March 13, 2014 - National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) CEO Rick Tolman announced to the NCGA Corn Board earlier this week that he will retire
Politics | 3/13/2014 8:39:23 AM

Grain prices and farm income drop sharply in 2014, FAPRI finds

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014-- Larger global crop harvests in 2013 have contributed to a major reversal of fortunes in agricultural markets, causing grain prices and crop producer income
Politics | 3/12/2014 7:20:53 PM

U.S. Trade Rep details goals of Transatlantic Trade Partnership

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014 -- The U.S. Trade Representative's Office says the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) that is being negotiated with the European Union could help push
Politics | 3/12/2014 5:08:17 PM

Global farm subsidies decline, but still high, Worldwatch says

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014 - The top 21 food producing countries in the world were supported by an estimated $486 billion in agriculture subsidies in 2012, according
Politics | 3/12/2014 5:00:43 PM

Lawmakers ask Army Corps for Missouri River flood prevention plans

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014 - Nine lawmakers sent a letter today to Brigadier General John Kem of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers calling on the Corps to provide Congress with
Politics | 3/12/2014 1:00:31 PM

Farm banks prepared for declining ag markets, ABA report finds

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014 - A new report from the American Bankers Association (ABA) shows farm banks increased their agricultural lending in 2013 and are prepared to
Politics | 3/12/2014 11:51:26 AM

NACD expresses concerns about possible NM national monument

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014 -- The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) said it is concerned about reports that the Obama administration is prepared to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region in New Mexico as a National Monument. Such a designation would
Politics | 3/12/2014 11:23:33 AM

 Syngenta outlines Agrisure Duracade launch plan

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014-- Syngenta will not launch its Agrisure Duracade seed corn—designed to control rootworm damage—in Canada this year
Politics | 3/12/2014 4:53:27 AM

Study: Narrowing crop diversity poses threat to global food security

WASHINGTON, March, 12, 2014-- A new study of global food supplies documents for the first time what its authors say has been long suspected: over the last five decades: human diets around the world have grown ever more similar
Politics | 3/12/2014

Delayed rail shipments: A perfect storm for grain shipments

WASHINGTON, March 12 2014 - U.S. wheat farmers are finding it increasingly difficult to find rail transport for their crop, a squeeze brought on by increased

The new commodity title: It's complicated.....or not?

WASHINGTON, March 12 2014 - Less than 30 days after President Obama's ink started to dry after signing the 2014 Agricultural Act, farm organizations and land grant universities are already rolling out some key decision making tools to

USDA moves 'full speed ahead' with livestock disaster assistance

WASHINGTON, March 12 2014 - Now that USDA officials are promising that new livestock disaster aid will be among the first new farm bill programs out of the shoot, ranchers are rushing to

Administration, lawmakers keeping focus on historic drought

WASHINGTON, March 12 2014 - Despite some recent rain in California, farmers continue to suffer through a historic drought there and in nearby states as the Obama administration and lawmakers work to

Which should come first: data standards or data protection?

WASHINGTON, March 12 2014 - With concerns about big data percolating across the countryside, a group of agribusinesses announced a plan to develop technical standards for formatting and
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