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Politics | 3/10/2014 4:19:01 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Lawmakers looking at climate change, water rights, budget

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2014 - Lawmakers will turn their attention to an array of issues this week including climate change, water rights, the proposed fiscal year 2015 budget, support for Ukraine,
Politics | 3/10/2014 3:53:15 PM

Grain group says CFTC proposal would eliminate risk management tool

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2014 - The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) expressed concern today with the Commodity Futures

Politics | 3/10/2014 3:21:23 PM

In search of more workable whole farm insurance options

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2014 - Compared to the more popular options available to farmers and ranchers, whole farm insurance might be considered the Rodney Dangerfield of the industry. These plans, which aim to protect against low farm income based on
Politics | 3/10/2014 12:20:13 PM

U.S. soy exports seen reaching record 1.53 billion bushels

WASHINGTON, MARCH 10, 2014 - U.S. soybean exports will reach a record 1.53 billion bushels (41.64 million metric tons) in the marketing year ending Aug. 31, up 20 million bushels from the month-ago forecast and up 16 percent from the previous year, reflecting
Politics | 3/10/2014 9:10:06 AM

Florida citrus family exits the industry, auctions 3,000 acres of groves

VERO BEACH, Fla., March 7, 2014 -- The Kennedy Family, owners of Kennedy Groves and United Indian River Packers in Vero Beach, announced they will sell their citrus holdings
Politics | 3/10/2014 4:25:25 AM

With new farm bill, patience will be a virtue

SANTA FE, N.M., March 9, 2014 - Farmers and ranchers will have a multitude of decisions facing them this year - if they want to participate in programs offered in the new farm bill.
Politics | 3/9/2014 12:15:46 PM

U.S. officials not optimistic on trade deal before Obama Asia trip

WASHINGTON, MARCH 9, 2014 -- U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack both say the U.S. is working hard to reach a deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before President Obama's trip to Asia in April but
Politics | 3/7/2014 3:44:27 PM

Senators set to pull all-nighter on climate change action

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2014 - About 30 Democratic senators will hold the Senate floor overnight between Monday and Tuesday to urge action on
Politics | 3/7/2014 2:07:56 PM

Soybean growers ask FDA not to ban partially hydrogenated oils

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2014-- The American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted its comments today on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) proposal to further reduce trans fat consumption
Politics | 3/7/2014 10:22:46 AM

USDA opens Monsanto?s SmartStax Pro corn for public comment

WASHINGTON, March, 7, 2014-- USDA today posted Monsanto's petition for its SmartStax Pro product, which is corn genetically engineered for protection against corn rootworm and
Politics | 3/7/2014

Water resources development bills still percolating with conferees

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2014 - Stakeholders in the water resources development game continue to closely watch for a final agreement among conferees trying to resolve
Politics | 3/6/2014 5:17:55 PM

More oversight needed at USDA to combat waste, fraud, Fong tells lawmakers

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2014 - While USDA's Office of Inspector General has made recent progress in addressing waste, fraud, and abuse among programs administered by
Politics | 3/6/2014 4:50:03 PM

Obama signs into law drought information system reauthorization

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2014 - President Obama signed into law today legislation (H.R. 2431) that reauthorizes
Politics | 3/6/2014 4:00:38 PM

House members introduce ag privacy law

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2014 - Reps. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., Lee Terry, R-Neb., Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., and Jim Costa, D-Calif., today introduced legislation to prohibit EPA from
Politics | 3/6/2014 3:18:05 PM

Senators express concern that CFTC nominees have no agriculture sector experience

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2014 - While the three nominees for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), including for the chairmanship, received a warm
Politics | 3/6/2014 1:36:46 PM

Six states join lawsuit against California egg law

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2014— Five states joined Missouri in a lawsuit against California over its law requiring more space for all egg-laying hens. The standards apply to all eggs
Politics | 3/6/2014 9:01:22 AM

APHIS reschedules stakeholder meeting on animal quarantine

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has rescheduled a stakeholder meeting on live animal quarantine centers that was cancelled this week due to inclement weather. The day-long meeting will take place
Politics | 3/5/2014 7:51:48 PM

USDA sets stakeholder meetings about Farm Bill implementation

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced a series of meetings to share information with stakeholders about the 2014 Farm Bill implementation process, including:
Politics | 3/5/2014 5:37:00 PM

Study: Better livestock diet boosts profits, addresses climate change

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - Livestock producers can boost profitability and address climate change by mixing systems to include higher quality feed and grass, rather than
Politics | 3/5/2014 2:09:36 PM

Moran introduces bill to stop animal testing for cosmetics

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., introduced a bill today which would prohibit animal testing in the U.S. cosmetics industry and phase out the sale of cosmetics
Politics | 3/5/2014 12:54:03 PM

House leaders criticize EPA plan on U.S. waters definition

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - Two top House lawmakers wrote a letter today to President Obama expressing concern over EPA's plan to
Politics | 3/5/2014 4:53:03 AM

 Can we have TPP without TPA?

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014-- U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman seems convinced that Congress will eventually approve Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), commonly known as
Politics | 3/5/2014 4:33:09 AM

House Committee reviews Smith-Lever Act

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014-- A House Agriculture subcommittee on Tuesday held a hearing to review the Smith-Lever Act, the legislation that established agriculture's Cooperative Extension System
Politics | 3/5/2014

Obama budget cuts USDA spending, including crop insurance funds

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - President Obama released a $3.9 trillion fiscal year 2015 budget to fund government departments, including USDA and EPA - and included a familiar theme: proposals to trim

Ag groups in holding pattern as the TPP talks (and Japan) stall

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - There was little movement on the multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during the talks that concluded last week in Singapore, and experts say a deal isn't expected until after
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