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WASHINGTON, May 7, 2015 - Prices for agricultural commodities on world markets continued to fall in April and abundant inventories should offset any pressure from the slight reduction in global harvests expected this year, according to the biannual Food Outlook report released today by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2015 -- The deadline for public
input on the scientific report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
(DGAC) is midnight Friday, giving supporters and opponents of the report just
hours to speak now or forever hold their peace.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden used a State Department forum Wednesday to encourage greater collaboration between farmers and policy makers as they try to deal with climate change.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015-- The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today said it will appeal an April 27 federal court ruling denying the organization's attempt to halt Vermont's mandatory GMO labeling law.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 -- Three Democratic lawmakers are asking the Interior Department to place limits on the unnecessary releases of natural gas from oil and gas wells in light of a new Government Accountability Office report that found that officials have not improved natural gas capture standards despite two previous reports urging reforms.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - EPA's delays in rulemaking for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) over the past two years have resulted in an estimated $13.7 billion shortfall in investment in advanced and cellulosic biofuels, according to the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) analysis released Monday.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - There are signs of life on both sides of the Capitol for an effort to stop states from requiring labeling of biotech foods. The House Energy and Commerce Committee is preparing to move a bill in coming weeks, and a companion version is now in the works in the Senate, Agri-Pulse has learned.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - Republicans are gearing up to use the fiscal 2016 appropriations process to target a long list of issues from the definition of (waters of the United States) (WOTUS) to menu labeling and greenhouse gas regulations.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - A fast-track trade bill appears to have enough support to pass the Senate - the question is when. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who opposes President Obama's trade agenda, is looking to delay a vote, arguing there isn't enough time to deal with the bill before June because the Senate needs to address highway funding and an expiring surveillance law first.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - The future of the Export-Import Bank remains in doubt amid bitter, internal divisions in the House GOP caucus. That uncertainty is a particular concern for agricultural equipment manufacturers, which along with other sectors that relies on Ex-Im financing.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - While the historic bird flu outbreak now afflicting the nation's poultry producers may abate with advent of summer and warmer temperatures, the effects of the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of the virus may be felt in production and markets through Thanksgiving and into next year.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - American Bankers Association (ABA) CEO Frank Keating may not have anticipated negative feedback when he advocated doing away with the Farm Credit System, arguing that FCS threatens small-town banks and poses potential dangers for taxpayers.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - While activist groups and food companies duke it out over labeling GMO foods and public acceptance issues, biotech companies are moving on to new methods of improving crop traits.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - An avian influenza outbreak wreaking havoc on Midwest poultry operations shows no signs of slowing, and now the Office of Management and Budget has authorized $330 million in emergency funding to help producers cope with the disease.
ARDEN HILLS, MN, May 5, 2015 - Land O'Lakes, Inc. announced first quarter financial results, reporting quarterly net sales of $3.8 billion and net earnings attributable to Land O'Lakes of $99.4 million for the period ending March 31, 2015 - down from $125 million in 2014.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - Whether crusading against a California oyster farm, against global warming or against fossil fuels, the Obama administration has repeatedly ignored its proclaimed commitment to transparency and "science-based policy."
WASHINGTON, May 5, 2015 - USDA announced it will offer up to $3.3 million in grant funding to farmers markets and direct marketing farms that are willing to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as payment for the fresh fruits, vegetables and other goods they sell locally.
WASHINGTON, May 5, 2015 - This year's fire season will be worse than average for Western and North-Central states due to particularly dry conditions and a meager snowpack, Forest Service (FS) Chief Tom Tidwell told senators Tuesday during an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing.
WASHINGTON, May 4, 2015 - With avian flu cases continuing to spread across Midwest poultry farms, a bipartisan group of senators is appealing to appropriators to ensure the Agriculture Department has enough money to fight the outbreak.
WASHINGTON, May 4, 2015-The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a final rule recognizing that a soybean developed by Monsanto genetically engineered to produce an insecticidal protein is safe to humans in any expected exposure.
This week’s Open Mic features Frank Gasperini, CEO for the National Council for Agricultural Employers. In this interview you will hear the frustration labor intensive agriculture faces each year in finding an adequate hourly workforce to harvest crops and care for livestock and how a coalition has grown challenging congress to take action. Gasperini defines how some proposals for immigration reform legislation could decimate some facets of the ag industry and threaten our nation’s food security.