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WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2016 - Integrating agriculture more fully into the global marketplace will help farmers and the world's poorest people adapt to the rising temperatures that accompany climate change, according to a Purdue University agricultural economist.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif., Feb.
15, 2016 - The federal crop insurance program can celebrate several successes,
but one of the biggest comes from reducing the improper payment rate by more
than 50 percent, said Brandon Willis, administrator of USDA's Risk Management
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2016 - Three new national monument designations covering 1.8 million acres of California will connect Mojave National Preserve, Joshua Tree National Park, San Bernardino National Forest, and 15 wilderness areas previously designated by Congress.
Washington, Feb. 12, 2016 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has made a preliminary decision not to regulate Syngenta's line of corn genetically engineered for both insect resistance and glufosinate-ammonium resistance (MZIR098).
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2016 - USDA announced Friday it will award $220 million to 84 Regional Conservation Partnership Projects (RCPPs) this year to help communities improve water quality, wildlife habitat and soil.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2016 - The Agriculture Department's inspector general is opening a broad investigation into complaints that agency officials have silenced USDA researchers on issues such as pesticides.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2016 - EPA chief Gina McCarthy put up a stout
defense at a House Agriculture Committee hearing today to charges that her
agency is out of touch with the farming community, stating that she works
closely with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and has "great
respect" for USDA.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are encouraging stakeholders in enhanced Cuban trade to keep the pressure on Congress to ease trade restrictions with the island nation.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif., Feb. 11 - If one headline could summarize the challenges confronting the crop insurance industry in 2016, it might be (No Shortage of Critics,) lamented Mary Kay Thatcher, senior director for congressional relations with the American Farm Bureau Federation, in a speech to industry leaders today.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - USDA will temporarily allow Michigan to use its WIC funds to test about 3,800 WIC participants who may have been exposed to lead during the ongoing drinking water crisis in Flint.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - The crop insurance and commodity programs authorized by the 2014 farm bill came under withering criticism here Wednesday by a panel of agricultural economists assembled by the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2016 -- An ExxonMobil policy blog posted this week forecasts global carbon emissions will begin to drop around 2030, and by 2040 "the emissions-intensity of the global economy is likely to fall by half."
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee met Wednesday to review the status of the country's ailing water infrastructure system and to plan its response - another Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) - that panel members predict will receive congressional approval this year.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Todd Van Hoose, CEO and President of the Farm Credit Council. As the Farm Credit System celebrates its centennial this year, Todd Van Hoose says he's humbled by the achievements over the past century and excited about the opportunities in the next 100 years. In this week's interview Van Hoose discusses the troubled spots the industry is facing and says increased demands for government secured loans is a symptom of the challenges some farmers are facing. Van Hoose shares thoughts on the significance of the nation's crop insurance program, CFTC reform, the need for global trade and challenges the Farm Credit System continues to see from the community banking industry.