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Politics | 9/10/2014 1:28:12 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2014 - The U.S. Trade Representative's Office (USTR) says negotiators made (important progress) on a range of issues during 10 days of Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in Hanoi, but apparently the contentious issue of
Politics | 9/10/2014 10:18:21 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2014 - The EPA should broaden its decision-making approach from its traditional emphasis on reducing emissions and waste releases from individual point sources to (consider

Politics | 9/10/2014
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2014 - Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would prohibit the EPA from implementing a proposed rule aimed at clarifying which waters of the U.S. are under its jurisdiction as part of the Clean Water Act (CWA). WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2014 - A rail backlog that has kept grain bins full in the Dakotas, Montana and some adjacent states is improving, but rail companies still have a long ways to go. WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2014 - Two dairy cooperatives comprised of some of the nation's largest dairy farms in the Midwest and Southwest have merged, creating what could become the fifth-largest U.S. milk producer co-op with many of the industry's most innovative products and processing technologies. WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2014 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife (FWS) is debating whether to list the northern long-eared bat (NLE) as an endangered species, adding fuel to the ongoing controversy surrounding the Endangered Species Act (ESA), according to witnesses at a House Natural Resources Committee field hearing this week. WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2014 - U.S. dairy exporters and trade groups want the Obama Administration to pressure Canada to back out of the part of a new trade agreement that grants preferred access to cheese from the European Union and restricts U.S. sales to an already-tightly-restricted Canadian cheese market. WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2014 - President Barack Obama wants to know what's happening at your local Farm Service Agency (FSA), so shouldn't you, too? WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2014 - Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wants to know what allowing No. 1 cable company Comcast to acquire No. 2 company Time Warner Cable (TWC) "might mean for Americans who live in rural areas." WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2014 - Two separate perspectives saying much the same are coming soon to federal trade officials, warning that U.S. rice exporters face a near-crisis level of
Politics | 9/9/2014 3:05:51 PM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2014 - The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today to promote increased cooperation and communication between
Politics | 9/8/2014 9:33:49 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2014 -- President Obama's senior advisers are recommending a veto should Congress approve a bill being pushed by House Republicans that would prohibit the EPA from implementing a proposed rule aimed at
Politics | 9/8/2014 6:08:17 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2014 - As USDA continues to roll out new farm bill programs, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that $328 million in conservation funding is being invested to help landowners
Politics | 9/8/2014 4:12:49 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2014 - Senate Commerce Committee Chair Jay Rockefeller, D-W. VA., and Ranking Member John Thune, R-S.D., introduced legislation Monday afternoon to
Politics | 9/8/2014 2:36:48 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2014 -- The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is recommending that Congress consider reducing the level of federal premium subsidies for revenue crop insurance programs, saying the government could save
Politics | 9/8/2014 1:30:17 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2014 - Organizations representing hog farmers in the U.S., Australia, Chile and Mexico are calling on negotiators on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks to come up with a
Politics | 9/8/2014 1:24:11 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2014 - Congress returns from its August recess this week with House Republicans taking direct aim at several environmental proposals, including the EPA's
Politics | 9/8/2014 12:45:39 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2014 - The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released a report today that further debunks the fictional
Politics | 9/8/2014
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2014 - Noting that three years of negotiations had produced very little in way of reforming the beef checkoff, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he might just handle it on his own.
Politics | 9/7/2014 3:35:16 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2014 - The board of the National Farmers Union has voted to pull out of a working group seeking changes in the beef checkoff, calling the process a (waste of time and money,) and urging
Politics | 9/5/2014
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2014 -- Government support for agriculture in the 34 member nations of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development continued to trend downward in 2013
Politics | 9/4/2014 6:13:29 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2014 - Surface Transportation Board officials held a field hearing Thursday in Fargo, N.D. to address rail service issues that continue to
Politics | 9/4/2014 4:23:40 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2014 - USDA is awarding Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels LLC a loan guarantee for $105 million to build a biorefinery to produce
Politics | 9/4/2014 3:38:40 PM
EMMETSBURG, Iowa, Sept. 3, 2014 - POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, a joint venture of Royal DSM and POET, LLC, opened Wednesday its Project LIBERTY plant, which is the first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant
Politics | 9/3/2014 4:27:15 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2014 - A study released today by USDA's Economic Research Service says more than 17.5 million Americans struggled with hunger in 2013, down slightly from
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