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Politics | 12/23/2014 2:41:23 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2014-- Abundant global sugar stocks continue to weigh on world market prices, according to a report from Rabobank, a major bank to the food, beverage and agribusiness industries in North America.
Politics | 12/23/2014 1:19:57 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2014 - Starbucks says it is shifting to cage-free eggs and pork raised without the use of sow gestation crates as the coffee chain upgrades requirements for its suppliers.

Politics | 12/23/2014 11:38:23 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2014 - A report shows railroads are demonstrating improvement in handling grain cargo, easing concerns that the struggles experienced with the 2013 grain harvest may carry over to this year's crop.
Politics | 12/23/2014 10:52:59 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2014 - The incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, said today that he intends to take up an immigration bill to address the need for farmworkers in agriculture.
Politics | 12/22/2014 5:36:24 PM
WASHINGTON, December 21 - For the last 13 months, most of the news coming out of China regarding the U.S. grain trade has been one of frustration and uncertainty, putting a damper on commodity prices that have already tumbled from historic highs,
Politics | 12/22/2014 4:08:19 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2014 - While global fertilizer supplies appear set to outweigh demand, the forecast for pricing for the first quarter of 2015 (looks rather cloudy,) according to a new report on the global fertilizer industry by Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group.
Politics | 12/22/2014 11:25:04 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec.22, 2014 -- The Sweetener Users Association (SUA), a trade group representing U.S. candy and food makers, says the deal announced late last week that suspends the U.S. government's antidumping and countervailing investigations into Mexican sugar imports undermines free trade and will result in higher sugar prices for consumers and businesses.
Politics | 12/22/2014 6:36:53 AM
BASEL, SWITZERLAND, Dec. 22, 2014 - Syngenta announced today that it has received the safety certificate for its Agrisure Viptera® trait (event MIR162).
Politics | 12/19/2014 11:54:02 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2014 - The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today announced the promotion of Jon Doggett to executive vice president, effective January 1.
Politics | 12/19/2014 9:57:41 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2014-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, facing a congressional directive telling him not to implement a new beef checkoff, is dropping plans to create the program.
Politics | 12/19/2014
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2014 - Farmers are expected to trim their plantings of corn, soybeans, cotton and wheat amid slumping market prices and a steep drop in expected profits, USDA said today in its latest long-term projections.
Politics | 12/18/2014 6:25:26 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2014 - USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) today released additional details of the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion program designed to give crop producers relief from severe weather and drought.
Politics | 12/18/2014 5:34:18 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2014 - Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa has announced it will acquire John Deere Insurance Company and John Deere Risk Protection, Inc., confirming rumors that the equipment giant was looking to exit the crop insurance business.
Politics | 12/17/2014 8:07:27 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec 17, 2014-The White House today announced plans to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease a half-century old embargo on travel and commerce with the Communist nation, including trade in agricultural commodities and equipment.
Politics | 12/17/2014 4:40:16 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014 - Canada has appealed parts of a ruling by a World Trade Organization panel in October concerning U.S. country-of-origin meat labeling, or COOL, a ruling many following the process thought was in favor of America's Neighbor to the North.
Politics | 12/17/2014 3:18:39 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014-U.S. crude oil prices closed below $60 a barrel last week, the lowest level in over five years and nearly 50 percent below last summer's peak.
Politics | 12/17/2014 3:07:33 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5 avian influenza in wild birds in Whatcom County, Washington.
Politics | 12/17/2014 2:41:52 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014 - Agricultural stakeholders looking for signs of progress in the government's effort to set rules for the commercial use of drones - or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) -- in their operations were disappointed last week at a House hearing on the technology.
Politics | 12/17/2014 1:12:01 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2014 - The Senate tonight overwhelmingly gave final congressional approval to reinstating more than 50 expired tax breaks, including the Section 179 expensing allowance that some farmers had been waiting on before buying new tractors and other equipment.
Politics | 12/17/2014 10:16:37 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014 - Rajiv Shah, the architect of President Obama's $1-billion-a year effort to increase food production and reduce hunger in the world's poorest countries, is stepping down as administrator of the U.S. Agency of International Development.
Politics | 12/17/2014
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014 - President Obama's plan to ease financial restrictions on trade with Cuba could help reverse a decline in agricultural exports to the island nation, but his move is likely to face stiff opposition in Congress.
Politics | 12/16/2014 8:36:19 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2014 - The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) today released a menu of 40 policy options for reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
Politics | 12/16/2014 3:32:27 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2014 - Republicans on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee have released a report that they say raises questions about the peer review process in recent Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing decisions issued by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
Politics | 12/16/2014 11:49:22 AM
FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 16, 2014 - Despite stiff opposition from congressional Republicans, EPA is moving ahead with plans to finalize its proposed Clean Water Act rule by this spring, Administrator Gina McCarthy said today.
Politics | 12/16/2014 3:16:26 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2014 -Chinese officials informed a wide variety of U.S. seed industry officials that they approved Syngenta's seed trait Viptera, according to sources contacted by Agri-Pulse. However, industry officials were reluctant to officially announce the agreement until they received official notification of the approval.
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