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DES MOINES, Oct. 15. 2014 - A new report by the Global Harvest Initiative
(GHI) indicates that global agricultural productivity is not accelerating fast
enough to meet the expected agricultural demand for sustainable production by
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 - Missouri's Amendment 1 passed by
a slim 2,375-vote margin in August, but the measure isn't out of the woods yet.Three individuals are bringing a lawsuit before
the state's Supreme Court seeking to send the controversial amendment back to
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 - Whole Foods Market today launched a new rating system for its fruits, vegetables and flowers that assesses growing practices on how they affect human health and the environment.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 - The launch last month of USDA's new Margin Protection Program (MPP), intended to help America's 45,000 dairy farmers survive when feed costs overtake milk income, has provoked a debate over whether it is compatible with U.S. trade interests.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 - Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to the president of the European Commission on Tuesday, asking him to complete the regulatory process for eight biotechnology products pending before the EC. The European Commission is the executive arm of the EU.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 - A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report sheds new light on the hurdles that producers, manufacturers and consumers will continue to face as economic activity improves and more freight moves across already overcrowded U.S. roads and railways.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 - The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and 45 state associations sent a letter to Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Tuesday urging him to reconsider his efforts to increase funding for the beef industry by reforming the Beef Checkoff administratively.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 - Fracking - injecting a high-pressure, sand-water-chemical mix to tap natural gas by fracturing deep rock formations - is boosting natural gas supplies, lowering prices, and promising a bonanza in revenue and jobs for 31 states with proven or projected shale gas reserves.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 - Agricultural technology continues to improve by leaps and bounds, but use of drone technology in farming is not keeping pace, hampered by delays in regulatory approval, or confusion about rules already in place.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 - Coming soon: a potential determination on whether or not the northern long-eared bat species, prevalent throughout much of the United States, will be listed as "endangered" by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). A decision, which could impact hundreds of thousands of acres, is expected early next year.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 - Nearly a year beyond the Nov. 30, 2013, deadline to set volume requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the EPA still isn't saying when to expect an announcement. But National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe says the advanced biofuels industry remains "hopeful and cautiously optimistic that they will ultimately get it right even though it will have taken them a year to do so."
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 - American Farm Bureau Federation's Deputy Chief Economist John Anderson comes across as one of the most easy-going agricultural economists you'd ever want to know. But when it comes to advising producers on new farm program choices, he starts wringing his hands, wondering out loud about the steep challenges ahead and the potential for "disparate" outcomes.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014-- Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to the president of the European Commission today asking him to complete the regulatory process for eight biotechnology products pending before the EC.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014 - Telecommunications companies and industry associations today joined with the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to unveil a public-private partnership to develop apprenticeship programs for the training of the telecommunications industry workforce.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2014 - This week is
National School Lunch Week, and the School Nutrition Association and the White
House are using the occasion to restate their opinions on the changes in school
lunch nutrition guidelines.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014 - The World Trade Organization has ruled in favor of the United States in a dispute with India, a decision that U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman called a major step towards export of poultry, eggs, and other agricultural products to the world's second most populated country.
Oct. 12, 2014 -- Agricultural producers in wide parts of the country are
experiencing an easing in gas and diesel prices not seen in years. Gas prices
for this time of year are the lowest since 2010.
WHITE HALL, Md., Oct. 9,
2014 - While a combine operator harvests feed corn at Clear Meadow Farm in
northern Maryland, he explains that if a problem arises with his equipment, he
can make a call directly from his data monitor and grant access to the farm
owner or equipment dealer who can then remotely view the combine data system
and suggest adjustments
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2014 - A bipartisan group of 32 senators is urging the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee to reject any efforts to weaken or suspend country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules as Congress works on end-of-the-year funding legislation.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2014 - DuPont Pioneer and Cargill say they will work with farmers near a Cargill soy processing plant in Sidney, Ohio, to grow soybeans with the DuPont Pioneer's Plenish high oleic trait to meet growing demand for healthier soybean oil.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2014 - The federal Surface Transportation Board is ordering some of the nation's largest rail carriers to report a wide array of data on train movements, a step designed to ease the rail backlog problems in the upper Midwest.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2014 - Congressional
inaction and continued uncertainty about a package of more than 50 tax
extenders could complicate the 2015 tax filing season and force the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) to postpone the opening on the 2015 filing season.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin. The Illinois Democrat sees promise in the opening weeks of the 114th Congress. Senator Durbin says more open floor debate may lead to compromise on complex issues including trade and nutrition, however, he believes tax reform and immigration may be too divisive for this Congress to resolve. During this in-depth interview, he also offers interesting perspective on crop insurance, estate taxes, GMO labeling, the Renewable Fuel Standard and the EPA.