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Politics | 2/6/2014 8:56:19 PM

Cow-calf ranchers ?in driver?s seat? for 2014, CattleFax says

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 6, 2014 - Improved moisture conditions in much of the U.S. in the coming year will ensure continued supplies of cheap cattle feed, CattleFax analysts told
Politics | 2/6/2014 5:51:49 PM

Beef producers worry TPP may exclude 'sensitive' products

Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 6. 2014 -- Beef producers from the U.S., Australia, Canada and New Zealand issued a statement today expressing concern that some member countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) may seek

Politics | 2/6/2014 2:22:48 PM

Senate approves Baucus to serve as ambassador to China

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014 - The Senate approved the nomination today, with a 96-0 vote, of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., to serve as
Politics | 2/6/2014 1:29:46 PM

GMO coalition launches campaign for a federal labeling solution

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014—In an attempt to prevent a patchwork of state genetically modified (GMO) food labeling rules, a coalition of agricultural, food manufacturer and consumer groups announced today
Politics | 2/5/2014 6:27:23 PM

Organic farmers have more crop insurance options in 2014

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014 ― USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) today reminded producers of recent changes to the organic farm safety net and key dates for producers
Politics | 2/5/2014 5:52:05 PM

House approves contentious California drought relief bill

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014 - The House today approved legislation (H.R. 3964), on a mostly party-line vote of 229-191, which
Politics | 2/5/2014 4:45:49 PM

USDA creates ?Climate Hubs? for each region

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014- USDA Climate Hubs located in seven locations across the country will address weather risks and create resources for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners,
Politics | 2/5/2014 4:43:19 PM

USDA creates ?Climate Hubs? for each region

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014- USDA "Climate Hubs" located in seven locations across the country will address weather risks and create resources for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners
Politics | 2/5/2014 3:19:33 PM

Senate approves five-year farm bill, sending it to Obama

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2014 - The Senate approved today, on a 68-32 vote, a five-year farm bill (H.R. 2642), sending the sweeping legislation to President Obama for his expected signature.
Politics | 2/5/2014 2:09:06 PM

USDA announces regional climate research hubs

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the creation of new Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change
Politics | 2/5/2014 11:11:26 AM

Opinion: Congress approves common-sense food aid reforms

By Ellen Levinson. Last April, the future of America's premier international food aid program, Food for Peace (PL 480 Title II), was thrown into doubt when the Obama Administration proposed
Politics | 2/5/2014 11:04:08 AM

Senators ask for prompt implementation of livestock disaster programs

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014—Several senators led by Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to implement the livestock disaster assistance programs
Politics | 2/5/2014 9:56:53 AM

Vilsack readies USDA to implement farm bill

WASHINGTON, Feb 5, 2014--As the Senate passed the farm bill Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to state agriculture department leaders at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
Politics | 2/5/2014

California drought prompts federal aid and political war drums

It can't be an accident: the Obama administration on Tuesday announced it would make available $20 million to aid California farmers struggling through a historic drought, just a day before

Farmers looking at more mechanization to solve immigration issue

As lawmakers continue to struggle with a comprehensive fix to the immigration system to provide farms with a stable

Commercial biofuels from beets in ND pushed back two years

The plan to launch commercial production of biofuels and high-value chemicals from energy beets in North Dakota is being delayed for two years to give growers more time to

Supporters increase push for TPA approval

Lawmakers and agricultural stakeholders have been ratcheting up efforts to get congressional passage of fast-track trade promotion authority (TPA) - giving President Obama the opportunity to

Legislation takes aim at EPA climate change regulations

Legislation adopted by the House Energy Committee last week by a 29-19 vote would restrict EPA authority under the Clean Air Act to

Farm, rural groups join coalition to target Obama climate change regs

The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) are among influential agriculture and rural-interest organizations joining

NRCS Chief Weller: Regulatory certainty could be a game changer

One of biggest new buzz terms in the conservation community - certainty - could be a game-changer, a paradigm-shifter, National Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller said in a recent interview. Farmers understand

Koster picks up King's fight, files lawsuit against CA hen standards

Iowa Republican Steve King may not have persuaded farm bill conferees to include his controversial amendment regarding California standards for egg-laying hens, but he may eventually

Finally, a farm bill!

Many agriculture groups and lawmakers from both parties echoed sighs of relief as the Senate approval a five-year farm bill (H.R. 2642) on a 68-32 vote Tuesday. The passage sends the sweeping legislation to 
Politics | 2/4/2014 2:59:30 PM

Cattle industry must change to meet needs of `Ground Beef NationX

WASHINGTON, D.C., FEB. 2, 2014 - The U.S. cattle industry needs to change the way it produces beef if it is to stay competitive in
Politics | 2/4/2014 2:12:36 PM

Senate approves five-year farm bill, sending it to Obama

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2014 - The Senate approved today, on a 68-32 vote, a five-year farm bill (H.R. 2642), sending the sweeping legislation to
Politics | 2/3/2014 5:49:34 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Senate on verge of farm bill passage

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2014 - This should finally be the week Congress sends a five-year farm bill (H.R. 2642) to the White House
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