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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
Politics | 2/3/2014 5:40:48 PM

Senate approves procedural motion to advance farm bill

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2014 - The Senate approved today, with a 72-22 vote, a procedural motion to advance the five-year
Politics | 1/31/2014 5:03:21 PM

State Department releases impact statement on Keystone pipeline

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2014 - The State Department released an environmental impact statement today for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project that
Politics | 1/31/2014 4:22:08 PM

U.S. cattle herd falls to smallest since 1951

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 31, 2014 - The U.S. cattle herd as of Jan. 1 was the smallest since 1951
Politics | 1/31/2014 3:35:23 PM

Monsanto adopts privacy standards for farm data use

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 31, 2014 -- The Climate Corporation, a farm-focused software and insurance developer bought by Monsanto last year, announced policy guidelines it will use when collecting information from individual farmers
Politics | 1/31/2014 1:34:39 PM

EPA proposes new guidance for assessing pesticide drift

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2014 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released two draft guidance documents describing how the agency plans to evaluate human and ecological risks from pesticide spray
Politics | 1/31/2014

Corn farmers need liquidity as price prospects grow dimmer: Fed

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2014 - U.S. corn growers should probably resign themselves to lower prices from the 2014 harvest and have a strong cash reserve to get through the tougher times ahead.  
Politics | 1/30/2014 6:46:21 PM

House GOP unveils its immigration reform standards

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2014 - The House Republican leadership released a list of principles today that could lea
Politics | 1/30/2014 6:37:54 PM

 USDA will buy dairy products to thwart any price collapse

WASHINGTON, Jan 30, 2014 - Most of the controversy over dairy policy during farm bill consideration surrounded proposals to prevent recurrence of the cost-price squeeze
Politics | 1/30/2014 6:27:42 PM

USDA proposes new professional standards in National School Lunch, Breakfast Programs

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2013 - USDA today proposed the establishment of minimum national professional standards and training requirements for school nutrition professionals who manage and
Politics | 1/30/2014 6:12:45 PM

Senators gearing up for farm bill debate, votes

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2014 - While President Obama is widely expected to receive a five-year farm bill (H.R. 2642) next week from Congress, some senators took
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