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WASHINGTON, April 9, 2015 - The Obama administration released a report today highlighting the importance of trade exports in all 50 states, an effort to drive home the impacts of trade on the middle class as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) talks heat up on Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2015- Cathleen Enright, executive vice president for food and agriculture at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is leaving BIO for the Pet Food Institute where she'll be CEO. She starts the new position on April 27.
April 9, 2015 - USDA announced today it will grant $73 million to rehabilitate
and assess dams in 23 states to protect public health and expand water supplies
in drought affected areas. About 150 projects and assessments are being funded.
WASHINGTON, April, 7, 2015 - If USDA's Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) works out as planned, the results could include up to $88.5 billion in additional economic activity and about 700,000 new jobs by 2023, with most of the new money and jobs flowing to rural America.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - The honeybee population in Indiana survived the winter in better shape than a year ago, with estimated losses at about 29 percent compared to a mortality rate of about 65 percent after the winter of 2013-2014, according to Purdue University honeybee specialist Greg Hunt.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - USDA has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Meeker County, Minnesota, marking the ninth outbreak of HPAI in the state.
April 8, 2015 - A Texas federal judge who blocked the Obama
administration's executive actions on immigration is refusing to stay
the decision and accused government lawyers of misleading him about when
the orders were first implemented.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - Reinvigorating animal agricultural research is essential to sustainably addressing the global challenge of food security, according to a report issued by a National Research Council committee, part of the National Academies of Sciences.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - A group of 15 stakeholders in the organic industry have filed a lawsuit in San Francisco alleging the Department of Agriculture violated federal rulemaking processes and took power away from the National Organic Standards Board.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - Potential agricultural operators of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones, would like the government to allow higher, wider ranges for the vehicles, and to ensure the privacy of the data collected by this technology.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - Sen. Rand Paul, who officially launched his presidential candidacy on Tuesday, is trying to expand his support beyond his young and libertarian base. One way he's trying to do it is by sponsoring legislation aimed at increasing consumption of ethanol.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - Dramatic growth in the craft beer sector domestically and abroad over the past five years has translated into big opportunities for American hop and barley producers who cultivate the industry's most essential inputs.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - It's no secret that a substantial amount of land was converted to crops starting in 2008 as prices for corn and other commodities were soaring. But a new study out of the University of Wisconsin claims to detail for the first time where that new cropland is located and what it was used for before being plowed up mostly for corn and soybeans.
WASHINGTON, April 7, 2015 - USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service
(NRCS) will invest $10 million this year, and an additional $90 million over
the next four years, in water quality improvement projects on farms and ranches
within the Mississippi River Basin.
April 3, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack solicited farmers, ranchers
and agribusiness owners to (personally lobby) for the speedy passage of fast track negotiating authority for President
Obama and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.
WASHINGTON, April 6, 2015 -- USDA has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in a molting breeder replacement turkey flock in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, the seventh confirmation in a commercial flock in the state.
WASHINGTON, April 6, 2015 - Agri-Pulse founder and President Sara Wyant was named to the annual Folio: "Top Women in Media" recognition in the Entrepreneurs category. She will be recognized at a June awards ceremony at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.
WASHINGTON, April 6, 2015 - The Obama administration
has advanced a final Clean Water Act rule with revisions that the EPA
Administrator Gina McCarthy promises will address a range of objections raised
since it was first proposed a year ago
April 2, 2015 - The Western
Governors' Association released a report today highlighting the
voluntary efforts in 11 states to conserve the habitat of sage-grouse as part
of an effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the Endangered
Species Act (ESA).
This week’s Open Mic features Frank Gasperini, CEO for the National Council for Agricultural Employers. In this interview you will hear the frustration labor intensive agriculture faces each year in finding an adequate hourly workforce to harvest crops and care for livestock and how a coalition has grown challenging congress to take action. Gasperini defines how some proposals for immigration reform legislation could decimate some facets of the ag industry and threaten our nation’s food security.