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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).
PHILADELPHIA, April 3, 2015 - The HungerU tour is headed to East Coast colleges and universities this spring to educate students, academia and the general public about the critical role agriculture plays in feeding the world.
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2015 - Though severe congestion in West Coast ports is still slowing exports, data released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) shows February exports of U.S. beef, pork and lamb up some from totals posted in January.
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2015 - EPA says it is unlikely to approve new uses for neonicotinoid pesticides until it completes assessments of the products' effects on honey bees and other pollinators. In a letter to registrants of the pesticides, the agency said it is also awaiting the submission of new bee data.
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) said it is listing the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, securing certain regulatory protections for the mammal and triggering charges of government overreach from some agricultural groups and politicians.
Environmental Protection Agency continues to court America's farmers to support
the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS), the messages of the agency's
charm offensive could actually be telegraphing a regulatory nightmare for many
farmers across wide swaths of prime farm and ranch country.
WASHINGTON, April 2, 2015- A group of 12 senators, mostly Republicans, sent a letter this week to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy asking her to explain the steps the agency is taking to protect pollinator health, and to consult producers along the way.
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015-The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its approval of Dow AgroSciences' Enlist Duo herbicide, a blend of glyphosate and 2,4-D choline, for use in additional states.
March 31, 2015 - One of USDA's voluntary conservation programs for producers - the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
- will provide $332 million in financial and technical assistance to farmers,
ranchers and other private landowners who enroll acreage in conservation
easements by May 15.
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015-- Mike Dunlap, previously a senior staff member at the House Agriculture Committee, joined the government affairs team of The Keys Group on March 30, announced Chandler Keys, principal of the agri-business lobbying firm based in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 - USDA is awarding $31.5 million in funding to local, state, and national organizations to support programs that help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) increase their purchase of fruits and vegetables.
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 - Preparing for the U.N. climate treaty talks in Paris in December, the Obama administration has committed the U.S. to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025 through measures such as its proposed Clean Power Plan to limit coal power plant emissions.
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 - The vote-a-rama that the Senate held on its budget resolution last week underscored how much Republicans will have to depend on the appropriations process to turn back regulations that they don't like.
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 - The Senate could soon be debating a broad rewrite of the Food for Peace program along with the first congressional authorization for the Obama administration's $1-billion-a-year Feed the Future initiative.
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 - The chances that immigration bills can even move through the House seems to be falling, even as those in agriculture say the border crackdown is tightening the supply of farmworkers.
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 - The widely rebutted review from a World Health Organization (WHO) committee that classified the herbicide glyphosate as (probably carcinogenic) to humans is generating more headlines and providing new momentum for anti-pesticide and anti-GMO activists.
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 could decimate some facets of the ag industry and threaten our nation’s food security.