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WASHINGTON, March 10, 2015 - Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch says he wants to have legislation ready by the beginning of April to provide the president with fast-track trade authority, but he continues to resist some Democratic demands that would threaten its "workability."
March 11, 2015 - A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has
spread to Arkansas, the third state where the virus has been reported in
the Mississippi flyway this month, all on turkey farms.
March 11, 2015 - In competing news conferences today, producers of corn ethanol
attacked, while the petroleum industry defended, a proposal to reopen the
legislation that created the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 - The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) filed a friend-of-the-court brief today supporting the six states challenging California's egg law that places hen cage size restrictions on any shell eggs sold in the state.
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 - Not everyone who graced the stage at the Iowa State Fairgrounds was asked the same question, but moderator Bruce Rastetter did a great job making sure they responded to several key issues, while limiting each one to about 20 minutes. Here's an overview of how they answered.
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 - Next week, the congressional budget committees are expected to take up resolutions laying out tax and spending plans aimed at reducing the federal budget deficit. Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., told Agri-Pulse he expects the Senate version to require his panel to propose cuts in agriculture spending.
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 - Fast-food giant McDonald's has announced a new antibiotics policy for its chicken, a move seen by some as a way to compete with the sustainability and health rhetoric being used by some of its higher-end competitors in the quick-serve space.
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 - While winter storms during the first week of March brought much-needed rain and snow to parts of the Southwest, they weren't enough to improve drought conditions for most producers in the nation's leading farm state, California.
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 - During a recent meeting of the National Research Council, which is conducting a study examining genetically engineered (GE) crops and food, an Environmental Protection Agency official described the agency's new precautions for Dow AgroScience's Enlist Duo product, the first herbicide for which EPA requires a weed resistance management plan.
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 - According to a group of international researchers in plant genetics, what lies between the current state of wheat breeding and the elusive wheat genome sequence is about $13 million.
WASHINGTON, March 9,
2015 - The new farm programs for grain and oilseed growers will pay them up to
$7 billion annually over the next few years, surpassing what they would have
received through the old system of direct payments, according to new forecasts
10, 2015 - Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch said he wants to have
legislation ready by the beginning April to provide the president with
fast-track trade authority, but he continues to resist some Democratic
demands that would threaten its "workability."
10, 2015 - A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has been
discovered in separate turkey flocks in Missouri, the second and third
discoveries of the virus in the Mississippi flyway.
10, 2015 - An unusual alliance of grain processors, environmental groups
and municipal water utilities wants new enrollments in the Conservation
Reserve Program targeted to practices that will improve water quality
and wildlife habitat.
WASHINGTON, March 9, 2015 - The USDA today announced a moratorium on new animal research projects conducted at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) in southern Nebraska that will remain in place until new procedures ensuring greater accountability for animal welfare are fully implemented.
WASHINGTON, March 9, 2015 - Devry Boughner Vorwerk, the Cargill executive who's leading a coalition of commodity groups and agribusinesses in a campaign to end the Cuban embargo, says Brazil and other U.S. rivals are (eating our lunch) when it comes to investing in trade with the island nation.
WASHINGTON, March 9, 2015 - The new farm programs for grain and oilseed growers will pay them up to $7 billion annually over the next few years, surpassing what they would have received through the old system of direct payments, according to new forecasts released Monday.
DES MOINES, Iowa,
March 7, 2015 - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker closed out an historic forum
for potential presidential candidates by checking off the boxes on
policies important to Midwest farmers, starting with support for federal
DES MOINES, Iowa
March 7, 2015 - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry disappointed an audience
hungry for him to reverse his opposition to ethanol usage mandates and
instead gave a muddled argument for leaving it to states to support
renewable energy development.
DES MOINES, Iowa, March 7, 2015 - Jeb Bush, forced to address two landmines
that face his potential presidential candidacy in Iowa, said ethanol
needs "certainty' from federal policy and called for giving undocumented
workers a path to legal status.
DES MOINES, Iowa,
March 7, 2015 - Kicking off an historic, agriculture-focused test of
presidential candidates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed the
Obama administration's regulatory policy and inaction on biofuel
mandates, key concerns for Iowa agriculture, but he endorsed keeping the
trade embargo on Cuba.
DES MOINES, March 7, 2015 - Most Iowans know that they'll see a lot of presidential (wannabes) running around the Hawkeye state - shaking hands in coffee shops and eating pork chops at the Iowa State Fair - between now and the state's first-in-the-nation caucuses, tentatively set for Feb. 1, 2016. But once they move past Iowa, it's difficult to get answers about where any of them stand on food and agricultural issues.
This week’s guest on Open Mic is Iowa U.S. Senator Charles Grassley. With days left before the August Congressional recess, Grassley says leaders face some must pass legislation including highway funding and a final decision on Country-of-Origin Labeling. In this interview, Grassley offers insights into possible tax reform and the final stages of debate in the budget process. Grassley also says Congress needs to take action to protect poultry farmers from the continued threat of avian influenza.