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Politics | 1/22/2014 11:08:27 AM

Research: Biofuel feedstock alternatives to corn offer more benefits

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2014 -- A paper published in the Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences asserts that when evaluating and comparing all outcomes of biofuel produced from a variety of feedstocks
Politics | 1/22/2014 6:20:21 AM

U.N. food price index falls; still third-highest ever

WASHINGTON, Jan 22, 2014-The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations recently reported the second straight annual drop in its

Politics | 1/22/2014

Ag groups seek bee forage summit to improve pollinator health

Several major agricultural groups have joined the Pollinator Partnership to ask USDA to convene a Honey Bee Nutrition and Forage Summit in October. The summit would coincide with

Spending law effectively bans U.S. horse slaughter - again

Included in the $1 trillion omnibus spending package President Obama signed into law Friday is a provision prohibiting funds from being used for

California farmers face a new drought reality

Barriers occur in nature as in politics and there is no better example than California's expanding drought. Nature has built a brick wall, a mass of high pressure air that

U.S. apple industry prepares for new EU restrictions, trade expansion

As the European Union (EU) prepares to limit residues of a post-harvest chemical that's widely used in the U.S. apple industry, some growers and shippers are

Biodiesel industry needs to make voice heard on RFS, Jobe says

When it comes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), members of President Obama's own administration have forgotten his history with renewable energy, National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe charged in

Immigration reform looking to gain more congressional traction

Comprehensive immigration reform - and importantly for agriculture, the task of creating a pathway to legal status for many undocumented farm workers - will

Despite hold-up, ag optimistic about Panama Canal expansion

A labor dispute between the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) and the consortium overseeing the $5.25 billion expansion of the waterway is threatening to

On the farm, D.C. fatigue

After four years of watching lawmakers wrangle over a farm bill, farmers aren't surprised.

Farm bill seen close but dairy, payment details not finalized

An agreement among principal negotiators on a long-term farm bill may be completed as early as tonight and the conference committee could meet when
Politics | 1/21/2014 9:44:58 PM

Lawmakers press for fast-track trade promotion authority

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2014 - Lawmakers and congressional witnesses recently urged passage of legislation that would give
Politics | 1/20/2014 3:26:36 PM

China aims for more rural reforms, farm subsidies

BEIJING, Jan. 19, 2014 - For the eleventh consecutive year, the Chinese government's major policy document focuses on how to improve the rural economy and food security for the nation's 1.35 billion citizens, in an attempt to
Politics | 1/17/2014 6:52:07 PM

Obama signs FY 2014 omnibus package into law, giving USDA slight increase

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2014 - President Obama signed into law today a $1 trillion omnibus spending package that will fund the federal government through
Politics | 1/17/2014 3:09:48 PM

UC Davis scientist receives Wolf Prize for wheat genomics research

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2014 — The Israel-based Wolf Foundation is honoring University of California, Davis, plant geneticist Jorge Dubcovsky with the 2014 Wolf Prize in Agriculture
Politics | 1/17/2014 1:15:15 PM

California governor declares state of emergency over drought

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 17, 2014 - Gov. Jerry Brown (D) declared a state of emergency today in California directing state officials to take necessary actions to combat serious drought conditions as farmers there are dealing
Politics | 1/17/2014 12:18:20 PM

California governor declares state of emergency over drought

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 17, 2014 - Gov. Jerry Brown (D) declared a state of emergency today in California directing state officials to take necessary actions to
Politics | 1/17/2014 11:05:07 AM

USDA expands StrikeForce rural poverty program

PINEVILLE, Ky., Jan. 17, 2014 - USDA has expanded its StrikeForce Initiative, which targets pockets of persistent poverty, into Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee and West Virginia
Politics | 1/17/2014

USDA study shows improved American diet

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2014 - A report by USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) shows working-age Americans are eating more home-cooked meals, less fast food and consuming fewer calories overall
Politics | 1/16/2014 8:23:10 PM

Peterson: 'I have not agreed to anything' in dairy dealing

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2014 - Representative Collin Peterson, the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, is taking a step or two back from a report that he and
Politics | 1/16/2014 8:08:21 PM

Snowpack indicates limited water supply as Western drought rolls on

YWASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2014 - There's little relief ahead for the drought-weary U.S. West, according to a government agency's first water supply forecast of 2014
Politics | 1/16/2014 4:55:43 PM

Senate votes to send omnibus spending bill to Obama

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2014 - The Senate today gave final congressional approval to a $1 trillion omnibus spending package that would fund the federal government, including USDA and FDA, through
Politics | 1/16/2014 3:23:38 PM

Groups ask Obama to fulfill GMO labeling campaign promise

YWASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2014 - Over 200 food, consumer and environmental groups today joined with four members of the House of Representatives to ask President Obama to fulfill a 2007 campaign promise
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