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Politics | 3/2/2016 1:01:35 PM
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 -- China's much ballyhooed economic slowdown is real, but the country's internal policies and a strong U.S. dollar are often causing bigger disruptions to U.S. agricultural trade with the Asian nation, according to Fred Gale, a senior economist at USDA's Economic Research Service.
Politics | 3/2/2016 11:47:27 AM
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 - Generating versatile biogas from the largely untapped resource of organic wastes has tremendous potential. But unleashing the...

Politics | 3/2/2016 11:37:47 AM
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 - After years of instability, the Renewable Fuel Standard appears to be headed toward more stable footing, but critics of the mandate...
Politics | 3/2/2016 11:24:15 AM
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 - Iowans are strongly in favor of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), according to...
Politics | 3/2/2016 11:18:56 AM
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 - Solar surpassed natural gas capacity additions for the first time in 2015, with solar installing...
Politics | 3/2/2016 11:08:00 AM
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 - Vehicle travel in the U.S. in 2015 was almost 4 percent above its 2007 level, but...
Politics | 3/2/2016 11:01:47 AM
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 - The USDA Chief Scientist Catherine Woteki announced the release of the Federal Activities Report on the Bioeconomy. The report was developed to...
Politics | 3/2/2016 10:51:45 AM
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 - A researcher at the University of Missouri finds that students who attend school in buildings specifically designed to be "green" exhibit...
Politics | 3/2/2016 10:27:20 AM
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 - What do strawberries, fresh market tomatoes and onions all have in common? In terms of the average federal premium subsidy per crop insurance policy in...
Politics | 3/2/2016 10:20:13 AM
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 - Speculation about a (short list) of potential nominees to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court must be tempered by...
Politics | 3/2/2016 10:13:10 AM
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 - Debates over national mandates on draining wetlands, ethanol production and biotech food labeling, plus a friendly but spirited vice presidential election contest...
Politics | 3/2/2016 10:03:04 AM
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 - Food Safety and Inspection Service chief Al Almanza defended new poultry inspection rules before a skeptical House panel last week while describing...
Politics | 3/2/2016 9:49:19 AM
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack used his address this week to the 2016 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference to sharply criticize GOP lawmakers who...
Politics | 3/2/2016 9:26:53 AM
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 - U.S. food manufacturers' and retailers' demand for eggs from hens free of confinement in cages has created (the most fundamental change in...
Politics | 3/2/2016 9:15:10 AM
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 - Organic dairy processors were unable to keep up with increasing demand at times last year because of shortfalls in production, due in part to...
Politics | 3/1/2016 8:30:25 PM
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2016 - The drop in commodity prices since 2013, falling farmland values and the ongoing decline in agricultural income is making it harder for farmers to repay operating loans and could make credit more difficult to get for many next year, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, told U.S. lawmakers.
Politics | 3/1/2016 11:31:09 AM
OXON HILL, Md., Feb. 29, 2016 - A top scientist at USDA, a Monsanto executive and other experts agreed Monday that improving on existing biotechnology and developing new agriculture practices are vital to meeting increased global food demand by mid-century - but they didn't say it'll be easy.
Politics | 3/1/2016 11:04:24 AM
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2016 - EPA is moving ahead with cancellation of the pesticide flubendiamide, which under the trade name Belt is registered for use on more than 200 crops, including soybeans and almonds. Registrants Bayer CropScience and Nichino America already told the agency they plan to fight the cancellation decision.
Politics | 3/1/2016 10:32:55 AM
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2016 - The Agricultural Research Service did not violate USDA's Scientific Integrity Policy (SIP), as asserted by an entomologist who has published papers on the risks of neonicotinoids to monarch butterflies, a USDA-assembled panel has found.
Politics | 2/29/2016 8:11:10 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 29, 2016 - A wide array of farm and manufacturing groups have asked the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to revisit its decision to decide (waters of the U.S.) challenges in that court.
Politics | 2/29/2016 4:53:30 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2016 - Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts will try again this week to get an agreement with Democrats on legislation to head off state GMO labeling laws.
Politics | 2/29/2016 9:02:48 AM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 29, 2016 - The Supreme Court has decided not to review a 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals opinion upholding an EPA plan to reduce nonpoint source pollution in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Politics | 2/28/2016 4:30:33 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2016 - The $19 million the FDA is sending to states to help fruit and vegetable growers understand the agency's new produce safety rule is "a good start," Stephen Ostroff, who's been acting FDA commissioner since early last year, told a House Appropriations subcommittee.
Politics | 2/26/2016 3:37:43 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2016 - The House passed its Sportsmen's Act in a 242 to 161 vote Friday about a month after its Senate companion bill was met with fiery dissent from Democrats.
Politics | 2/26/2016 2:26:30 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2016 - After a prolonged trade ban that resulted in threats of retaliatory action from the Obama administration, South Africa will begin accepting select shipments of U.S. pork, following through on a commitment made in January.
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