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Politics | 10/1/2014
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - A new study concludes there are no adverse health effects for animals that eat genetically engineered (GE) feed grains or from the products derived those animals. The study, by Alison Van Eenennaam, an extension specialist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, examined 29 years of livestock health data gathered both before and after the introduction of GE crops into animal feed. WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - The likelihood of an El Nino event developing over the Pacific Ocean is still up in the air, but if the weather pattern develops, there's little chance it will provide enough rain to end one of the worst droughts in California history.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - As farmers accelerate the 2014 corn and soybean harvest across the country, a key 2015 input is demonstrating some marketplace volatility with potential savings that might not make it all the way to producers. WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - Varroa mites and neonicotinoid pesticides are being targeted by opposing groups of legislators and industry stakeholders in the search for the culprit behind pollinator population losses, particularly the honey bee, which the government says adds more than $15 billion in value to agriculture each year.
Politics | 9/30/2014 8:48:03 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 - USDA officials announced more than $83 million in funding for several programs designed to encourage healthy, local food options in farmers markets and in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Politics | 9/29/2014 9:30:20 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2014 - Attorney General Eric Holder will leave office after six years with a legacy highlighted by civil rights and voting rights enforcement but with an antitrust record that disappointed.
Politics | 9/26/2014 4:49:22 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 - The U.S. hog and pig inventory showed a slight rebound from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), a disease that was first confirmed in U.S. herds in Iowa in the spring of 2013 and has since spread to 31 different states.
Politics | 9/26/2014 2:03:03 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 - A bipartisan group of 27 Texas legislators is requesting that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) review the APHIS site-visit review process after an agency proposal that could allow importation of meat from a region not yet free of foot-and-mouth disease.
Politics | 9/26/2014 1:46:06 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new peanut revenue policy available to eligible peanut producers.
Politics | 9/26/2014 1:15:28 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 - After a 16-month investigation, USDA says it's been unable to determine how unapproved genetically-engineered wheat made its way into a farm field in Oregon last year.
Politics | 9/26/2014 11:40:51 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has named USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator Al Almanza to a newly created position as deputy undersecretary for food safety, a job he'll share with the present deputy, Brian Ronholm.
Politics | 9/25/2014 3:58:50 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 - Thursday is National Teach Ag Day and the agricultural community will celebrate by encouraging students to enter the profession, which is facing a critical shortage
Politics | 9/25/2014 3:11:24 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 - The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) says the U.S. should conclude a major free trade agreement without Japan if the Asian nation nation continues to insist on protecting its so-called "sacred" agricultural products.
Politics | 9/25/2014 2:24:59 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled new programs and online tools to help farmers in the complex decision-making process that growers will face in the coming year.
Politics | 9/25/2014 2:19:30 PM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled new programs and online tools to help farmers in the complex decision-making process that growers will face in the coming year.
Politics | 9/25/2014 8:53:49 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014-USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today that the public comment period on its draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for Monsanto's genetically engineered (GE) cotton and soybean plants resistant to the herbicide dicamba will remain open through October 10, 2014
Politics | 9/24/2014 8:22:05 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Two days of Trans-Pacific Partnership talks between top negotiators for the U.S. and Japan failed to produce any progress on critical issues involving
Politics | 9/24/2014 6:17:15 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2014 - Three of the top U.S. non-alcoholic beverage makers say they will take steps to cut the calories consumed in beverages by 20 percent per person by 2025.
Politics | 9/24/2014 4:22:33 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2014 -- USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack today said he welcomes the launch of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture, announced at the
Politics | 9/24/2014 3:58:22 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2014 - USDA has selected 85 utilities and cooperatives for grants and loans totaling more than $59 million to encourage economic growth in rural communities.
Politics | 9/24/2014 10:32:35 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2014 - The federal government today unveiled the second phase of an inter-agency action plan designed to protect and restore the health of
Politics | 9/23/2014 8:24:13 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2014-The EPA has decided not to appeal a federal ruling in favor of West Virginia poultry farmer Lois Alt in a Clean Water Act (CWA) case.
Politics | 9/23/2014 8:43:34 AM

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 23, 2014 - Analysts forecast that the world's population will grow to 9 billion people by 2050. With global needs today to fight hunger and prepare for the expected population explosion, the industry of agriculture needs educated, skilled and
Politics | 9/22/2014 9:52:29 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2014 -- Bayer CropScience plans to invest close to $900 million in the U.S. in the 2013-2016 period because of the long-term growth opportunities in a region it considers a
Politics | 9/21/2014 5:15:58 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2014 - The White House issued today an executive order to create a plan to fight antibiotic resistance, a problem the Administration said is
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