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Politics | 1/22/2014

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
Politics | 1/16/2014 3:14:56 PM

Restaurant industry sees record sales of $683.4 billion 2014

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2014 - Restaurant industry sales will jump 3.6 percent in 2014 to a record $683.4 billion, as the economy improves and consumers release some pent-up demand
Politics | 1/16/2014 3:13:16 PM

Grassley says farm payment limits save more money

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2014 - Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said the most recent estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shows that the payment-limit provisions he wants included in the farm bill would save $387 million over 10 years
Politics | 1/15/2014 7:38:48 PM

Farmland prices still up ? but for how long?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 - Farmland sales continue to climb, according to data released by national real estate and
Politics | 1/15/2014 7:27:47 PM

 National Cotton Council disappointed by Brazilian comments

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 - The National Cotton Council (NCC) said today it is deeply disappointed and disturbed by statements reportedly made by representatives
Politics | 1/15/2014 6:53:15 PM

 Lucas continues work on proposal to solve dairy differences

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 - House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., said today he has a proposal to possibly settle the dairy
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