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Aug. 26, 2015 - Over the past decade, the Renewable
(RFS) requirement to substitute biofuels for fossil fuels has displaced almost
1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil and reduced U.S. transportation-related
carbon emissions by 589 million metric tons, according to a Biotechnology
Industry Organization (BIO) analysis.
KANSAS CITY, KS, Aug. 26, 2015 - Syngenta last
week asked a federal court in Kansas City, Kansas, to dismiss lawsuits by corn
growers in a half-dozen states that claim they faced potential losses of more
than a billion dollars in 2014
DES MOINES, IA, Aug 26, 2015 - Corn may still be king
in Iowa and in Iowa politics, but to keep it that way, farmers face a severe
challenge in Bill Stowe, the man who runs the Des Moines metropolitan water
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Prospects for a significant retrenchment
this year from previous years' record farm income are beginning to show in the
earnings results reported by several major companies that supply farmers and
ranchers and process and market their commodities.
DES MOINES, Iowa, August 24, 2015 - Ben Carson says that, despite reports, he has nothing against red meat. The retired neurosurgeon and Republican candidate for president, who reportedly embraced vegetarianism decades ago, denies that's the case and says he actually enjoys a good meat dish now and then.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2015 - Changes to the school lunch program mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 are leaving school lunch programs across the country hungry for money, a new study says.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2015 - A new study from Consumer Reports (CR), the organization known for investigating and rating all sorts of consumer goods from cars to countertops, found high levels of what they deemed (dangerous) strains of bacteria in American ground beef. But federal officials and trade associations deny the danger.
WASHINGTON, August 22, 2015 - One of the most
distinguished scientists in the public policy sphere is warning that "the
increasing vilification of GM foods as a marketing tool by the organic food
industry" may be "the most counterproductive development" in the
effort to increase food production to meet the needs of a population projected
to approach 10 billion in 35 years.
WASHINGTON, August 24, 2015 - The owners of United
Suppliers, Inc. and members of Land O'Lakes, Inc. overwhelmingly approved the
merger of United Suppliers with Land O'Lakes' crop inputs business. The two
organizations announced their intent to merge on June 29.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2015
-- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the government will use "every
available resource" to combat the outbreak of wildfires plaguing the
American West. And he said USDA and the U.S. Forest Service are in mourning for
three Forest Service firefighters killed Wednesday while battling a wildfire in
WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2015 - A group of self-proclaimed (Moms for GMOs) has released a letter they sent to celebrity advocates including Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Michelle Geller urging the actresses to rethink their support for mandatory labeling of products made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 18, 2015 -After losing ground in the presidential polls over the last month, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio tried to reinvigorate his sagging Iowa campaign with stops at the Iowa State fair last night and again today.
DES MOINES, Iowa, August 18, 2015 - After days of back-to-back performances by presidential candidates at the Iowa State Fair, Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday tried to set himself apart from the pack as someone who cares about his fellow man - both here and abroad - and encourages others to do the same.
This week’s Open Mic Guest is the new President of the American Farm Bureau Federation Zippy Duvall. As a representative of the nation’s largest general farm organization, Duvall says it’s important for the farm and rural voice to be heard on the national and local level. In this interview Duvall speaks to the industry’s ongoing battle to stop the EPA’s Waters of the US regulations, the need for a national voluntary labeling law and the challenging plight of the cotton industry. Duvall says the AFBF is still evaluating the text of the TPP but is ready to join the fight for greater access to global markets.