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Politics | 1/10/2014 11:40:46 AM

Winter wheat plantings down 3 percent from year earlier

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2014 - U.S. farmers planted an estimated 41.9 million acres for this year's winter-wheat crop, down 3 percent from the previous year,
Politics | 1/10/2014 10:54:35 AM

Vetter receives support from farm groups for chief ag negotiator post

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2014 - Almost 100 agriculture and food-related groups sent a letter to members of the Senate Finance Committee today endorsing the nomination of Darci Vetter as

Politics | 1/10/2014

Farm bill conference keeps slipping while dairy dispute fires up

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2014 - Widespread expectations of a farm bill conference this week evaporated Thursday with more dust getting kicked up over the dairy
Politics | 1/9/2014 6:30:51 PM

Court to weigh injunction in Country of Origin Labeling case

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 - The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will hear oral arguments Thursday in a lawsuit challenging a USDA rule requiring
Politics | 1/9/2014 3:48:19 PM

Updated: Bill giving Obama 'fast-track' trade authority introduced in Congress

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 - Leaders of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees today introduced legislation that would give the president fast-track authority
Politics | 1/9/2014 1:55:25 PM

Updated: Bill giving Obama 'fast-track' trade authority introduced in Congress

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 - Leaders of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees today introduced legislation that would give the president fast-track authority to put trade deals before Congress
Politics | 1/9/2014 1:12:47 PM

Tyson calls for hog farmers to provide more space for pregnant sows

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 - Tyson Foods sent a letter to its hog suppliers yesterday updating its animal well-being program and recommending that farmers provide more space
Politics | 1/9/2014 12:33:49 PM

Senate passes bill allowing veterinarians to treat animals with drugs outside clinics

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 - The Senate has unanimously passed legislation allowing veterinarians to treat animals with controlled substances beyond their clinics
Politics | 1/9/2014

Lucas stays hopeful about farm bill framework

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 - While a farm bill conference has still not been scheduled, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., said Wednesday it remains
Politics | 1/8/2014 5:06:39 PM

Catfish wars continue as farm bill nears completion

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 - Catfish reappeared on Capitol Hill today, as a spate of letters from opponents of a controversial UDSA inspection program began to circulate among
Politics | 1/8/2014 2:46:16 PM

EPA issues grants to lower pesticide risk to bees

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced almost half a million dollars in funding to three universities for projects to reduce pesticide use
Politics | 1/8/2014 2:30:28 PM

House Ag Committee member McIntyre to retire in 2014

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 - Rep. Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, a farm bill conferee and one of Washington's last Blue Dog Democrats, will not be running for reelection next year, according to numerous reports
Politics | 1/8/2014 12:40:54 PM

Thune: Farm bill could hit Senate floor next week

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2013 - The farm bill could hit the Senate floor next week, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., told reporters today in a teleconference
Politics | 1/8/2014 10:59:03 AM

USAID chief Shah featured speaker at Agricultural Outlook Forum

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 8, 2014 - Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, will be one of the featured speakers at
Politics | 1/8/2014

Market trends indicate a continued, but gradual shift in sow housing

As more pork processors and food companies announce plans to source hogs from farms that provide additional room for pregnant sows, animal welfare groups are pushing for even more

Tobacco farmers escape sequester ? but who?s going to pay?

Tobacco farmers will not lose out on their annual Tobacco Transition Payment Program (TTPP) due to sequestration, USDA confirmed Tuesday. But that leaves a question not even

Farmers, producers rolling with the national arctic blast

The bitter cold that has sent so much of the nation into a tizzy has apparently caused minimal problems for the agriculture sector, but could prompt some residual problems, producers say. Livestock producers, still rattled by

Farm bill tops list of big ag stories for 2014

So 2014 is beginning the same way 2013 ended, with agriculture stakeholders waiting impatiently for lawmakers to approve a five-year farm bill. And while the farm community is focusing on passage and implementation of that legislation, there are lots of other big issues that will likely gain

Ethanol industry: RFS didn't drive up gas prices

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 - The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) did not drive up gasoline prices in 2013, as alleged by ethanol opponents, according to a study commissioned by
Politics | 1/7/2014 8:56:00 PM

Stopping Asian carp threat to Great Lakes could cost $18 billion, Army Corps says

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2013 -- The Army Corps of Engineers released a report today outlining potential strategies to prevent Asian carp from entering into and damaging the Great Lakes ecosystem
Politics | 1/7/2014 8:39:05 PM

NRCS extends Conservation Stewardship Program signup

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2014 - Farmers and ranchers who are interested in participating in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) have another month
Politics | 1/6/2014 3:49:37 PM

Stopping Asian carp threat to Great Lakes could cost $18 billion, Army Corps says

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2013 -- The Army Corps of Engineers released a report today outlining potential strategies to prevent Asian carp from entering into and damaging the Great Lakes
Politics | 1/6/2014

Washington Week Ahead: All eyes focused on possible farm bill conference

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2014 - Official Washington welcomes you back.This could be the week agricultural stakeholders have been waiting a long time for
Politics | 1/5/2014 4:13:11 PM

Judge extends injunction blocking horse slaughter startup

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 5, 2014 - A New Mexico judge has extended his injunction blocking Valley Meat Co. from starting horse slaughter operations until at least Jan. 13
Politics | 1/5/2014 2:06:50 PM

Court action could lead to horse slaughter by next week, lawyer says

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 3, 2014 - The lawyer for a New Mexico meat company says the business could begin slaughtering horses as early as next week should it prevail today
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