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WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2015 - A labor dispute at West Coast ports is being felt across the country, but a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday examined if the country's current infrastructure is helping exports, even with a fully employed labor force.
Feb. 10, 2015 - Despite new government subsidies, U.S. farm income will
drop by nearly one-third this year because of the plunge in the price of
corn, milk and other commodities, the Agriculture Department says.
ORLANDO, Fla. Feb. 9, 2015 - What a difference a year makes for the U.S. sugar industry. When Michael Scuse, USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Services, spoke at the 2014 International Sweetener Colloquium in California, he talked about (re-export swaps,) (sugar for ethanol,) and (high volume of sugar.)
WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack heads to Capitol Hill this week to field questions on his implementation of the farm bill at a time when farmers nationwide are struggling over high-stakes decisions about subsidy programs the legislation created.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2015-- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced today more than $3 million in funding to increase habitat for the monarch butterfly, whose numbers are estimated to have fallen by 90 percent in recent years.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2015 -- Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has named Matt Erickson, an economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation for the past four years, as the committee's chief economist. Erickson also worked in USDA's Rural Development office during the George W. Bush administration. Roberts also announced other new hires for the committee staff. They include:
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2015 - A federal district court in Minnesota has ordered the EPA not to release farmers' and ranchers' personal information while the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) appeal the court's dismissal of their lawsuit seeking to stop the practice.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2015 - USDA announced $30 million in funding for 22 projects aimed at fighting citrus greening disease, which is devastating groves in Florida and threatening the U.S. citrus industry.
Feb. 9, 2015 - Nearly one-third of the Senate is urging the Obama
administration to hurry up and finalize the annual usage mandates for
renewable fuels, saying the delay has slowed production of biodiesel.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2015 - Mississippi Rep. Alan Nunnelee, a member of the House Appropriations subcommittee that writes spending bills for the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration, died Friday after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 56.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2015 - California's three largest dairy cooperatives are asking USDA to allow milk producers in the state to begin operating under a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO), which provides dairy prices for milk based on market prices.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2015 - The Agriculture Department could put critical wildlife habitat at risk across the upper Midwest by changing the way it maps wetlands in four states, according to conservation groups and an association of state wildlife agencies.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2015 - House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan says the U.S. should complete a Trans-Pacific Partnership -- a trade agreement with Pacific Rim nations --without the participation of countries who think U.S. standards in the negotiations are too high.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - Obama administration officials rejected Republican claims that they're seeking free rein to expand the reach of the Clean Water Act, but admitted a proposed rule had led to widespread confusion about what streams, ditches and other features could be regulated.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided an update on implementation of the 2014 farm bill, signed by President Obama almost one year ago, saying that the legislation has provided investments that are creating jobs, driving long-term economic growth and helping rural communities.
BONITA SPRINGS, FLORIDA, Feb. 5, 2014 - President Barack Obama's 2016
budget proposal includes cuts to crop insurance, but for the first time in
several years the focus is on cutting farmer premiums rather than directly
targeting cuts at crop insurance companies.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2015-Dozens of agricultural and food groups sent a letter to every member of Congress today asking them to introduce and approve legislation renewing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).
This week’s guest on Open Mic is Representative John Shimkus. The Illinois Republican is pleased with the results of the first six months of the 114th Congress but admits difficult votes lie ahead on spending and regulatory overreach. Shimkus also discusses upcoming trade pacts, GMO labeling and the renewable fuel volume debate.