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Politics | 3/26/2014

House Republicans looking for response to states' SNAP moves

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 - House Republicans are trying to figure out how to deal with states they believe are circumventing the intent of Congress by upping home heating assistance to lessen federal cuts in

EPA proposed rule on 'Waters of the U.S.' draws brickbats, praise

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 - Reaction to the EPA's proposed rule to determine which bodies of water and wetland are protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA) has been swift and strong, with some lawmakers and agricultural groups calling it

Ukraine wheat, corn exports flow despite Crimea crisis

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 - The political crisis in Ukraine had had little affect so far on the country's corn and

Industry tries to steer Dietary Guidelines panel toward lean meat

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 - Beef producers and some members of the agricultural community are expressing concerns that a government-appointed committee of nutrition and health experts is paying too much attention to

FCA Board backs down over borrower vote on executive pay

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 - For nearly four years, the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) board has faced a gauntlet of opposition from Farm Credit System (FCS) cooperative lenders over its demand that

Senate Ag panel likely to OK CFTC nominees before Easter recess

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 - The Senate Agriculture Committee will likely approve the three nominees for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), including for the chairmanship, before the Easter recess, according to

U.S. biofuels industry braces for fallout from coming IPCC report

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 - The U.S. biofuels industry is bracing for the latest version of an international climate change report that could, for the first time, take a negative view of the

Project developing farm safety curriculum for young farm workers

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 - USDA is funding a multi-institutional grant project to develop a national clearinghouse for a standardized farm safety and health curriculum for young workers, after the Labor Department last year

 EPA Administrator requests more funds for climate change, clean water

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Politics | 3/25/2014 8:30:29 PM

Opinion: National Ag Day: A chance to celebrate those who produce our food, protect our health

As a proud sponsor of National Ag Day on March 25, the AVMA salutes our nation's farmers and ranchers for the invaluable service they provide so that Americans have access to the highest quality, abundant and most affordable food products available.
Politics | 3/25/2014 8:16:26 PM

USDA?s Harden kicks off National Ag Day with Agri-Pulse

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2014 - USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden kicked off National Ag Day activities with a discussion hosted by Agri-Pulse President Sara Wyant at the
Politics | 3/25/2014 8:05:12 PM

USDA Value-Added Producer Grants deadline extended

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2014 - USDA's Rural Development agency announced a two week extension for grant applications for the Value-Added Producer Grant program. The extension,
Politics | 3/25/2014 4:15:30 PM

 EPA releases proposed rule clarifying 'Waters of the U.S.'

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2014 — The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers today released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources. The rule would
Politics | 3/24/2014 9:46:50 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Celebrate National Ag Day and Agri-Pulse turning 10

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2014 - Agriculture advocates will be turning out across Capitol Hill this week for a wide variety of activities focused
Politics | 3/24/2014 8:33:13 PM

Vilsack says changes in farm loan programs aimed at new generation of producers

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced modifications to the loan programs administered by the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill. The modifications will provide increased
Politics | 3/24/2014

Opinion: Food security and the agricultural disconnect: An Ag Day challenge

MINNETONKA, Minn., March 24 - As we celebrate National Ag Day this week, it is essential to recognize an important disconnect that exists regarding how people around the world think
Politics | 3/23/2014 7:52:12 PM

Report: Schools need more equipment to serve healthier meals

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2014 - A new report from the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project shows 86 percent of schools are serving lunches that meet federal nutrition standards - but many
Politics | 3/20/2014 9:04:34 PM

Obama administration partners with private sector for climate data release

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2014 - The Obama administration yesterday launched its Climate Data Initiative, another weapon in the government's larger effort to
Politics | 3/20/2014 4:02:28 PM

Ethanol groups ask Supreme Court to rule on California clean-fuel regulations

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2014 - The ethanol industry, represented by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFS) and Growth Energy, asked the Supreme Court today to rule on
Politics | 3/20/2014 1:46:32 PM

Lawmakers offer bill to construct water storage reservoir in California

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2014 - Two bipartisan lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday that would authorize a feasibility study and
Politics | 3/20/2014 11:44:35 AM

TV 'ad blitz' planned to argue against cutting RFS

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2014 - The liberal group Americans United for Change (AUC) is financing an ad blitz in the Washington media market on the major TV talk shows this Sunday to argue its case against
Politics | 3/19/2014 9:22:33 PM

 Oklahoma AG sues federal government over 'Sue and Settle' tactics

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2014 - The lesser prairie chicken will be the subject of yet another lawsuit, but this potential endangered species candidate is in good company, along with
Politics | 3/19/2014 4:20:38 PM

Dairy Farmers of America reports 6% jump in sales

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 19, 2014 - Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) reported net income of $61.3 million for 2013 with net sales totaling $12.1 billion, up 6 percent from 2012, citing strong
Politics | 3/19/2014 3:05:09 PM

Study sees shortage of agriculture scientists

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2014 - Too few scientists are being trained in agriculture areas of science, according to a study released by
Politics | 3/19/2014

With immigration reform hopes fading, advocates turn to ag

A study released by Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) and the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform (ACIR) on Tuesday argues that the economy has suffered from the
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