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FARM AND RURAL POLICY NEWS:
Politics | 4/8/2015
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - It's no secret that a substantial amount of land was converted to crops starting in 2008 as prices for corn and other commodities were soaring. But a new study out of the University of Wisconsin claims to detail for the first time where that new cropland is located and what it was used for before being plowed up mostly for corn and soybeans.
Politics | 4/7/2015 3:21:57 PM
WASHINGTON, April 7, 2015 - USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest $10 million this year, and an additional $90 million over the next four years, in water quality improvement projects on farms and ranches within the Mississippi River Basin.

Politics | 4/6/2015 3:37:01 PM
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack solicited farmers, ranchers and agribusiness owners to (personally lobby) for the speedy passage of fast track negotiating authority for President Obama and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.
Politics | 4/6/2015 2:47:11 PM
WASHINGTON, April 6, 2015 -- USDA has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in a molting breeder replacement turkey flock in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, the seventh confirmation in a commercial flock in the state.
Politics | 4/6/2015 10:17:21 AM

WASHINGTON, April 6, 2015 - Agri-Pulse founder and President Sara Wyant was named to the annual Folio: "Top Women in Media" recognition in the Entrepreneurs category. She will be recognized at a June awards ceremony at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.
Politics | 4/6/2015
WASHINGTON, April 6, 2015 - The Obama administration has advanced a final Clean Water Act rule with revisions that the EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy promises will address a range of objections raised since it was first proposed a year ago
Politics | 4/5/2015 6:00:38 PM
WASHINGTON, April 2, 2015 - The Western Governors' Association released a report today highlighting the voluntary efforts in 11 states to conserve the habitat of sage-grouse as part of an effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Politics | 4/3/2015 12:53:26 PM

PHILADELPHIA, April 3, 2015 - The HungerU tour is headed to East Coast colleges and universities this spring to educate students, academia and the general public about the critical role agriculture plays in feeding the world.
Politics | 4/3/2015 11:46:03 AM
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2015 - Though severe congestion in West Coast ports is still slowing exports, data released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) shows February exports of U.S. beef, pork and lamb up some from totals posted in January.
Politics | 4/3/2015 11:28:19 AM
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2015 - EPA says it is unlikely to approve new uses for neonicotinoid pesticides until it completes assessments of the products' effects on honey bees and other pollinators. In a letter to registrants of the pesticides, the agency said it is also awaiting the submission of new bee data.
Politics | 4/3/2015 11:07:24 AM
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2015 - At Hill Air Force Base in Utah today, President Barack Obama is announcing several efforts to drive growth in the solar industry while supporting America's veterans.
Politics | 4/2/2015 3:24:58 PM
WASHINGTON, April 2, 2015 - Global food prices continued their downward path last month, dropping 1.5 percent from February figures according to data from the United Nations.
Politics | 4/2/2015 1:24:56 PM
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) said it is listing the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, securing certain regulatory protections for the mammal and triggering charges of government overreach from some agricultural groups and politicians.
Politics | 4/2/2015 11:51:40 AM
While the Environmental Protection Agency continues to court America's farmers to support the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS), the messages of the agency's charm offensive could actually be telegraphing a regulatory nightmare for many farmers across wide swaths of prime farm and ranch country.
Politics | 4/2/2015 10:11:26 AM
WASHINGTON, April 2, 2015- A group of 12 senators, mostly Republicans, sent a letter this week to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy asking her to explain the steps the agency is taking to protect pollinator health, and to consult producers along the way.
Politics | 4/1/2015 7:34:42 PM
The anti-biotech activist Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield Farms CEO and recent White House nominee to a trade advisory committee, seems to enjoy highlighting bad news. Even when it's bogus-
Politics | 4/1/2015 5:22:55 PM
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission alleges that Kraft Foods and Mondelez made a $5.4 million profit by manipulating the wheat market to drive down prices.
Politics | 4/1/2015 5:22:46 PM
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015-The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its approval of Dow AgroSciences' Enlist Duo herbicide, a blend of glyphosate and 2,4-D choline, for use in additional states.
Politics | 4/1/2015 3:37:14 PM
WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 - One of USDA's voluntary conservation programs for producers - the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) - will provide $332 million in financial and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers and other private landowners who enroll acreage in conservation easements by May 15.
Politics | 4/1/2015 3:17:58 PM
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015- California is mandating cities and towns across the state to reduce water usage by 25 percent, as well as requiring increased reporting from agricultural water users.
Politics | 4/1/2015 2:55:48 PM
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 - The last arsenic-based animal drug is being pulled from the market under pressure from the Food and Drug Administration.
Politics | 4/1/2015 12:35:21 PM
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015-- Mike Dunlap, previously a senior staff member at the House Agriculture Committee, joined the government affairs team of The Keys Group on March 30, announced Chandler Keys, principal of the agri-business lobbying firm based in Washington, D.C.
Politics | 4/1/2015 11:28:32 AM
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 - USDA is awarding $31.5 million in funding to local, state, and national organizations to support programs that help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) increase their purchase of fruits and vegetables.
Politics | 4/1/2015 10:01:20 AM

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 - It's no April Fool's joke. America is obsessed with bacon.
Politics | 4/1/2015
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 - The widely rebutted review from a World Health Organization (WHO) committee that classified the herbicide glyphosate as (probably carcinogenic) to humans is generating more headlines and providing new momentum for anti-pesticide and anti-GMO activists.
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