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Politics | 6/25/2014 6:58:34 PM

Independent bankers question the 'farm' in Farm Credit System

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014 -Despite the strength of FCS, some panel witnesses wondered if the FCS still considers agriculture its primary client.
Politics | 6/25/2014 5:12:12 PM

 Soybean farmers want U.S. to put 'teeth' in trade talks

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014 -- The American Soybean Association (ASA) is calling on U.S. lawmakers and the Obama administration to take a tougher stance with trading partners including China and the European Union on their resistance to

Politics | 6/25/2014 3:29:27 PM

Fourth of July barbeque costs to reach all time high

NEW YORK, June 24, 2014 - This Fourth of July, Americans will pay more for their backyard barbecues than ever before. The inaugural 2014 Rabobank BBQ Index examines the composition of a ten-person barbecue and how rising commodity prices have impacted
Politics | 6/25/2014 1:18:00 PM

Correction: June 25, 2014 Edition of Agri-Pulse

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014 - Correction: In the June 25, 2014 edition of Agri-Pulse, we quoted the Center for Responsive Politics data which indicated that the American Farm Bureau Federation's Political Action Committee (PAC) donated
Politics | 6/25/2014 10:32:47 AM

NSAC provides USDA with farm bill-related climate change recommendations

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014 - On the one-year anniversary of the President's Climate Action Plan, the National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition (NSAC) announces the availability of its
Politics | 6/25/2014

Report explores 'Risky Business' posed by climate change

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014 -- While a report released Tuesday warns of potential disruptions to the American economy, including the farm sector, from climate change, an agribusiness leader shared how farmers will
Politics | 6/24/2014 6:52:12 PM

 Critics take aim at new Forest Service water plan

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2014 -- EPA's Waters of the U.S. rule had another day under congressional scrutiny Tuesday, but this time the embattled proposal had a partner in the limelight - a Groundwater
Politics | 6/24/2014 6:17:12 PM

 FAA clarifies guidelines for unmanned model aircraft

WASHINGTON June 24, 2014 - The Federal Aviation Administration is clarifying the permitted uses of unmanned model aircraft, citing an increase in
Politics | 6/24/2014 4:12:44 PM

USDA announces new measures to help beginning farmers

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2014 - USDA on Monday announced the implementation of policy changes and measures authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill designed to help new farmers and ranchers get started in an occupation where
Politics | 6/24/2014 2:48:08 PM

House passes bill authorizing CFTC through 2018

The bill was first brought to the floor last Thursday and saw action Monday afternoon as well before Tuesday's final passage
Politics | 6/23/2014 4:27:32 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Focus on trade, immigration

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2014 - With House and Senate action on a USDA spending bill in limbo, many agricultural stakeholders will be focusing on trade issues this week, with Congressional hearings scheduled on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank and on using
Politics | 6/20/2014 12:12:56 PM

Obama creates task force to stem decline in honey bee population

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2014 - President Obama capped off National Pollinator Week Friday by ordering the creation of a federal task force to promote the
Politics | 6/19/2014 7:04:19 PM

Ex-EPA chiefs push for climate change action

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2014 - Four former EPA administrators - who all served during Republican administrations - encouraged the Senate Environment and
Politics | 6/19/2014 4:19:16 PM

GOP senators introduce bill to block 'Waters of the U.S.' rule

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2014 - Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas and 29 other Republican senators today introduced legislation meant to prevent
Politics | 6/18/2014 8:57:29 PM

Agriculture groups back House bill funding CFTC

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014— The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and more than 30 other organizations including groups representing state and national crop and livestock
Politics | 6/18/2014 5:59:08 PM

Senate debate on agriculture spending bill continues

WASHINGTON, June 18. 2014 - Senate debate on the appropriations minibus bill - which includes agriculture - continued today, as a
Politics | 6/18/2014 3:15:31 PM

Wheat researcher Sanjaya Rajaram named World Food Prize laureate

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 - Sanjaya Rajaram, whose research led to a prodigious increase in world wheat production, was named the winner of the 2014 World Food Prize today
Politics | 6/18/2014 11:18:51 AM

Bill aims to repeal corn ethanol mandate

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 -- It's not the first and it won't be the last. Legislation introduced by Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., would repeal the
Politics | 6/18/2014 11:02:29 AM

Corn growers say Ceres sustainability study offers nothing new

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 -- A study contending that U.S. corn production is threatened by climate change, unsustainable water use and inefficient and damaging fertilizer practices fails in its intent by
Politics | 6/18/2014

 Tax incentive for conservation easements gains traction

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 - Advocates for a tax incentive aimed at helping owners conserve farmland, woodlands and open spaces
Politics | 6/17/2014 8:50:03 PM

Vilsack: Biotech, geographical indications, cloning discussed at 'historic' TTIP meeting

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asked European Union (EU) officials at a historic meeting to base agricultural trade talks on
Politics | 6/17/2014 12:47:46 PM

Hong Kong lifts restrictions on US beef exports

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2014 -The United States and Hong Kong have agreed on new terms and conditions that pave the way for the full range of U.S.
Politics | 6/16/2014 5:11:46 PM

Conservation Stewardship Program renewal begins in July

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2014 - The USDA will begin accepting renewal applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) on July 11. Farmers and ranchers that enrolled in the program in 2010 are eligible to
Politics | 6/16/2014 4:43:04 PM

Iowa firm awarded first license for PEDv vaccine

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2014 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued Harrisvaccines Inc. of Ames, Iowa, a conditional license for a vaccine that may help control the
Politics | 6/16/2014 12:36:11 PM

Opinion: Pollinators - the foundation of our agricultural economy

Summer is a time when we think of picnics, outdoor gatherings and recreational activities, but it is also a time when our farmers are working hard
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