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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our guest on Open Mic is US Senator John Hoeven. As a strong advocate for agriculture and rural issues, the North Dakota Republican supports enhanced global trade and opposes government regulatory overreach. In this interview, Hoeven discusses his plan for providing flexibility for school nutrition standards and thoughts for providing funding for a long term highway bill.