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WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - Get ready for another wild price ride in 2015. That was one of the key messages from USDA's annual Agricultural Outlook Forum last week in Arlington, Virginia, as the agency released projections for lower planted acres for corn, soybeans and wheat, and bigger livestock herds as producers recover from drought and expand.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - Despite USDA's well-publicized forecast for a 32 percent decline in net farm income from last year's record high, the farm sector overall is in reasonably good shape, speakers at last week's annual Agricultural Outlook Forum agreed.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - There's concern that China's appetite for U.S. soybeans may be based on more than just a need for food and animal feed. Some importers apparently are using U.S. soybeans as a way to get access to credit that they can use to then make loans, says Fred Gale, an economist at USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS).
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2014 - House
Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway said today's committee hearing on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is just (the
start of a long) review of the largest initiative in the nation's safety net
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2015 -- The North American Meat Institute is asking that the comment period for the scientific report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee be extended from 45 days to 120 days.
23, 2015 - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today called on county
government officials from across the country to support President Obama's
request for trade promotion authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2015-- Bee experts at USDA's annual Agricultural Outlook Forum last week said better management of crop chemicals could go a long way toward improving the health of this pollinator that is crucial to agriculture, but researching diseases that plague the insect is the best long-term solution.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2015 - President Barack Obama today kept his promise and vetoed a bill approving the Keystone XL Pipeline. In a message to the Senate, Obama said the bill was an attempt by Congress to "circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest."
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 - Almost 400 organizations with ties to agriculture, food, conservation and rural America wrote a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Budget Committees, calling on them to reject demands for additional cuts in programs which fall under the jurisdiction of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 - Kathleen Merrigan, a former deputy secretary of agriculture, is joining Agree as one of four co-chairs. Merrigan, currently the executive director of sustainability at the George Washington University, will replace Gary Hirshberg, co-founder and chairman of Stonyfield Farm, who is stepping down after four years.
21, 2015 - West Coast ports resumed full operations after settlement of a
labor dispute that snarled Asia-bound traffic for weeks, hitting meat and
fresh fruit exports especially hard.
20, 2015 - The Senate Finance Committee's top Democrat, Ron Wyden of
Oregon, is accusing Republicans of moving prematurely to advance
President Obama's trade agenda, including a bill to give the him the
fast-track negotiating authority to finish a Pacific Rim agreement.
GRAPEVINE, Texas, Feb. 19, 2015 - Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen launched RFA's National Ethanol Conference here in Texas Thursday with a direct attack on EPA. EPA responded with an apology and a promise to deliver the long overdue biofuels volume requirements sometime this spring.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2015 - The USDA today released supply and demand projections for the major U.S. crops, including corn, soybeans, wheat, rice and cotton. The estimates were released early today at the department's annual Agricultural Outlook Forum.
ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 19, 2015 -- Darci Vetter, the U.S. Trade Representative's chief agricultural negotiator, said her team has made "significant progress" in recent talks with Japan regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership but she says Congress needs to pass fast-track Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to get the deal over the finish line.
ARLINGTON, Va. Feb. 19, 2015-The opportunities for farm productivity and young agriculturalists are buoyed by data technology in agriculture, but challenges like wireless infrastructure and data privacy are stalling adoption, noted a speaker panel hosted by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at the 2015 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum outside Washington today.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 - USDA is investing $37 million in new and existing projects to restore forest health and reduce wildfire threats. The plan is being implemented through a collaborative venture between the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), called the Chiefs' Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - When Kansas Senator Pat Roberts holds his first hearing as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry next week, he will make a simple, yet symbolic change in the order that witnesses appear - calling on producers to testify ahead of the Secretary of Agriculture on Feb. 24.
This week’s guest on Open Mic is Governor Martin O’Malley, a Democratic candidate for President in 2016. In this interview you’ll hear his views on renewable fuel policy, environmental stewardship, global trade and why he believes leading a state like Maryland uniquely qualifies his bid for the Oval Office.