News Archive: Months of Agri-Pulse Reporting Available
Welcome to Agri-Pulse, the news source you can depend on for daily updates on the web and weekly e-newsletters regarding the latest in agricultural news and rural policy. Browse our website for concise coverage of daily farm and rural policy developments, and click on the link above to view a sample issue of our e-newsletter. If you like what you see, sign up for a four-week free trial subscription or subscribe by clicking the links above.
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2015-- In a letter to President Barack Obama, 52 House Democrats led by Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine called for protection of the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act.
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2015-- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is giving an extra month for stakeholders to comment on its proposal to update its corn rootworm insect resistance management program, which is intended to delay the pest becoming resistant to corn genetically engineered to produce Bt pesticides.
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2015 - A group of beef industry
stakeholders seeking changes in the beef checkoff program cleared another
hurdle today, but the coalition will likely be moving forward without the
support of one of its founding organizations and could face an uphill battle in
DES MOINES, IOWA, March 12, 2015 - Nine men who just might want to be president of the U.S. flocked to Des Moines Saturday to answer questions posed by Iowa farmer and agribusiness leader Bruce Rastetter.
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2015 - The U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), which went effect three years ago this weekend, has meant big gains for U.S. agriculture, according to the U.S. Trade Representative's Office (USTR).
March 12, 2015 - Republicans on the Senate committee responsible for writing
the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) budget attacked the agency's new menu
labeling rule, which they claim is overly broad in its regulation of supermarket
delis and other non-restaurant food outlets.
Two recent events on Capitol Hill are colliding in a potentially significant way. First, on March 9, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued its budget "baseline" that will be used in decision-making on legislative proposals for the balance of this year.
WASHINGTON, March 12, 2015 - A cohort of mostly GOP Senators is calling on USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services to make sure lean meat is included in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
WASHINGTON, March 10, 2015 - Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch says he wants to have legislation ready by the beginning of April to provide the president with fast-track trade authority, but he continues to resist some Democratic demands that would threaten its "workability."
March 11, 2015 - A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has
spread to Arkansas, the third state where the virus has been reported in
the Mississippi flyway this month, all on turkey farms.
March 11, 2015 - In competing news conferences today, producers of corn ethanol
attacked, while the petroleum industry defended, a proposal to reopen the
legislation that created the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 - The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) filed a friend-of-the-court brief today supporting the six states challenging California's egg law that places hen cage size restrictions on any shell eggs sold in the state.
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 - Not everyone who graced the stage at the Iowa State Fairgrounds was asked the same question, but moderator Bruce Rastetter did a great job making sure they responded to several key issues, while limiting each one to about 20 minutes. Here's an overview of how they answered.
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 - Next week, the congressional budget committees are expected to take up resolutions laying out tax and spending plans aimed at reducing the federal budget deficit. Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., told Agri-Pulse he expects the Senate version to require his panel to propose cuts in agriculture spending.
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 - Fast-food giant McDonald's has announced a new antibiotics policy for its chicken, a move seen by some as a way to compete with the sustainability and health rhetoric being used by some of its higher-end competitors in the quick-serve space.
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 - While winter storms during the first week of March brought much-needed rain and snow to parts of the Southwest, they weren't enough to improve drought conditions for most producers in the nation's leading farm state, California.
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 - During a recent meeting of the National Research Council, which is conducting a study examining genetically engineered (GE) crops and food, an Environmental Protection Agency official described the agency's new precautions for Dow AgroScience's Enlist Duo product, the first herbicide for which EPA requires a weed resistance management plan.
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 - According to a group of international researchers in plant genetics, what lies between the current state of wheat breeding and the elusive wheat genome sequence is about $13 million.
WASHINGTON, March 9,
2015 - The new farm programs for grain and oilseed growers will pay them up to
$7 billion annually over the next few years, surpassing what they would have
received through the old system of direct payments, according to new forecasts
10, 2015 - Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch said he wants to have
legislation ready by the beginning April to provide the president with
fast-track trade authority, but he continues to resist some Democratic
demands that would threaten its "workability."
10, 2015 - A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has been
discovered in separate turkey flocks in Missouri, the second and third
discoveries of the virus in the Mississippi flyway.
10, 2015 - An unusual alliance of grain processors, environmental groups
and municipal water utilities wants new enrollments in the Conservation
Reserve Program targeted to practices that will improve water quality
and wildlife habitat.
This week’s Open Mic features Frank Gasperini, CEO for the National Council for Agricultural Employers. In this interview you will hear the frustration labor intensive agriculture faces each year in finding an adequate hourly workforce to harvest crops and care for livestock and how a coalition has grown challenging Congress to take action. Gasperini defines how some proposals for immigration reform could decimate some facets of the ag industry and threaten our nation’s food security.