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WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - In an effort to expand production and consumption of locally-grown foods in schools, lawmakers introduced new legislation today that would enhance USDA's Farm to School program.
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - A Texas judge's order that has indefinitely delayed some of President Obama's executive actions on immigration could benefit farms and processors that rely on immigrant labor.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - Negotiations continue in the Senate over a bill that would grant President Obama trade promotion authority, a key step toward closing a new Pacific Rim trade agreement. Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch hoped to release a TPA bill this week, but the committee's ranking Democrat, Ron Wyden, hasn't agreed on the language yet.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - Ask just about any farmer leader if they support science and innovation in agriculture and the answer will usually be a resounding "yes." But ask them about how to commercialize new seed traits and avoid sending those products to unapproved international markets, there's little consensus.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - Outside of the courts, representatives of several farm, grain trade and biotech companies have been meeting on a regular basis to try to develop better (rules of the road) for new product introduction.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - Less than one-fourth of U.S. dairy farmers appear to be eligible for payments from the new insurance-like Dairy Margin Protection Program (DMPP) if milk prices continue depressed through spring, according to USDA projections at last week's Agricultural Outlook Forum.
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.
Our guest on Open Mic this week is USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson. In this wide-ranging interview, you’ll hear his perspective on any relationship between the drop in equity markets and commodity prices, thoughts on China, Brazil and other countries lowering their currency values, and the implications of the EPA’s upcoming decision on RFS volume standards for US farm income.