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Politics | 11/20/2013 2:15:15 PM

Tyner: Mistake to put the RFS that low

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2013- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new plan to reduce the required amount of biofuels to be produced in 2014 by 2.94 billion gallons would reduce incentive for biofuels growth, said Purdue University energy policy specialist
Politics | 11/20/2013 12:41:37 PM

FDA pushes back food safety comment deadline as lawmakers ask for more time

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2013 - FDA has extended the comment deadline for two of its proposed Food

Politics | 11/19/2013 11:03:52 AM

Washington Week Ahead: Congress looking at RFS, farm bill, budget

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2013 - Discussions among lawmakers and stakeholders are expected to continue this week about the EPA's decision to lower the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
Politics | 11/19/2013

Beef exports continue to climb, while pork exports drop

DENVER, CO. Nov. 18, 2013 - The value of U.S. beef exports  - up nearly 16 percent to Japan, 56 percent to Mexico, 182 percent to Hong Kong and more than 41 percent to South Korea
Politics | 11/18/2013 3:52:27 PM

Settlement requires pesticide studies for California red-legged frog

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2013- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will need to complete biological opinions on seven different pesticides for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Politics | 11/18/2013 2:33:38 PM

Agricultural, food organizations press Congress to battle trade barriers

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2013 - A coalition of agricultural and food organizations led by the National Pork Producers Council urged Congress today to establish criteria for
Politics | 11/18/2013 1:52:17 PM

Two major farmer organizations to square off at 2013 Farm Journal Forum

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2013 - Farm Journal Foundation will be hosting a gripping policy debate at its 2013 annual policy forum in December
Politics | 11/17/2013 3:08:58 PM

EPA proposes lowering congressional RFS requirement

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2013 - The EPA issued a proposed rule today to lower the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) requirement for 2014 below
Politics | 11/15/2013 1:45:39 PM

Vilsack presses on renewable fuels, farm bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2013 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reiterated his department's commitment Thursday to helping the growth of the renewable fuel industry as stakeholders anxiously await
Politics | 11/15/2013 11:56:58 AM

Survey shows farmland values down, incomes up for third quarter 2013

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 15, 2013 - Farmland values and cash rents were down in the third quarter of 2013, according to the latest Agricultural Finance Monitor, published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Despite these declines
Politics | 11/15/2013 11:16:14 AM

Food safety secretary leaving USDA

WASHINGTON, November 15, 2013 - USDA's Under Secretary for Food Safety Elisabeth Hagen announced today that she will be leaving the USDA for the private sector
Politics | 11/15/2013 11:07:47 AM

After technical difficulties, FDA extends FSMA comment period again

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2013 - FDA today extended the comment period for two of its proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules until
Politics | 11/14/2013 8:02:10 PM

CBO report finds potential $130 billion in savings from agriculture programs

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2013 - Congress could save about $130 billion over 10 years from reductions or changes to several agriculture-related
Politics | 11/14/2013 7:21:46 PM

Senators urge administration to back biodiesel growth

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2013 - A bipartisan group of 32 senators sent a letter Thursday asking the Obama administration to support reasonable growth in
Politics | 11/14/2013 4:04:10 PM

Thune: Still optimistic about farm bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2013- Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said during a media call Thursday that he is optimistic a farm bill will pass by the end of the year, particularly because of the urgency of
Politics | 11/14/2013 3:56:56 PM

Preliminary USDA data: Sequestration takes a bite out of conservation program

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2013 - Preliminary data from USDA shows that total 2013 acres enrolled in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is
Politics | 11/14/2013 3:46:07 PM

House names conferees for water resources development reauthorization

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2013 - The House announced its conferees today for the upcoming negotiations with the Senate over
Politics | 11/14/2013 2:09:05 PM

Congress members outline priorities for WTO Bali Ministerial

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2013—Leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee asked U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to maintain strong trade agreements during the negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the
Politics | 11/14/2013 12:17:48 PM

Farm Bureau: 2013's Turkey Day less expensive

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2013 - The cost of a classic Thanksgiving dinner is down from last year, according to numbers released by
Politics | 11/13/2013 6:50:48 PM

NRCS chiefs express support for conservation compliance

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2013-Seven former chiefs of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) sent a letter to the House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders Monday expressing their support for conservation compliance
Politics | 11/13/2013 4:24:25 PM

Law banning abusive horse training will require more USDA involvement

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2013— Veterinarians and Congress members weighed the risks and benefits of passing an amendment to the Horse Protection Act that would require USDA to accredit all inspectors involved in Tennessee Walking Horse shows.
Politics | 11/13/2013 1:00:02 PM

HSUS forms advisory council of Iowa farmers

DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov. 13, 2013- The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) announced today the formation an Iowa Agriculture Council of farmers and ranchers intended to increase farm animal welfare standards
Politics | 11/13/2013 12:16:07 PM

NMPF leader: House dairy bill risks repeat of huge surplus

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2013 - Margin insurance for dairy farmers without a mechanism to check overproduction risks a repeat of conditions in the early 1980s
Politics | 11/13/2013 10:52:10 AM

House lawmaker offers motion to instruct farm bill conferees

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2013 - Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, offered a motion to instruct conferees on the farm bill Tuesday night dealing with
Politics | 11/13/2013 5:18:23 AM

FAO calls for $24 million to aid Philippine rice farmers, fisherman

ROME, Nov. 12. In the wake of severe damage to the fisheries and agriculture sectors in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is mobilizing
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