Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - Food and Drug Administration and Canadian food authorities will cooperate on a range of food safety issues after agreeing that their food safety systems are comparable.
WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - Farmers are feeling better about the farm economy this year after an upturn in grain and wheat prices last month, according to a new monthly survey of producer attitudes.
WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - A growing glut of
peanuts is causing headaches for the Agriculture Department, even as subsidies
to peanut growers are posing challenges for...
WASHINGTON, May 3, 2016 - When you switch on your coffee maker in the morning, you connect not only with instant power but with the world's largest machine, the nation's electric grid.
WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - USDA announced Wednesday it will grant $15.6 million to universities for research, education and extension programs that the department says will benefit rural America.
WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - If a dairy cow eats
feed made from genetically engineered grain - and most do - does the milk it
produces need to be designated as a GMO product?
WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - The Margin
Protection Program (MPP), the primary safety net for dairy farmers, isn't
working out as well as expected, and efforts are already...
WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - Dozens of farm groups
are backing Bayer CropScience's fight to prevent EPA from canceling the
registrations of an insecticide used on...
Depending on the timeline the administration
chooses to follow, the 2017 Renewable Fuel
Standard proposal could be...
WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - The story is familiar:
There's less and less state and county funding to keep cooperative extension
programs around. But now, with states across the country...
WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - According to a new white paper from the American Feed Industry Association, livestock production's
contribution to greenhouse gas emissions is...
WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - Almost 30 percent of
farmers in New England are likely to leave the agriculture sector in the next
10 to 20 years, and almost none of them have...
May 2, 2016 - Glyphosate, the world's most heavily used herbicide, is unlikely
to cause cancer in humans, the Environmental Protection Agency has concluded.
Or has it?
WASHINGTON, May 3, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the launch of USDA's newest private capital investment fund for rural America at a White House event on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2016 - Top negotiators for the U.S. and the European Union say the two sides made good progress this week as they continued efforts to complete the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).
WASHINGTON, May 2, 2016 - Researchers who study antibiotic resistance now have access to another $6 million, thanks to USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the department announced Monday.
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 - Not one lawmaker or witness at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing Thursday said capital and margin rules weren't necessary to protect futures and swaps markets from bad players and volatility, but there was plenty of discussion on how these rules could negatively affect end-users - namely farmers.
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - EPA received the brunt of the criticism from farm group representatives at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing today focusing on the factors affecting the cost of producing the nation's food.
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 - Senate Energy
Committee chair Lisa Murkowski called for her colleagues in Congress to take
advantage of the current low-price environment surrounding oil and gas
development and pass reforms to...
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 - Vastly
underutilized energy storage resources, such as the nation's 50
million residential electric water heaters, can provide substantial
environmental and cost benefits, according to...
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 - The Energy
Department's Solar America
Cities program found that a primary barrier to solar adoption is the
difficulty and cost of obtaining construction permits for...
WASHINGTON, April 28,
2016 - At their annual general meeting earlier this week, Syngenta shareholders
officially approved motions for an ordinary dividend of...
Don't spoil our victory lap was the response
from one Senate staffer when asked about the prospects for reconciling the
comprehensive energy bill the Senate passed overwhelmingly last week with the
very different House bill passed in December.
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - Dannon, in an effort to woo consumers who are becoming increasingly concerned about all aspects of how their food is made, has made a promise that will be difficult to keep: It plans to eliminate all genetically modified grains from the diets of the cows that produce the milk used to make most of the company's yogurt.