Politics | 12/9/2016

McMorris Rodgers in line for top spot at Interior

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2016 - A House Republican leader who represents a wheat-growing district in eastern Washington is expected to be nominated as Interior secretary in the Trump administration. (Photo by Gage Skidmore)

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Politics | 12/10/2016 4:56:53 AM

Senate OKs spending, water projects bills

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2016 - The Senate passed a short-term fiscal 2017 spending bill to avert a government shutdown and then gave final congressional approval to a water projects bill that includes drought relief for California farmers.
Politics | 12/9/2016 3:44:43 PM

Class action over Syngenta corn moves forward

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2016 - A class-action lawsuit filed by corn growers against Syngenta over corn exports that were rejected by China should go to trial next year, as scheduled, after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to review the lower court's certification order.
Politics | 12/8/2016 5:56:52 PM

Fast-food chief who touts immigrant workers gets Labor nod

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2016 - President-elect Donald Trump has selected fast-food executive Andy Puzder to run the Labor Department, which regulates worker safety, enforces wage rules and manages guest-worker programs on which many farms and others in the food industry rely.
Politics | 12/8/2016 2:37:15 PM

 Oklahoma attorney general who battled EPA over rules picked to run agency

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who has led legal challenges to key parts of President Obama's regulatory agenda, including the waters of the United States" rule, and also criticized the Renewable Fuel Standard, has been tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to run the Environmental Protection Agency.
Politics | 12/8/2016 11:22:02 AM

Voters across all ideologies support ramping up clean energy policies

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2016 - A majority of Americans support clean energy development, according to a polling report released by Conservative Energy Network (CEN).
Politics | 12/8/2016 10:49:48 AM

Gasoline inventories, production, exports on the increase

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2016 - In November, U.S. gasoline inventories reached 226.1 million barrels, the highest level for this time of year since at least 1990...
Politics | 12/8/2016 7:38:13 AM

 US report (aimed at China) details costs of biotech-approval delays

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2016 - Too many regulatory agencies around the globe take too long to approve genetically modified plant traits, and the result is lost revenue and curbs on innovation, according to a new report that was commissioned by the U.S. and aimed at China.
Politics | 12/7/2016 6:54:51 PM

USDA catfish inspection takes a beating in House hearing

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - Congress' decision to take catfish inspection away from the FDA and give it to USDA was sharply criticized as a waste of money and resources at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing today in which only one lawmaker dissented.
Politics | 12/7/2016 5:19:54 PM

Gene editing is just advanced plant breeding, ASTA says

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - Gene editing is simply the latest development in the evolution of plant breeding, the head of the American Seed Trade Association said at ASTA's annual meeting today in Chicago, seeking to reassure consumers about the safety and efficacy of the new technique.
Politics | 12/7/2016 3:56:42 PM

House bill would increase ag scholarships

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - A plan to increase scholarship opportunities to a broader array of agricultural students received bipartisan commendations at a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday.
Politics | 12/7/2016 3:21:45 PM

USDA announces new conservation opportunities

WASHINGTON, Dec.7, 2016 - USDA is offering farmers and ranchers new opportunities to participate in the Conservation Reserve Program, including new techniques to protect water quality and adding 1.1 million acres to a number of key CRP practices.
Politics | 12/7/2016 2:32:04 PM

 Carbon capture primed to thrive, experts say

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2016 - CCS (carbon capture and storage) is becoming an essential tool in the large toolbox needed for reversing climate change and perhaps pumping new life into the ailing coal industry.
Politics | 12/7/2016 1:31:44 PM

 End of 114th Congress looms as GOP pushes for water resources bill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - Congressional Republicans are trying this week to push a water resources authorization bill across the finish line along with a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running into next spring.
Politics | 12/7/2016 1:22:44 PM

 Roberts, Pence discuss possible USDA nominees

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - Roberts and Vice President-elect Mike Pence discussed possible options for agriculture secretary and undersecretary positions when Pence attended...
Politics | 12/7/2016 1:12:35 PM

 House committee issues findings from two-year SNAP investigation

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - The House Agriculture Committee says the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can be improved by nudging recipients into jobs or better-paying work...
Politics | 12/7/2016 12:59:45 PM

 Weather forecasting bill expected to help farmers

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - Looming among the last-minute business for the adjourning 114th Congress is a bevy of investments and directives in atmospheric and climate science and communications aimed to keep...
Politics | 12/7/2016 12:42:35 PM

 Trump will inherit fight to speed up Chinese biotech approvals

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - If China is going to overhaul its agricultural biotechnology approval process, it looks like it will have to happen during the Trump administration, a dubious...
Politics | 12/7/2016 12:00:17 PM

Trump picks Iowa governor as ambassador to China

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who describes himself as a longtime friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping, is President-elect Donald Trump's selection to be ambassador to China, a critical market for U.S. agricultural exports that Trump has threatened with trade actions.
Politics | 12/7/2016 11:49:38 AM

 Ag retailers look to roll back regs under Trump presidency

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - The election of Donald Trump provides ag retailers an opportunity for us to take on some real regulatory reform, Agricultural Retailers Association CEO Darren Coppock told the...
Politics | 12/7/2016 9:55:19 AM

 Expert says organics, biotechnology no panacea for Cuba

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - Neither organic agriculture nor advanced biotechnology will solve Cuba's food production deficit, a noted expert on the country's food needs...
Politics | 12/7/2016 9:37:56 AM

 Documentary shines light on chicken contract-farming issues

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - A new documentary doesn't exactly paint a rosy picture of life as a contract chicken farmer, but some of these poultry producers remain optimistic about possible improvements and help from a new administration.
Politics | 12/7/2016 9:10:42 AM

 Hypoxia task force wants to bring life back to Gulf dead zone

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - Members of EPA's Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force, meeting Tuesday in New Orleans, heard from Louisiana state officials and a representative of...
Politics | 12/6/2016 7:17:27 PM

 House GOP leaders at odds with Trump on tariff threat

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2016 - President-elect Donald Trump is already running into resistance from the House Republican leadership over his threat to impose stiff tariffs on companies that outsource jobs.
Politics | 12/5/2016 5:12:32 PM

Lawmakers reach deal for California drought relief

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2016 - Farmers in California's drought-stricken Central Valley could get additional irrigation water in coming years under bipartisan provisions included in a congressional agreement to reauthorize water projects.
Politics | 12/5/2016 3:28:11 PM

CFTC issues revised position limits proposal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2016 - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has reissued a position limits rule, giving life to a proposal last seen in 2013.
Politics | 12/5/2016 3:11:53 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Congress finishes lame duck, House SNAP report due

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2016 - President-elect Donald Trump continues his search for key cabinet members this week, while lawmakers look to finish their work for the year by passing a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running into next year.
Politics | 12/5/2016 2:37:02 PM

McCarthy confident EPA's mission will survive

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2016 - EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy continued her farewell tour today, telling an audience in Washington, D.C., that she's confident her successor will understand the importance of the agency's mission to protect the nation's air, water and land.


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