Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, May 26, 2016 - The Food and Drug Administration is doing a better job of targeting imported food for inspection but still has work to do, a new Government Accountability Office report concludes.
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack may have less than a year left in office, but that isn't stopping him from delivering forward-looking remarks to ag stakeholders.
WASHINGTON, May 26, 2016 - A spending bill that included a rider to stop the Obama administration from implementing its waters of the U.S. rule failed in the House after conservatives bolted over an amendment that was adopted to protect LGBT rights.
WASHINGTON, May 26, 2016 - Mexico is embracing
ethanol and U.S. officials want to make sure they can help, potentially laying
the groundwork for a renewable fuels program and ethanol exports...
WASHINGTON, May 26, 2016 - Eighty years ago,
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Rural Electrification Act (REA) which charged USDA to provide electric
power to rural America.
WASHINGTON, May 26,
2016 - Since the Energy Department (DOE) launched the SunShot Initiative in
2011 with a goal of making solar electricity cost-competitive with traditional
sources of electricity by 2020...
WASHINGTON, May 26,
2016 - A public database that allows users to quickly review the status of 38
clean energy policies across all 50 states was recently
WASHINGTON, May 26,
2016 - Significant coal retirements are expected to continue regardless of
whether the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP)...
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Large food companies have said they are taking climate change and sustainability more seriously, but now firms like Mars and Unilever want Congress to back their efforts to become greener.
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - In a party-line vote, the full House voted Wednesday to conference with the Senate to reconcile differences between the separate House and Senate energy bills.
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Workers at meat and poultry plants continue to get injured and sick at higher rates than workers in manufacturing overall, the Government Accountability Office said in a report that recommended the federal government collect better data.
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Witnesses told the House Agriculture Committee today that sell-by and use-by labels on food products need to be standardized to help consumers make better choices and to help reduce food waste in the richest country in the world.
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - The fiscal 2017
appropriations process is fully underway after some early fits and starts. The
Agriculture bills, which fund USDA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),
WASHINGTON, May 25,
2016 - Farm and waterways interest groups expressed support for the 2016 Water
Resources Development Act (WRDA) that cleared the...
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Stakeholders from the organic
sector are in Washington this week hoping to drive home the big impact of what
some might still view as a small industry.
WASHINGTON, May 24, 2016 - Wednesday's House
vote on conferencing with the Senate to reconcile their separate energy bills
could lead to Congress either passing a bipartisan energy bill this year or
opting instead for go-nowhere partisan messaging.
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - When most farm groups
and government officials talk about the benefits of the Trans-Pacific
Partnership, cuts to foreign tariffs get most of the attention. But it's the
The Senate today voted to reverse farm bill law and
shut down the USDA's catfish inspection program.
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Cotton growers are
worried about losing another tool to fight the tarnished plant bug if EPA's new
label for sulfoxaflor is...
May 25, 2016 - The nation's biggest livestock groups are concerned about what a
potential rule from the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
might do to the marketplace...
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Aligning calving
season more with Mother Nature than to usual seasonal market price trends is
gaining popularity among cattle management experts and cattlemen.
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - The more efficient
use of nitrogen fertilizer in agriculture has yielded positive results not just
for water quality in the Mississippi River Basin, but for...
WASHINGTON, May 24, 2016 - Monsanto's board of directors has unanimously rejected a $62 billion buyout bid from Bayer AG, calling it incomplete and financially inadequate.