Politics | 7/28/2016

 Evidence too thin to support chlorpyrifos regulation, panel concludes

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2016 - A Scientific Advisory Panel convened by EPA said the agency should not rely on a Columbia University epidemiological study to determine safe levels of exposure to chlorpyrifos, a widely used insecticide.

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Politics | 7/28/2016 2:33:31 PM

OECD outlook signals 'era of high prices is likely over'

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - The decline in prices for food and feed crops, livestock and fish products in 2015 signals that "an era of high prices is quite likely over for all sub-sectors," economists at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) say.
Politics | 7/28/2016 11:06:35 AM

Interior's natural gas emissions management needs an overhaul

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2016 - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the Interior Department needs to update the way it oversees and accounts for onshore oil and gas production on federal lands.
Politics | 7/28/2016 10:41:56 AM

US energy mix changes - coal consumption declines

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2016 - Primary energy consumption fell slightly in 2015 as a decline in coal use exceeded increases in natural gas, petroleum and renewables use...
Politics | 7/28/2016 10:31:34 AM

Hydropower modeling software informs stakeholders

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2016 - A stream's potential for small-scale, run of river hydropower can now be...
Politics | 7/27/2016 3:31:11 PM

 Ethanol industry sees cellulosic ready for RFS-fueled takeoff

PHILADELPHIA, July 26, 2016 - "Thirty million gallons of biofuel will be produced without consuming a single additional bushel of corn." That's what Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, promised last October...
Politics | 7/27/2016 1:41:45 PM

 Rural advocates make the case for Hillary

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - Hillary Clinton officially claimed the Democratic party's nomination Tuesday night during the roll call of state delegations.
Politics | 7/27/2016 1:30:32 PM

 Trump adviser: Campaign needs to 'energize' farm support

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - Donald Trump's campaign is also betting that it can win agribusiness support and run up margins in rural areas by tapping into anger about...
Politics | 7/27/2016 1:17:21 PM

 Can you restrict access to someone who wants to work undercover?

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - The fight over laws which seek to prevent people entering a private farming operation with the goal of conducting undercover investigations, is coming to a head...
Politics | 7/27/2016 1:04:00 PM

 EPA to convene scientific panel on glyphosate

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking nominees for a Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) that will examine the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate...
Politics | 7/27/2016 12:48:49 PM

 Anticipation grows for approval for new fortified rice technology

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - Impoverished populations around the world suffer because they're not getting the vitamins and nutrients they need even if they are managing to eat.
Politics | 7/27/2016 12:18:58 PM

General Mills expands flour recall

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - General Mills is expanding its recall of raw flour to include flour produced on more dates after new illnesses possibly linked to the product were reported. This is the third time that the recall, first announced in May, has been expanded.
Politics | 7/27/2016 11:47:44 AM

 Commodity prices are top challenge to farmers, poll shows

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - About 69 percent of senior credit and risk officers from the 17 Farm Credit Associations in the AgriBank District selected commodity prices as the top challenge.
Politics | 7/27/2016 11:10:07 AM

 Produce sampling seeks to sharpen FDA focus

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - The Food and Drug Administration is trying to prevent foodborne illnesses by sampling products before problems occur...
Politics | 7/27/2016 10:58:33 AM

 Heat wave tests crops, livestock producers

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - Hot, hot, hot! Last week, a high pressure system that trapped hot air for an extended period of time created a heat dome that put 110 million Americans...
Politics | 7/27/2016 10:32:47 AM

 USDA lowers 2016 food price forecast

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - With recent declines in prices for poultry, egg and dairy products, USDA's Economic Research Service predicts prices for food-at-home will rise between...
Politics | 7/25/2016

 Leading food activist calls GMO bill a 'good compromise'

PHILADELPHIA, July 25, 2016 - A leading critic of federal food and agriculture policy believes the GMO disclosure bill passed by Congress this month is a fair compromise that is likely to have little impact on consumer food choice.
Politics | 7/22/2016 7:48:45 PM

Clinton taps Kaine as running mate, passing over Vilsack

WASHINGTON, July, 2016 - Hillary Clinton has chosen Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, passing over Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack who reportedly was on her short list almost up to the last minute.
Politics | 7/22/2016 4:54:21 PM

USDA finalizes rules for Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2016 - USDA today announced final rules implementing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that officials say will improve access to healthy food and insure consistent standards for food marketed and served to students.
Politics | 7/22/2016 7:19:33 AM

EU approves three biotech soybean traits

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2016 - After a long delay, the European Union has approved three biotech soybean traits for import and processing, according to the U.S. Soybean Export Council.
Politics | 7/22/2016

 Hydroponic task force sends organic issue to NOSB

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2016 - Hydroponic growing systems that do not use soil should nonetheless be considered for organic certification if they can achieve "equivalent soil functions," a new report prepared for USDA's National Organic Standards Board recommends.
Politics | 7/21/2016 6:37:11 PM

Crop insurance: Steady as she goes

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2016 - The federal crop insurance program is financially sound and growing, but continues to look for ways to expand its offerings and reduce its already low improper payment rate, Risk Management Agency Administrator Brandon Willis said today at a meeting with reporters.
Politics | 7/21/2016 3:45:22 PM

Obama signs Global Food Security Act

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2016 - President Barack Obama has signed the Global Food Security Act to help developing nations expand their agricultural capacity and get on a path to self-sufficiency.
Politics | 7/21/2016 9:55:39 AM

Get EPA out of the way on energy, GOP platform says

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2016 - Neutering EPA, expanding coal mining and giving states more responsibility for environmental regulation are among the goals contained in the...
Politics | 7/21/2016 9:41:51 AM

Renewable fuels groups applaud biodiesel tax credit extension

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2016 - Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and 13 co-sponsors have introduced a bill that would modify the $1 per gallon biodiesel blenders' tax credit to a domestic producers' credit and...
Politics | 7/21/2016 9:19:43 AM

Bill promoting renewables on public land gets House hearing

WASHGINTON, July 21, 2016 - Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are using the waning days of Congress to push for a bill promoting renewable energy development on public lands.


Andrew LaVigne

Better seed for a better life: the Senate should ratify the plant genetics treaty
Preserving and improving global food security smartly creates economic opportunity here by alleviating poverty overseas.


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Africa has an energy famine, accounting for 16% of the world's population...


Marshall Matz

The Global Food Security Act
The Global Food Security Act is intended to make the Feed the Future program a permanent program...


Bruce Knight

2018 Farm Bill-Soil Health
Turning again to the next farm bill, I want to focus on soil health. We need to be asking, "Do we need to change agricultural policy or research emphasis or programs to address soil health more effectively?"


Blake Hurst

So many regulations to write, so many groups to offend
It must be wearing to man the ramparts in the final months of the Obama administration.


Bruce Knight

Opinion: Making sustainability a consideration in trade
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