Politics | 11/20/2014

Farm groups want new immigration laws, not an executive order

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014- President Barack Obama's executive order regarding undocumented immigrants does little for the agricultural industry, according to several farm group representatives, who say legislative reform through Congress is the way to solve farm labor problems.

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Politics | 11/21/2014 2:54:31 PM

EPA says it will not act on 2014 RFS until 2015, industry offers mixed reactions

The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it wouldn't finalize a 2014 rule for the Renewable Fuels Standard, saying a glut of comments will push action back into 2015.
Politics | 11/20/2014 8:04:10 PM

House panel approves bill to strengthen Feed the Future program

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 - The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday favorably reported to the full House a bill that supporters say would strengthen President Obama's Feed the Future Initiative as it works to alleviate hunger around the globe.

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Politics | 11/20/2014 8:01:34 PM

Senate confirms Holladay, Mensah to USDA posts

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 - The Senate has confirmed Jon Holladay as USDA's chief financial officer and Lisa Afua Serwah Mensah as the department's under secretary for rural development.
Politics | 11/20/2014 3:47:40 PM

Climate change could increase exposure to crop insurance losses, GAO report says

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 - Climate change could make both government and private sector players in the crop insurance program more vulnerable to potential losses, a report released today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said.
Politics | 11/20/2014 3:06:40 PM

Opinion: Why not TPA in lame duck?

President Obama came back from his week of foreign policy meetings in Asia saying he was enthusiastic about promoting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement (FTA) now being negotiated.
Politics | 11/20/2014 12:25:21 PM

Milk producers say WOTUS should be fixed or withdrawn

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 - The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) says EPA's proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule fails to provide the certainty that dairy farmers need and should be changed substantially or withdrawn and rewritten.
Politics | 11/20/2014 4:13:07 AM

AFBF Survey: Cost of Thanksgiving dinner rises, still under $50

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 - The American Farm Bureau Federation's 29th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year's feast for 10 is $49.41, a 37-cent increase from last year's average of $49.04.
Politics | 11/19/2014 9:11:56 PM

Keystone pipeline vote fails in Senate, for now

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2014 - A bill authorizing the go-ahead on the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the Senate Tuesday night by a single vote, saving President Obama from having to decide whether to veto the legislation.
Politics | 11/19/2014 1:56:19 PM

USDA funding to help open, expand export markets for U.S. agriculture

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service has awarded funding to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for American products.
Politics | 11/19/2014 1:08:24 PM

Conaway announces senior House Agriculture Committee staff

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2014 - Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, the chairman-elect of the House Agriculture Committee, announced the appointment of senior staff to lead the committee in the 114th Congress.
Politics | 11/18/2014 9:18:31 PM

USDA, Chevrolet and Ducks Unlimited help ranchers sell carbon credits

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2014- USDA, General Motors and Ducks Unlimited are part of a project unveiled today that creates a market for carbon credits generated on working grasslands
Politics | 11/18/2014 12:01:57 PM

Ag groups push for Section 179 action in lame duck

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2014 - Agricultural organizations and business groups are pushing Congress to act on tax extender legislation before the end of the lame duck session, saying retroactive action in 2015 will be too late for many farmers, ranchers and businesses.
Politics | 11/17/2014 3:38:54 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Focus on Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHNGTON, Nov. 17, 2014 - Much of rural America will be paying close attention to the U.S. Senate this week as lawmakers prepare for a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that would carry heavy crude oil from Canada's Alberta tar sands through the U.S. midsection to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
Politics | 11/14/2014 12:08:30 PM

House passes bill approving Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2014 - The House of Representatives today passed a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline, but the fate of the legislation in the Senate - and in the White House, should it get that far - remains uncertain.
Politics | 11/13/2014 4:54:59 PM

Thune keeps open mind on gas tax hike to fund highway bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2014 -- The Republican Senator who's expected to be the next chair of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee says he's not ruling out a hike in the federal gasoline tax as a way of funding a national highway bill.
Politics | 11/13/2014 3:29:57 PM

Farm groups and ag tech companies outline data privacy protocols

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2014 - A group of 12 major farm organizations and agriculture technology providers (ATPs) today announced an agreement on data privacy and security principles designed to protect farmers as farm innovations advance.
Politics | 11/13/2014 10:43:07 AM

 Lawsuit seeks documents from USDA Inspector General beef checkoff probe

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2014 - A group called the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) has filed a federal lawsuit charging that the USDA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) is unlawfully holding back records regarding the OIG's 2011 through 2014 investigation into the national beef checkoff program.
Politics | 11/13/2014

 USTR cites 'milestone week' for U.S. trade

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2014 - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman says this has been a 'milestone week' for U.S. trade.
Politics | 11/2/2014 7:01:31 PM

Farm Journal and Agri-Pulse partner to analyze rural political influence

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2014-The Farm Journal Foundation and Agri-Pulse plan to introduce a Packing Political Punch session at the 2014 Farm Journal Forum.
Politics | 10/24/2014 2:33:34 PM

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Feed the Future: A bipartisan opportunity
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