Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association is applauding the House of Representatives for passing the Communications Act Update Act of 2016, which includes provisions to combat problems of telephone calls failing to complete to rural areas.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Agriculture
Secretary Tom Vilsack says Democrats need to do a better job of connecting with
rural voters on their economic concerns in order to...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Bayer CropScience
has decided to drop any further attempts to challenge cancellation of its
registration for the insecticide flubendiamide, which it had sold under the trade
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Economists at Texas
A&M University say the Bayer-Monsanto merger would boost cottonseed prices
by more than 18 percent while the pending combination of Dow and DuPont would
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Egg producers are
facing a massive bill, estimated be at least $5.6 billion, to remove the cages
from their farms, and they fear the...
There is reason to
believe that we can move beyond the current political impasse and find
solutions to address the need for foreign-born labor in U.S. agriculture.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - USDA has set a
December deadline to put together a comprehensive list of still unanswered
questions related to the National
Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard and to...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - The organic sector is
looking for a new rule beefing up animal welfare standards in the National
Organic Program to further set its producers apart from...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Hundreds of thousands of corn growers may participate in a class-action lawsuit against Syngenta for selling genetically modified seed with a trait that had not been approved by China, a federal judge has ruled.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Like many other organizations,
the National Pork Producers Council is gearing up for its farm bill push, and a
pair of familiar issues are leading the way.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - The Fish and
Wildlife Service's decision to delist the gray wolf in Wyoming relied too much
on the state's word that it would maintain a viable population of wolves within
its borders, an attorney for environmental groups...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - The Federal
Aviation Administration on Tuesday received some measured praise from
stakeholders for what they said were much improved regulations for using unmanned
aircraft systems (UAS), or drones.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2016 - Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the top
Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, rolled out legislation on Monday
that would increase assistance for urban farmers.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2016 - The Food and Drug Administration is considering new regulations for foods labeled healthy in light of changing scientific thinking about fats and the types of vitamins and minerals that consumers most need.
We all know that
access to clean water is critical for personal health. What is not as
immediately apparent is how essential access to a consistent supply of water is
to the economic vitality of our rural communities.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2016 - Lawmakers are eager to get home to campaign but first have to take care of some critical unfinished business this week, starting with a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running after the new fiscal year starts on Saturday.
LINCOLN, Neb., Sept. 25, 2016 - The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture has renewed a cooperative agreement with the FDA related to the implementation of the Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
BALTIMORE, Sept. 22, 2016 - It turns out that millennials, perhaps the most important generation in terms of retail sales, are big consumers of organic food and other products, according to new study results announced today by the Organic Trade Association.
Sept. 23, 2016 - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration acted illegally
when it imposed new safety requirements on fertilizer dealers without giving
them a chance to comment, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2016 - Just 10 days after the U.S. announced a trade dispute challenging China's domestic corn, wheat, and rice price supports, China on Friday announced anti-dumping duties on U.S. dried distiller's grains (DDGS).
LINCOLN, Neb., Sept. 22, 2016 - The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) opened its 2016 annual meeting today by calling for the federal government to allow the states to play a greater role in policymaking in the next administration.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - A newly discovered non-Bt protein could be a solution for farmers struggling with corn rootworm resistance to existing Bt corn varieties, DuPont scientists report.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - Conservation efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are showing dividends, but some areas are still struggling to meet prescribed goals.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - In what could be his final appearance on Capitol Hill, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack defended the farm economy as basically sound but appealed for flexibility from Congress to aid dairy producers and other struggling sectors.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - China has lifted its 13-year-old ban on U.S. beef, clearing the way for negotiations between the two countries over the specific conditions under which trade can resume.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - The water resources
bill that the Senate recently passed on a near-unanimous vote of 95-3 also
includes a states-first approach for regulating the disposal and recycling of coal
ash, a measure strongly opposed by environmental groups.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - USDA this week
unveiled a three-year $328 million restoration strategy to improve water
quality and help coastal ecosystems damaged by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.