Politics | 2/9/2016

 Reports tout permanent benefits of 'de-carbonization'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2016 -- An ExxonMobil policy blog posted this week forecasts global carbon emissions will begin to drop around 2030, and by 2040 "the emissions-intensity of the global economy is likely to fall by half,"

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Politics | 2/9/2016 4:25:01 PM

Land and Water Conservation Fund would benefit from Obama budget

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2016 - President Barack Obama laid out his budget plan for next year on Tuesday, including his bid to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million - a level that's only been met a few times in the program's 51-year history.
Politics | 2/9/2016 3:29:06 PM

Monsanto agrees to $80M penalty for misstating Roundup-related earnings

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2016 -- Monsanto has agreed to pay an $80 million penalty and retain an independent compliance consultant to settle charges that it violated accounting rules and misstated company earnings as it pertained to its flagship product Roundup, the Securities and Exchange Commission said.

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Politics | 2/9/2016 3:15:35 PM

USDA awards $20 million to fight citrus greening

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2015 - USDA announced Monday it will put $20.1 million toward research and extension projects that help producers fight citrus greening disease, which has affected more than 75 percent of Florida citrus groves
Politics | 2/9/2016 12:48:10 PM

USDA projects 'moderate' farm income drop in 2016

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2016 - USDA's Economic Research Service released its annual income projections today, and the agency forecasts that farmers will make a little, not a lot, less in 2016 than they made last year.
Politics | 2/9/2016 12:01:57 PM

Obama budget cuts crop insurance, funds summer meal program

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2016 - Funding for a nationwide initiative to feed poor kids during the summer and cuts to the crop insurance program are included in President Obama's proposed fiscal 2017 budget, released today.
Politics | 2/8/2016 4:12:16 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Obama releases budget, USDA, EPA chiefs face lawmakers

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2016 - President Obama releases his fiscal 2017 budget this week as congressional Republicans vow to accelerate debates on appropriations bills amid the heated campaign season.
Politics | 2/8/2016 4:06:25 PM

FDA rethinking testing program for raw milk cheese

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2016 - FDA is taking another look at its food safety testing program for cheese made with raw milk, after cheesemakers raised concerns that the criteria the agency is using may be limiting production of those cheeses without benefiting public health.
Politics | 2/7/2016 11:15:26 AM

New poultry safety standards may prevent 50,000 annual illnesses, USDA says

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2016 - New safety standards for chicken and turkey products set by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service will help to prevent an estimated 50,000 illnesses a year, FSIS says.
Politics | 2/5/2016 2:59:36 PM

Anne Alonzo picked to head American Egg Board

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2016 - Anne Alonzo, who recently stepped down as administrator of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service, has been named president and CEO of the American Egg Board, Agri-Pulse has learned.
Politics | 2/5/2016 2:13:10 PM

APHIS finalizes interim rule on HPAI indemnity payments

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2016 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced today the finalization of a new interim rule governing indemnity payments from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks.
Politics | 2/5/2016 10:33:17 AM

Bayer refuses EPA request to cancel uses for Belt

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2016 - Bayer's Crop Science division is rejecting EPA's request that it voluntarily cancel uses of flubendiamide (trade name: Belt), an insecticide used on more than 200 crops nationwide.
Politics | 2/4/2016 3:26:15 PM

USDA allots $150 Million for Conservation Stewardship Program

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2016 - USDA says $150 million in funding is available for agricultural producers through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the department's largest conservation program that helps producers voluntarily improve the health and productivity of private and tribal working lands.
Politics | 2/4/2016 3:04:12 PM

Vilsack denies cotton growers' aid request, says Congress must act

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has notified lawmakers he lacks the legal authority to provide subsidies for cottonseed, a blow to growers reeling from a plunge in global cotton prices.
Politics | 2/4/2016 12:18:53 PM

Democrats block energy bill in fight for Flint aid

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2016 - Democrats stalled a bipartisan energy bill in the Senate, demanding that Republicans agree to include aid for the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Politics | 2/3/2016 7:52:17 PM

Syngenta says 'yes' to ChemChina bid, as farm, food groups raise concerns

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2016 - After months of being courted by Monsanto, Syngenta officials announced today that the global agribusiness company is best suited to marry-up with the state-owned China National Chemical Corp., known as ChemChina, in a deal valued at more than $43 billion in cash.
Politics | 2/3/2016 7:00:15 PM

TPP is signed, but ag leaders are skeptical of passage this year

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2016 - Trade ministers have officially signed off on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but that doesn't look to be speeding up congressional approval in the United States.
Politics | 2/3/2016 2:02:46 PM

 Senators try to focus on energy bill's end game

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2016 - The energy bill debate in the Senate this week is where partisan priorities collide head-on with political reality.
Politics | 2/3/2016 1:09:28 PM

USDA to fund $30 million worth of ag research

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2016 - USDA announced Wednesday it will grant $30.1 million to food safety and plant health research that the department says is essential to bolstering America's farm economy and attracting new farmers to the sector.
Politics | 2/3/2016 12:41:11 PM

 DOE announces renewable energy funding for government facilities

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2016 - The Energy Department (DOE) announced $2.85 million in funding for four projects to advance the development of renewable energy technologies at...
Politics | 2/3/2016 12:35:44 PM

 Study finds methods to support water-sustainable bioenergy industry

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2016 - Argonne National Laboratory released a study funded by the Energy Department's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) that...
Politics | 2/3/2016 12:29:10 PM

 Georgia develops new tool to facilitate offshore energy

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2016 - To close the data and communication gaps between regulatory agencies that could delay the permitting process...
Politics | 2/3/2016 12:19:26 PM

 Cruz victory in Iowa sparks debate about whether corn is still King

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2016 - Rep. Steve King can say I told you so after the outcome in the Iowa caucuses. He warned back in January that corn growers and ethanol producers risked a significant...
Politics | 2/3/2016 12:09:55 PM

 House Ag urges hands-off policy on programs during budget talks

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2016 - The House Agriculture Committee is urging lawmakers to leave farm and nutrition programs alone as a new...
Politics | 2/3/2016 12:02:54 PM

 Is TPP in trouble in farm country?

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2016 - Many U.S. farm organizations are gearing up for an effort to convince members of Congress that they should...


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