Politics | 5/4/2016

OIG: USDA needs to improve conservation compliance reviews

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - USDA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) says officials in the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) need to improve the way they handle conservation compliance reviews.

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Politics | 5/4/2016 4:11:11 PM

US and Canadian food safety systems comparable, FDA says

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - Food and Drug Administration and Canadian food authorities will cooperate on a range of food safety issues after agreeing that their food safety systems are comparable.
Politics | 5/4/2016 3:36:47 PM

New index sees upturn in farmer outlook

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - Farmers are feeling better about the farm economy this year after an upturn in grain and wheat prices last month, according to a new monthly survey of producer attitudes.

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Politics | 5/4/2016 3:27:58 PM

 Peanut surpluses pose challenges for USDA, lawmakers

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - A growing glut of peanuts is causing headaches for the Agriculture Department, even as subsidies to peanut growers are posing challenges for...
Politics | 5/4/2016 2:57:30 PM

 How to rewire the electric grid to incorporate renewable energy?

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2016 - When you switch on your coffee maker in the morning, you connect not only with instant power but with the world's largest machine, the nation's electric grid.
Politics | 5/4/2016 2:34:18 PM

USDA awards almost $16M in research grants

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - USDA announced Wednesday it will grant $15.6 million to universities for research, education and extension programs that the department says will benefit rural America.
Politics | 5/4/2016 2:29:20 PM

 GMO feed is one of the latest splits in Senate on labeling bill

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - If a dairy cow eats feed made from genetically engineered grain - and most do - does the milk it produces need to be designated as a GMO product?
Politics | 5/4/2016 2:09:37 PM

 Peterson working to patch up dairy safety net in next farm bill

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - The Margin Protection Program (MPP), the primary safety net for dairy farmers, isn't working out as well as expected, and efforts are already...
Politics | 5/4/2016 12:50:46 PM

 Growers seek to retain use of Belt; Judge already skeptical

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - Dozens of farm groups are backing Bayer CropScience's fight to prevent EPA from canceling the registrations of an insecticide used on...
Politics | 5/4/2016 11:34:26 AM

 RFS guessing game: 2016 Edition

Depending on the timeline the administration chooses to follow, the 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard proposal could be...
Politics | 5/4/2016 11:14:50 AM

 American agriculture without Cooperative Extension?

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - The story is familiar: There's less and less state and county funding to keep cooperative extension programs around. But now, with states across the country...
Politics | 5/4/2016 10:25:40 AM

 Livestock not the guilty party in GHG emissions: study

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - According to a new white paper from the American Feed Industry Association, livestock production's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions is...
Politics | 5/4/2016 9:52:30 AM

 Study: Older New Englanders leaving farming without replacements

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - Almost 30 percent of farmers in New England are likely to leave the agriculture sector in the next 10 to 20 years, and almost none of them have...
Politics | 5/3/2016 3:57:12 PM

 Glyphosate 'not likely' to cause cancer, EPA says briefly

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2016 - Glyphosate, the world's most heavily used herbicide, is unlikely to cause cancer in humans, the Environmental Protection Agency has concluded. Or has it?
Politics | 5/3/2016 2:58:42 PM

USDA sets up fund for rural food, agriculture businesses

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the launch of USDA's newest private capital investment fund for rural America at a White House event on Tuesday.
Politics | 5/2/2016 5:14:56 PM

Top negotiators cite progress in latest T-TIP talks

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2016 - Top negotiators for the U.S. and the European Union say the two sides made good progress this week as they continued efforts to complete the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).
Politics | 5/2/2016 2:51:10 PM

USDA puts up $6M to fight antimicrobial resistance

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2016 - Researchers who study antibiotic resistance now have access to another $6 million, thanks to USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the department announced Monday.
Politics | 4/28/2016 7:23:32 PM

House Ag panel examines 'unintended consequences' of Dodd-Frank

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 - Not one lawmaker or witness at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing Thursday said capital and margin rules weren't necessary to protect futures and swaps markets from bad players and volatility, but there was plenty of discussion on how these rules could negatively affect end-users - namely farmers.
Politics | 4/28/2016 3:54:11 PM

EPA takes it on the chin at House Ag hearing

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - EPA received the brunt of the criticism from farm group representatives at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing today focusing on the factors affecting the cost of producing the nation's food.
Politics | 4/28/2016 11:38:10 AM

Murkowski says low-price environment is time for energy reform

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 - Senate Energy Committee chair Lisa Murkowski called for her colleagues in Congress to take advantage of the current low-price environment surrounding oil and gas development and pass reforms to...
Politics | 4/28/2016 11:23:14 AM

'Community Storage' initiative sees promise in your water heater

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 - Vastly underutilized energy storage resources, such as the nation's 50 million residential electric water heaters, can provide substantial environmental and cost benefits, according to...
Politics | 4/28/2016 11:05:10 AM

Most US rooftops can take the weight of solar systems

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 - The Energy Department's Solar America Cities program found that a primary barrier to solar adoption is the difficulty and cost of obtaining construction permits for...
Politics | 4/28/2016 9:26:34 AM

Syngenta inches closer to ChemChina deal

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 - At their annual general meeting earlier this week, Syngenta shareholders officially approved motions for an ordinary dividend of...
Politics | 4/27/2016 5:35:36 PM

 Merging House, Senate energy bills won't be easy

Don't spoil our victory lap was the response from one Senate staffer when asked about the prospects for reconciling the comprehensive energy bill the Senate passed overwhelmingly last week with the very different House bill passed in December.
Politics | 4/27/2016 4:57:57 PM

Dannon faces uphill battle to rid dairy feed of GMOs

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - Dannon, in an effort to woo consumers who are becoming increasingly concerned about all aspects of how their food is made, has made a promise that will be difficult to keep: It plans to eliminate all genetically modified grains from the diets of the cows that produce the milk used to make most of the company's yogurt.


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2018 Farm Bill-simplifying rural development
Over the years, rural development programs have multiplied and morphed to the point where it's difficult for farmers, small businesses, entrepreneurs and rural communities to...


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$380 Million Keepseagle II Settlement Reached
The landmark civil rights lawsuit by Indian farmers and ranchers against the Department of Agriculture...


Alesha Black

Growth opportunities and growing pains in a changing global food system
Today, more than 53 percent of the global population lives in cities. In 1900, this was only 13 percent.


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Genetic Labeling: Take #2
The State of Vermont has passed a statute mandating the labeling of genetically engineered foods as of...


Blake Hurst

A few thoughts on pickup trucks and international trade
Trading an old pickup truck triggers thoughts on the importance of international trade and embracing change.


Bruce Knight

2018 Farm Bill: Integrate CSP with the larger sustainability movement
In our ongoing discussion of the next farm bill, I want us to consider carefully the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
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