Politics | 11/25/2015

EPA revokes approval of Enlist Duo herbicide to study 'synergistic effects'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2015 -- EPA plans to cancel its registration of Enlist Duo, a Dow herbicide containing 2,4-D and glyphosate, after becoming aware of new data on (potential synergistic effects) of the two active ingredients on threatened and endangered species, the agency said in a court filing.

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Politics | 11/25/2015 4:17:31 PM

USDA releases final rule on catfish inspections

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2015 - USDA released a final rule today establishing an inspection service for imported and domestically-raised catfish, implementing provisions required by the 2014 farm bill.
Politics | 11/25/2015 1:26:26 PM

 GOP warns the world: Congress will decide climate policy, not Obama

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2015-- House and Senate Republicans are escalating their assault on the Obama administration's climate agenda, in advance of the president's departure for the international Climate Change Conference in Paris.

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Politics | 11/25/2015 10:29:27 AM

 NRECA says its top priority, reliability, is threatened by the CPP

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2015 - Reliability is the top priority of the member-owners of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, according to...
Politics | 11/25/2015 10:07:50 AM

 USDA planning overhaul of biotech review process

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2015 - The Agriculture Department is planning a landmark overhaul of the way it regulates biotechnology that could allow...
Politics | 11/25/2015 9:53:13 AM

 Looming RFS announcement sure to fuel discontent

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2015 - The Environmental Protection Agency could release three years' worth of...
Politics | 11/25/2015 9:43:53 AM

 WOTUS, food safety spending at stake in omnibus talks

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2015 - Lawmakers who want to stop the Obama administration from implementing its...
Politics | 11/25/2015 9:22:28 AM

 ARC payments may be recalculated for some growers

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2015 - Some producers with farms in more than one county could be getting more...
Politics | 11/25/2015 9:15:51 AM

 Finding talent for new, specialized farms poses a challenge

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2015 - Farming and the food industry are experiencing chronic labor shortages; reports are widespread about...
Politics | 11/25/2015 9:06:01 AM

 Farm income to take biggest drop since 1980s, USDA says

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2015 - U.S. farm income will fall to $55.9 billion this year, from an estimated...
Politics | 11/25/2015 8:53:01 AM

 Massive national produce rule making light-footed landing

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2015 - The arrival of the Food and Drug Administration's 800 pages of new regulations on how producers should grow and harvest fresh produce is generating...
Politics | 11/25/2015 8:42:54 AM

 Lawmakers, advocates: Rural broadband benefits the nation

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2015 - Members of the NTCA-Rural Broadband Association gathered with government officials and a set of lawmakers last Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol to discuss existing...
Politics | 11/24/2015 5:22:09 PM

Quality, not quantity, key to fighting hunger, Cornell experts say

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2015 - Having a dialogue about global food security is nothing new, but two food policy and economics experts say academics and the media are simply having the wrong conversation.
Politics | 11/23/2015 7:32:00 PM

Senators urge flexibility for milk truckers in transportation bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2015 - A bipartisan group of nine U.S. senators is urging the conference committee handling the surface transportation bill to make sure the final bill allows bulk milk trucks to carry their cargo without being forced to offload portions of their load at state borders.
Politics | 11/23/2015 4:56:56 PM

China pledges to speed biotech reviews

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2015 - China has committed to accelerating its review of U.S. GMOs, a move that would smooth trade in biotech crops, Obama administration officials said after an annual bilateral meeting on trade issues.
Politics | 11/23/2015 3:23:00 PM

Syngenta files countersuit against grain handlers in seed trait lawsuit

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2015 - In the latest twist of a long-running legal battle, biotech giant Syngenta says grain companies have only themselves to blame for the market share lost in China over shipments that contained unapproved corn varieties.
Politics | 11/20/2015 4:13:54 PM

FDA makes history in approving genetically engineered salmon

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2015 - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a fast-growing, genetically engineered salmon for commercial sale, making it the first biotech animal cleared for human consumption.
Politics | 11/20/2015 4:11:26 PM

Lawmakers push USDA to fund hemp research

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2015 - A bipartisan group of lawmakers is appealing to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to award research funding for industrial hemp research.
Politics | 11/20/2015 3:17:48 PM

Sugar, corn industries end legal fight

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2015 - The sugar industry and makers of high fructose corn syrup have settled a bitter court battle that had been raging for four and a half years.
Politics | 11/20/2015 10:45:59 AM

Former Ag secretaries promote Pacific trade pact

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2015 - Former agriculture secretaries who have served presidents going back nearly 35 years endorsed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying trade agreement should boost U.S. farm exports significantly.
Politics | 11/19/2015 3:51:32 PM

FDA refuses to require GMO labeling, as lawmakers near deal on preemption

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2015 - The Food and Drug Administration has refused to consider requiring the labeling of biotech foods, affirming its longstanding policy that there's no legal basis for mandating such disclosure on products that are essentially the same as their conventional versions.
Politics | 11/19/2015 12:25:06 PM

Democrats getting tired of House Ag SNAP hearings

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2015 - At the beginning of his chairmanship of the House Agriculture Committee, Mike Conaway promised a "soup to nuts" review of USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which accounts for the lion's share of the department's budget. At a committee hearing Wednesday, several panel Democrats seemed to have had enough.
Politics | 11/19/2015 12:09:48 PM

Price of Thanksgiving dinner for 10 breaks $50 for the first time

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2015 - The American Farm Bureau Federation's annual Thanksgiving dinner survey found this year's holiday feast for 10 will cost on average $50.11 - 70 cents more than last year's - marking the first year to break $50.


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