Politics | 10/1/2014

National Biodiesel Board challenges barriers to trade with EU

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 -- The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has filed comments with the European Commission challenging what it calls unfair trade duties that have blocked U.S. biodiesel exports to Europe since July 2009.

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Politics | 9/30/2014 8:48:03 PM

USDA announces local, organic food programs

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 - USDA officials announced more than $83 million in funding for several programs designed to encourage healthy, local food options in farmers markets and in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Politics | 9/29/2014 9:30:20 PM

 Holder: Talk, little action on agribusiness concentration

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2014 - Attorney General Eric Holder will leave office after six years with a legacy highlighted by civil rights and voting rights enforcement but with an antitrust record that disappointed.

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Politics | 9/26/2014 4:49:22 PM

Hogs and Pigs report numbers higher than expected

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 - The U.S. hog and pig inventory showed a slight rebound from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), a disease that was first confirmed in U.S. herds in Iowa in the spring of 2013 and has since spread to 31 different states.
Politics | 9/26/2014 2:03:03 PM

 Texas lawmakers request GAO study on South American beef imports

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 - A bipartisan group of 27 Texas legislators is requesting that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) review the APHIS site-visit review process after an agency proposal that could allow importation of meat from a region not yet free of foot-and-mouth disease.
Politics | 9/26/2014 1:46:06 PM

USDA announces new peanut revenue policy

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new peanut revenue policy available to eligible peanut producers.
Politics | 9/26/2014 1:15:28 PM

USDA stumped in probe into unauthorized GE wheat found in Oregon

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 - After a 16-month investigation, USDA says it's been unable to determine how unapproved genetically-engineered wheat made its way into a farm field in Oregon last year.
Politics | 9/26/2014 11:40:51 AM

Almanza named deputy under secretary for food safety at USDA

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has named USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator Al Almanza to a newly created position as deputy undersecretary for food safety, a job he'll share with the present deputy, Brian Ronholm.
Politics | 9/25/2014 3:58:50 PM

National Teach Ag Day celebrates with a recruiting mission

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 - Thursday is National Teach Ag Day and the agricultural community will celebrate by encouraging students to enter the profession, which is facing a critical shortage
Politics | 9/25/2014 3:11:24 PM

 Pork Producers say US should conclude TPP without Japan

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 - The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) says the U.S. should conclude a major free trade agreement without Japan if the Asian nation nation continues to insist on protecting its so-called "sacred" agricultural products.
Politics | 9/25/2014 2:24:59 PM

Vilsack: New tools help you pick your farm program plan

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled new programs and online tools to help farmers in the complex decision-making process that growers will face in the coming year.
Politics | 9/25/2014 8:53:49 AM

Comments will close Oct. 10 for Monsanto dicamba-resistance cotton and soybean

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014-USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today that the public comment period on its draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for Monsanto's genetically engineered (GE) cotton and soybean plants resistant to the herbicide dicamba will remain open through October 10, 2014
Politics | 9/24/2014 8:22:05 PM

 USTR says no progress on ag issues in TPP talks with Japan

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Two days of Trans-Pacific Partnership talks between top negotiators for the U.S. and Japan failed to produce any progress on critical issues involving
Politics | 9/24/2014 6:17:15 PM

 Soda companies pledge to cut beverage calories in U.S. diet

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2014 - Three of the top U.S. non-alcoholic beverage makers say they will take steps to cut the calories consumed in beverages by 20 percent per person by 2025.
Politics | 9/24/2014 4:22:33 PM

Vilsack welcomes new Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2014 -- USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack today said he welcomes the launch of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture, announced at the
Politics | 9/24/2014 3:58:22 PM

USDA announces $59 million in grants to encourage rural development

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2014 - USDA has selected 85 utilities and cooperatives for grants and loans totaling more than $59 million to encourage economic growth in rural communities.
Politics | 9/24/2014 10:32:35 AM

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative aims at curbing nutrient runoff

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2014 - The federal government today unveiled the second phase of an inter-agency action plan designed to protect and restore the health of
Politics | 9/23/2014 8:24:13 PM

 EPA drops appeal of case favoring West Virginia poultry farm

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2014-The EPA has decided not to appeal a federal ruling in favor of West Virginia poultry farmer Lois Alt in a Clean Water Act (CWA) case.
Politics | 9/23/2014 8:43:34 AM

It's an all-time high: 610,240 students in National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 23, 2014 - Analysts forecast that the world's population will grow to 9 billion people by 2050. With global needs today to fight hunger and prepare for the expected population explosion, the industry of agriculture needs educated, skilled and
Politics | 9/22/2014 9:52:29 PM

Bayer outlines next phase of investments

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2014 -- Bayer CropScience plans to invest close to $900 million in the U.S. in the 2013-2016 period because of the long-term growth opportunities in a region it considers a


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 event calendar
  World Dairy Expo
  Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, 2014 Madison, Wisconsin

  Crop Life America Annual Meeting
  Oct. 5-8, 2014 Colorado Springs, Colorado

  Women in Agribusiness Summit
  Oct. 6-8, 2014 New Orleans, Louisiana

  Empowering Africas Future: Building Infrastructure & Agribusiness through Public-Private Partnerships
  Oct. 6-7, 2014 Washington, D.C.

  Oilseed and Grain Trade Summit
  Oct. 7-9, 2014 New Orleans, Louisiana

  13th Annual BIO Investor Forum
  Oct. 7-8, 2014 San Francisco, California

  Tri-National Agricultural Accord
  Oct. 7-9, 2014 Chicago, Illinois

  Crop Insurance and the 2014 Farm Bill Symposium
  Oct. 7-9, 2014 Louisville, Kentucky

  National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo
  Oct. 13-14, 2014 Minneapolis, Minnesota

  Conservation in Action Tour
  Oct. 14-15, 2014 Everglades Agricultural Area, Florida


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 1. Vilsack: New tools help you pick your farm program plan

 2. Comments will close Oct. 10 for Monsanto dicamba-resistance cotton and soybean

 3. African smart agriculture

 4. Almanza named deputy under secretary for food safety at USDA

 5. USDA announces local, organic food programs

 6. USDA stumped in probe into unauthorized GE wheat found in Oregon

 7. Vilsack welcomes new Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture

 8. National Teach Ag Day celebrates with a recruiting mission

 9. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative aims at curbing nutrient runoff

 10. Hogs and Pigs report numbers higher than expected