Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - The decline in prices for food and feed crops, livestock and fish products in 2015 signals that "an era of high prices is quite likely over for all sub-sectors," economists at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) say.
WASHINGTON, July 28, 2016 - The Government Accountability
Office (GAO) says the Interior Department needs to update the way it oversees
and accounts for onshore oil and gas production on federal lands.
WASHINGTON, July 28, 2016 - Primary energy
consumption fell slightly in 2015 as a decline in coal use exceeded increases
in natural gas, petroleum and renewables use...
WASHINGTON, July 28, 2016 - A stream's potential
for small-scale, run of river hydropower can now be...
PHILADELPHIA, July 26, 2016 - "Thirty million gallons of biofuel will be produced without consuming a single additional bushel of corn." That's what Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, promised last October...
WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - Hillary Clinton
officially claimed the Democratic party's nomination Tuesday night during the
roll call of state delegations.
WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - Donald Trump's
campaign is also betting that it can win agribusiness support and run up
margins in rural areas by tapping into anger about...
WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - The fight over laws
which seek to prevent people entering a private farming operation with the goal
of conducting undercover investigations, is coming to a head...
WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - The Environmental
Protection Agency is seeking nominees for a Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP)
that will examine the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate...
WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - Impoverished
populations around the world suffer because they're not getting the vitamins
and nutrients they need even if they are managing to eat.
WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - General Mills is expanding its recall of raw flour to include flour produced on more dates after new illnesses possibly linked to the product were reported. This is the third time that the recall, first announced in May, has been expanded.
WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - About 69 percent of
senior credit and risk officers from the 17 Farm Credit Associations in the AgriBank
District selected commodity prices as the top challenge.
WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - The Food and Drug
Administration is trying to prevent foodborne illnesses by sampling products
before problems occur...
WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - Hot, hot, hot! Last
week, a high pressure system that trapped hot air for an extended period of
time created a heat dome that put 110 million Americans...
WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - With recent declines
in prices for poultry, egg and dairy products, USDA's Economic Research Service
predicts prices for food-at-home will rise between...
PHILADELPHIA, July 25,
2016 - A leading critic of federal food and agriculture policy believes the GMO
disclosure bill passed by Congress this month is a fair compromise that is
likely to have little impact on consumer food choice.
WASHINGTON, July, 2016 - Hillary Clinton has chosen Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, passing over Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack who reportedly was on her short list almost up to the last minute.
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2016 - USDA today announced final rules implementing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that officials say will improve access to healthy food and insure consistent standards for food marketed and served to students.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2016 - After a long delay, the European Union has approved three biotech soybean traits for import and processing, according to the U.S. Soybean Export Council.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2016 -
Hydroponic growing systems that do not use soil should nonetheless be
considered for organic certification if they can achieve "equivalent soil
functions," a new report prepared for USDA's National Organic Standards Board
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2016 - The federal crop insurance program is financially sound and growing, but continues to look for ways to expand its offerings and reduce its already low improper payment rate, Risk Management Agency Administrator Brandon Willis said today at a meeting with reporters.
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2016 - President Barack Obama has signed the Global Food Security Act to help developing nations expand their agricultural capacity and get on a path to self-sufficiency.
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2016 - Neutering EPA,
expanding coal mining and giving states more responsibility for environmental
regulation are among the goals contained in the...
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2016 - Sen. Chuck Grassley,
R-Iowa, and 13 co-sponsors have introduced a bill
that would modify the $1 per gallon biodiesel blenders' tax credit to a domestic
producers' credit and...
WASHGINTON, July 21, 2016 - Lawmakers
from both sides of the aisle are using the waning days of Congress to push for
a bill promoting renewable energy development on public lands.