Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, Dec 17, 2014-The White House today announced plans to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease a half-century old embargo on travel and commerce with the Communist nation, including trade in agricultural commodities and equipment.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014 - Canada has appealed parts of a ruling by a World Trade Organization panel in October concerning U.S. country-of-origin meat labeling, or COOL, a ruling many following the process thought was in favor of America's Neighbor to the North.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17,
2014-U.S. crude oil prices closed below $60 a barrel last week, the lowest
level in over five years and nearly 50 percent below last summer's peak.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5 avian influenza in wild birds in Whatcom County, Washington.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2014 - The Senate tonight overwhelmingly gave final congressional approval to reinstating more than 50 expired tax breaks, including the Section 179 expensing allowance that some farmers had been waiting on before buying new tractors and other equipment.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014 - Rajiv Shah, the architect of President Obama's $1-billion-a year effort to increase food production and reduce hunger in the world's poorest countries, is stepping down as administrator of the U.S. Agency of International Development.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16,
2014 - The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) today released
a menu of 40 policy options for reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2014 - Republicans on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee have released a report that they say raises questions about the peer review process in recent Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing decisions issued by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 16, 2014 - Despite stiff opposition from congressional Republicans, EPA is moving ahead with plans to finalize its proposed Clean Water Act rule by this spring, Administrator Gina McCarthy said today.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2014 -Chinese officials informed a wide variety of U.S. seed industry officials that they approved Syngenta's seed trait Viptera, according to sources contacted by Agri-Pulse. However, industry officials were reluctant to officially announce the agreement until they received official notification of the approval.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2014 - The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) says the FDA's revised proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are a significant improvement over the original proposals but still fall short in a number of critical areas.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2014 - The $1.1 trillion government-wide spending measure is on its way to President Obama for his signature, but the Senate still has to vote this week on a tax extenders bill that also is critical to agriculture.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2014 - Four newly elected Republican senators,
including Iowa's Joni Ernst and Nebraska's Ben Sasse, will be joining the
Senate Agriculture Committee for the new Congress.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 - The House tonight averted a government shutdown by
narrowly passing a sweeping government-wide spending bill over a revolt by
Democrats and conservative Republicans
WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2014 - A House subcommittee on Wednesday debated the role of the Food and Drug Administration in the regulation of food containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2014 -- A House-passed bill reinstating a series
of expired tax breaks is likely to be the last thing the Senate does
before adjourning for the year.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2014 - USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber
is set to retire from federal service, the agency announced today.
WASHINGTON, December 11, 2014 - Given all of the turmoil and dysfunction in Congress, passage of the 2014 farm bill this spring was a major accomplishment, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow emphasized during her keynote speech at the Farm Journal Forum today in Washington. But she warned that the broad-based coalition that came together to support the multifaceted measure needs to be not only maintained, but strengthened.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2014 - Members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry agreed that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) gained
WASHINGTON, Dec 9, 2014 --
The massive $1 trillion fiscal 2015 spending bill that congressional leaders
have agreed on sets the stage for fights next year over the Clean Water Act,
school nutrition, the beef checkoff and country-of-origin labeling.
CHICAGO, Dec. 10, 2014 -- The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is planning a three-year consumer campaign to educate people about the value of the seed industry.