Politics | 8/23/2016

 Net metering battles test renewable energy support

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016 - As the solar industry looks for continued growth, the debate is also growing over whether or not net metering is the best way to incentivize the industry's expansion.

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Politics | 8/23/2016 5:19:15 PM

Environmentalists seek to force endangered species listings

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016 -  An environmental group is seeking to force the Fish and Wildlife Service to act on petitions to protect 417 animals and plants under the Endangered Species Act.
Politics | 8/23/2016 4:20:29 PM

USDA to buy $20 million of cheese to aid dairy industry

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016 - USDA announced today it will spend an estimated $20 million to take about 11 million pounds of cheese off the market and reduce the surplus that has helped keep prices low.
Politics | 8/23/2016 1:13:47 PM

Vilsack says next farm bill should expand outreach to veterans

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016 - Recruiting military veterans and youth into farming should be a major goal of the next farm bill, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said today at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event to highlight its Hiring our Heroes program.
Politics | 8/23/2016

John Deere announces layoffs following earnings decline

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2016 - Agriculture and construction equipment giant John Deere today announced layoffs at two Iowa manufacturing plants. The news comes days after the company reported profit for its fiscal third quarter fell from the year-earlier period.
Politics | 8/22/2016 4:16:10 PM

 USDA: Catfish insurance program is not feasible

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2016 - USDA was ordered to look into the possibility of creating a catfish insurance program and the result is disappointing to many of the nation's catfish farmers.
Politics | 8/22/2016 12:56:05 PM

Opinion: Weathering a downturn: Agricultural bankers can help in challenging times

As the agricultural economy enters a down period in which low commodity prices have strained farm incomes and concerns about liquidity have reached an all-time high, agricultural bankers are ready and willing to help America's farmers and ranchers.
Politics | 8/22/2016 8:28:50 AM

US panel clears ChemChina-Syngenta deal

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2016 - China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) announced that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. cleared its proposed $43 billion takeover of Syngenta - removing one of the biggest potential obstacles to the deal.
Politics | 8/19/2016 10:52:38 AM

Louisiana farmers still being hit hard by flooding

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2016 - From underwater fields to drowned cattle, the damage to Louisiana farmers and ranchers from the recent storms and continued flooding is extensive, but state officials say they are doing what they can to prevent losses.
Politics | 8/18/2016 2:59:56 PM

EPA has not met statutory requirements on RFS reports, OIG says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2016 - The Environmental Protection Agency has been taken to the woodshed by its Office of Inspector General, which said the agency has failed to provide legally required reports to Congress.
Politics | 8/18/2016 11:54:02 AM

Vilsack 'hopeful' about future for beginning farmers, ranchers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack awarded almost $18 million in funding for projects impacting beginning farmers and ranchers on the heels of a roundtable discussion in his home state with producers who are just getting started.
Politics | 8/17/2016 2:29:52 PM

Once again, FWS lists Idaho plant as threatened

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2016 - Slickspot peppergrass, a plant that lives on about 60,000 acres of sagebrush-steppe habitat in southwestern Idaho, will once again be considered a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
Politics | 8/17/2016 1:50:14 PM

Trump announces farm and rural advisory team

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2016 - Donald Trump's campaign has set up a geographically diverse team of agricultural leaders that includes congressmen, governors, state agriculture commissioners, trade association leaders and producers of grain, livestock, poultry and fruits and vegetables.
Politics | 8/16/2016 10:37:10 AM

Land values, rental rates have to come down, report says

WASHINGTON, Aug.15, 2016 - More affordable cropland isn't just something that could improve producer margins; it's something that is an absolute necessity, according to a new report.
Politics | 8/15/2016 4:14:23 PM

 Size of bump in corn yield forecast surprises analysts

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2016 - USDA is predicting bin-busting corn and soybean harvests this year, with record yields - and lower prices -- projected for the nation's two most valuable crops.
Politics | 8/15/2016 11:34:11 AM

Court gives EPA firm deadline on chlorpyrifos

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2016 - The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has given the Environmental Protection Agency an additional three months to decide whether to allow continued use of chlorpyrifos.
Politics | 8/12/2016 2:07:25 PM

Ag credit conditions worsen, Kansas City Fed says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2016 -- A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City paints a dim picture of agriculture credit conditions in the nation's heartland.
Politics | 8/12/2016 1:40:55 PM

White House notifies Congress TPP is coming

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2016 - The White House took an important procedural step toward putting the Trans-Pacific Partnership before Congress, one day after Hillary Clinton made clear that she would oppose congressional approval of the trade pact during a lame duck session.
Politics | 8/12/2016 11:46:22 AM

Dairy farmers seek $150 M in aid from USDA

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2016 - The National Milk Producers Federation is asking USDA to spend between $100 million and $150 million to buy cheese off the market to help out dairy farmers who are suffering from record low prices, weak exports and strong domestic supplies.
Politics | 8/11/2016 6:24:51 PM

AFBF asks USDA for more aid for dairy farmers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2016 - The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking USDA to provide emergency assistance to U.S. dairy farmers - including purchasing millions of pounds of cheese for government nutrition programs - to help producers in the face of plummeting farm-level milk prices and cash receipts for milk sales.
Politics | 8/11/2016 3:40:31 PM

Energy companies sue BLM for failing to hold lease sales

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2016 - Oil and gas companies are suing the Bureau of Land Management for failing to conduct quarterly land lease sales as required by law.
Politics | 8/11/2016 12:37:43 PM

Experts named to six FFAR advisory councils

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2016 -- The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) has taken another big step toward its goal of supporting innovative science addressing today's food and agricultural challenges by naming experts to six advisory councils.
Politics | 8/10/2016 8:57:41 PM

Organic watchdog asks DOJ to probe Danone-White Wave merger

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2016 -- The Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog group, has filed a complaint with U.S. federal regulators alleging that French dairy giant Danone's proposed acquisition of White Wave Foods is anti-competitive and a threat to the American organic dairy market.
Politics | 8/10/2016 4:05:17 PM

Poor Brazil corn harvest may open door for U.S. exports

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2016 - Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, desperate to open up new feed supplies for the livestock industry, is asking the country's biotech regulatory agency to temporarily lift restrictions on corn imports from the U.S.
Politics | 8/10/2016 3:46:33 PM

Non-browning Fuji apple set to gain APHIS approval

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2016 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service plans to approve a new "non-browning" variety of Fuji apple after concluding it does not pose a risk to human health or the environment.
Politics | 8/10/2016 10:34:10 AM

Farm to Fork Politics: Elections, Economics and the next Farm Bill

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Politics | 8/9/2016 5:00:12 PM

USDA rejects more Vietnamese catfish

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2016 - USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has rejected another shipment of Vietnamese catfish because it tested positive for residues of banned chemicals, according to Food & Water Watch.
Politics | 8/9/2016 4:33:55 PM

'Roadmap' available for retailers looking to sell higher ethanol blends

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Aug. 9, 2016 - The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has released a new reference guide designed to help fuel marketers, retailers and equipment companies see why they should be interested in selling higher ethanol blends.


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