Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2016 - Minnesota farmer John Svihel has agreed to pay about $576,000 in back wages and other restitution to Caribbean workers after paying them illegally low wages and withholding the difference for his personal spending.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2016 - For the first time in 14 months, the bird disease that killed 50 million chickens and turkeys last year has been detected in the U.S. - in a wild duck in Alaska.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2016 - U.S. agricultural exports will total $133 billion in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, up $6 billion from the revised forecast for the current year.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2016 - USDA is planning to buy up $11.7 million worth of shell eggs and egg products to ease a surplus as farmers and egg processors try to cope with falling prices.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2016 - The Obama administration is hoping to use broadband service to help revitalize main streets in 10 small towns in six Appalachian states.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2016 - High octane fuels
(HOF), specifically mid-level ethanol blends (E25-E40), could offer significant
benefits for the U.S., according to...
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2016 - A new report by the North
Carolina Clean Energy
Technology Center (NCCETC) found a "tremendous amount" of activity among
the 50 U.S. states involving distributed solar policy.
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.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2016 - Rapid increases in
productivity have more than doubled U.S. agricultural output since the end of
World War II, allowing food production to keep pace with or exceed population
growth. But several voices have begun to question...
WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2016 - Complaints about
disparities in Agriculture Risk Coverage payments continue to dog USDA's management of the program. But those concerns
may pale in comparison to...
WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2016 -
The Agriculture Department used a stacked deck when it said a small patch of
land on a South Dakota farm contained wetlands...
WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2016 - Come the new year, U.S. farmers will have to
begin complying with a host of new EPA regulations designed to protect farm
workers from any...
WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2016 - A federal judge has limited the scope of
litigation seeking to hold Syngenta responsible for damages caused by...
WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2016 - USDA doesn't have
the manpower or funds yet to complete the federal rule for the GMO disclosure law, but the department...
WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2016 - A new survey shows
cover crops get rave reviews from producers that plant them, but those that
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10,
2016 - Agri-Pulse will present a special daily program, Farm to Fork Politics:
Elections, Economics and the next Farm Bill during the upcoming Farm Progress