Politics | 9/27/2016

 D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments on Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2016 - The Clean Power Plan finally got its day in court Tuesday, and you needed a scorecard to tell who the players were.

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Politics | 9/28/2016 2:54:15 PM

House approves rural phone quality measure

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association is applauding the House of Representatives for passing the Communications Act Update Act of 2016, which includes provisions to combat problems of telephone calls failing to complete to rural areas.
Politics | 9/28/2016 11:53:59 AM

 Vilsack says Trump anti-regulation campaign has rural appeal

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Democrats need to do a better job of connecting with rural voters on their economic concerns in order to...

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Politics | 9/28/2016 11:32:11 AM

Bayer won't pursue court appeal of Belt cancellation

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Bayer CropScience has decided to drop any further attempts to challenge cancellation of its registration for the insecticide flubendiamide, which it had sold under the trade name Belt.
Politics | 9/28/2016 11:24:10 AM

 Economists see 18 percent cotton seed increase with mergers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Economists at Texas A&M University say the Bayer-Monsanto merger would boost cottonseed prices by more than 18 percent while the pending combination of Dow and DuPont would lead to...
Politics | 9/28/2016 11:13:24 AM

 Egg producers seek assurance on cage-free standards

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Egg producers are facing a massive bill, estimated be at least $5.6 billion, to remove the cages from their farms, and they fear the...
Politics | 9/28/2016 10:52:07 AM

Opinion: AGree sees opportunities to secure a stable, legal workforce for U.S. agriculture

There is reason to believe that we can move beyond the current political impasse and find solutions to address the need for foreign-born labor in U.S. agriculture.
Politics | 9/28/2016 10:40:27 AM

 USDA to lay out GMO disclosure issues for feedback by December

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - USDA has set a December deadline to put together a comprehensive list of still unanswered questions related to the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard and to...
Politics | 9/28/2016 10:25:57 AM

 Organic sector says animal welfare rules can boost consumer appeal

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - The organic sector is looking for a new rule beefing up animal welfare standards in the National Organic Program to further set its producers apart from...
Politics | 9/28/2016 10:17:27 AM

Judge OKs class action in Syngenta corn litigation

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Hundreds of thousands of corn growers may participate in a class-action lawsuit against Syngenta for selling genetically modified seed with a trait that had not been approved by China, a federal judge has ruled.
Politics | 9/28/2016 10:15:33 AM

 NPPC mulls risk management, FMD vaccine in farm bill 'asks'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Like many other organizations, the National Pork Producers Council is gearing up for its farm bill push, and a pair of familiar issues are leading the way.
Politics | 9/28/2016 10:01:04 AM

 Wyoming wolf protections at issue in Endangered Species Act case

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - The Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to delist the gray wolf in Wyoming relied too much on the state's word that it would maintain a viable population of wolves within its borders, an attorney for environmental groups...
Politics | 9/28/2016 9:39:01 AM

 New drone regs welcomed at House hearing

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday received some measured praise from stakeholders for what they said were much improved regulations for using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones.
Politics | 9/27/2016 6:45:11 PM

Stabenow farm bill push starts with Urban Agriculture Act

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2016 - Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, rolled out legislation on Monday that would increase assistance for urban farmers.
Politics | 9/27/2016 3:49:36 PM

FDA mulls new definition for 'healthy' foods

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2016 - The Food and Drug Administration is considering new regulations for foods labeled healthy in light of changing scientific thinking about fats and the types of vitamins and minerals that consumers most need.
Politics | 9/27/2016 2:06:53 PM

Opinion: Shifting the funding mix: Protecting, improving and growing rural water Systems

We all know that access to clean water is critical for personal health. What is not as immediately apparent is how essential access to a consistent supply of water is to the economic vitality of our rural communities.
Politics | 9/26/2016 4:04:09 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Shutdown looms as lawmakers eye exit

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2016 - Lawmakers are eager to get home to campaign but first have to take care of some critical unfinished business this week, starting with a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running after the new fiscal year starts on Saturday.
Politics | 9/25/2016 7:23:02 PM

NASDA renews cooperative pact with FDA on Produce Safety Rule

LINCOLN, Neb., Sept. 25, 2016 - The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture has renewed a cooperative agreement with the FDA related to the implementation of the Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Politics | 9/25/2016 10:17:21 AM

Study shows millennials are big organic consumers

BALTIMORE, Sept. 22, 2016 - It turns out that millennials, perhaps the most important generation in terms of retail sales, are big consumers of organic food and other products, according to new study results announced today by the Organic Trade Association.
Politics | 9/23/2016 1:11:25 PM

Court rules OSHA must go through rulemaking on PSM change

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2016 - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration acted illegally when it imposed new safety requirements on fertilizer dealers without giving them a chance to comment, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
Politics | 9/23/2016 12:16:27 PM

China hits US DDGS with anti-dumping duties

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2016 - Just 10 days after the U.S. announced a trade dispute challenging China's domestic corn, wheat, and rice price supports, China on Friday announced anti-dumping duties on U.S. dried distiller's grains (DDGS).
Politics | 9/22/2016 10:14:53 PM

NASDA says states need more say in fed farm policy

LINCOLN, Neb., Sept. 22, 2016 - The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) opened its 2016 annual meeting today by calling for the federal government to allow the states to play a greater role in policymaking in the next administration.
Politics | 9/22/2016 3:33:41 PM

Non-Bt protein offers option for fighting corn pest

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - A newly discovered non-Bt protein could be a solution for farmers struggling with corn rootworm resistance to existing Bt corn varieties, DuPont scientists report.
Politics | 9/22/2016 2:45:55 PM

House Ag Chesapeake Bay hearing deals with Pennsylvania enforcement issues

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - Conservation efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are showing dividends, but some areas are still struggling to meet prescribed goals.
Politics | 9/22/2016 2:42:06 PM

Vilsack pressed on farm economy, regulations

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - In what could be his final appearance on Capitol Hill, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack defended the farm economy as basically sound but appealed for flexibility from Congress to aid dairy producers and other struggling sectors.
Politics | 9/22/2016 1:17:53 PM

China ends 13-year ban on U.S. beef

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - China has lifted its 13-year-old ban on U.S. beef, clearing the way for negotiations between the two countries over the specific conditions under which trade can resume.
Politics | 9/22/2016 10:06:53 AM

State regulation of coal ash - A good thing?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - The water resources bill that the Senate recently passed on a near-unanimous vote of 95-3 also includes a states-first approach for regulating the disposal and recycling of coal ash, a measure strongly opposed by environmental groups.
Politics | 9/22/2016 9:47:43 AM

USDA earmarks $328 M to help recovery from Deepwater Horizon spill

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - USDA this week unveiled a three-year $328 million restoration strategy to improve water quality and help coastal ecosystems damaged by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
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