Politics | 9/22/2014

 EPA drops appeal of case favoring West Virginia poultry farm

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2014 -- The EPA has decided not to appeal a federal ruling in favor of West Virginia poultry farmer Lois Alt in a Clean Water Act (CWA) case.

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Politics | 9/22/2014 9:52:29 PM

Bayer outlines next phase of investments

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2014 -- Bayer CropScience plans to invest close to $900 million in the U.S. in the 2013-2016 period because of the long-term growth opportunities in a region it considers a
Politics | 9/21/2014 5:15:58 PM

White House issues executive order combatting antibiotic resistance

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2014 - The White House issued today an executive order to create a plan to fight antibiotic resistance, a problem the Administration said is

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Politics | 9/19/2014 4:15:31 PM

 Ag groups commend USTR for defending Trade Facilitation Agreement

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2014 - A group of 40 agricultural organizations, trade associations and companies are commending U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman for standing firm against what they say is India's attempt to
Politics | 9/19/2014 3:04:19 PM

Producers share cellulosic biofuel progress, RFS challenges

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2014 - Even with worries about stability and predictability in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule, several biofuel companies banded together this week to share the news of the steps they've taken to make
Politics | 9/19/2014 10:02:09 AM

FDA proposes revisions to draft food safety rules

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2014 - The Food and Drug Administration is suggesting revisions to four rules that it proposed early last year for implementing the
Politics | 9/18/2014 7:30:20 PM

USDA funds 540 renewable energy projects

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2014--Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects
Politics | 9/18/2014 4:53:47 PM

NRCS pleased with Farm Bill conservation programs

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2014 - Conservation programs under the 2014 Farm Bill are off to a strong start, a hearing of a subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee revealed.
Politics | 9/18/2014 4:29:19 PM

Updated FAPRI outlook shows bigger crops, lower prices

WASHINGTON, SEPT. 18, 2014 - The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) has released a new snapshot updating its five-year outlook for crop prices.
Politics | 9/17/2014 9:20:36 PM

USDA approves new Dow corn and soybean traits

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2014 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service(APHIS) today announced a determination of nonregulated status for Dow AgroSciences' genetically modified Enlist corn and soybeans that are resistant to
Politics | 9/17/2014 7:39:50 PM

FCC's Wheeler commits to equal Internet access for rural America

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2014 -- Testifying at a House hearing Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler voiced strong support for an Open Internet and for eliminating the digital divide that has saddled rural areas with
Politics | 9/17/2014 7:10:22 PM

CFTC action praised by House Ag Committee

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2014 - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission voted to loosen a regulation on the energy market that lawmakers say will
Politics | 9/17/2014 5:21:23 PM

 STB reform bill approved by Senate Commerce Committee

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2014 - A bill aimed at reforming the Surface Transportation Board, a government agency charged with resolving railroad rate and service issues, was unanimously approved by
Politics | 9/17/2014 5:16:52 PM

House approves measure to avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2014 -- The House today approved a continuing resolution (CR) that keeps the government running beyond the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year along with an amendment that provides
Politics | 9/17/2014 3:49:06 PM

Vilsack vows vigilance over SNAP job pilot programs

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2014 - USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack used what was probably the last House Agriculture Committee hearing of the 113th Congress to vow vigilance over pilot programs designed to help recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) find
Politics | 9/17/2014 3:36:23 PM

Vilsack sees RFS higher than EPA's original proposal

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he expects blending requirements in the Renewable Fuels Standard will end up being
Politics | 9/17/2014 10:46:26 AM

 Scientists urge Obama to speed up FDA's bio approval process

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2014 -- An international group of 89 scientists and technology company executives is urging President Obama to order the FDA to speed up its approval process for
Politics | 9/16/2014 8:14:11 PM

Vilsack announces $15.7 million in conservation projects grants

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2014 - On a visit today to a western Illinois farm, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced $15.7 million in new conservation projects through the
Politics | 9/15/2014 3:47:52 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Government funding tops to do list

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2014 - With time running out, Congress will attempt this week to pass a continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government, including the Department of Agriculture
Politics | 9/15/2014 11:38:18 AM

 Recount upholds 'yes' vote on Missouri's Amendment 1

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2014 - In Missouri, Amendment 1 is the law of the land. A recount from the Aug. 5 balloting confirms that a slim majority of voters in the state approved the controversial
Politics | 9/15/2014 10:27:33 AM

 U.S. Cattlemen support Vilsack review of Beef Checkoff

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2014 - Efforts to reform the beef checkoff, which doled out $182 million in producer funds between FY 2009 and 2013 for promotion and research, are beginning to show signs of fatigue as
Politics | 9/15/2014

New legislation would speed up approval of products that control bee pests

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2014 - As concerns continue about the U.S. bee population, lawmakers are looking at new legislation that would expedite the registration of products intended to improve pollinator health
Politics | 9/14/2014 9:01:32 PM

NASDA says "withdraw" EPA's "waters of the US" rule

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2014-- Members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) unanimously called on the Environmental


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