Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2015 - The School Nutrition Association, which represents school district nutrition directors, says Congress needs to increase the reimbursement for each school breakfast and lunch by 35 cents to make sure school districts can afford to meet federal nutrition requirements.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2015- The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new measures to delay the corn rootworm pest becoming resistant to corn genetically engineered to produce certain pesticides.
Jan. 29, 2015 - A bipartisan group of senators is seeking to kick off a
debate over U.S. Cuban policy by proposing to end all restrictions on
American travel to the island.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2015 - Senate Republicans failed to get a veto-proof margin on a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline but pledged to tack the measure onto other energy legislation.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2015 - Agricultural producers and private forest landowners have until Feb. 27 to apply for payments under the USDA's Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) if they want to be considered for this year's funding. Applications received after that date will be considered for future funding.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - Problems in the U.S. rail industry saw plenty of action last year after crippling Midwest grain transportation, and efforts to hold the system in check look to continue into the new Congress.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2015 - The Environmental Protection Agency and the manufacturers of methomyl have agreed to cancel some uses of the insecticide and limit its application on certain crops to reduce risks to drinking water.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 -- The American Soybean Association (ASA) and more than 90 other farm and commodity organizations are calling for a quick resolution of a labor dispute that has disrupted operations at West Coast ports, costing the agricultural industry millions of dollars a week.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 - With the latest round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations under way, access for agricultural products to Japan and Canada remain among the unresolved issues, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday.
Jan. 28, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts is pledging to
work with the Obama administration to resolve farmers' concerns
about a proposed rule re-defining the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015-- The Environmental Integrity Project and the Humane Society of the United States filed lawsuits in federal court today against the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to respond to requests to regulate farm emissions like methane and ammonia.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - The American Farm Bureau Federation says it is considering whether to appeal a federal court's dismissal of its lawsuit seeking to block the Environmental Protection Agency from releasing personal information of livestock and poultry farmers in response to Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests.
28, 2015 - Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern, one of the House's most
outspoken defenders of federal food assistance, has been named the top
Democrat on the House Agriculture subcommittee assigned to investigate
the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - Step one in the push to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to pump Canadian tar sands oil to Texas refineries worked just as planned: Keystone legislation has been the first bill debated and voted on by the new GOP-run Senate.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015-- Buried in USDA's new microbial standards for poultry safety is the disclosure that the Food Safety and Inspection Service plans in March to start testing raw pork for pathogens of public concern.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 - The National Restaurant Association has released its 2015 industry forecast, and for the sixth straight year, restaurant sales are expected to increase.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 - Protestors interrupted a Senate Finance Committee hearing today to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations and efforts to pass Trade Promotion Authority through Congress.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2015 - Key congressional committees start laying the groundwork this week for pushing the Obama administration's trade agenda through Congress with back-to-back meetings with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.