Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2016 - Farmers in California's drought-stricken Central Valley could get additional irrigation water in coming years under bipartisan provisions included in a congressional agreement to reauthorize water projects.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2016 - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has reissued a position limits rule, giving life to a proposal last seen in 2013.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2016 - President-elect Donald Trump continues his search for key cabinet members this week, while lawmakers look to finish their work for the year by passing a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running into next year.
Dec. 5, 2016 - EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy continued her farewell tour
today, telling an audience in Washington, D.C., that she's confident her
successor will understand the importance of the agency's mission to protect the
nation's air, water and land.
generation ago, in 1991, U.S. soybean farmers came together to create an
organization to improve our industry. The idea was if soybean farmers focused available
resources, we could accomplish great things.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2016 - With protests continuing to mount against the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Obama administration decided to stop construction of the controversial project.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2016 - Witnesses provided a House committee Thursday with dramatically different description of the workplace culture at the U.S. Forest Service - Several said sexual harassment of women was a problem at the USDA agency, while government officials said harassment complaints were at record lows.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 - Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., met with President-elect Donald Trump for about two hours in New York for a thoughtful and wide-ranging discussion that included energy and rural banks, she said.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2016 - Tom Vilsack, the 30th agriculture secretary, today unveiled his portrait which will be hung among his predecessors on the walls of USDA's headquarters in Washington.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2016 - North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp will meet with President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence Friday in New York, generating new speculation about her potential role in Trump's cabinet.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - Donald Trump's election should help ensure that farm groups can fight off challenges to agricultural programs when Congress starts work on the next farm bill in 2017, according to a veteran of multiple farm bill battles.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2016 - USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is proposing to amend the nutrition labeling regulations for meat and poultry products to parallel the FDA's final nutrition regs, which were published in May.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2016 - The first microchannel gas-to-liquid (GTL)
plant in the U.S. is expected to begin converting landfill gas into liquid
petroleum by year's end, after construction was completed in
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2016 - The cost of solar-generated
electricity can be decreased by 50 percent between 2020 and
2030, the Department of Energy says.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2016 - EPA raised ethanol and biodiesel hopes last week when it increased the amount of biofuels that must be blended with the nation's gasoline for 2017.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - USDA says that an already grim financial picture in the farm sector has actually gotten worse and will continue to do so.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - Lawmakers are
working toward wrapping up the 114th Congress as soon as next week, and it
looks as if they'll leave town without doing anything about...
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - As he heads out the
door, President Obama will put in place two key parts of his administration's
strategy to restrict the use of antibiotics in agriculture...
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 -
The lesser prairie chicken (LPC) has cleared the first hurdle on a path that
could lead to another listing under the Endangered Species Act.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - Does Department of Agriculture
research succeed ultimately in helping farmers improve their crops and
livestock, fight all manner of plant, animal and food-borne diseases, produce
improved products and increase profits?
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - A twin set of
reports from the Government Accountability Office details some potential issues
with the Renewable Fuel Standard, and one report was less surprising than the
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - Across the country,
ag organizations are going through their respective policy development
processes, aiming to come up with their wish lists for the next farm bill by
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - China's thirst for fluid milk
imports is rising, but red tape in Beijing and Washington is preventing most
U.S. exporters from tapping into the growing market, according to U.S.
government and industry officials.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - The question of
whether hydroponic growing should be officially eligible for organic
certification remains open following a...
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - There's some good
news for wheat farmers around the globe. A research team led by Kansas State
University scientists says they have isolated and cloned a gene that...