Politics | 10/20/2014

FCC ruling may pave way for better cell coverage in rural America

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2014 - The FCC unanimously voted on Friday to adopt a report and order that it says will (promote deployment of the wireless infrastructure necessary to provide the public with ubiquitous, advanced wireless broadband services,) the commission said.

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Politics | 10/19/2014 4:49:30 PM

Food Policy Action grades Congress on 'food movement' issues

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2014 - Food Policy Action, a group that formed in 2012 "to hold legislators accountable on votes that have an effect on food and farming," has released its latest scorecard for members of the 113th Congress.
Politics | 10/17/2014 1:10:31 PM

USDA approves Monsanto insect-resistant soybean

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2014-USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today it has granted nonregulated status for a soybean variety developed by Monsanto Company that is genetically engineered (GE) for resistance to lepidopteran insects.

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Politics | 10/16/2014 10:06:58 PM

World Food Day puts focus on family farming

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 - It's World Food Day and this year the spotlight is on the family farm, which the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) says is central to solving global hunger.
Politics | 10/16/2014 6:22:16 PM

 EPA analysis sees no soybean yield increase with neonicotinoid seed treatments

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 - An EPA analysis has concluded that there is little or no increase in soybean yields using most neonicotinoid seed treatments when compared to using no pest control at all.
Politics | 10/16/2014 2:59:51 PM

Report shows need for STEM talent to address global food security

DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 16, 2014 - A report released today at the World Food Prize 2014 Borlaug Dialogue identifies a growing gap between the supply of new graduates trained in agriculture-related science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and the demand for young professionals in related roles by global food and agriculture employers.
Politics | 10/16/2014 12:18:59 PM

USDA announces loan guarantees for rural electric grids

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $1.4 billion in loan guarantees to improve the delivery of electric power to rural communities in 21 states.
Politics | 10/16/2014 11:00:54 AM

Natural Resources Defense Council sues EPA to block Enlist Duo

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014-- The Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Environmental Protection Agency to block the use of a dual herbicide produced by Dow AgroSciences known as Enlist Duo.
Politics | 10/16/2014 10:37:14 AM

CHS tops list of top 100 ag cooperatives

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 - Minnesota-based CHS Inc. was the top agricultural cooperative in 2013, according to USDA data, bringing in more revenue than the rest of the top five cooperatives combined.
Politics | 10/16/2014 8:29:10 AM

 Farmers and environmentalists spar over Enlist Duo approval

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 - While the agricultural industry is grateful for the Environmental Protection Agency's approval of Dow AgroSciences' dual herbicide known as Enlist Duo, consumer and environmental groups are promising to file legal challenges against the decision, citing health and environmental concerns.
Politics | 10/15/2014 5:48:04 PM

New GAP report shows agriculture productivity falling behind

DES MOINES, Oct. 15. 2014 - A new report by the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) indicates that global agricultural productivity is not accelerating fast enough to meet the expected agricultural demand for sustainable production by 2050.
Politics | 10/15/2014 2:29:46 PM

Local groups sue over Missouri 'Right to Farm' vote

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 - Missouri's Amendment 1 passed by a slim 2,375-vote margin in August, but the measure isn't out of the woods yet.Three individuals are bringing a lawsuit before the state's Supreme Court seeking to send the controversial amendment back to the legislature.
Politics | 10/15/2014 12:23:42 PM

Whole Foods launches Responsibly Grown produce rating system

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 - Whole Foods Market today launched a new rating system for its fruits, vegetables and flowers that assesses growing practices on how they affect human health and the environment.
Politics | 10/15/2014 10:57:51 AM

 EPA approves Enlist Duo herbicide

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014-The Environmental Protection Agency today announced its approval of the dual herbicide produced by Dow AgroSciences known as Enlist Duo.
Politics | 10/14/2014 3:41:24 PM

 Telecom companies, government create wireless workforce training project

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014 - Telecommunications companies and industry associations today joined with the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to unveil a public-private partnership to develop apprenticeship programs for the training of the telecommunications industry workforce.
Politics | 10/14/2014 2:33:27 PM

White House, SNA mark School Lunch Week

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2014 - This week is National School Lunch Week, and the School Nutrition Association and the White House are using the occasion to restate their opinions on the changes in school lunch nutrition guidelines.
Politics | 10/14/2014

WTO rules in favor of U.S. in poultry dispute with India

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014 - The World Trade Organization has ruled in favor of the United States in a dispute with India, a decision that U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman called a major step towards export of poultry, eggs, and other agricultural products to the world's second most populated country.
Politics | 10/13/2014 2:52:50 PM

Ag producers seeing lower gas, diesel prices this fall

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2014 -- Agricultural producers in wide parts of the country are experiencing an easing in gas and diesel prices not seen in years. Gas prices for this time of year are the lowest since 2010.
Politics | 10/10/2014 2:24:50 PM

Corn, soybean crop estimates raised to even higher record levels

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2014 -- USDA is once again raising its forecast for the corn and soybean crops to even higher record levels.
Politics | 10/10/2014 11:18:50 AM

Jimmy Kimmel asks 'What's a GMO?'

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2014 - Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel recently sent a crew to a farmer's market to ask customers what GMO stands for.
Politics | 10/10/2014

 John Deere makes an economic case for rural broadband expansion

WHITE HALL, Md., Oct. 9, 2014 - While a combine operator harvests feed corn at Clear Meadow Farm in northern Maryland, he explains that if a problem arises with his equipment, he can make a call directly from his data monitor and grant access to the farm owner or equipment dealer who can then remotely view the combine data system and suggest adjustments
Politics | 10/9/2014 9:12:05 PM

Senators urge Appropriations panel to chill on COOL

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2014 - A bipartisan group of 32 senators is urging the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee to reject any efforts to weaken or suspend country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules as Congress works on end-of-the-year funding legislation.
Politics | 10/9/2014 2:06:59 PM

Cargill, DuPont offering premium to Plenish high oleic soybean growers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2014 - DuPont Pioneer and Cargill say they will work with farmers near a Cargill soy processing plant in Sidney, Ohio, to grow soybeans with the DuPont Pioneer's Plenish high oleic trait to meet growing demand for healthier soybean oil.
Politics | 10/9/2014

STB orders data from all rail shipments in bid to end backlogs

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2014 - The federal Surface Transportation Board is ordering some of the nation's largest rail carriers to report a wide array of data on train movements, a step designed to ease the rail backlog problems in the upper Midwest.


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