Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 - Habitat destruction caused by global food production is the driving force behind a dramatic decline in wild animal populations, according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 - With mounting concerns about the farm - and the U.S. - economy, a new nationwide poll indicates how farmers and ranchers will vote in the 2016 presidential election.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 - Late October polling
patterns showing Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump mired at or
below 40 percent invite comparisons with the 1964 election that Barry Goldwater...
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 - Hillary Clinton looks to
be a potential champion of agricultural biotechnology who already has a basic
understanding of the arguments for genetic engineering, according to private
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 - The European Union's
insistence that geographical indications (GIs) be a part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
(T-TIP) is looking to be more of a roadblock than...
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 - Syngenta is
challenging a federal judge's approval of a plaintiff class encompassing
hundreds of thousands of farmers who claim the seed company's...
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 - A few days before
heading to Wisconsin to announce the latest round of Value Added Producer Grant
(VAPG) recipients, Sam Rikkers reflected on the quandary of...
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 - At first, it might
seem a little baffling that some of the world's biggest ag companies would have
a presence at a convention where almost no one in attendance has...
Oct. 25, 2016 - The International Agency for Research on Cancer's latest
report, which looks at the cancer-causing potential of five chemicals, received
swift criticism from the group that represents U.S. pesticide manufacturers.
INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 20, 2016 - In his final address to a National FFA Convention, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack urged FFA members to be the generation that opens up the doors of agriculture for all.
It's a sad fact, but most Americans today have never met a farmer, or
even visited a farm.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2016 - Seven major food companies today announced commitments to work with thousands of growers in their global supply chains to reduce water use and pollution impacts.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2016 - USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is making available $17.6 million for research and outreach activities to support the organic agriculture sector. The grants are funded through NIFA's Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), authorized by the 2014 farm bill.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - Fewer acres would be purchased as easements to protect wetlands and other sensitive lands under the new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), which is replacing three programs repealed by the 2014 farm bill.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 - New York City Mayor
Bill de Blasio signed a bill Tuesday that puts the city on a path toward
displacing 20 percent of the heating oil sold within the city with
cleaner-burning, sustainable, biodiesel.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 - The Western Energy
Alliance has offered
support for the Bureau of Land Management's transition to online sales for
oil and natural gas leases on public lands, saying the protests...
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 - In the first six
months of 2016, energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the U.S.
totaled 2,530 million metric tons...
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - National Bioenergy Day, Oct.19 is a showcase for a nationwide network of biomass facilities producing heat, electricity and byproducts from woody biomass and agricultural waste.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19,
2016 - The Obama administration is teeing up a series of major regulations that
can be implemented as political appointees head out the door...
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - The Trans Pacific
Partnership (TPP) isn't just about increasing foreign market access for U.S.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - The Whole Farm Revenue Protection
program isn't perfect, but it's getting a better as more and more producers
sign up to insure farms where several...
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - The "voluntary
departure" of one of the scientists appointed to EPA's Scientific Advisory
Panel (SAP) on the carcinogenic potential of the pesticide glyphosate has...
Oct. 19, 2016 - Facing a poor economic outlook, North American agriculture
equipment dealers must transform in order to improve returns on invested
capital, according to a new report...
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - Activists who say
they want to raise labor standards on farms are hoping to emulate the success
that the animal welfare movement has had in getting...
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - Within the next year or so, the "Big
Six" crop protection and seed companies - Syngenta, Monsanto, Bayer, BASF,
DuPont and Dow AgroSciences...
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - A group of major
agriculture organizations has launched a grassroots campaign urging the
Environmental Protection Agency to...
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - As thousands make
the trip to Indianapolis this week for the 89th annual convention of the
National FFA Organization, a pair of issues that might...
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2016 -The Food and Drug Administration's proposed voluntary guidance for salt intake drew praise from public health advocates, who said reducing the amount of salt in American's diets will save lives. The Salt Institute and defenders of sodium say the guidance is unwise.