Politics | 9/27/2016

 D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments on Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2016 - The Clean Power Plan finally got its day in court Tuesday, and you needed a scorecard to tell who the players were.

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Politics | 9/28/2016 10:15:33 AM

 NPPC mulls risk management, FMD vaccine in farm bill 'asks'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Like many other organizations, the National Pork Producers Council is gearing up for its farm bill push, and a pair of familiar issues are leading the way.
Politics | 9/28/2016 10:01:04 AM

 Wyoming wolf protections at issue in Endangered Species Act case

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - The Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to delist the gray wolf in Wyoming relied too much on the state's word that it would maintain a viable population of wolves within its borders, an attorney for environmental groups...

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Politics | 9/28/2016 9:39:01 AM

 New drone regs welcomed at House hearing

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday received some measured praise from stakeholders for what they said were much improved regulations for using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones.
Politics | 9/27/2016 6:45:11 PM

Stabenow farm bill push starts with Urban Agriculture Act

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2016 - Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, rolled out legislation on Monday that would increase assistance for urban farmers.
Politics | 9/27/2016 3:49:36 PM

FDA mulls new definition for 'healthy' foods

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2016 - The Food and Drug Administration is considering new regulations for foods labeled healthy in light of changing scientific thinking about fats and the types of vitamins and minerals that consumers most need.
Politics | 9/27/2016 2:06:53 PM

Opinion: Shifting the funding mix: Protecting, improving and growing rural water Systems

We all know that access to clean water is critical for personal health. What is not as immediately apparent is how essential access to a consistent supply of water is to the economic vitality of our rural communities.
Politics | 9/26/2016 4:04:09 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Shutdown looms as lawmakers eye exit

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2016 - Lawmakers are eager to get home to campaign but first have to take care of some critical unfinished business this week, starting with a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running after the new fiscal year starts on Saturday.
Politics | 9/25/2016 7:23:02 PM

NASDA renews cooperative pact with FDA on Produce Safety Rule

LINCOLN, Neb., Sept. 25, 2016 - The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture has renewed a cooperative agreement with the FDA related to the implementation of the Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Politics | 9/25/2016 10:17:21 AM

Study shows millennials are big organic consumers

BALTIMORE, Sept. 22, 2016 - It turns out that millennials, perhaps the most important generation in terms of retail sales, are big consumers of organic food and other products, according to new study results announced today by the Organic Trade Association.
Politics | 9/23/2016 1:11:25 PM

Court rules OSHA must go through rulemaking on PSM change

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2016 - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration acted illegally when it imposed new safety requirements on fertilizer dealers without giving them a chance to comment, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
Politics | 9/23/2016 12:16:27 PM

China hits US DDGS with anti-dumping duties

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2016 - Just 10 days after the U.S. announced a trade dispute challenging China's domestic corn, wheat, and rice price supports, China on Friday announced anti-dumping duties on U.S. dried distiller's grains (DDGS).
Politics | 9/22/2016 10:14:53 PM

NASDA says states need more say in fed farm policy

LINCOLN, Neb., Sept. 22, 2016 - The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) opened its 2016 annual meeting today by calling for the federal government to allow the states to play a greater role in policymaking in the next administration.
Politics | 9/22/2016 3:33:41 PM

Non-Bt protein offers option for fighting corn pest

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - A newly discovered non-Bt protein could be a solution for farmers struggling with corn rootworm resistance to existing Bt corn varieties, DuPont scientists report.
Politics | 9/22/2016 2:45:55 PM

House Ag Chesapeake Bay hearing deals with Pennsylvania enforcement issues

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - Conservation efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are showing dividends, but some areas are still struggling to meet prescribed goals.
Politics | 9/22/2016 2:42:06 PM

Vilsack pressed on farm economy, regulations

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - In what could be his final appearance on Capitol Hill, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack defended the farm economy as basically sound but appealed for flexibility from Congress to aid dairy producers and other struggling sectors.
Politics | 9/22/2016 1:17:53 PM

China ends 13-year ban on U.S. beef

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - China has lifted its 13-year-old ban on U.S. beef, clearing the way for negotiations between the two countries over the specific conditions under which trade can resume.
Politics | 9/22/2016 10:06:53 AM

State regulation of coal ash - A good thing?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - The water resources bill that the Senate recently passed on a near-unanimous vote of 95-3 also includes a states-first approach for regulating the disposal and recycling of coal ash, a measure strongly opposed by environmental groups.
Politics | 9/22/2016 9:47:43 AM

USDA earmarks $328 M to help recovery from Deepwater Horizon spill

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - USDA this week unveiled a three-year $328 million restoration strategy to improve water quality and help coastal ecosystems damaged by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Politics | 9/21/2016 3:21:12 PM

Carbon pricing gains support but strings attached

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2016 - Long-time carbon-pricing advocate Bill McKibben insists that putting a steadily increasing price on carbon emissions is essential but won't be enough to avoid the worst consequences of global warming.
Politics | 9/21/2016 1:30:50 PM

 Senate Committee questions agribusiness execs on pending mergers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - Executives of five seed and agrichemical giants undergoing mergers sought to assure skeptical members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that the new companies will...
Politics | 9/21/2016 12:50:23 PM

 Beekeepers tangle with EPA, growers over neonic-coated seeds

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - Should seeds coated with neonicotinoids be regulated as pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)?
Politics | 9/21/2016 12:46:11 PM

FWS proposes listing bumble bee as endangered

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - The rusty patched bumble bee is one step closer to becoming the first bee in the continental United States to be protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Politics | 9/21/2016 11:30:21 AM

 FDA, EPA join USDA in mulling regulation of gene editing

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - A White House plan for updating federal regulation of agricultural biotechnology calls for the FDA and EPA to clarify how they will...
Politics | 9/21/2016 11:12:53 AM

 Worsening farm credit picture will be focus of USDA Outlook Forum

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - The ailing financial situation for many of America's farmers will be getting special attention at the next USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum...
Politics | 9/21/2016 10:21:36 AM

 USDA checkoff plan generates beef from cattle group

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - A proposed rule that sounds like a simple formalization of an informal policy has ag law experts scratching their well-educated heads.
Politics | 9/21/2016 10:07:07 AM

 Farm wages up sharply as immigration slows

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - Farmworker wages are rising amid a steady decline in illegal immigration from Mexico and a tightening labor supply for growers.
Politics | 9/21/2016 9:42:53 AM

 USDA Pesticide Program says food safety news needs better PR

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - USDA's Pesticide Data Program is looking for help from the agricultural industry in explaining to the public that the food supply is safe.
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