Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Monsanto today abandoned its efforts to buy Swiss agribusiness and chemical maker Syngenta, acknowledging that its $47 billion bid had failed to "meet Syngenta's financial expectations."
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Brian Baenig, who recently stepped down as chief of staff to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, is joining the Biotechnology Industry Organization as executive vice president for BIO's Food and Agriculture Section.
DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 25, 2015 - Many of the 2016 presidential candidates naturally are reluctant to outline specific policies this early in the campaign - particularly when GOP front-runner Donald Trump's lack of positions seems to be helping him surge in the early polls, rather than hurting.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Donald Trump's immigration
agenda is pushing the Republican debate well to the right
and raising concerns in the agribusiness sector. Other candidates immediately
started one-upping him.
Aug. 26, 2015 - On Friday, one of the Obama administration's most unpopular
regulations could become law, much to the chagrin of many in the agricultural
LAS VEGAS, NV, Aug. 26, 2015 - President Obama traveled to sunny Las
Vegas on Monday to promote his record on renewables and announce more than $1
billion in Department of Energy (DOE) initiatives to fight climate change and
accelerate investments in clean energy.
Aug. 26, 2015 - Over the past decade, the Renewable
(RFS) requirement to substitute biofuels for fossil fuels has displaced almost
1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil and reduced U.S. transportation-related
carbon emissions by 589 million metric tons, according to a Biotechnology
Industry Organization (BIO) analysis.
KANSAS CITY, KS, Aug. 26, 2015 - Syngenta last
week asked a federal court in Kansas City, Kansas, to dismiss lawsuits by corn
growers in a half-dozen states that claim they faced potential losses of more
than a billion dollars in 2014
DES MOINES, IA, Aug 26, 2015 - Corn may still be king
in Iowa and in Iowa politics, but to keep it that way, farmers face a severe
challenge in Bill Stowe, the man who runs the Des Moines metropolitan water
Aug. 26, 2015 - Canadian opposition to U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL)
efforts has been strong and consistent, even against a voluntary labeling
proposal introduced in July.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Prospects for a significant retrenchment
this year from previous years' record farm income are beginning to show in the
earnings results reported by several major companies that supply farmers and
ranchers and process and market their commodities.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Cash is pouring into U.S. agriculture this
year, but net
farm income is highly disparate and, overall, will end up thinner than in
the more recent economically flush years.
DES MOINES, Iowa, August 24, 2015 - Ben Carson says that, despite reports, he has nothing against red meat. The retired neurosurgeon and Republican candidate for president, who reportedly embraced vegetarianism decades ago, denies that's the case and says he actually enjoys a good meat dish now and then.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2015 - Changes to the school lunch program mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 are leaving school lunch programs across the country hungry for money, a new study says.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2015 - A new study from Consumer Reports (CR), the organization known for investigating and rating all sorts of consumer goods from cars to countertops, found high levels of what they deemed dangerous strains of bacteria in American ground beef. But federal officials and trade associations deny the danger.
WASHINGTON, August 22, 2015 - One of the most
distinguished scientists in the public policy sphere is warning that "the
increasing vilification of GM foods as a marketing tool by the organic food
industry" may be "the most counterproductive development" in the
effort to increase food production to meet the needs of a population projected
to approach 10 billion in 35 years.
CAMDENTON, Mo., August 24, 2015 - Agri-Pulse is pleased to welcome Jodi Delapaz as our new editorial coordinator, based in Camdenton, Missouri.
WASHINGTON, August 24, 2015 - The owners of United
Suppliers, Inc. and members of Land O'Lakes, Inc. overwhelmingly approved the
merger of United Suppliers with Land O'Lakes' crop inputs business. The two
organizations announced their intent to merge on June 29.