Politics | 7/29/2014

General Mills makes commitments to fight climate change

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 - Oxfam International is applauding General Mills for committing to what it calls (industry-leading measures) to cut greenhouse gas emissions

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Politics | 7/28/2014 5:45:02 PM

Washington Week Ahead, Focus on environment, trade

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014 - The environment will be among a wide range of issues the House and Senate will consider this week as they prepare for their August recess.
Politics | 7/28/2014 2:30:49 PM

Tyson Foods sells Mexico, Brazil units to JBS subsidiaries

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 28, 2014 - Pilgrim's Pride, the nation's second largest poultry integrator, said today that it has agreed to buy all poultry facilities in Mexico from Tyson Foods

Politics | 7/27/2014 1:26:24 PM

Nitrogen fertilizer market nearing saturation after shale gas boom

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2014 - The U.S. nitrogen fertilizer market will soon reach a point of saturation, following the sharp increase in capacity in recent years as the cost of natural gas
Politics | 7/27/2014 10:03:37 AM

WTO on 'brink of crisis' as TFA deadline looms

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2014 - U.S. Trade Negotiator Michael Froman says India's refusal to support a package of agreements including the so-called Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has brought the World Trade Organization to the brink
Politics | 7/25/2014 8:11:11 AM

USDA and CoBank create rural infrastructure fund

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 -- USDA and CoBank announced today a partnership to create a $10 billion fund to improve rural
Politics | 7/25/2014 6:28:48 AM

 Witnesses tell House panel SNAP needs reforms

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2014 - A House Agriculture subcommittee on Thursday heard witnesses describe the important role played by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in fighting hunger. But several said the program is badly in need of
Politics | 7/24/2014 3:59:24 PM

Senators debate need for more flexible school meal rules

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014- Supporters of federally revised school nutrition standards are citing studies and testimonials that children are accepting the healthier food, but the School Nutrition Association
Politics | 7/24/2014 1:39:21 PM

 Report shows farmers market vouchers increase low-income family nutrition

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 - For families on food assistance, farmers market vouchers are a way to increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption, according to a study released today by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
Politics | 7/24/2014 8:34:19 AM

Opinion: Biotech regulatory delays are smothering innovation

Brazil didn't win the World Cup on its home turf earlier this month, but the country's investment in the needed infrastructure to host the world proved to be a real winner
Politics | 7/23/2014 11:08:13 PM

USDA and CoBank create rural infrastructure fund

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014-USDA and CoBank announced today a partnership to create a $10 billion fund to improve rural
Politics | 7/23/2014 10:44:29 PM

USDA reminds producers to certify conservation compliance

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014-- USDA issued a reminder today that producers must have a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026) on file
Politics | 7/23/2014 8:59:57 PM

 Dow and EWG battle over new herbicide safety

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 -- The Environmental Working Group hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill Wednesday where researchers and doctors sought to persuade EPA to reject Dow AgroScience's application for
Politics | 7/23/2014 4:29:24 PM

Pork producer arrested near Capitol

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 - A National Pork Producers Council officer is being held in a Washington jail after being arrested today
Politics | 7/23/2014 4:22:48 PM

House trade leaders look to lame duck for TPA

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 - A vote on whether to renew presidential fast-track Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) likely will be delayed until
Politics | 7/23/2014 2:24:13 PM

 USDA names directors for Foundation for Food and Agriculture

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 -- USDA has chosen representatives from 11 universities, including a Nobel Prize laureate, plus officials from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Cargill Inc., the chairwoman of the National Corn Growers Association and a former U.S. Agriculture Secretary as board members for the
Politics | 7/23/2014 12:55:56 PM

USDA selects 36 energy facilities to accept biomass deliveries

USDA has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP)
Politics | 7/23/2014 12:01:48 PM

 Sen. Roberts Says Kansans see EPA agenda as 'anti-agriculture'

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 - Sen. Pat Roberts told EPA chief Gina McCarthy yesterday that many of the people he represents in Kansas believe the Environmental Protection Agency has an anti-agriculture agenda that is
Politics | 7/22/2014 4:43:30 PM

Fruit growers with 2012 losses can sign up for disaster aid

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014 - Fruit growers who experienced serious crop losses due to extreme weather conditions in 2012 but did not have crop insurance can now apply for
Politics | 7/22/2014 2:56:57 PM

 Grassley, Klobuchar seek DOJ review of Big Oil practices

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014 - Senators Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Amy Klobuchar, D- Minn., have asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to look into possible anticompetitive practices involving certain big oil companies.
Politics | 7/22/2014 5:50:19 AM

Scott O'Malia to resign from CFTC

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014 -- Scott O'Malia is resigning from his position as a member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission effective
Politics | 7/21/2014 4:30:09 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Focus on school food fight

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 - The food fight over nutrition requirements in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 will resume Wednesday when Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow holds a hearing


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 event calendar
  Agricultural Media Summit
  July 26-30, 2014 Indianapolis, Indiana

  Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting
  July 27-29, 2014 Minneapolis, Minnesota

  American Society of Horticultural Science Conference
  July 28-31, 2014 Orlando, Florida

  U.S. Grains Council 54th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting
  July 28, 30, 2014 Omaha, Nebraska

  31st International Sweetener Symposium
  Aug. 1-6, 2014 Stowe, Vermont

  National Association of FSA County Office Employees
  Aug. 1-6, 2014 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  D.C. Biotechnology Round Table
  Aug. 13, 2014 Washington, D.C.

  National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit
  Aug. 19-22, 2014 Minneapolis, Minnesota

  Farm Progress Show
  Aug. 26-28, 2014 Boone, Iowa

  United Fresh Washington Public Policy Conference
  Sept. 8-10, 2014 Washington, D.C.


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