Farm & rural policy news
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sensitive lands under the new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), which is replacing three programs repealed by the 2014 farm bill.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.
Oct. 17, 2016 - Several leading U.S. farm groups are urging food companies to
think twice about their sustainability goals, saying they may actually be
causing more harm than good.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2016 - New measures to protect honey bees and fewer crop uses are included in the latest registration of sulfoxaflor, a Dow AgroSciences insecticide that was cancelled last year.
MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 13, 2016 - Surrounded by international leaders focused on
global food security, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that one of the
biggest concerns he has about addressing future food challenges is "our
ability to embrace science."
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2016 - The Environmental Protection Agency has postponed its scientific review of the carcinogenicity of glyphosate in order to get additional expertise in epidemiology.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2016 - The Agriculture Department is advancing a revised set of new rules to tighten regulations on contracting practices in the livestock and poultry industries.
DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 12, 2016 - Global demand for agricultural products is skyrocketing, but for the third year in a row, the rate of global agricultural productivity growth has failed to meet its target. That's according to a new report by the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) "Sustainability in an Uncertain Season," that was released just prior to the World Food Prize events kicking off here today.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2016 - USDA today announced the launch of a new private investment fund with the potential to inject $100 million into growth-oriented, small businesses across rural America.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2016 - Global methane
emissions from fossil fuel development are up to 60 percent greater than
estimated by previous studies...
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2016 - Residential
customers paid on average 12.4 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for electricity during
the first six months of 2016...
WASHINGTON, October 11, 2016 - "Acting on climate change is actually in our best economic interest. It is the best economic strategy for the country."
WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2016 - Animal welfare
activists have moved beyond agitating for changes to sow and hen housing to
taking on chicken producers, and aquaculture is in their sights next.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2016 - By many accounts, Hurricane
Matthew wasn't as bad as initially predicted, but that doesn't mean the storm
left ag producers in the Southeast unscathed.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2016 - A new report
by Informa Economics IEG warns that the American dairy industry stands to lose
billions of dollars if the U.S. were to...