Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - After the longest search for an USDA chief in modern history, President-elect Donald Trump will nominate for agriculture secretary former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, a longtime rural agribusinessman who originally trained as a veterinarian.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - Wilbur Ross, Donald Trump's pick to lead the Commerce Department and play a major role in international trade negotiations, spent much of a four-hour hearing today working to calm senators' fears of ....
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 17, 2016 - The biodiesel industry may have been an "underdog" of sorts during its relatively short history, but now, "we are strong and we are a force to be reckoned with," National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen emphasized during the opening session of the organization's convention in San Diego.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - As he leaves office, President Obama's administration is releasing a series of proposals to update and streamline the regulation of genetically engineered crops and animals.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - President-elect
Donald Trump's delayed selection of his new agriculture secretary not only has
created consternation among his farm belt supporters and many farm group
leaders, it likely will mean that filling USDA's...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - Restoring Americans'
trust in federal land management agencies will be at the top of Ryan Zinke's
priority list if confirmed as Interior Secretary, the Montana congressman told...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - USDA's Agricultural Marketing
Service on Wednesday detailed the final organic animal welfare rule it will
release this week, and the finished product looks awfully similar to its
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - EPA's August 2015
proposal to regulate application of restricted-use pesticides (RUPs) was
roundly criticized by the state agencies responsible for certifying commercial
and private applicators.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - The organic sector
got a boost from the Obama administration Tuesday as the Department of
Agriculture took a step forward in creating an organic checkoff program.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - Researchers in North
Dakota have come up with data
to show what ranchers have been proving to themselves for years: Calving in May
can be easier and less expensive, and thus, more...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - The Environmental
Protection Agency has released two long-awaited documents on bees and
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18,
2017 - For years, USDA made one of its missions to work with military veterans.
Now the department is closing in on one of its biggest successes as the Obama
administration comes to an end.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - A new
study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts the focus on
risks and challenges facing rural areas where it comes to lifestyles, injury
rates and access to health care.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - So far, farm
organizations have watched from the sidelines as captive deer and elk
operations expand against mounting challenges by...
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The U.S. Dairy Export Council made it official today - announcing that former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will take over leadership of the group on Feb.1.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2017 - German agrochemical giant Bayer has committed to creating at least 3,000 new U.S. jobs and spending $8 billion on research and development if it is allowed to take over Monsanto Co., a spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump announced.
Jan. 15, 2017 - As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office on
Friday, the Senate will vet his nominees to run the EPA and other departments
important to agriculture.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - A Department of Agriculture lifecycle analysis of ethanol's greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) shows a favorable comparison to gasoline, and indicates a positive disparity between the two could continue to grow.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2017 - The Supreme
Court will decide whether the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals was right
to assert jurisdiction over legal challenges to the waters of the U.S. rule.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2017 - Corn,
soybean and cotton growers in 34 states will be allowed to use Enlist Duo under
a new decision issued by EPA.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2017 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack left office Friday, one week ahead of President Obama. A spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump said a nominee to succeed Vilsack would be named some time soon.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2017 - House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway has tapped Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., to head up the panel's Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry in the 115th Congress. He also named chairs for the Ag Committee's other five subcommittees.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - House Republicans pushed through legislation to curb Dodd-Frank regulations on the futures industry and freeze spending at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - Getting rid of the waters of the U.S. rule may be more difficult than WOTUS opponents hope, top lawyers for the federal government said just days before ....
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2017 - The full slate of House Agriculture Committee Republicans has been finalized, bringing a clearer picture to the panel that will shape the next farm bill.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - President-elect Donald Trump and
the Republican Congress should scrap a wide range of laws and regulations that
impinge on free choice, including the ethanol mandate and biotech crop
oversight, says a libertarian Washington group with oil, coal and financial
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - In his final days in
the White House, President Obama clearly is determined to do whatever he can to
make sure renewable energy continues on its current growth path.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - A survey taken after the
election shows strong support for ethanol among Trump voters in six battleground
states in the Midwest.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2017 - Agri-Pulse, the nation's leading source of farm and food policy information, plans to launch an in-depth editorial series next month, The Seven Things You Should Know Before You Write the Next Farm Bill, culminating in a Farm Bill Summit at the National Press Club on March 20.