Politics | 10/8/2015

McCarthy drops out of speaker race, stunning fractured GOP

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2015 - Kevin McCarthy stunned House Republicans by dropping out of the race for speaker at the last minute, saying he couldn't unify the fractured GOP caucus.

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Politics | 10/8/2015 4:50:58 PM

USDA details TPP benefits by commodity

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2015 - USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service has issued commodity-by-commodity fact sheets outlining the reductions in tariffs and increases in import quotas negotiated under the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Politics | 10/8/2015 2:27:43 PM

Farm Credit Council picks Van Hoose as new CEO

WASHINGTON, October 8, 2015 - The Farm Credit Council Board of Directors selected Todd Van Hoose to serve as their new council president and CEO, replacing Ken Auer when he retires in early 2016.

Politics | 10/8/2015 1:50:06 PM

Cabinet secretaries assure Congress Dietary Guidelines will stay on track

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 - A hearing of the House Agriculture Committee Wednesday offered little information about the specifics of the upcoming Dietary Guidelines for Americans, but new information on topics that will or won't be addressed in the pivotal document.
Politics | 10/8/2015 11:49:51 AM

NFU, NCGA point to RFS uncertainty as explanation for drop in farm income

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2015 - Two agricultural groups released documentation today claiming that uncertainty surrounding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a major factor in projected drops in net farm income.
Politics | 10/7/2015 4:10:32 PM

 Senators back biodiesel industry in push for more renewables in RFS

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2015 -- The U.S. EPA will finalize its controversial Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements for biomass-based diesel by Nov. 30.
Politics | 10/7/2015 12:26:43 PM

Monsanto earnings fall; company announces job cuts

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 - Monsanto reported a 15.5 percent drop in net income for the fiscal year that ended Aug. 31 to $2.314 billion, citing a decline in commodity prices and restructuring charges.The seed giant also announced job cuts and forecast a drop in earnings for FY 2016.
Politics | 10/7/2015 11:50:33 AM

 New coalition formed to back Renewable Fuel Standard

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 - A new coalition has been formed to support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which is facing EPA-proposed...
Politics | 10/7/2015 11:43:53 AM

 DOE grants $6.5 million for seven hydropower projects

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 - Lowering environmental impact and reducing costs for hydropower drivetrains, which transfer rotational energy from turbines to generators...
Politics | 10/7/2015 10:49:19 AM

 Obama courts ag, industry groups for TPP push

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 - For all the battles that the Obama administration and agriculture have waged in recent years, the White House wasted no time making it clear how important...
Politics | 10/7/2015 10:29:01 AM

 House Ag hearing to put microscope on Dietary Guidelines

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee is scheduled to review the development of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans today amid lots of controversy...
Politics | 10/7/2015 10:17:24 AM

 Ag groups seek to ensure USDA role in Feed the Future

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 - The future of Feed the Future is looking a bit murky. The Obama administration is eager to get Congress to...
Politics | 10/7/2015 9:56:28 AM

USDA fact sheets show TPP benefits to all 50 states

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 - USDA today released a series of fact sheets designed to boost the ag community's support for the newly reached Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.
Politics | 10/7/2015 9:47:54 AM

 Bring back the plow? Weed resistance triggers new calls to action

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 - From Montana to Maryland, to Brazil, Bavaria and as far away as Turkey, new super weeds are threatening...
Politics | 10/7/2015 9:35:31 AM

 Organic milk industry seeks carve-out from USDA order pool

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 - The nation's three largest organic milk processors, through the Organic Trade Association (OTA), are asking USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for a...
Politics | 10/7/2015 9:18:13 AM

 Cattle market on a historic slide, and no clear end in sight

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 - After a record-setting 2014, live and feeder cattle prices have taken a tumble in recent weeks with experts pointing to a...
Politics | 10/7/2015 9:11:01 AM

 Kentuckians push for legalization of hemp on the Hill

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 - Advocates for industrial hemp - the non-hallucinogenic cousin of marijuana - are looking to build on the progress they made with...
Politics | 10/7/2015 9:01:04 AM

 CAST experts say regulate, don't ban, process labels on food

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 - Government mandates for labeling food to show its production process are a bad idea because they could ...
Politics | 10/6/2015 8:15:19 PM

Pacific trade pact gets mixed reception on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2015 - Key congressional Republicans are raising concerns about the just-completed Pacific Rim trade pact, in part because the Obama administration didn't insist on protecting U.S. tobacco products from regulations in other countries.
Politics | 10/6/2015 2:03:48 PM

Ag gets top billing as Obama launches push for trade pact

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2015 - President Obama launched his push for approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership today with a one-hour, closed-door meeting with leaders of agriculture and other business sectors that will be critical to the coming congressional debate.
Politics | 10/6/2015 12:55:05 PM

T-TIP talks scheduled to resume in Miami Oct. 19

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2015 - Just as U.S. trade negotiators celebrate the completion of one major trade agreement across the Pacific Ocean, talks are scheduled to continue with trading partners across the Atlantic.
Politics | 10/5/2015 6:43:18 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Budget talks launch; assurances sought on dietary guidelines

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2015 - Amid a power struggle in the House Republican caucus, the White House has started negotiations with congressional leaders on a sweeping budget deal that will be critical to GOP hopes to roll back some of President Obama's regulatory agenda.
Politics | 10/5/2015 10:09:51 AM

Pacific trade deal finalized after last-minute dairy talks

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2015 - The United States and 11 other Pacific rim nations announced a landmark agreement to liberalize trade across 40 percent of the global economy after a last-minute push by New Zealand to lower U.S. barriers to dairy imports.


Marshall Matz

Pets are us: Safety first
There are approximately 80 million dogs in the United States and a similar number of cats.


Dan Glickman

Climate change and agriculture: Challenges and opportunities
Global demand for food is on the rise. Demand is driven by population growth and developing world consumers adding more protein to their diets.


Bruce Knight

Savoring success with sage grouse decision
The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) decision not to list the Greater Sage-Grouse as an endangered species represents a victory of small steps by many committed to conservation.


Tjada McKenna

Building a food-secure world helps America prosper
Agriculture has been critical to America's growth as a nation. For many countries like ours, the path from poverty to prosperity has run through agriculture, but agriculture's promise has not yet been fully realized around the world.


Blake Hurst

August in Missouri
I started the month with a quick trip north for the Minnesota Farmfest. I had a great time as I walked the rows of shiny new machinery. Farm shows are where hopes are born,
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