Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Like many other organizations,
the National Pork Producers Council is gearing up for its farm bill push, and a
pair of familiar issues are leading the way.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - The Fish and
Wildlife Service's decision to delist the gray wolf in Wyoming relied too much
on the state's word that it would maintain a viable population of wolves within
its borders, an attorney for environmental groups...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - The Federal
Aviation Administration on Tuesday received some measured praise from
stakeholders for what they said were much improved regulations for using unmanned
aircraft systems (UAS), or drones.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2016 - Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the top
Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, rolled out legislation on Monday
that would increase assistance for urban farmers.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2016 - The Food and Drug Administration is considering new regulations for foods labeled healthy in light of changing scientific thinking about fats and the types of vitamins and minerals that consumers most need.
We all know that
access to clean water is critical for personal health. What is not as
immediately apparent is how essential access to a consistent supply of water is
to the economic vitality of our rural communities.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2016 - Lawmakers are eager to get home to campaign but first have to take care of some critical unfinished business this week, starting with a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running after the new fiscal year starts on Saturday.
LINCOLN, Neb., Sept. 25, 2016 - The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture has renewed a cooperative agreement with the FDA related to the implementation of the Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
BALTIMORE, Sept. 22, 2016 - It turns out that millennials, perhaps the most important generation in terms of retail sales, are big consumers of organic food and other products, according to new study results announced today by the Organic Trade Association.
Sept. 23, 2016 - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration acted illegally
when it imposed new safety requirements on fertilizer dealers without giving
them a chance to comment, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2016 - Just 10 days after the U.S. announced a trade dispute challenging China's domestic corn, wheat, and rice price supports, China on Friday announced anti-dumping duties on U.S. dried distiller's grains (DDGS).
LINCOLN, Neb., Sept. 22, 2016 - The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) opened its 2016 annual meeting today by calling for the federal government to allow the states to play a greater role in policymaking in the next administration.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - A newly discovered non-Bt protein could be a solution for farmers struggling with corn rootworm resistance to existing Bt corn varieties, DuPont scientists report.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - Conservation efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are showing dividends, but some areas are still struggling to meet prescribed goals.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - In what could be his final appearance on Capitol Hill, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack defended the farm economy as basically sound but appealed for flexibility from Congress to aid dairy producers and other struggling sectors.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - China has lifted its 13-year-old ban on U.S. beef, clearing the way for negotiations between the two countries over the specific conditions under which trade can resume.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - The water resources
bill that the Senate recently passed on a near-unanimous vote of 95-3 also
includes a states-first approach for regulating the disposal and recycling of coal
ash, a measure strongly opposed by environmental groups.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - USDA this week
unveiled a three-year $328 million restoration strategy to improve water
quality and help coastal ecosystems damaged by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2016 - Long-time carbon-pricing advocate Bill McKibben insists that putting a steadily increasing price on carbon emissions is essential but won't be enough to avoid the worst consequences of global warming.
Sept. 21, 2016 - Executives of five seed and agrichemical giants undergoing mergers
sought to assure skeptical members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that the
new companies will...
Sept. 21, 2016 - Should seeds coated with neonicotinoids be regulated as
pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - The rusty patched bumble bee is one step closer to becoming the first bee in the continental United States to be protected under the Endangered Species Act.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - A White House plan
for updating federal regulation of agricultural biotechnology calls for the FDA
and EPA to clarify how they will...
Sept. 21, 2016 - The ailing financial situation for many of America's farmers
will be getting special attention at the next USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - A proposed
rule that sounds like a simple formalization of an informal policy has ag law
experts scratching their well-educated heads.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - Farmworker wages
are rising amid a steady decline in illegal immigration from Mexico and a
tightening labor supply for growers.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - USDA's Pesticide Data Program is looking for help from the agricultural industry in explaining to
the public that the food supply is safe.