Politics | 7/24/2014

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

Farm & rural policy news

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
Politics | 7/18/2014 12:04:49 PM

 EPA releases proposal to protect Alaska's Bristol Bay from mining development

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2014 - EPA today issued a proposal to protect Bristol Bay in Alaska from development of large scale copper and gold mine. The agency says the operation, backed by Northern Dynasty Minerals and the Pebble Limited Partnership, would threaten
Politics | 7/18/2014 9:49:29 AM

USDA approves glufosinate-tolerant soybean

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2014- USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today approved a soybean genetically engineered to tolerate exposure to the herbicides
Politics | 7/18/2014 9:38:41 AM

USTR says negotiators worked 'productively' in latest T-TIP talks

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2014 - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman is offering an optimistic outlook on the sixth round of negotiations for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which ended today in Brussels, but he offered
Politics | 7/18/2014

AFBF isn't buying EPA's defense of 'Waters of U.S.' proposal

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2014- Although EPA has been trying to ease controversy surrounding the agency's proposal to re-define (Waters of the United States) under the
Politics | 7/17/2014 9:35:21 PM

Food for Peace advocates celebrate 60 years of global dividends

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 - When President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Public Law 480 back on July 10, 1954, he was strongly motivated to help farmers deal with mounting surpluses
Politics | 7/17/2014 6:09:21 PM

EPA official admits RFS process taking longer than it should

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 - Speaking at NCGA's Corn Congress, EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe said the 2014 RFS rule is
Politics | 7/17/2014 3:49:05 PM

House passes conservation easement tax break

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 - The. House of Representatives passed a bill today that provides tax breaks for charitable giving, including an enhanced tax incentive for
Politics | 7/17/2014 3:09:26 PM

 USDA, DOE announce funding for biofuel feedstock improvement

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 - USDA and the Energy Department today announced the selection of 10 projects that are being awarded funding aimed at accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of
Politics | 7/17/2014 12:15:44 PM

 USDA makes available $13 million to aid organic certification

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 - USDA is making available $13 million in 2014 Farm Bill funding to partially reimburse farmers seeking certification
Politics | 7/16/2014 7:24:35 PM

CFTC official suggests ‘do no harm’ regulatory approach

NEW YORK, July 16, 2014 - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) would be best served if it uses 'do no harm' approach, Commission Scott O'Malia said in
Politics | 7/16/2014 4:13:01 PM

EPA defends 'Water' rule as House committee passes bill to halt it

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2014- The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a bill today that would invalidate the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)
Politics | 7/16/2014 3:13:43 PM

Roberts, Heitkamp back bill to help farmers in futures market

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2014 -The bill - dubbed the Risk Hedging Protection Act of 2014 - would give futures customers an additional day to provide payments to brokers to
Politics | 7/16/2014 4:56:51 AM

House approves short-term bill to keep Highway Fund afloat

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 - Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to approve H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, by a vote of 367-55, even though many
Politics | 7/15/2014 8:30:31 PM

EPA reassessing temporary grain storage structures

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014-- The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) is giving the EPA a pat on the back for its proposal to change the rule that governs how it deals with
Politics | 7/15/2014 7:25:53 PM

Corn, soybean crop ratings well above year ago

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 - The U.S. corn crop, the nation's biggest, continues to improve, with the fields in the best condition for this time of the growing season


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