Politics | 7/1/2015

 As farmers flex social media muscles, food groups express fears

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 -- What happens when farmers start using social media and new communication strategies to tell their side of the food production story? Apparently, they start to get under the skin of some food and environmental groups who are suggesting that those doggone food producers have apparently gone too far.

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Politics | 7/1/2015 4:22:44 PM

BRAC founder named 2015 World Food Prize Laureate

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder and chairman of BRAC - a 40-year old anti-poverty organization that focuses on empowering the poor, and in particular women and girls - was named the 41st World Food Prize Laureate Wednesday during a ceremony at the State Department in Washington, D.C.
Politics | 7/1/2015 3:28:42 PM

 Moving from fossil fuels to renewables 'at no net economic cost'?

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2015 -- The International Energy Agency argues that existing technology can halt the growth in the energy sector's global-warming carbon emissions by 2020 and do so without harming global economic growth.

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Politics | 7/1/2015 11:43:45 AM

 EPAs Clean Water rule triggers flood of lawsuits

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - The lawsuits against the Obama administration's Clean Water Act rule are rolling in and look for more to come. Three groups of states filed lawsuits on Monday, the day the rule was published in the Federal Register.
Politics | 7/1/2015 11:37:32 AM

 RFS advocates give EPA an earful at Kansas City hearing

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - EPA traveled to the heart of corn country last week to gauge public sentiment on its recently announced plan for Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements through 2016. Agency officials certainly got an earful.
Politics | 7/1/2015 11:33:17 AM

 Farm bill choices boost cost estimate

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - The new farm bill will cost a little more than previously thought because of the surprisingly strong interest in the new Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program, economists say. But overall it appears that the programs are right in line with the average cost of commodity subsidies over the past decade.
Politics | 7/1/2015 11:26:01 AM

 Vilsack: Great momentum to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - Now that President Obama has signed a bill to put pending trade deals on the fast track, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the administration has great momentum to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and to generate more enthusiasm for a potential Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) deal with the European Union.
Politics | 7/1/2015 11:21:37 AM

 Will FDAs trans fat ban increase deforestation

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - Environmentalists are warning of a dark side to the Food and Drug Administration's new restrictions on trans fat. Requiring food manufacturers to transition away from oils high in trans fat could cause them to boost imports of palm oil, which Friends of the Earth says is a leading driver of rain forest destruction.
Politics | 7/1/2015 11:16:09 AM

 Rural side of highway bill debate examined at Congressional hearing

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - While the needs of the nation's rural transportation systems don't get nearly as much attention as their urban counterparts, they did have their day on Capitol Hill last week as part of a broader discussion over federal highway funding.
Politics | 7/1/2015 11:12:08 AM

 Cotton growers seek relief from limits on marketing loan gains

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - The fiscal 2016 agriculture appropriations bill that the House Appropriations Committee will take up after this week's recess would lift the $125,000-per-producer limit on marketing loan gains imposed by the 2014 farm bill. 
Politics | 7/1/2015 11:08:15 AM

Senators encourage unified federal policy on biomass

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015-A bipartisan group of senators led by Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., are urging the USDA, EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE) to uniformly recognize and support biomass energy as a sustainable and economically significant energy source.
Politics | 7/1/2015 11:08:13 AM

 How long will Florida growers be able to fight citrus greening?

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - As researchers continue testing potential solutions for citrus greening disease that is plaguing Florida's $10 billion fruit industry, more groves and packing houses are shutting down or consolidating.
Politics | 7/1/2015 11:00:40 AM

 Cuban market ripe for U.S. grain imports, NCGA says

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - If and when the U.S. lifts its long-term trade restrictions on Cuba, American grain producers will be ready to capitalize on new market opportunities, Rob Elliott, the first vice president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), told Agri-Pulse Tuesday after he and industry allies returned from a weekend scouting trip to the island.
Politics | 7/1/2015 10:53:07 AM

 Investment Needed to Minimize Climate Change

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 -Bloonberg New Energy Finance explains that The blue lines are what's needed, in billion$ per year; the red lines show what's actually being spent. Since the financial crisis, funding has fallen well short of the target.
Politics | 7/1/2015 10:29:36 AM

 High court shoots down EPAs power plant rules

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday against the EPA's rules to limit emissions of mercury and other air pollutants from coal-fired power plants, saying that the agency failed to take the cost of the new rules into consideration.
Politics | 7/1/2015 6:22:25 AM

USDA, USTR announce new members of trade advisory committees

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced the appointment of 129 private-sector members to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATACs) late Tuesday.
Politics | 6/30/2015 7:24:25 PM

Cattlemen, developers take on federal sage-grouse management plans

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2015 - A coalition of Western counties and organizations filed formal protests over sage-grouse conservation plans, alleging that ranchers could be forced out of business.
Politics | 6/30/2015 3:19:18 PM

Growers cut corn, wheat, cotton plantings

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2015 - Farmers seeded less than 89 million acres of corn this spring, the fewest since 2010, and slashed cotton acreage by 18 percent, the Agriculture Department says.
Politics | 6/29/2015 5:45:38 PM

States file lawsuit against EPA's 'Waters of the U.S.' rule

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2015 -- Attorneys general from thirteen states filed a lawsuit Monday challenging EPA's new rule defining the waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), asserting that the rule expands the scope of clean water regulations to lands that are dry much of the year and increases the federal government's authority over land use.


Marshall Matz

Keepseagle v. USDA :The Case Continues
Do you remember the class action litigation Keepseagle v. USDA claiming discrimination against Indian farmers and ranchers?


Bruce Knight

Climate Change: Scientific and Spiritual Matter
As I said last summer, there's no doubt in my mind that climate change is real.


Marshall Matz

Why Adesina's election is important for agriculture
In a surprise upset, Dr. Akinwumi (Akin) Adesina was elected to be the next President of the African Development Bank (ADB), defeating seven rivals in six rounds of voting.


Bruce Knight

Conservation Cuts: Precursor to Regulation?
I have long been a proponent of voluntary action as the best approach for addressing environmental concerns.


Wade Cowan

Food Security at the Heart of Soy Growth Plan
Judging by acreage and harvest trends over the past twenty years, there can be no doubt that soybeans-once considered to be a rotational crop for corn-centric operations-are now at the heart of an American farm renaissance.
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