Politics | 1/28/2015

 Rail safety, reliability continue to be hot topics in Washington

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - Problems in the U.S. rail industry saw plenty of action last year after crippling Midwest grain transportation, and efforts to hold the system in check look to continue into the new Congress.

Farm & rural policy news

Politics | 1/28/2015 8:02:17 PM

Soybean Association, farm groups push for end to West Coast port dispute

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 -- The American Soybean Association (ASA) and more than 90 other farm and commodity organizations are calling for a quick resolution of a labor dispute that has disrupted operations at West Coast ports, costing the agricultural industry millions of dollars a week.
Politics | 1/28/2015 5:09:09 PM

 U.S. trade rep says TPP deal getting close

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 - With the latest round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations under way, access for agricultural products to Japan and Canada remain among the unresolved issues, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday.

Politics | 1/28/2015 3:46:49 PM

Roberts to work with EPA on water rule

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts is pledging to work with the Obama administration to resolve farmers' concerns about a proposed rule re-defining the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.
Politics | 1/28/2015 2:46:16 PM

Green groups sue to force EPA regulation of animal farm emissions

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015-- The Environmental Integrity Project and the Humane Society of the United States filed lawsuits in federal court today against the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to respond to requests to regulate farm emissions like methane and ammonia.
Politics | 1/28/2015 2:10:56 PM

Court dismisses AFBF lawsuit challenging EPA disclosure of farmer data

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - The American Farm Bureau Federation says it is considering whether to appeal a federal court's dismissal of its lawsuit seeking to block the Environmental Protection Agency from releasing personal information of livestock and poultry farmers in response to Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests.
Politics | 1/28/2015 9:08:15 AM

McGovern named top Democrat on nutrition panel

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern, one of the House's most outspoken defenders of federal food assistance, has been named the top Democrat on the House Agriculture subcommittee assigned to investigate the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Politics | 1/28/2015 4:59:44 AM

 Senate Keystone battle escalates as energy, politics collide

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - Step one in the push to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to pump Canadian tar sands oil to Texas refineries worked just as planned: Keystone legislation has been the first bill debated and voted on by the new GOP-run Senate.
Politics | 1/28/2015 4:55:25 AM

 USDA to test pork supply for food safety problems

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015-- Buried in USDA's new microbial standards for poultry safety is the disclosure that the Food Safety and Inspection Service plans in March to start testing raw pork for pathogens of public concern.
Politics | 1/27/2015 7:44:56 PM

Restaurant industry outlook bright for 2015 and beyond

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 - The National Restaurant Association has released its 2015 industry forecast, and for the sixth straight year, restaurant sales are expected to increase.
Politics | 1/27/2015 5:59:22 PM

Pork producers, cattlemen urge Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2015 - The National Pork Producers Council and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association are urging Congress to renew the president's Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), as a way to help the Obama administration close trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Politics | 1/27/2015 1:44:45 PM

Anti-TPP protesters interrupt Senate hearing

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 - Protestors interrupted a Senate Finance Committee hearing today to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations and efforts to pass Trade Promotion Authority through Congress.
Politics | 1/26/2015 4:07:54 PM

USDA offers $20 million in funding for carbon credit market proposals

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2015 - USDA is offering up to $20 million in grant funding through the Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program for carbon credit project proposals.
Politics | 1/26/2015 4:03:42 PM

Washington Week Ahead: White House seeks to sell trade agenda, close TPP deal

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2015 - Key congressional committees start laying the groundwork this week for pushing the Obama administration's trade agenda through Congress with back-to-back meetings with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.
Politics | 1/26/2015 2:56:16 PM

Farm program costs rise on price declines, disaster aid

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2015 - Farm programs will cost $18 billion more over the next decade than previously estimated, due to lower commodity prices and a surge in demand for livestock disaster assistance, congressional budget analysts say.
Politics | 1/25/2015 11:58:39 AM

Business analysis shows Midwest agriculture at high risk from climate change

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 23, 2015 - The American Midwest faces "economic disruptions as climate change advances, reduces labor productivity, and shifts agricultural production patterns."
Politics | 1/24/2015 12:54:59 PM

High-path avian flu found in commercial turkey flock in California

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2015 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5N8 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Stanislaus County, California.
Politics | 1/23/2015 6:17:06 PM

Nebraska 3rd District, Iowa's 4th top list of U.S. agricultural producers

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2015 - Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District is the top agricultural producing district in the nation, edging out the 4th District of Iowa, according to figures from USDA's 2012 Census of Agriculture.
Politics | 1/23/2015 3:26:38 PM

Senate Ag Chairman Roberts fills key committee posts

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., today announced several key selections to the panel's senior staff. They include Julian Baer as senior policy adviser for nutrition and Janae Brady, senior professional staff for trade and food aid.
Politics | 1/23/2015 1:44:43 PM

U.S. helps move WTO Trade Facilitation pact forward

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2015 - The U.S. has formally accepted the World Trade Organization's so-called Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), an accord designed to cut red tape among trading partners and which is projected to generate hundreds of billions of dollars in economic activity.
Politics | 1/23/2015 9:46:11 AM

Scott Graves heads list of House Ag Committee Staffers

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2014 - The House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday approved the list of senior staffers who will lead the panel in the 114th Congress. In November, Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, the then-incoming chairman of the committee, had announced his appointments.
Politics | 1/22/2015 4:25:46 PM

Ethanol opponents fail to get Senate vote

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2015 - A bipartisan proposal to kill the corn ethanol mandates won't be considered in the Senate.
Politics | 1/22/2015 2:51:59 PM

House panel plans 'full-scale' review of food stamp program

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2015 - House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway says his committee will conduct a full-scale review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Politics | 1/22/2015

Study finds COOL had no role in drop in imports of Canadian cattle

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2015 - An Auburn University professor says his research shows that U.S. country-of-origin meat labeling rules played no role in the decline in cattle exports to the U.S. from Canada and Mexico.
Politics | 1/21/2015 12:53:24 PM

Ag groups support Obama on Cuba, bipartisanship

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2015 - The two biggest U.S. farmer organizations say they support President Obama's State of the Union calls for bipartisanship in Congress and an end to the Cuban embargo.


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The NAS is examining GE crops
The new study on genetically engineered (GE) crops now being conducted by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources


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Share Your Views on EQIP and CSP
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting comments on new rules for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)


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Oil prices, cartels, and world economic realignment
ME.;Professor, people are wondering if the drop in oil prices will cause a realignment of world economic order


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2015: The Year of Soils
The United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils.


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Exports: A Path to Greater Sustainability?
Every farmer knows that the key to producing the biggest crop is putting the best seed into the most fertile ground and ensuring that it receives the moisture, sunlight and nutrients required for optimum growth.


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Progress on 'Too big to fail'?
ME. Recently, Thomas Hoenig, Vice Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) came to Iowa State University to present a lecture in the College of Business.


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Climate smart, sustainable agriculture
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  International Production and Processing Expo
  Jan. 27-29, 2015 Atlanta, Georgia

  U.S. Custom Harvesters Annual Convention and Trade Show
  Jan. 27-29, 2015 Grand Island, Nebraska

  Wheat Industry Winter Conference
  Jan. 27-31, 2015 Washington, D.C.

  American Sheep Industry Annual Convention
  Jan. 28-31, 2015 Reno, Nevada

  American Sugarbeet Growers Association Annual Meeting
  Feb. 1-3, 2015 Long Beach, California

  National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Annual Meeting
  Feb. 1-4, 2015 New Orleans, Louisiana

  Cattle Industry Convention & National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show
  Feb. 4-7, 2015 San Antonio, Texas

  National Cotton Council of America Annual Meeting
  Feb. 6-8, 2015 Memphis, Tennessee


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