Politics | 10/28/2014

Dairy group announces partnerships to pump up fluid milk consumption

CHICAGO, Oct. 29, 2014 - Over the past four decades, consumption of fluid dairy products has dropped with each generation. Today, Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) announced seven partnerships investing more than a half billion dollars in an effort to put fluid milk back in the center of the rapidly growing health and wellness beverage market.

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Politics | 10/29/2014 6:46:27 PM

USDA, NFWF partner on southern solutions

NORCO, La., Oct. 28, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says a new partnership between USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will provide additional support for restoration of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem in response to impacts from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
Politics | 10/29/2014 4:48:47 PM

Ag coalition issues reports documenting the benefits of neonics

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2014-- A series of reports released today by a coalition of agricultural companies shows, in part, that without the use of widely used and controversial insecticide, North American farmers would need to resort to using more and older chemicals.

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Politics | 10/29/2014 3:52:21 PM

USDA to provide $4 million for honey bee habitat

WASHINGTON, Oct.29, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance will be provided to help farmers and ranchers in the Midwest improve the health of honey bees.
Politics | 10/29/2014 3:18:37 PM

Enrollment, comment dates extended on USDA dairy programs

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today an extension of deadlines related to Department of Agriculture dairy programs approved in the 2014 Farm Bill.
Politics | 10/29/2014 4:50:09 AM

 Syngenta sees silver lining in China's rejection of corn trait

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2014-- In the wake of controversy surrounding China's rejection of Syngenta's genetically modified corn trait, Syngenta can strengthen grain supply management in North America in a way it's never been done before, Chuck Lee, the head of corn for Syngenta, said at the company's media summit in Washington on Tuesday.
Politics | 10/28/2014 3:45:55 PM

Environmental Working Group debuts nutritional database

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2014 - The Environmental Working Group has released an online database with entries on more than 80,000 foods that it hopes will help consumers make healthier choices at the grocery store.
Politics | 10/28/2014 10:09:04 AM

Americans say their sausage king is Italian

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2014 - October is National Sausage Month, and Americans surveyed have crowned a king. An online survey found Italian sausage edging out breakfast sausage as America's favorite, with kielbasa and bratwurst in the number three and four slots.
Politics | 10/28/2014 7:51:14 AM

US and Mexico reach deal averting duties on Mexican sugar

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2014 - The U.S. and Mexico have reached a deal that would avert potentially steep duties on Mexico sugar imports that U.S. producers said were being unfairly subsidized and dumped into the U.S. market at below production costs.
Politics | 10/27/2014 9:57:30 PM

EPA's McCarthy says U.S. at pivotal moment in fighting climate change

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2014 - Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy says the U.S. has arrived at a pivotal moment in its pursuit of clean energy, a time on par with the very creation of the EPA almost 44 years ago.
Politics | 10/27/2014 2:41:38 PM

USDA seeks to add new products to BioPreferred program

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2014 - USDA is proposing to widen its BioPreferred program to include new forest products, as it continues to implement provisions of the 2014 Farm bill.
Politics | 10/26/2014 4:35:00 PM

CSPI marks Food Day with 10 Worst foods list

Washington, Oct. 24, 2014 - Happy Food Day! That's the message from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which launched the event three years ago to "inspire Americans to change their diets for the better and to support smarter food policies."
Politics | 10/24/2014 2:33:34 PM

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Politics | 10/24/2014 11:18:57 AM

Cast your vote for USFRA 'Faces of Farming and Ranching'

CHESTERFIELD, Mo., Oct. 24, 2014 - Online voting opened today for the next U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) Faces of Farming and Ranching.
Politics | 10/23/2014 7:34:33 PM

GOP senators on ag panel ask for withdrawal of WOTUS interpretive rule

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2014 - Senate Agriculture Committee Republicans are asking EPA to withdraw the so-called interpretive rule released with its Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) proposal, saying it could fundamentally alter interaction between farmers and the federal government.
Politics | 10/23/2014 4:34:45 PM

World Food Prize laureate Rajaram says technology key to ending hunger

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014 - World Food Prize laureate Sanjaya Rajaram told a Washington audience that developing countries can use improvements in seed technology and more modern farming techniques to help feed burgeoning populations.
Politics | 10/23/2014 4:16:33 PM

Farmers Union, others urge appeal of WTO COOL ruling

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014 - The National Farmers Union and the U.S. Cattlemen's Association were joined by an environmental group and a trade watchdog in calling for the U.S. to appeal a World Trade Organization ruling that said provisions of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rule violated international trade regulations.
Politics | 10/23/2014 1:20:06 PM

 Sweeteners Association says producers' complaints on Mexican imports costing consumers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014 - The Sweeteners Users Association (SUA) says the unfair trade complaints filed by U.S. sugar producers against Mexico sugar imports could end up costing U.S. consumers more than $3 billion in an 18 month period.
Politics | 10/22/2014 8:05:16 PM

CBO report sees tougher times ahead for ethanol & advanced biofuels

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014-Responding to the fact that some policymakers have proposed repealing or revising the Renewable Fuel Standard which requires blending biofuels with gasoline, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported Tuesday that it could be difficult to comply with the steadily increasing ethanol volumes which the law mandates.
Politics | 10/22/2014 7:41:43 PM

EPA announces voluntary program aimed at curbing pesticide drift

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 - The Environmental Protection Agency today announced a voluntary program aimed at showing applicators which products should be used to promote drift reduction during pesticide application.
Politics | 10/22/2014 11:15:22 AM

USDA announces funding for rural broadband and telecommunications infrastructure

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $190.5 million in grants and loans to make improvements in broadband and other advanced communications infrastructure in rural areas. The money will fund 25 projects in 19 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Politics | 10/21/2014 6:39:51 PM

Canada poised for retaliatory action after WTO COOL decision

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 - Canadian officials appear ready to follow through on threats to issue economic retaliations if the U.S. doesn't fix a country-of-origin labeling law found to be in violation of World Trade Organization standards.
Politics | 10/21/2014 12:41:26 PM

USDA confirms APH exclusion for insuring spring crops

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, will be available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting in the spring of 2015. Program details will be announced in December 2014.
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