Politics | 10/26/2016

USDA allots $3.6B in loans for rural electric projects

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 - USDA says it will provide $3.6 billion in loans to finance 82 electric infrastructure upgrades in 31 states, creating jobs and improving system operations for rural electric customers across the country.

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Politics | 10/26/2016 7:28:40 PM

Food production linked to dramatic decline in wild animal populations

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 -  Habitat destruction caused by global food production is the driving force behind a dramatic decline in wild animal populations, according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund.
Politics | 10/26/2016 4:01:26 PM

 New presidential poll: And the choice for farmers and ranchers is...

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 - With mounting concerns about the farm - and the U.S. - economy, a new nationwide poll indicates how farmers and ranchers will vote in the 2016 presidential election.

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Politics | 10/26/2016 11:28:25 AM

 Could Trump's campaign end up like Goldwater's in 1964?

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 - Late October polling patterns showing Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump mired at or below 40 percent invite comparisons with the 1964 election that Barry Goldwater...
Politics | 10/26/2016 11:15:32 AM

 Hacked emails show Clinton promoting GMOs to skeptics

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 - Hillary Clinton looks to be a potential champion of agricultural biotechnology who already has a basic understanding of the arguments for genetic engineering, according to private comments she...
Politics | 10/26/2016 10:49:02 AM

 EU digging in on protecting food names, document shows

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 - The European Union's insistence that geographical indications (GIs) be a part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) is looking to be more of a roadblock than...
Politics | 10/26/2016 10:37:26 AM

 Syngenta, growers spar over class certification in GM corn case

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 - Syngenta is challenging a federal judge's approval of a plaintiff class encompassing hundreds of thousands of farmers who claim the seed company's...
Politics | 10/26/2016 9:57:53 AM

 Demand soars for USDA value added grants

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 - A few days before heading to Wisconsin to announce the latest round of Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) recipients, Sam Rikkers reflected on the quandary of...
Politics | 10/26/2016 9:44:38 AM

 Ag companies sow seeds for future at FFA convention

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 - At first, it might seem a little baffling that some of the world's biggest ag companies would have a presence at a convention where almost no one in attendance has...
Politics | 10/25/2016 6:01:23 PM

International cancer agency's latest report raises concerns

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2016 - The International Agency for Research on Cancer's latest report, which looks at the cancer-causing potential of five chemicals, received swift criticism from the group that represents U.S. pesticide manufacturers.
Politics | 10/24/2016 1:14:15 PM

Vilsack challenges FFA members to help diversify agriculture

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 20, 2016 - In his final address to a National FFA Convention, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack urged FFA members to be the generation that opens up the doors of agriculture for all.
Politics | 10/24/2016 12:49:13 PM

Opinion: America's farm economy - An uncertain future?

It's a sad fact, but most Americans today have never met a farmer, or even visited a farm.
Politics | 10/24/2016

Food companies target water risks in global supply chains

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2016 - Seven major food companies today announced commitments to work with thousands of growers in their global supply chains to reduce water use and pollution impacts.
Politics | 10/21/2016 2:32:22 PM

USDA allots $17.6M for organic ag research

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2016 - USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is making available $17.6 million for research and outreach activities to support the organic agriculture sector. The grants are funded through NIFA's Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), authorized by the 2014 farm bill.
Politics | 10/20/2016 3:08:33 PM

NRCS rolls out regs for new Ag Conservation Easement Program

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - Fewer acres would be purchased as easements to protect wetlands and other sensitive lands under the new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), which is replacing three programs repealed by the 2014 farm bill.
Politics | 10/20/2016 9:50:23 AM

It's official: New York moves toward more biodiesel

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill Tuesday that puts the city on a path toward displacing 20 percent of the heating oil sold within the city with cleaner-burning, sustainable, biodiesel.
Politics | 10/20/2016 9:28:49 AM

Western Energy Alliance supports BLM's move to online lease sales

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 - The Western Energy Alliance has offered support for the Bureau of Land Management's transition to online sales for oil and natural gas leases on public lands, saying the protests...
Politics | 10/20/2016 9:10:15 AM

Energy-related CO2 emissions at lowest level since 1991

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 - In the first six months of 2016, energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the U.S. totaled 2,530 million metric tons...
Politics | 10/19/2016 5:21:43 PM

 National Bioenergy Day: turning waste into value

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - National Bioenergy Day, Oct.19 is a showcase for a nationwide network of biomass facilities producing heat, electricity and byproducts from woody biomass and agricultural waste.
Politics | 10/19/2016 1:05:01 PM

 The regulatory rush is on as Obama heads for the door

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - The Obama administration is teeing up a series of major regulations that can be implemented as political appointees head out the door...
Politics | 10/19/2016 12:53:07 PM

 TPP seen as defense against EU's push for food name protection

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) isn't just about increasing foreign market access for U.S. exporters...
Politics | 10/19/2016 11:31:17 AM

 RMA: Whole Farm Revenue Protection still a work in progress

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - The Whole Farm Revenue Protection program isn't perfect, but it's getting a better as more and more producers sign up to insure farms where several...
Politics | 10/19/2016 10:45:09 AM

 EPA postpones glyphosate review because of 'voluntary' departure

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - The "voluntary departure" of one of the scientists appointed to EPA's Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) on the carcinogenic potential of the pesticide glyphosate has...
Politics | 10/19/2016 10:34:18 AM

 Ag equipment dealers must transform to improve returns: Rabobank

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - Facing a poor economic outlook, North American agriculture equipment dealers must transform in order to improve returns on invested capital, according to a new report...
Politics | 10/19/2016 10:07:52 AM

 Worker advocates struggle to bring retailer pressure on farms

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - Activists who say they want to raise labor standards on farms are hoping to emulate the success that the animal welfare movement has had in getting...
Politics | 10/19/2016 9:47:35 AM

 Bayer-Monsanto: Growers will still have plenty of choices

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - Within the next year or so, the "Big Six" crop protection and seed companies - Syngenta, Monsanto, Bayer, BASF, DuPont and Dow AgroSciences...
Politics | 10/19/2016 9:35:37 AM

 Clean Power Plan is a 'regulatory roadblock,' Ag groups say

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - A group of major agriculture organizations has launched a grassroots campaign urging the Environmental Protection Agency to...
Politics | 10/19/2016 9:20:07 AM

 FFA's DC team mulls issues as members convene in Indianapolis

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - As thousands make the trip to Indianapolis this week for the 89th annual convention of the National FFA Organization, a pair of issues that might...
Politics | 10/18/2016 8:33:44 PM

 Voluntary reduction targets for salt get raves, jeers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2016 -The Food and Drug Administration's proposed voluntary guidance for salt intake drew praise from public health advocates, who said reducing the amount of salt in American's diets will save lives. The Salt Institute and defenders of sodium say the guidance is unwise.


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There's no sustainability title in the 2014 Farm Bill, and there probably shouldn't be one in the 2018 bill either. But as the next farm bill develops, we need to keep sustainability...


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Hillary on Agriculture
While agriculture, like many other issues, has been overshadowed in the presidential campaign this year, if you look closely there is evidence on how Secretary Clinton would...


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Biofortified food: One step closer to a world free of hunger and malnutrition
This week hundreds of stakeholders with an interest in food security will convene in Iowa for an annual commemoration of the legacy of agricultural innovator Norman Borlaug.


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2018 Farm bill - Helping beginning farmers
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