Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2016 - The Senate passed a short-term fiscal 2017 spending bill to avert a government shutdown and then gave final congressional approval to a water projects bill that includes drought relief for California farmers.
Dec. 9, 2016 - A class-action lawsuit filed by corn growers against Syngenta over
corn exports that were rejected by China should go to trial next year, as scheduled,
after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to review the lower court's
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2016 - President-elect Donald Trump has selected fast-food executive Andy Puzder to run the Labor Department, which regulates worker safety, enforces wage rules and manages guest-worker programs on which many farms and others in the food industry rely.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who has led legal challenges to key parts of President Obama's regulatory agenda, including the waters of the United States" rule, and also criticized the Renewable Fuel Standard, has been tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to run the Environmental Protection Agency.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8,
2016 - A majority of Americans support clean energy development, according to a
released by Conservative
Energy Network (CEN).
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2016 - In November, U.S.
gasoline inventories reached 226.1 million barrels, the highest level for this
time of year since at least 1990...
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2016 - Too many regulatory agencies around the globe take too long to approve genetically modified plant traits, and the result is lost revenue and curbs on innovation, according to a new report that was commissioned by the U.S. and aimed at China.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - Congress' decision to take catfish inspection away from the FDA and give it to USDA was sharply criticized as a waste of money and resources at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing today in which only one lawmaker dissented.
Dec. 7, 2016 - Gene editing is simply the latest development in the evolution
of plant breeding, the head of the American Seed Trade Association said at
ASTA's annual meeting today in Chicago, seeking to reassure consumers about the
safety and efficacy of the new technique.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - A plan to increase scholarship opportunities to a broader array of agricultural students received bipartisan commendations at a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, Dec.7, 2016 - USDA is offering farmers and ranchers new opportunities to participate in the Conservation Reserve Program, including new techniques to protect water quality and adding 1.1 million acres to a number of key CRP practices.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2016 - CCS (carbon capture and storage) is becoming an essential tool in the large toolbox needed for reversing climate change and perhaps pumping new life into the ailing coal industry.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - Congressional
Republicans are trying this week to push a water resources authorization bill
across the finish line along with a stopgap spending bill to keep the
government running into next spring.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - Roberts and Vice
President-elect Mike Pence discussed possible options for agriculture secretary
and undersecretary positions when Pence attended...
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - The House Agriculture
Committee says the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can be improved by
nudging recipients into jobs or better-paying work...
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7,
2016 - Looming among the last-minute business for the adjourning 114th Congress
is a bevy of investments and directives in atmospheric and climate science and
communications aimed to keep...
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - If China is going to
overhaul its agricultural biotechnology approval process, it looks like it will
have to happen during the Trump administration, a dubious...
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who describes himself as a longtime friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping, is President-elect Donald Trump's selection to be ambassador to China, a critical market for U.S. agricultural exports that Trump has threatened with trade actions.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - The election of
Donald Trump provides ag retailers an opportunity for us to take on some real
regulatory reform, Agricultural Retailers Association CEO Darren Coppock told
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - Neither organic
agriculture nor advanced biotechnology will solve Cuba's food production
deficit, a noted expert on the country's food needs...
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 - A new documentary doesn't exactly
paint a rosy picture of life as a contract chicken farmer, but some of these
poultry producers remain optimistic about possible improvements and help from a
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7,
2016 - Members of EPA's Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force,
meeting Tuesday in New Orleans, heard from Louisiana state officials and a
5, 2016 - President-elect Donald Trump is already running into resistance from
the House Republican leadership over his threat to impose stiff tariffs on
companies that outsource jobs.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2016 - Farmers in California's drought-stricken Central Valley could get additional irrigation water in coming years under bipartisan provisions included in a congressional agreement to reauthorize water projects.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2016 - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has reissued a position limits rule, giving life to a proposal last seen in 2013.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2016 - President-elect Donald Trump continues his search for key cabinet members this week, while lawmakers look to finish their work for the year by passing a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running into next year.
Dec. 5, 2016 - EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy continued her farewell tour
today, telling an audience in Washington, D.C., that she's confident her
successor will understand the importance of the agency's mission to protect the
nation's air, water and land.