Politics | 9/3/2014

USDA urges producers to act on disaster programs

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2014 - USDA is urging producers eligible for disaster programs to take steps necessary to take part in those programs before congressionally-mandated decrease in funding takes effect.

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Politics | 9/2/2014 6:53:10 PM

USDA oversight of Recovery Act spending faulted by OIG

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2014 - A USDA Inspector General's review has determined that the department was not sufficiently prepared to handle the mountain of cash - more than $28 billion
Politics | 9/2/2014 10:57:43 AM

Novak tapped to lead National Corn Growers Association

ST. LOUIS, MO., Sept. 2, 2014 - The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) announced that Chris Novak will leave the helm of the National Pork Board to become the organization's next chief executive

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Politics | 9/1/2014 8:30:52 PM

GMA announces industry initiative on food additive safety

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2014 - The Grocery Manufacturers Association says it is setting up a database of information on the chemicals commonly used in processed foods to ensure
Politics | 8/29/2014 4:11:28 PM

 Judge dismisses McDaniel's challenge to Cochran primary victory

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2014 - A state judge in Mississippi today dismissed Tea Party-backed Chris McDaniel's challenge to U.S.Senator Thad Cochran's June Republican Party primary victory.
Politics | 8/29/2014 10:28:05 AM

 NCBA: Argentine beef imports would threaten U.S. cattle herd

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2014 - The National Cattlemen's Beef Association says USDA has charged blindly forward with its plan to allow imports of
Politics | 8/28/2014 5:16:40 PM

FAPRI Update: Will four dollar corn be the new normal?

COLUMBIA, MO., Aug. 28, 2014 - In what could be great news for livestock and poultry producers and a gut-check for many corn, soybean and cotton growers, the latest baseline projections from the Food and
Politics | 8/28/2014 4:09:05 PM

Maps contradict EPA's 'Waters' rule, Rep. Smith says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2014 -- EPA has provided the House Science Committee with detailed maps that the panel's chairman, Lamar Smith, R-Texas, says show the agency's "plan to control a huge amount of private property across the country" by defining
Politics | 8/28/2014 2:38:57 PM

APHIS sends two biotech matters to Federal Register, seeks comment

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2014 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published notices in the Federal Register today, one involving extending the deregulation status for a Monsanto soybean and another proposing a field test for
Politics | 8/28/2014 10:51:45 AM

 USDA proposes allowing fresh beef imports from northern Argentina

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2014 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to allow imports of fresh beef from northern Argentina once safety concerns are met to ensure against the
Politics | 8/28/2014 8:29:52 AM

Dairy Margin Protection Program rolled out with online tool

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2014 - USDA announced today the rollout of the Margin Protection Program (MPP) and an online tool giving the nation's 46,000 dairy producers easy access to
Politics | 8/27/2014 4:24:33 PM

 Tyson to shed sow-buying business to acquire Hillshire

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 - Tyson Foods has agreed to sell off its hog acquisition unit, Heinold Hog Markets, in order to win U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) approval of its $8.5 billion purchase of Hillshire Brands.
Politics | 8/27/2014 4:04:52 PM

Commerce agrees Mexico unfairly subsidizes sugar exports to U.S.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 - The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) said Mexican sugar subsidies are giving the country's sugar mills an unfair trade advantage and imposed duty deposits
Politics | 8/27/2014 6:18:39 AM

RMA provides new maps, online tool to help understand SCO, STAX

WASHINGTON, August 27, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released additional information on the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) availability
Politics | 8/26/2014 9:45:56 PM

Longshoremen ratify agreement, resume work at key northwest export terminals

VANCOUVER, WA., August 26, 2014 - After almost two years of controversial contract negotiations which threatened the stability of U.S. agricultural exports, the longshoremen who load grain here have voted to ratify
Politics | 8/26/2014 5:36:42 PM

USDA announces employment project grants to reduce SNAP cost

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 26, 2014- USDA is making $200 million in grant money available for state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) agencies to conduct employment
Politics | 8/26/2014 3:56:42 PM

 USDA predicts farm income to fall to lowest since 2010

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2014 - USDA's latest projection for net farm income for 2014 shows income dropping sharply from 2013 but not as much as previously predicted.
Politics | 8/26/2014 3:55:03 PM

Cenex Tank Program to help retailers offer E15

ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 26, 2014 - CHS, a leading energy, grains and foods company and the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative, has announced a new program to better enable some of the 1,400 Cenex-branded locations to
Politics | 8/26/2014 10:46:52 AM

Iowa farmers say yield top factor in soybean variety choice

Iowa soybean farmers say yield is the top factor in determining the seed they'll plant and the person on whom they rely for objective information is
Politics | 8/25/2014 6:03:22 PM

Kauai GMO crop law ruled invalid

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014-A federal judge ruled over the weekend that a law approved in Kauai of Hawaii regulating the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops is invalid.
Politics | 8/25/2014 5:14:44 PM

 Watchdog cites management challenges facing USDA

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 -- The USDA's Office of Inspector General has filed its annual report on management challenges the department is facing, and topping the list of 11 challenges is how to


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 event calendar
  Made in Rural America Regional Export and International Investment Forum
  Sept. 5, 2014 Cortland, New York

  United Fresh Washington Public Policy Conference
  Sept. 8-10, 2014 Washington, D.C.

  Canadas Outdoor Farm Show
  Sept. 9-11, 2014 Woodstock, Ontario

  Husker Harvest Days
  Sept. 9-11, 2014 Grand Island, Nebraska

  Liquid Feed Symposium
  Sept. 9-11, 2014 New Orleans, Lousiana

  National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
  Sept. 10-13, 2014 Burlington, Vermont

  Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference
  Sept. 11-12, 2014 Miami, Florida

  Farm Science Review
  Sept. 16-18, 2014 London, Ohio

  Livestock Biotech Summit
  Sept. 16-18, 2014 Sioux Falls, South Dakota

  National Agri-Marketing Association Fall Conference
  Sept. 16-17, 2014 Chicago, Illinois


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 1. Maps contradict EPA's 'Waters' rule, Rep. Smith says

 2. RMA provides new maps, online tool to help understand SCO, STAX

 3. Dairy Margin Protection Program rolled out with online tool

 4. USDA oversight of Recovery Act spending faulted by OIG

 5. FAPRI Update: Will four dollar corn be the new normal?

 6. APHIS sends two biotech matters to Federal Register, seeks comment

 7. GMA announces industry initiative on food additive safety

 8. Novak tapped to lead National Corn Growers Association

 9. Tyson to shed sow-buying business to acquire Hillshire

 10. Tyson must shed sow-buying business to acquire Hillshire, DOJ says