Politics | 6/23/2016

Roberts, Stabenow reach deal on GMO labeling

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2016 - A landmark Senate agreement on national disclosure standards for genetically engineered foods would allow companies to disclose GMO ingredients through digital codes rather than on-package language or symbols.

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 Glyphosate authorization in Europe still up in the air

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2016 - European Union representatives did not approve glyphosate for continued use, leaving the decision up to the European Commission, the EU's governing body.
Politics | 6/24/2016 10:20:16 AM

Senators urge 'strong' RFS for 2017

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2016 - A bipartisan group of 39 senators is calling on the EPA to produce a strong Renewable Fuel Standard when it releases its final rule setting 2017 blending requirements for ethanol and other biofuels later this year.

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Politics | 6/23/2016 1:33:25 PM

USDA signs MOU with beekeeping groups

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2016 - USDA has signed an agreement with two major beekeeping organizations to help beekeepers take advantage of the department's conservation programs.
Politics | 6/23/2016 1:09:18 PM

Farm drone use 'here to stay,' House panel told

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2016 - Just days after the Federal Aviation Administration released regulations governing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), a House subcommittee heard about the agricultural possibilities of the devices more commonly known as drones.
Politics | 6/23/2016 11:50:09 AM

New report takes aim at the 'food vs. fuel' debate

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2016 - The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) says it is satisfied with a report finding that biofuels from crops do not harm fuel supplies.
Politics | 6/23/2016 11:36:35 AM

Biochar found to improve soil quality

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2016 - When biomass is heat-treated using a process called torrefaction, the result is a charcoal-rich substance called biochar. This torrefied biomass can improve the quality of poor soil...
Politics | 6/23/2016 11:14:20 AM

Robots help shape the future of agro-energy

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2016 - Finding ways to grow biofuels faster and more efficiently is key to unlocking the huge potential these sustainable energy resources have as...
Politics | 6/23/2016 9:49:13 AM

 Senate negotiators reach deal on GMO labeling

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2016 - Senate negotiators have reached an historic deal to set national labeling standards for foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients, according to sources.
Politics | 6/22/2016 6:53:57 PM

 EPA glyphosate cancer report raises questions at House hearing

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 - The EPA report that said glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans is simply one step in the process of the agency's review of the herbicide's health effects, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said today at a House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing.
Politics | 6/22/2016 6:07:49 PM

 BLM blasted over wild horse overpopulation

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 - The Bureau of Land Management came under heavy fire today from Republicans in a House hearing that focused on the surging overpopulation of wild horses that are damaging rangeland that livestock producers depend on.
Politics | 6/22/2016 5:12:27 PM

RFS hearing finds new issues to dig into

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 - There's little that's new about congressional examination of the Renewable Fuel Standard, but a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee gave it another try and found a few unturned rocks along the way.
Politics | 6/22/2016 5:11:42 PM

 Will wind energy survive without tax breaks?

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2016 - Wind energy, with its zero fuel cost and zero emissions, is the fastest growing source of electricity in the United States.
Politics | 6/22/2016 3:17:37 PM

 Supporters of USDA catfish inspection say they're reeling in allies

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 - House members from catfish-producing Southern states say support is growing for their efforts to keep food safety inspection authority for catfish at the USDA.
Politics | 6/22/2016 1:01:29 PM

 Delicate discussions, few details on biotech labeling bill

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 - Leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee have been closing in on a landmark deal to set national standards for labeling biotech foods.
Politics | 6/22/2016 12:45:11 PM

 Lawmakers target EPA budget to rein in regulators

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 - Having failed time after time to kill the Obama administration's new air and water rules, congressional Republicans are trying to hit the regulators in the pocketbook.
Politics | 6/22/2016 11:59:58 AM

 'Brexit' would add uncertainty to U.S. agriculture exports

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 - The U.K. already buys hundreds of millions of dollars of nuts, beer, wine, ethanol, seafood and other agricultural goods every year from the U.S., and volumes are expected...
Politics | 6/22/2016 11:43:43 AM

 Database reflects - or maybe influences - changes in farm policy

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 - Farmers are a comparative bunch.
Politics | 6/22/2016 11:31:54 AM

 States need to reduce nutrients entering Chesapeake Bay, EPA says

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 - States in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are on their way to meeting 2017 targets for phosphorus and sediment reduction, but not nitrogen, EPA said...
Politics | 6/22/2016 11:31:43 AM

Judge blocks Obama administration fracking rules

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 - A federal judge in Wyoming ruled Tuesday that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management doesn't have the authority to establish rules over fracking on federal and Indian lands, dealing another blow to President Obama's effort to tighten environmental regulations.
Politics | 6/22/2016 11:13:08 AM

 FAA announces final rule on drones

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 - The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday rolled out its final regulations for commercial flight of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones.
Politics | 6/22/2016 11:02:08 AM

 Glyphosate renewal in Europe up for a vote

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 - A decision whether to extend approval of glyphosate for continued use in Europe is coming down to the wire.
Politics | 6/22/2016 10:48:54 AM

 House members duel with letters on catfish inspection

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 - Support in the House for a vote to kill the USDA's catfish inspection program is formidable, but some lawmakers are still fighting to prevent...


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