Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016 - An environmental group is seeking to force the Fish and Wildlife Service to act on petitions to protect 417 animals and plants under the Endangered Species Act.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016 - USDA announced today it will spend an estimated $20 million to take about 11 million pounds of cheese off the market and reduce the surplus that has helped keep prices low.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016 - Recruiting military veterans and youth into farming should be a major goal of the next farm bill, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said today at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event to highlight its Hiring our Heroes program.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2016 - Agriculture and construction equipment giant John Deere today announced layoffs at two Iowa manufacturing plants. The news comes days after the company reported profit for its fiscal third quarter fell from the year-earlier period.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2016 - USDA was ordered to look into the possibility of creating a catfish insurance program and the result is disappointing to many of the nation's catfish farmers.
As the agricultural economy enters a down period in which
low commodity prices have strained farm incomes and concerns about liquidity
have reached an all-time high, agricultural bankers are ready and willing to
help America's farmers and ranchers.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2016 - China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) announced that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. cleared its proposed $43 billion takeover of Syngenta - removing one of the biggest potential obstacles to the deal.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2016 - From underwater fields to
drowned cattle, the damage to Louisiana farmers and ranchers from the recent
storms and continued flooding is extensive, but state officials say they are
doing what they can to prevent losses.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2016 - The Environmental Protection Agency has been taken to the woodshed by its Office of Inspector General, which said the agency has failed to provide legally required reports to Congress.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack awarded almost $18 million in funding for projects impacting beginning farmers and ranchers on the heels of a roundtable discussion in his home state with producers who are just getting started.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2016 - Slickspot peppergrass, a plant that lives on about 60,000 acres of sagebrush-steppe habitat in southwestern Idaho, will once again be considered a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2016 - Donald Trump's campaign has set up a geographically diverse team of agricultural leaders that includes congressmen, governors, state agriculture commissioners, trade association leaders and producers of grain, livestock, poultry and fruits and vegetables.
Aug.15, 2016 - More affordable cropland isn't just something that could improve
producer margins; it's something that is an absolute necessity, according to a
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2016 - USDA is predicting bin-busting corn and soybean harvests this year, with record yields - and lower prices -- projected for the nation's two most valuable crops.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2016 - The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has given the Environmental Protection Agency an additional three months to decide whether to allow continued use of chlorpyrifos.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2016 -- A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City paints a dim picture of agriculture credit conditions in the nation's heartland.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2016 - The White House took an important procedural step toward putting the Trans-Pacific Partnership before Congress, one day after Hillary Clinton made clear that she would oppose congressional approval of the trade pact during a lame duck session.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2016 - The National Milk Producers Federation is asking USDA to spend between $100 million and $150 million to buy cheese off the market to help out dairy farmers who are suffering from record low prices, weak exports and strong domestic supplies.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2016 - The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking USDA to provide emergency assistance to U.S. dairy farmers - including purchasing millions of pounds of cheese for government nutrition programs - to help producers in the face of plummeting farm-level milk prices and cash receipts for milk sales.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2016 - Oil and gas companies are suing the Bureau of Land Management for failing to conduct quarterly land lease sales as required by law.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2016 -- The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) has taken another big step toward its goal of supporting innovative science addressing today's food and agricultural challenges by naming experts to six advisory councils.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2016 -- The Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog group, has filed a complaint with U.S. federal regulators alleging that French dairy giant Danone's proposed acquisition of White Wave Foods is anti-competitive and a threat to the American organic dairy market.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2016 - Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, desperate to open up new feed supplies for the livestock industry, is asking the country's biotech regulatory agency to temporarily lift restrictions on corn imports from the U.S.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2016 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service plans to approve a new "non-browning" variety of Fuji apple after concluding it does not pose a risk to human health or the environment.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10,
2016 - Agri-Pulse will present a special daily program, Farm to Fork Politics:
Elections, Economics and the next Farm Bill during the upcoming Farm Progress
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2016 - USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has rejected another shipment of Vietnamese catfish because it tested positive for residues of banned chemicals, according to Food & Water Watch.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Aug. 9, 2016 - The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has released a new reference guide designed to help fuel marketers, retailers and equipment companies see why they should be interested in selling higher ethanol blends.