Politics | 8/1/2014

Rabobank warns of possible farmland 'asset bubble'

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2014 - An 'asset bubble' may be developing in farmland prices which have risen now for 12 straight years

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Politics | 7/31/2014 10:40:04 PM

 GOP border bill fiasco forces House to delay recess

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 - The House of Representatives on Thursday postponed its August recess by one day, after Republican leaders pulled their $659 million border security bill when it became apparent
Politics | 7/31/2014 9:11:11 PM

Cheesecake Factory dominates CSPI’s 2014 ‘Xtreme Eating Awards’

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 -- The Cheesecake Factory is once again dominating the Xtreme Eating Awards handed out by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

HungerU: the Worlds Food Crisis Demands Your Attention
Politics | 7/31/2014 5:21:11 PM

 Stabenow, other senators, ask for clarity on WOTUS enforcement

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 - Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and 12 other Democratic senators sent a letter to three government agencies today asking them to provide certainty on
Politics | 7/31/2014 4:21:36 PM

USDA issues poultry inspection rule

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 - USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced the final rule for the Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection, which caps
Politics | 7/31/2014 3:48:33 PM

USDA extends deadline for livestock disaster program.

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 - Livestock, honeybee and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses in recent years will have two more weeks to apply at
Politics | 7/31/2014 3:11:02 PM

 House passes bill eliminating need for CWA pesticide permit

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 - Agricultural groups praised a bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives today that eliminates a duplicative permit requirement for
Politics | 7/31/2014 2:09:39 PM

Report aimed at helping farmers quantify greenhouse gas emissions

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 - USDA today released a report that provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying changes in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and carbon storage from different
Politics | 7/31/2014 11:11:42 AM

AFBF launches advertisement for immigration reform

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014- The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and the Partnership for a New American Economy today released a new ad calling on Congress to pass immigration reform.
Politics | 7/30/2014 5:17:31 PM

OSHA clarifies enforcement authority on small farms

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a memorandum today clarifying its authority to conduct enforcement activities on small farms.
Politics | 7/30/2014 3:14:55 PM

DeLauro seeks national tax on soda, sweetened drinks

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 - Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro today introduced a bill that would impose a national tax on sweetened beverages
Politics | 7/30/2014 3:11:32 PM

Cargill announces plans to close Milwaukee beef plant

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 - Citing tight cattle supplies, Cargill today announced that it will close its Milwaukee, Wis., beef slaughter facility
Politics | 7/30/2014 2:02:15 PM

 Labor Department accused of constitutional violations in 'hot goods' case

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 - Enforcing the so-called hot goods provision in federal minimum wage disputes has the Department of Labor in hot water with some members of Congress.
Politics | 7/29/2014 9:20:44 PM

House passes Endangered Species Transparency Act

WASHINGTON, JULY 29, 2014 --The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed H.R. 4315, the Endangered Species Transparency Act, which would require the government to make public all data it uses to decide whether
Politics | 7/29/2014 7:56:34 PM

General Mills makes commitments to fight climate change

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 - Oxfam International is applauding General Mills for committing to what it calls industry-leading measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions
Politics | 7/29/2014 11:26:38 AM

 Court rejects meat industry arguments in COOL case

Washington, July 29, 2014 - The American Meat Institute (AMI) said it is evaluating its options after the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Politics | 7/29/2014

Rural broadband needs ‘sustained focus’ from Congress, president

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 -The head of the USDA's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) told a House Agriculture subcommittee Tuesday that just as in the 1930s with rural electrification
Politics | 7/28/2014 5:45:02 PM

Washington Week Ahead, Focus on environment, trade

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014 - The environment will be among a wide range of issues the House and Senate will consider this week as they prepare for their August recess.
Politics | 7/28/2014 2:30:49 PM

Tyson Foods sells Mexico, Brazil units to JBS subsidiaries

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 28, 2014 - Pilgrim's Pride, the nation's second largest poultry integrator, said today that it has agreed to buy all poultry facilities in Mexico from Tyson Foods
Politics | 7/27/2014 1:26:24 PM

Nitrogen fertilizer market nearing saturation after shale gas boom

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2014 - The U.S. nitrogen fertilizer market will soon reach a point of saturation, following the sharp increase in capacity in recent years as the cost of natural gas
Politics | 7/27/2014 10:03:37 AM

WTO on 'brink of crisis' as TFA deadline looms

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2014 - U.S. Trade Negotiator Michael Froman says India's refusal to support a package of agreements including the so-called Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has brought the World Trade Organization to the brink
Politics | 7/25/2014 8:11:11 AM

USDA and CoBank create rural infrastructure fund

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 -- USDA and CoBank announced today a partnership to create a $10 billion fund to improve rural
Politics | 7/25/2014 6:28:48 AM

 Witnesses tell House panel SNAP needs reforms

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2014 - A House Agriculture subcommittee on Thursday heard witnesses describe the important role played by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in fighting hunger. But several said the program is badly in need of
Politics | 7/24/2014 3:59:24 PM

Senators debate need for more flexible school meal rules

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014- Supporters of federally revised school nutrition standards are citing studies and testimonials that children are accepting the healthier food, but the School Nutrition Association
Politics | 7/24/2014 1:39:21 PM

 Report shows farmers market vouchers increase low-income family nutrition

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 - For families on food assistance, farmers market vouchers are a way to increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption, according to a study released today by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
Politics | 7/24/2014 8:34:19 AM

Opinion: Biotech regulatory delays are smothering innovation

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Politics | 7/23/2014 11:08:13 PM

USDA and CoBank create rural infrastructure fund

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014-USDA and CoBank announced today a partnership to create a $10 billion fund to improve rural
Politics | 7/23/2014 10:44:29 PM

USDA reminds producers to certify conservation compliance

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014-- USDA issued a reminder today that producers must have a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026) on file


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  American Society of Horticultural Science Conference
  July 28-31, 2014 Orlando, Florida

  31st International Sweetener Symposium
  Aug. 1-6, 2014 Stowe, Vermont

  National Association of FSA County Office Employees
  Aug. 1-6, 2014 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  D.C. Biotechnology Round Table
  Aug. 13, 2014 Washington, D.C.

  National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit
  Aug. 19-22, 2014 Minneapolis, Minnesota

  Farm Progress Show
  Aug. 26-28, 2014 Boone, Iowa

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

  Canada's Outdoor Farm Show
  Sept. 9-11, 2014 Woodstock, Ontario

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  Sept. 9-11, 2014 Grand Island, Nebraska

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