Politics | 8/19/2014

Farmer Veteran Coalition recruits states to promote products 'Homegrown by Heroes'

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2014 - A Marine Corps veteran contacted the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) three years ago to seek help expanding his small egg business. He now sells a variety of meat and egg products

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Politics | 8/19/2014 7:16:20 PM

Crop conditions hold steady, maturity varies in USDA report

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2014 - Expectations of a potentially record corn crop are bolstered by USDA's crop progress report, which said current conditions are better than last year's record harvest
Politics | 8/19/2014 2:56:48 PM

USDA announces funding to turn commodities into value-added products

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2014 - USDA today announced $25 million in funding intended to help rural businesses grow, diversify, and create jobs in the department's ongoing effort to

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Politics | 8/18/2014 5:54:50 PM

EPA closes comment time for Agricultural Worker Protection Standards

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2014-- The public comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed changes to its Agricultural Worker Protection Standards, published on
Politics | 8/18/2014 10:11:41 AM

USDA report: Cost of raising a child over $245,000

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2014 - A middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend about $245,340, an overall 1.8 percent increase from 2012, according to a report
Politics | 8/17/2014 8:15:49 PM

NPPC insists that Japan eliminate pork tariffs

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2014- In a letter sent today to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC)
Politics | 8/14/2014 4:19:22 PM

 USDA on schedule for STAX and SCO

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2014-- USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator Brandon Willis expects information about the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) for cotton producers and the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO)
Politics | 8/13/2014 7:49:15 PM

Kellogg joins campaign to fight climate change

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2014 - Cereal giant Kellogg is joining General Mills in promising industry-leading steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its agricultural supply chains
Politics | 8/13/2014 5:51:07 AM

NGFA asks FDA for changes to food safety transportation rules

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2014 -The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) is asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make significant changes in its proposed rules
Politics | 8/12/2014 3:50:18 PM

STAX will be available for 2015 crop year

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2014 - USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced that the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) will be available to upland cotton producers
Politics | 8/12/2014 11:10:02 AM

 Corn crop seen at record 14.032 billion bushels

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2014 - The U.S. corn crop will reach a record 14.032 billion bushels, up from 13.86 billion forecast a month ago and the previous record of 13.925 billion in 2013, USDA said today in a monthly report. Yields were projected at 167.4 bushels per acre, the highest ever, compared with
Politics | 8/11/2014 5:14:30 PM

Cargill settles CWA violation

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2014-- Cargill agreed to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) at two different large oil storage facilities located in Blair, Neb., and Eddyville, Iowa.
Politics | 8/11/2014 4:35:14 PM

 Farmer Mac reports jump in 2Q core earnings to $23.2 million

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2014 - The Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corp., or Farmer Mac, reported core earnings of $23.2 million, or $2.05 per diluted common share, for the second quarter, compared to
Politics | 8/11/2014 3:16:05 PM

U.S. poultry producers say Russia ban won't have major impact

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2014 -Russia's ban on U.S. poultry imports will not have a major impact on the U.S. industry, according to the National Chicken Council and
Politics | 8/11/2014 9:38:48 AM

Dean Foods losses grow in ‘difficult operating environment’

DALLAS, Aug. 11, 2014 - Dean Foods, the nation's largest bottled milk company, lost $6 million in its most recent quarter, in a time CEO Gregg Tanner describes as
Politics | 8/11/2014 4:44:57 AM

USPS releases farmers market stamps

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2014-- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe at a ceremony today to launch the release of new Farmers Markets Limited-Edition
Politics | 8/8/2014 11:46:16 AM

Cargill 4th quarter earnings fall 12 percent

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2014 -- Cargill Inc. said net earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter fell 12 percent from a year earlier, to $424 million. The company cited weaker economic conditions in some countries and the negative impact of a
Politics | 8/8/2014 9:24:34 AM

Glickman to chair Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2014 - Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman has been elected board chairman of the newly established
Politics | 8/7/2014 6:57:19 PM

Lucas, Conaway ask USDA to restore grain inspections at Vancouver port

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2014- House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, wrote to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
Politics | 8/7/2014 4:46:13 PM

 Walsh pulls out of Montana Senate race

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2014 -- Sen. John Walsh of Montana has pulled out of the general election, weeks after allegations surfaced that the Democrat had
Politics | 8/7/2014 4:14:00 PM

 In farm bill update, Vilsack confirms delay on new USDA trade post

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2014-- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided a six-month update on USDA's progress implementing the 2014 Farm Bill, confirming that a report outlining
Politics | 8/7/2014 3:20:58 PM

FSA Administrator Garcia retires

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2014- USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan Garcia is retiring after 37 years with USDA
Politics | 8/6/2014 11:26:38 PM

Minnesota candidates speak at Farmfest

REDWOOD FALLS, MINNESOTA , Aug. 6, 2014 - Several candidates vying to represent Minnesota constituents had the chance to address the public as
Politics | 8/6/2014 9:52:56 PM

 Is USDA holding farmers' wheat harvest hostage?

WASHINGTON, August 7, 2014 - It's not your typical definition of hostage-taking, but some wheat growers are starting to feel like captives because USDA officials won't inspect


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