Politics | 1/17/2017

 Biodiesel industry looks for continued growth, more advocacy

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 17, 2016 - The biodiesel industry may have been an "underdog" of sorts during its relatively short history, but now, "we are strong and we are a force to be reckoned with," National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen emphasized during the organization's opening session in San Diego today.

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Politics | 1/18/2017 1:46:23 PM

 USDA proposes overhaul of biotech rules as Obama leaves

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - As he leaves office, President Obama's administration is releasing a series of proposals to update and streamline the regulation of genetically engineered crops and animals.
Politics | 1/18/2017 11:18:08 AM

 Late selection of secretary slows naming of USDA officials

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - President-elect Donald Trump's delayed selection of his new agriculture secretary not only has created consternation among his farm belt supporters and many farm group leaders, it likely will mean that filling USDA's...
Politics | 1/18/2017 11:03:54 AM

 Zinke wants to work with states, localities to manage federal lands

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - Restoring Americans' trust in federal land management agencies will be at the top of Ryan Zinke's priority list if confirmed as Interior Secretary, the Montana congressman told...
Politics | 1/18/2017 11:00:15 AM

Final organic animal welfare rule issued with little change

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service on Wednesday detailed the final organic animal welfare rule it will release this week, and the finished product looks awfully similar to its previous proposal.
Politics | 1/18/2017 10:56:58 AM

 EPA eases requirements in final pesticide applicator regulations

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - EPA's August 2015 proposal to regulate application of restricted-use pesticides (RUPs) was roundly criticized by the state agencies responsible for certifying commercial and private applicators.
Politics | 1/18/2017 10:51:08 AM

 USDA moving ahead with organic checkoff

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - The organic sector got a boost from the Obama administration Tuesday as the Department of Agriculture took a step forward in creating an organic checkoff program.
Politics | 1/18/2017 10:44:22 AM

 Moving the ranching mindset: Profit in switch to May/June calving

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - Researchers in North Dakota have come up with data to show what ranchers have been proving to themselves for years: Calving in May can be easier and less expensive, and thus, more...
Politics | 1/18/2017 10:33:29 AM

 New EPA policies on bees and pesticides draw mixed reviews

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - The Environmental Protection Agency has released two long-awaited documents on bees and pesticides.
Politics | 1/18/2017 10:24:56 AM

 USDA aims to steer soldiers into ag before they leave the military

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - For years, USDA made one of its missions to work with military veterans. Now the department is closing in on one of its biggest successes as the Obama administration comes to an end.
Politics | 1/18/2017 10:18:59 AM

 Rural death rate higher due to accidents, drugs, limited health care

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts the focus on risks and challenges facing rural areas where it comes to lifestyles, injury rates and access to health care.
Politics | 1/18/2017 10:11:09 AM

 Oh Deer! Captive operations expand, but challenges remain

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - So far, farm organizations have watched from the sidelines as captive deer and elk operations expand against mounting challenges by...
Politics | 1/18/2017 9:53:26 AM

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Politics | 1/17/2017 5:26:53 PM

Dairy Export Council makes it official - Vilsack's in as next CEO

The U.S. Dairy Export Council made it official today - announcing that former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will take over leadership of the group on Feb.1.
Politics | 1/17/2017 10:44:04 AM

 Trump transition team announces Bayer-Monsanto job pledge

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2017 - German agrochemical giant Bayer has committed to creating at least 3,000 new U.S. jobs and spending $8 billion on research and development if it is allowed to take over Monsanto Co., a spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump announced.
Politics | 1/17/2017 8:02:12 AM

Washington Week Ahead: Trump's EPA, Interior picks undergo Senate vetting

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2017 - As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office on Friday, the Senate will vet his nominees to run the EPA and other departments important to agriculture.
Politics | 1/15/2017 11:12:52 AM

New USDA report touts GHG benefits of ethanol

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - A Department of Agriculture lifecycle analysis of ethanol's greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) shows a favorable comparison to gasoline, and indicates a positive disparity between the two could continue to grow.
Politics | 1/13/2017 5:08:12 PM

High court to decide where WOTUS case should be heard

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2017 - The Supreme Court will decide whether the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals was right to assert jurisdiction over legal challenges to the waters of the U.S. rule.
Politics | 1/13/2017 4:57:27 PM

Enlist Duo OK'd for use on three crops in 34 states

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2017 - Corn, soybean and cotton growers in 34 states will be allowed to use Enlist Duo under a new decision issued by EPA.
Politics | 1/13/2017 12:01:43 PM

Vilsack exits USDA week early, Trump promises nominee 'soon'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2017 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack left office Friday, one week ahead of President Obama. A spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump said a nominee to succeed Vilsack would be named some time soon.
Politics | 1/13/2017 10:26:03 AM

Conaway names House Ag subcommittee chairs for 115th Congress

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2017 - House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway has tapped Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., to head up the panel's Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry in the 115th Congress. He also named chairs for the Ag Committee's other five subcommittees.
Politics | 1/12/2017 5:08:31 PM

House moves CFTC reauthorization with spending freeze

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - House Republicans pushed through legislation to curb Dodd-Frank regulations on the futures industry and freeze spending at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Politics | 1/12/2017 4:32:01 PM

 Ditching WOTUS may be tough, government lawyers say

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - Getting rid of the waters of the U.S. rule may be more difficult than WOTUS opponents hope, top lawyers for the federal government said just days before ....
Politics | 1/12/2017 2:27:07 PM

New House Ag Committee taking shape

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2017 - The full slate of House Agriculture Committee Republicans has been finalized, bringing a clearer picture to the panel that will shape the next farm bill.
Politics | 1/12/2017 10:48:18 AM

'Think tank' would scrap or ease ethanol mandate, labeling law

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican Congress should scrap a wide range of laws and regulations that impinge on free choice, including the ethanol mandate and biotech crop oversight, says a libertarian Washington group with oil, coal and financial industry ties.
Politics | 1/12/2017 10:34:49 AM

Obama bullish on green energy, despite Trump's fossil fuel support

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - In his final days in the White House, President Obama clearly is determined to do whatever he can to make sure renewable energy continues on its current growth path.
Politics | 1/12/2017 10:16:40 AM

Poll shows strong support among Midwest Trump voters for ethanol

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - A survey taken after the election shows strong support for ethanol among Trump voters in six battleground states in the Midwest.
Politics | 1/9/2017 3:31:19 PM

Agri-Pulse announces Farm Bill Series and Summit

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2017 - Agri-Pulse, the nation's leading source of farm and food policy information, plans to launch an in-depth editorial series next month, The Seven Things You Should Know Before You Write the Next Farm Bill, culminating in a Farm Bill Summit at the National Press Club on March 20.
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Marshall Matz - Peter Matz

Organic reform
The House of Representatives' Freedom Caucus lists the USDA National Organic Program as one that should be a high priority for reform under President-elect Donald Trump.

Author:

Blake Hurst

Where is the modern day Henry Wallace for USDA?
It's been a struggle for President-elect Trump to find a Secretary of Agriculture, but here are some thoughts he ought to consider.

Author:

John Crosby

From the nation's breadbasket: A Pastor's call to end hunger
"Give them something to eat," Jesus said. As a pastor, I'm struck by these well-known words,

Author:

Marshall Matz

In defense of lobbying
President-Elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama sure agree on one federal policy: Lobbyists Need Not Apply.

Author:

Bruce Knight

Voluntary conservation: It works!
As we look ahead to a new year, a new Administration and a new farm bill, it's important to recognize what works and what doesn't.

Author:

Sen. Pat Roberts

Global food security: A past, present and future approach
Show me a nation that cannot feed itself, and I'll show you a nation in chaos.
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 event calendar
  National Biodiesel Conference & Expo
  Jan. 16-19, 2017 - San Diego, CA

  3rd Annual Agribusiness Summit
  July 23-25, 2017 - New York City, NY

  NACD Annual Meeting
  Jan. 28 - Feb. 1, 2017 - Denver, CO

  Dairy Forum 2017
  Jan. 29 - Feb. 1, 2017 - Orlando, FL

  NASDA Winter Policy Conference
  Jan. 29 - Feb. 1, 2017 - Washington, DC

  2017 Wheat Industry Winter Conference
  Jan. 29 - Feb. 2, 2017 - Washington, DC

  IDFA Dairy Forum
  Jan. 29 - Feb. 1, 2017 - Orlando, FL

  NCBA Convention
  Feb. 1-3, 2017 - Nashville, TN

  NCC Annual Meeting
  Feb. 10-12, 2017 - Dallas, TX

  U.S. Grains Council International Marketing Conference
  Feb. 13-15, 2017 - Location TBD

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 4. Ditching WOTUS may be tough, government lawyers say

 5. High court to decide where WOTUS case should be heard

 6. New USDA report touts GHG benefits of ethanol

 7. Enlist Duo OK'd for use on three crops in 34 states

 8. Conaway names House Ag subcommittee chairs for 115th Congress

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