Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder and chairman of BRAC - a 40-year old anti-poverty organization that focuses on empowering the poor, and in particular women and girls - was named the 41st World Food Prize Laureate Wednesday during a ceremony at the State Department in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, June 30, 2015 -- The International Energy Agency argues that existing technology can halt the growth in the energy sector's global-warming carbon emissions by 2020 and do so without harming global economic growth.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - The lawsuits against the Obama administration's Clean Water Act rule are rolling in and look for more to come. Three groups of states filed lawsuits on Monday, the day the rule was published in the Federal Register.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - EPA traveled to the heart of corn country last week to gauge public sentiment on its recently announced plan for Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements through 2016. Agency officials certainly got an earful.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - The new farm bill will cost a little more than previously thought because of the surprisingly strong interest in the new Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program, economists say. But overall it appears that the programs are right in line with the average cost of commodity subsidies over the past decade.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - Now that President Obama has signed a bill to put pending trade deals on the fast track, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the administration has great momentum to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and to generate more enthusiasm for a potential Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) deal with the European Union.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - Environmentalists are warning of a dark side to the Food and Drug Administration's new restrictions on trans fat. Requiring food manufacturers to transition away from oils high in trans fat could cause them to boost imports of palm oil, which Friends of the Earth says is a leading driver of rain forest destruction.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - While the needs of the nation's rural transportation systems don't get nearly as much attention as their urban counterparts, they did have their day on Capitol Hill last week as part of a broader discussion over federal highway funding.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - The fiscal 2016 agriculture appropriations bill that the House Appropriations Committee will take up after this week's recess would lift the $125,000-per-producer limit on marketing loan gains imposed by the 2014 farm bill.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015-A bipartisan group of senators led by Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., are urging the USDA, EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE) to uniformly recognize and support biomass energy as a sustainable and economically significant energy source.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - As researchers continue testing potential solutions for citrus greening disease that is plaguing Florida's $10 billion fruit industry, more groves and packing houses are shutting down or consolidating.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - If and when the U.S. lifts its long-term trade restrictions on Cuba, American grain producers will be ready to capitalize on new market opportunities, Rob Elliott, the first vice president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), told Agri-Pulse Tuesday after he and industry allies returned from a weekend scouting trip to the island.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 -Bloonberg New Energy Finance explains that The blue lines are what's needed, in
billion$ per year; the red lines show what's actually being spent. Since
the financial crisis, funding has fallen well short of the target.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday against the EPA's rules to limit emissions of mercury and other air pollutants from coal-fired power plants, saying that the agency failed to take the cost of the new rules into consideration.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - USDA Secretary Tom
Vilsack and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced the
appointment of 129 private-sector members to the Agricultural Policy Advisory
Committee (APAC) and six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATACs)
WASHINGTON, June 29, 2015 - A coalition of Western
counties and organizations filed formal protests over sage-grouse conservation
plans, alleging that ranchers could be forced out of business.
WASHINGTON, June 30, 2015 - Farmers seeded less than 89 million acres of corn this spring, the fewest since 2010, and slashed cotton acreage by 18 percent, the Agriculture Department says.
WASHINGTON, June 29, 2015 -- Attorneys general from thirteen states filed a lawsuit Monday challenging EPA's new rule defining the waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), asserting that the rule expands the scope of clean water regulations to lands that are dry much of the year and increases the federal government's authority over land use.