Politics | 5/29/2015

 EPA's RFS proposal angers ag, oil interests alike

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2015 - Rather than bring peace to the fight over the Renewable Fuel Standard, today's announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency seems to have stirred up both sides.

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Politics | 5/29/2015 2:31:42 PM

EPA releases RFS proposals for 2014-2016

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2015 - The Environmental Protection Agency today released proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014, 2015 and 2016 that show an increase in required blending, but still below statutory levels sought by the renewable fuels industry.
Politics | 5/29/2015 12:19:20 PM

Experts debate effectiveness of Dietary Guidelines

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2015 -- Are theDietary Guidelines for Americans(DGA) the best way to suggest healthy eating or are the goals of the program too lofty? Those questions are under debate with statistics indicating that 30 years of federally funded dietary advice, symbolized recently by the MyPlate icon, appear to have had little effect on consumers.

Politics | 5/29/2015 12:05:43 PM

USDA adding 800,000 acres to Conservation Reserve Program

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2015 - USDA announced today the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will be allowed to grow by 800,000 acres to include sensitive wetlands that help improve water quality and provide wildlife habitat.
Politics | 5/29/2015 11:14:29 AM

USDA seeks to boost availability of E15, E85 at the pump

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2015 -- USDA today said it will invest up to $100 million in a Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership with the goal of doubling the number of fuel pumps capable of supplying higher blends of renewable fuels to American consumers.  
Politics | 5/28/2015 8:12:35 PM

Forest Service, BLM release proposed plans for greater sage-grouse protection

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2015 - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) released 14 final environmental impact statements today that will guide the agencies as they complete final land management plans that could help prevent an Endangered Species Act listing of the greater sage-grouse.
Politics | 5/28/2015 7:16:20 PM

USDA expects lower U.S. farm exports

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2015 - USDA reduced its fiscal 2015 forecast for agricultural exports to $140.5 billion and cut its estimate of imports to $117 billion, which would still be the highest ever.
Politics | 5/28/2015 4:47:01 PM

WOTUS rule sets up Senate fight

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - The Obama administration's release of its final Clean Water Act rule sets the stage for a battle with Congress in coming weeks that could divide Senate Democrats.
Politics | 5/27/2015 7:19:52 PM

Obama issues Clean Water Act rule

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - The Obama administration issued a final rule re-defining what streams, ponds, wetlands and other features will be regulated under the Clean Water Act.
Politics | 5/27/2015 3:07:00 PM

Ag groups, lawmakers fuming at release of final WOTUS rule

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - Agriculture groups and farm-state lawmakers reacted with sharp criticism today after the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers released the final rule redefining which waters of the U.S. can be regulated under the Clean Water Act.
Politics | 5/27/2015 1:39:50 PM

 Democrats challenge GOP budget plans

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - Republican plans to use the appropriations process to block President Obama's regulatory agenda could get sidetracked by a coming battle with Democrats over fiscal 2016 spending.
Politics | 5/27/2015 1:36:23 PM

 Spending caps tough on food safety, farm programs

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - The spending limits will increase pressure on appropriators to cut money from some farm bill programs, with conservation and rural development being possible targets.
Politics | 5/27/2015 1:29:52 PM

 Trade debate shifts to House

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - The battle over President Obama's trade policy will come down to a few dozen conservatives and Democrats in the House. The Senate on May 22 approved a bill, 62-37, to provide Obama with Trade Promotion Authority to wrap up the pending Trans Pacific Partnership. 
Politics | 5/27/2015 1:07:13 PM

 Biobased products popping up throughout the economy

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - In the very diverse bio-products arena, the rapid expansion of biofuels production has captured most of the attention for decades. But a lot is happening off the biobased stage.
Politics | 5/27/2015 12:46:34 PM

 Obama ESA plan fails to wow environmentalists, ESA critics

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 An Obama administration plan that would give the states a bigger voice in decisions about what animals end up getting protection under the Endangered Species Act has riled up some environmental groups and failed to impress Republican congressional critics who have vowed to reform what one historian calls the Magna Carta of the environmental movement.
Politics | 5/27/2015 11:55:40 AM

 Ranchers protest proposed wage increases for sheep herders

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - Ranchers and farmers who raise sheep and goats in the Western U.S. are up in arms over a Labor Department (DOL) proposal that would in many cases triple the wages of the foreign workers who tend to their livestock on the open range.
Politics | 5/27/2015 11:49:21 AM

 DeLauro bill seeks limits on inorganic arsenic in rice

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., last week introduced a bill that would require the Food and Drug Administration to set a maximum permissible level of inorganic arsenic in rice and food containing rice.
Politics | 5/27/2015 11:38:16 AM

 USDA: Don't expect conservation compliance deadline to be extended

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - The June 1 deadline for producers to certify compliance with conservation rules (form AD-1026) is "hard and fast" and will not be extended, says USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden.
Politics | 5/27/2015 11:01:45 AM

 Renewables gaining ground among states, despite pushback

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2015 -- Critics say that chances are slim to none that Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will succeed in having his national Renewable Electricity Standard Act (S. 1264) become federal law.
Politics | 5/27/2015

 GOP wages two-pronged battle against WOTUS

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - With the Obama administration set to release its final WOTUS rule any day, the pressure is building on Republicans to block the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the new definitions for what streams, ditches, ponds and wetlands can be regulated as "waters of the United States." 
Politics | 5/26/2015 4:22:48 PM

Health professionals praise Dietary Guidelines' push for reduced meat consumption

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2015 - A group of 700 physicians and other healthcare professionals sent a letter of strong endorsement to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Burwell today praising the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's (DGAC) emphasis on lowering consumption of red and processed meat in its 2015 recommendations.
Politics | 5/26/2015 11:51:55 AM

Daniel Martin joins Agri-Pulse as summer intern

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2015 - Agri-Pulse is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Martin as a summer intern, effective May 26, 2015.
Politics | 5/22/2015 9:08:12 PM

Bipartisan fast-track trade bill clears Senate

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2015 - With crucial Democratic support, the Senate agreed to give President Obama fast-track negotiating authority to wrap up a 12-nation Pacific Rim agreement and complete a second deal with the European Union.
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