Politics | 8/31/2015

USDA survey shows limited access to land for new farmers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2015 - A new survey of land ownership in the lower 48 states illustrates some of the difficulties would-be farmers face in acquiring farmland.

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Politics | 8/31/2015 5:45:22 PM

Vilsack, Wyden rally to bolster support for 'fire borrowing' legislation

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., held a teleconference Friday afternoon from Portland, Oregon, where wildfires are raging to stress the necessity of reforming the wildfire suppression budget.
Politics | 8/31/2015 4:19:18 PM

Administration asked to suspend WOTUS enforcement nationwide

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2015 - Some producer groups are asking the Obama administration to suspend enforcement of its new Clean Water Act rule nationwide until a court case is resolved.

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Politics | 8/28/2015 3:32:42 PM

Iowa farmers brace for another year of belt-tightening, survey finds

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2014 - Iowa farmers are bracing for another year of belt tightening - cutting back on everything from cash rent, to fertilizer and farm equipment - as they expect farm income to drop once again in 2015-16.
Politics | 8/28/2015 3:15:09 PM

USDA pledges additional $211 million in sage grouse protection funds

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2015 - USDA announced today it plans to invest an additional $211 million over the next three years in its 11-state, public-private partnership conservation effort to save the greater sage grouse.
Politics | 8/28/2015 2:55:38 PM

USDA approves Simplot's GE potato

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2015 -- USDA has approved a potato genetically engineered by J.R. Simplot Co. to resist late blight, the disease that caused the Irish potato famine in the mid-19th century and still threatens crops around the globe.
Politics | 8/27/2015 6:14:39 PM

Judge blocks WOTUS rule one day before scheduled implementation

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2015 - A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction stopping the Obama administration's Clean Water Rule from going into effect on Friday in some states, a victory for agricultural interests who brought lawsuits to halt the rule.
Politics | 8/27/2015 5:47:42 PM

Ag exports to drop slightly from FY 2015 but still strong, USDA says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2015 -- Agriculture exports for fiscal year 2016 are projected at $138.5 billion, down $1 billion from the revised $139.5 billion for the current year, USDA said today in a report.
Politics | 8/27/2015 2:18:25 PM

Monsanto abandons Syngenta merger efforts

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Monsanto today abandoned its efforts to buy Swiss agribusiness and chemical maker Syngenta, acknowledging that its $47 billion bid had failed to "meet Syngenta's financial expectations."
Politics | 8/26/2015 1:14:09 PM

Baenig to head BIO's Food and Agriculture Section

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Brian Baenig, who recently stepped down as chief of staff to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, is joining the Biotechnology Industry Organization as executive vice president for BIO's Food and Agriculture Section.
Politics | 8/26/2015 12:57:44 PM

 Presidential candidates divide sharply over the RFS

DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 25, 2015 - Many of the 2016 presidential candidates naturally are reluctant to outline specific policies this early in the campaign - particularly when GOP front-runner Donald Trump's lack of positions seems to be helping him surge in the early polls, rather than hurting.
Politics | 8/26/2015 11:31:45 AM

 GOP moving to right on immigration, mandatory E-Verify on agenda

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Donald Trump's immigration agenda is pushing the Republican debate well to the right and raising concerns in the agribusiness sector. Other candidates immediately started one-upping him.
Politics | 8/26/2015 11:21:46 AM

 Ready or not, here comes WOTUS

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - On Friday, one of the Obama administration's most unpopular regulations could become law, much to the chagrin of many in the agricultural community.
Politics | 8/26/2015 11:14:46 AM

 President Obama unleashes $1 billion to support Clean Power Plan

LAS VEGAS, NV, Aug. 26, 2015 - President Obama traveled to sunny Las Vegas on Monday to promote his record on renewables and announce more than $1 billion in Department of Energy (DOE) initiatives to fight climate change and accelerate investments in clean energy.
Politics | 8/26/2015 11:07:28 AM

 RFS meeting its goals, BIO analysis shows

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Over the past decade, the Renewable Fuel Standard's (RFS) requirement to substitute biofuels for fossil fuels has displaced almost 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil and reduced U.S. transportation-related carbon emissions by 589 million metric tons, according to a Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) analysis.
Politics | 8/26/2015 11:00:32 AM

 Syngenta asks judge to dismiss lawsuits involving Viptera

KANSAS CITY, KS, Aug. 26, 2015 - Syngenta last week asked a federal court in Kansas City, Kansas, to dismiss lawsuits by corn growers in a half-dozen states that claim they faced potential losses of more than a billion dollars in 2014
Politics | 8/26/2015 10:48:33 AM

 Nitrate lawsuit threatens 'King Corn' in Iowa, potentially other states

DES MOINES, IA, Aug 26, 2015 - Corn may still be king in Iowa and in Iowa politics, but to keep it that way, farmers face a severe challenge in Bill Stowe, the man who runs the Des Moines metropolitan water system.
Politics | 8/26/2015 10:28:38 AM

 A closer look at why Canadians don't like the U.S. voluntary COOL

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Canadian opposition to U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) efforts has been strong and consistent, even against a voluntary labeling proposal introduced in July.
Politics | 8/26/2015 10:13:27 AM

 Eroding farm income cuts into sales, profits for agribusiness

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Prospects for a significant retrenchment this year from previous years' record farm income are beginning to show in the earnings results reported by several major companies that supply farmers and ranchers and process and market their commodities.
Politics | 8/26/2015 10:00:42 AM

 2015 farm income: As varied as American ag itself

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Cash is pouring into U.S. agriculture this year, but net farm income is highly disparate and, overall, will end up thinner than in the more recent economically flush years.
Politics | 8/25/2015 7:44:33 PM

Ben Carson likes his burgers - and his bees

DES MOINES, Iowa, August 24, 2015 - Ben Carson says that, despite reports, he has nothing against red meat. The retired neurosurgeon and Republican candidate for president, who reportedly embraced vegetarianism decades ago, denies that's the case and says he actually enjoys a good meat dish now and then.
Politics | 8/25/2015 12:04:24 PM

Schools struggling with costlier meals, survey says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2015 - Changes to the school lunch program mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 are leaving school lunch programs across the country hungry for money, a new study says.


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Saving species, securing certainty
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 5. Schools struggling with costlier meals, survey says

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