Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, April 19, 2015 - A deal between key lawmakers to fast-track new trade agreements begins to move through Congress this week, increasing pressure on President Obama to win over reluctant Democrats.
20, 2015 - An Iowa egg operation with more than 5 million hens is the
latest poultry farm hit by a highly pathogenic strain of avian
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 -- Kraft Foods says that starting in January, it will no longer make its Original Macaroni and Cheese with artificial preservatives or synthetic colors, replacing the chemical dyes with colors derived from natural sources like paprika, annatto and turmeric. In Canada, it plans to remove synthetic colors in Kraft Dinner Original by the end of 2016.
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 - USDA is crediting the voluntary efforts of private landowners with helping the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico recover from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which erupted five years ago this week.
WASHINGTON, April 17, 2015 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today a new reporting model to keep up with the rapid spread of high path avian influenza (HPAI) in the nation's chicken and turkey flocks. Six new outbreaks of the disease were announced today alone, bringing the total of confirmed instances of the H5N2 strain of the disease to 49.
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe said he and his counterparts from Mexico and Canada are seeking new ways to support monarch butterfly habitat during the 20th annual meeting of the Canada/Mexico/United States Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management in San Diego, California.
16, 2015 - Lawmakers finalized a bipartisan three-year fast-track bill
Thursday to smooth the way for negotiating and ratifying trade
agreements with the Pacific Rim and European Union.
WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 - Brushing aside a veto threat, the Republican-controlled House voted 240-179 to repeal the federal estate tax.
WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - For the second year in a row, Iowa soybean farmers expect to see a decline in financial returns and will cut back expenses according to the Agri-Pulse Farm Opinion Poll. The poll was conducted this month in partnership with the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA).
WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 -- C.S. Prakash, director of the Center for Plant Biotechnology Research at Tuskegee University in Alabama, will receive the 2015 Borlaug CAST Communication Award from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Oct. 4 in a World Food Prize ceremony in Iowa.
WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 - Thirty public and private leaders from around the world are endorsing a report that calls on the U.S. government to provide leadership on global malnutrition and food insecurity issues by committing to a long-term, globally minded agricultural development and food systems strategy.
16, 2015 - Leaders of the Senate Finance Committee announced that they
were on the verge of an agreement on Trade Promotion Authority
legislation that could be released later Thursday.
April 16, 2015 - The battle is on in Congress to approve a fast-track process
for finalizing trade agreements with Pacific Rim nations and the European
April 15, 2015 - The head of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) told a
sold-out conference Wednesday morning that the results of a recent annual
survey show "organic has turned a corner."
15, 2015 - Release of a fast-track trade bill was held up Wednesday as
key lawmakers negotiated the terms of a separate package of trade
adjustment programs sought by Democrats.
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit today challenging a Bush administration EPA decision that exempts large animal feeding operations from requirements that they file reports on airborne emissions of hazardous substances.
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2015 - In the latest battle over U.S. energy policy, Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky, on Tuesday chaired another in a series of House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearings on EPA's controversial Clean Power Plan
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - Another Tax Day is passing, and the Section 179 expensing allowance and other key tax incentives are once again in limbo - and may continue to be for some time.
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - Is California's severe drought a total disaster for its farm sector? Not generally.
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - Get ready for action on trade in Congress after weeks of negotiations. Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch says he wants his committee to vote on a Trade Promotion Authority bill next week as well as some other trade measures.