Politics | 10/28/2014

Are worries about obesity killing Halloween?

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2014 - With more than a third of America's children classified as overweight or obese, is the future of Halloween trick-or-treating threatened?

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Politics | 10/30/2014 3:40:09 PM

Dairy group announces partnerships to pump up fluid milk consumption

CHICAGO, Oct. 29, 2014 - Over the past four decades, consumption of fluid dairy products has dropped with each generation. Today, Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) announced seven partnerships investing more than a half billion dollars in an effort to put fluid milk back in the center of the rapidly growing health and wellness beverage market.
Politics | 10/30/2014 3:05:56 PM

NACD wants EPA to withdraw its 'Waters of the U.S.' proposal

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2014- The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw its proposal to re-define "Waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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Politics | 10/30/2014 2:43:06 PM

Ag groups and food companies seek recall of COOL meat rules

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2014 - More than 100 agriculture-related companies and organizations are asking Congress to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to immediately rescind the meat provisions of the country-of-origin labeling rules that the World Trade Organization said are non-compliant with international trade obligations.
Politics | 10/30/2014 11:29:29 AM

Vilsack calls for more diversity in agriculture

LOUISVILLE, KY - October, 30, 2014 - Surrounded by a sea of blue jackets, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack emphasized that "the future is bright for American Agriculture"
Politics | 10/29/2014 6:46:27 PM

USDA, NFWF partner on southern solutions

NORCO, La., Oct. 28, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says a new partnership between USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will provide additional support for restoration of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem in response to impacts from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
Politics | 10/29/2014 4:48:47 PM

Ag coalition issues reports documenting the benefits of neonics

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2014-- A series of reports released today by a coalition of agricultural companies shows, in part, that without the use of widely used and controversial insecticide, North American farmers would need to resort to using more and older chemicals.
Politics | 10/29/2014 3:52:21 PM

USDA to provide $4 million for honey bee habitat

WASHINGTON, Oct.29, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance will be provided to help farmers and ranchers in the Midwest improve the health of honey bees.
Politics | 10/29/2014 3:18:37 PM

Enrollment, comment dates extended on USDA dairy programs

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today an extension of deadlines related to Department of Agriculture dairy programs approved in the 2014 Farm Bill.
Politics | 10/29/2014 4:50:09 AM

 Syngenta sees silver lining in China's rejection of corn trait

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2014-- In the wake of controversy surrounding China's rejection of Syngenta's genetically modified corn trait, Syngenta can strengthen grain supply management in North America in a way it's never been done before, Chuck Lee, the head of corn for Syngenta, said at the company's media summit in Washington on Tuesday.
Politics | 10/28/2014 3:45:55 PM

Environmental Working Group debuts nutritional database

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2014 - The Environmental Working Group has released an online database with entries on more than 80,000 foods that it hopes will help consumers make healthier choices at the grocery store.
Politics | 10/28/2014 10:09:04 AM

Americans say their sausage king is Italian

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2014 - October is National Sausage Month, and Americans surveyed have crowned a king. An online survey found Italian sausage edging out breakfast sausage as America's favorite, with kielbasa and bratwurst in the number three and four slots.
Politics | 10/28/2014 7:51:14 AM

US and Mexico reach deal averting duties on Mexican sugar

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2014 - The U.S. and Mexico have reached a deal that would avert potentially steep duties on Mexico sugar imports that U.S. producers said were being unfairly subsidized and dumped into the U.S. market at below production costs.
Politics | 10/27/2014 9:57:30 PM

EPA's McCarthy says U.S. at pivotal moment in fighting climate change

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2014 - Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy says the U.S. has arrived at a pivotal moment in its pursuit of clean energy, a time on par with the very creation of the EPA almost 44 years ago.
Politics | 10/27/2014 2:41:38 PM

USDA seeks to add new products to BioPreferred program

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2014 - USDA is proposing to widen its BioPreferred program to include new forest products, as it continues to implement provisions of the 2014 Farm bill.
Politics | 10/26/2014 4:35:00 PM

CSPI marks Food Day with 10 Worst foods list

Washington, Oct. 24, 2014 - Happy Food Day! That's the message from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which launched the event three years ago to "inspire Americans to change their diets for the better and to support smarter food policies."
Politics | 10/24/2014 2:33:34 PM

Get an 'Instant Update' when we publish a new story

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 - Looking for the latest news in ag and rural policy or energy news? How would you like an ‘instant update' when we post a new story on Agri-Pulse?
Politics | 10/24/2014 11:18:57 AM

Cast your vote for USFRA 'Faces of Farming and Ranching'

CHESTERFIELD, Mo., Oct. 24, 2014 - Online voting opened today for the next U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) Faces of Farming and Ranching.
Politics | 10/23/2014 7:34:33 PM

GOP senators on ag panel ask for withdrawal of WOTUS interpretive rule

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2014 - Senate Agriculture Committee Republicans are asking EPA to withdraw the so-called interpretive rule released with its Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) proposal, saying it could fundamentally alter interaction between farmers and the federal government.
Politics | 10/23/2014 4:34:45 PM

World Food Prize laureate Rajaram says technology key to ending hunger

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014 - World Food Prize laureate Sanjaya Rajaram told a Washington audience that developing countries can use improvements in seed technology and more modern farming techniques to help feed burgeoning populations.


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 event calendar
  AgroNomics/ASFMRA Annual Meeting
  Oct. 27 - Nov. 1, 2014 Tucson, Arizona

  National Organic Standards Board Fall Meeting
  Oct. 28-30, 2014 Louisville, Kentucky

  National Chicken Council National Conference
  Oct. 29-30, 2014 Washington, D.C.

  National FFA Conference & Expo
  Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2014 Louisville, Kentucky

  Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
  Nov. 2-4, 2014 Orlando, Florida

  Nov. 3-5, 2014 Frankfurt, Germany

  UC Davis Produce Safety Science-Based Workshop
  Nov. 3-5, 2014 Davis, California

  California Agricultural Business Management Conference
  Nov. 5, 2014 Fresno, California

  Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference
  Nov. 6-9, 2014 Kansas City, Missouri

  American Agri-Women Annual Convention
  Nov. 6-8, 2014 Oxford, Ohio


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