Politics | 8/24/2016

Broadband may be key to revitalizing rural Main Streets

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2016 - The Obama administration is hoping to use broadband service to help revitalize main streets in 10 small towns in six Appalachian states.

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Politics | 8/24/2016 3:05:46 PM

 Net metering battles test renewable energy support

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016 - As the solar industry looks for continued growth, the debate is also growing over whether or not net metering is the best way to incentivize the industry's expansion.
Politics | 8/24/2016 11:06:50 AM

 Can technology drive new spurt in agricultural productivity?

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2016 - Rapid increases in productivity have more than doubled U.S. agricultural output since the end of World War II, allowing food production to keep pace with or exceed population growth. But several voices have begun to question...
Politics | 8/24/2016 10:53:30 AM

 Questions about ARC likely to extend into farm bill debate

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2016 - Complaints about disparities in Agriculture Risk Coverage payments continue to dog USDA's management of the program. But those concerns may pale in comparison to...
Politics | 8/24/2016 10:40:57 AM

 S.D. couple seeks Supreme Court review of USDA wetlands ruling

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2016 - The Agriculture Department used a stacked deck when it said a small patch of land on a South Dakota farm contained wetlands...
Politics | 8/24/2016 10:28:14 AM

 Farm operators facing new regs for pesticide handlers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2016 - Come the new year, U.S. farmers will have to begin complying with a host of new EPA regulations designed to protect farm workers from any...
Politics | 8/24/2016 10:16:44 AM

 Some Viptera negligence claims against Syngenta thrown out

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2016 - A federal judge has limited the scope of litigation seeking to hold Syngenta responsible for damages caused by...
Politics | 8/24/2016 10:06:22 AM

 USDA working against the clock on GMO disclosure rule

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2016 - USDA doesn't have the manpower or funds yet to complete the federal rule for the GMO disclosure law, but the department...
Politics | 8/24/2016 9:34:38 AM

 Cover crop acreage, popularity on the rise

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2016 - A new survey shows cover crops get rave reviews from producers that plant them, but those that don't...
Politics | 8/23/2016 5:19:15 PM

Environmentalists seek to force endangered species listings

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016 -  An environmental group is seeking to force the Fish and Wildlife Service to act on petitions to protect 417 animals and plants under the Endangered Species Act.
Politics | 8/23/2016 4:20:29 PM

USDA to buy $20 million of cheese to aid dairy industry

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016 - USDA announced today it will spend an estimated $20 million to take about 11 million pounds of cheese off the market and reduce the surplus that has helped keep prices low.
Politics | 8/23/2016 1:13:47 PM

Vilsack says next farm bill should expand outreach to veterans

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016 - Recruiting military veterans and youth into farming should be a major goal of the next farm bill, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said today at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event to highlight its Hiring our Heroes program.
Politics | 8/23/2016

John Deere announces layoffs following earnings decline

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2016 - Agriculture and construction equipment giant John Deere today announced layoffs at two Iowa manufacturing plants. The news comes days after the company reported profit for its fiscal third quarter fell from the year-earlier period.
Politics | 8/22/2016 4:16:10 PM

 USDA: Catfish insurance program is not feasible

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2016 - USDA was ordered to look into the possibility of creating a catfish insurance program and the result is disappointing to many of the nation's catfish farmers.
Politics | 8/22/2016 12:56:05 PM

Opinion: Weathering a downturn: Agricultural bankers can help in challenging times

As the agricultural economy enters a down period in which low commodity prices have strained farm incomes and concerns about liquidity have reached an all-time high, agricultural bankers are ready and willing to help America's farmers and ranchers.
Politics | 8/22/2016 8:28:50 AM

US panel clears ChemChina-Syngenta deal

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2016 - China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) announced that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. cleared its proposed $43 billion takeover of Syngenta - removing one of the biggest potential obstacles to the deal.
Politics | 8/19/2016 10:52:38 AM

Louisiana farmers still being hit hard by flooding

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2016 - From underwater fields to drowned cattle, the damage to Louisiana farmers and ranchers from the recent storms and continued flooding is extensive, but state officials say they are doing what they can to prevent losses.
Politics | 8/18/2016 2:59:56 PM

EPA has not met statutory requirements on RFS reports, OIG says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2016 - The Environmental Protection Agency has been taken to the woodshed by its Office of Inspector General, which said the agency has failed to provide legally required reports to Congress.
Politics | 8/18/2016 11:54:02 AM

Vilsack 'hopeful' about future for beginning farmers, ranchers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack awarded almost $18 million in funding for projects impacting beginning farmers and ranchers on the heels of a roundtable discussion in his home state with producers who are just getting started.
Politics | 8/17/2016 2:29:52 PM

Once again, FWS lists Idaho plant as threatened

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2016 - Slickspot peppergrass, a plant that lives on about 60,000 acres of sagebrush-steppe habitat in southwestern Idaho, will once again be considered a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
Politics | 8/17/2016 1:50:14 PM

Trump announces farm and rural advisory team

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2016 - Donald Trump's campaign has set up a geographically diverse team of agricultural leaders that includes congressmen, governors, state agriculture commissioners, trade association leaders and producers of grain, livestock, poultry and fruits and vegetables.
Politics | 8/16/2016 10:37:10 AM

Land values, rental rates have to come down, report says

WASHINGTON, Aug.15, 2016 - More affordable cropland isn't just something that could improve producer margins; it's something that is an absolute necessity, according to a new report.
Politics | 8/15/2016 4:14:23 PM

 Size of bump in corn yield forecast surprises analysts

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2016 - USDA is predicting bin-busting corn and soybean harvests this year, with record yields - and lower prices -- projected for the nation's two most valuable crops.
Politics | 8/10/2016 10:34:10 AM

Farm to Fork Politics: Elections, Economics and the next Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2016 - Agri-Pulse will present a special daily program, Farm to Fork Politics: Elections, Economics and the next Farm Bill during the upcoming Farm Progress Show...


Jack Payne

Gainesville to Havana: Enhancing U.S. - Cuban agriculture through research, collaboration, and investment
In June, I walked into a room in Havana to sign on the University of Florida's behalf an agreement with the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture...


Mark Edelman and Barry Flinchbaugh

Opinion: Trade Agreements: Good or Bad?
ME. Professor, I have been watching anti-trade and immigration sentiment in the presidential campaigns and Brexit vote with amazement.


Bruce Knight

2018 Farm Bill: What about CRP?
Although the presidential debates are ahead of us, the debate on increasing the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage cap has already begun.


Marshall Matz - Ken Ackerman

Crop Insurance: Priority #1
No matter who wins this November's presidential election...


Andrew LaVigne

Better seed for a better life: the Senate should ratify the plant genetics treaty
Preserving and improving global food security smartly creates economic opportunity here by alleviating poverty overseas.


Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

Africa's Famine - Will President Obama's Power Africa and Adesina's Light up Africa make a difference?
Africa has an energy famine, accounting for 16% of the world's population...
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  Aug. 29, 2016 - Ames, Iowa

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  Sept. 10, 2016 - Billings, MT

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