Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - New research indicates that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weedkiller and the most widely used herbicide in the world, is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2016 - A major biodiesel retailer has agreed to pay a $27 million fine and retire renewable fuel credits worth $71 million to resolve alleged violations of the Renewable Fuel Standard program. The penalty is the largest in the history of EPA's fuels programs.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2016 - If the House and
Senate succeed in getting a comprehensive energy bill over the finish line this
year, it will be thanks to some serious assists from the sidelines...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2016 - A regulatory
framework needs to be initiated immediately for lower-carbon, higher-octane
fuel such as ethanol, if EPA and other agencies hope to fulfill the ambitious
goals of the CAFE-GHG
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2016 - People who own
boats, lawnmowers and other seasonal equipment have debated for years, sometimes
heatedly, about the engine-impacts of ethanol-blended gasoline.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2016 - Although a long-term
renewable energy tax credit policy is in place, a bipartisan group of 20
that other policy and permitting issues still hinder wind and solar
When crop insurance and precision farming technology are
combined, improved risk management solutions will soon follow.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - The House approved a $5 billion water infrastructure bill Wednesday, setting the stage for negotiations with the Senate on a compromise version that can be passed after the election.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2016 - The Clean Power Plan finally got its day in court Tuesday, and you needed a scorecard to tell who the players were.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association is applauding the House of Representatives for passing the Communications Act Update Act of 2016, which includes provisions to combat problems of telephone calls failing to complete to rural areas.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Agriculture
Secretary Tom Vilsack says Democrats need to do a better job of connecting with
rural voters on their economic concerns in order to...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Bayer CropScience
has decided to drop any further attempts to challenge cancellation of its
registration for the insecticide flubendiamide, which it had sold under the trade
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Economists at Texas
A&M University say the Bayer-Monsanto merger would boost cottonseed prices
by more than 18 percent while the pending combination of Dow and DuPont would
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Egg producers are
facing a massive bill, estimated be at least $5.6 billion, to remove the cages
from their farms, and they fear the...
There is reason to
believe that we can move beyond the current political impasse and find
solutions to address the need for foreign-born labor in U.S. agriculture.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - USDA has set a
December deadline to put together a comprehensive list of still unanswered
questions related to the National
Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard and to...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - The organic sector is
looking for a new rule beefing up animal welfare standards in the National
Organic Program to further set its producers apart from...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Hundreds of thousands of corn growers may participate in a class-action lawsuit against Syngenta for selling genetically modified seed with a trait that had not been approved by China, a federal judge has ruled.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Like many other organizations,
the National Pork Producers Council is gearing up for its farm bill push, and a
pair of familiar issues are leading the way.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - The Fish and
Wildlife Service's decision to delist the gray wolf in Wyoming relied too much
on the state's word that it would maintain a viable population of wolves within
its borders, an attorney for environmental groups...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - The Federal
Aviation Administration on Tuesday received some measured praise from
stakeholders for what they said were much improved regulations for using unmanned
aircraft systems (UAS), or drones.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2016 - Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the top
Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, rolled out legislation on Monday
that would increase assistance for urban farmers.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2016 - The Food and Drug Administration is considering new regulations for foods labeled healthy in light of changing scientific thinking about fats and the types of vitamins and minerals that consumers most need.
We all know that
access to clean water is critical for personal health. What is not as
immediately apparent is how essential access to a consistent supply of water is
to the economic vitality of our rural communities.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2016 - Lawmakers are eager to get home to campaign but first have to take care of some critical unfinished business this week, starting with a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running after the new fiscal year starts on Saturday.
LINCOLN, Neb., Sept. 25, 2016 - The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture has renewed a cooperative agreement with the FDA related to the implementation of the Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
BALTIMORE, Sept. 22, 2016 - It turns out that millennials, perhaps the most important generation in terms of retail sales, are big consumers of organic food and other products, according to new study results announced today by the Organic Trade Association.