Politics | 5/26/2016

Barnyard groups hit their major points at Senate Ag hearing

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2016 - In their second hearing on the state of their industry in the last three days, livestock groups did their best to make the case for less red tape and an increased international footprint.

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Politics | 5/27/2016 11:39:47 AM

USDA extends deadline for reporting 'Actively Engaged' data

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2016 - USDA is giving ag producers an extra 30 days to report their farm organization structures related to Actively Engaged in Farming determinations.
Politics | 5/27/2016 8:58:38 AM

Opinion: Make no mistake: The bank lobby wants to kill farm credit

A highly curious statement was made at last week's U.S. Senate hearing on the Farm Credit System. Leonard Wolfe, the CEO of a community bank in Kansas and one of the...

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Politics | 5/26/2016 4:52:34 PM

FDA screening of imported food can be improved, GAO says

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2016 - The Food and Drug Administration is doing a better job of targeting imported food for inspection but still has work to do, a new Government Accountability Office report concludes.
Politics | 5/26/2016 4:30:24 PM

Vilsack: Different approach needed on next farm bill

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack may have less than a year left in office, but that isn't stopping him from delivering forward-looking remarks to ag stakeholders.
Politics | 5/26/2016 2:05:15 PM

House defeats water, energy funding bill

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2016 - A spending bill that included a rider to stop the Obama administration from implementing its waters of the U.S. rule failed in the House after conservatives bolted over an amendment that was adopted to protect LGBT rights.
Politics | 5/26/2016 10:01:13 AM

To Mexico on a renewable fuels mission

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2016 - Mexico is embracing ethanol and U.S. officials want to make sure they can help, potentially laying the groundwork for a renewable fuels program and ethanol exports...
Politics | 5/26/2016 9:48:24 AM

USDA provides over $200 million for rural electric infrastructure

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2016 - Eighty years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Rural Electrification Act (REA) which charged USDA to provide electric power to rural America.
Politics | 5/26/2016 9:36:29 AM

SunShot reports: Solar energy progress and challenges

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2016 - Since the Energy Department (DOE) launched the SunShot Initiative in 2011 with a goal of making solar electricity cost-competitive with traditional sources of electricity by 2020...
Politics | 5/26/2016 9:23:47 AM

Clean energy policy database launched

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2016 - A public database that allows users to quickly review the status of 38 clean energy policies across all 50 states was recently
Politics | 5/26/2016 9:05:57 AM

Regardless of CPP, more coal plants headed to retirement

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2016 - Significant coal retirements are expected to continue regardless of whether the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP)...
Politics | 5/25/2016 7:13:24 PM

Big Food to Congress: Show us you're serious about climate change

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Large food companies have said they are taking climate change and sustainability more seriously, but now firms like Mars and Unilever want Congress to back their efforts to become greener.
Politics | 5/25/2016 6:55:03 PM

House OKs energy bill conference in party-line vote

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - In a party-line vote, the full House voted Wednesday to conference with the Senate to reconcile differences between the separate House and Senate energy bills.
Politics | 5/25/2016 6:40:07 PM

Better data needed on injuries at meat plants, GAO says

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Workers at meat and poultry plants continue to get injured and sick at higher rates than workers in manufacturing overall, the Government Accountability Office said in a report that recommended the federal government collect better data.
Politics | 5/25/2016 3:59:15 PM

'Use-by' labels contribute to food waste, House Ag panel told

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Witnesses told the House Agriculture Committee today that sell-by and use-by labels on food products need to be standardized to help consumers make better choices and to help reduce food waste in the richest country in the world.
Politics | 5/25/2016 2:58:00 PM

 A closer look at key differences in House, Senate spending bills

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - The fiscal 2017 appropriations process is fully underway after some early fits and starts. The Agriculture bills, which fund USDA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are...
Politics | 5/25/2016 2:36:40 PM

 WRDA bill clears House Transportation Committee

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Farm and waterways interest groups expressed support for the 2016 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that cleared the...
Politics | 5/25/2016 1:18:34 PM

 OTA to push local impact, other policy priorities at annual fly-in

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Stakeholders from the organic sector are in Washington this week hoping to drive home the big impact of what some might still view as a small industry.
Politics | 5/25/2016 1:15:26 PM

 Will the House join the Senate in passing a bipartisan energy bill?

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2016 - Wednesday's House vote on conferencing with the Senate to reconcile their separate energy bills could lead to Congress either passing a bipartisan energy bill this year or opting instead for go-nowhere partisan messaging.
Politics | 5/25/2016 12:41:24 PM

 Low-level presence measure in TPP gets high level of attention

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - When most farm groups and government officials talk about the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, cuts to foreign tariffs get most of the attention. But it's the biotechnology...
Politics | 5/25/2016 11:37:12 AM

Senate votes to scuttle USDA's catfish inspection

The Senate today voted to reverse farm bill law and shut down the USDA's catfish inspection program.
Politics | 5/25/2016 10:53:20 AM

 Cotton excluded from newly proposed label for sulfoxaflor

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Cotton growers are worried about losing another tool to fight the tarnished plant bug if EPA's new label for sulfoxaflor is...
Politics | 5/25/2016 10:09:42 AM

 Livestock groups hammer potential GIPSA rule

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - The nation's biggest livestock groups are concerned about what a potential rule from the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration might do to the marketplace...


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George McGovern: My Turn
Every election year, former Senator George McGovern (SD), the 1972 Democratic Nominee for President, seems to find his way back into the news, and this one, 2016, more than most.


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Ending global malnutrition: Opportunities for American leadership
While malnutrition is a distant memory for most Americans, it was not all that long ago that the population of the United States was plagued by diseases and disabilities caused by poor nutrition.


Bruce Knight

2018 Farm Bill-simplifying rural development
Over the years, rural development programs have multiplied and morphed to the point where it's difficult for farmers, small businesses, entrepreneurs and rural communities to...


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$380 Million Keepseagle II Settlement Reached
The landmark civil rights lawsuit by Indian farmers and ranchers against the Department of Agriculture...


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Growth opportunities and growing pains in a changing global food system
Today, more than 53 percent of the global population lives in cities. In 1900, this was only 13 percent.


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Genetic Labeling: Take #2
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