Politics | 2/10/2016

Vilsack, lawmakers urge end to Cuban trade embargo

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and a bipartisan group of lawmakers on are encouraging stakeholders in enhanced Cuban trade to keep the pressure on Congress to ease trade restrictions with the island nation.

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Politics | 2/10/2016 3:18:00 PM

 Reports tout permanent benefits of 'de-carbonization'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2016 -- An ExxonMobil policy blog posted this week forecasts global carbon emissions will begin to drop around 2030, and by 2040 "the emissions-intensity of the global economy is likely to fall by half."
Politics | 2/10/2016 3:14:55 PM

Senate panel reviews need for new water infrastructure bill

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee met Wednesday to review the status of the country's ailing water infrastructure system and to plan its response - another Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) - that panel members predict will receive congressional approval this year.

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Politics | 2/10/2016 2:59:02 PM

Feinstein's new drought relief bill seeks water storage, targeted releases

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - A revised drought relief bill from a California lawmaker seeks to strike a balance between short-term needs and long-term goals.
Politics | 2/10/2016 12:05:34 PM

 White House focuses on clean energy in 2017 budget request

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - The White House wants to double clean energy research funding and increase investments across...
Politics | 2/10/2016 11:56:39 AM

 SCOTUS: Clean Power Plan on hold

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - In a 5-4 decision Tuesday, the Supreme Court ordered a halt to enforcement of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) until legal challenges are...
Politics | 2/10/2016 11:47:19 AM

 Researchers look for best bacteria for biofuel production

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - Researchers at the Energy Department's BioEnergy Science Center hope to boost the efficiency of cellulosic biofuel production by...
Politics | 2/10/2016 11:45:49 AM

CME Group announces changes to livestock trading

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - The markets for live and feeder cattle and lean hogs are in for some changes after industry representatives expressed concerns to CME Group officials about increasing market volatility.
Politics | 2/10/2016 11:38:58 AM

 3-D wind turbine blade molds in the works

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - The Energy Department's (DOE) Wind Program and Advanced Manufacturing Office, Oak RIdge National Laboratory (ORNL)...
Politics | 2/10/2016 11:32:09 AM

 Random forces can be converted into renewable power

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - Objects resembling artificial trees made with electromechanical materials can convert random forces...
Politics | 2/10/2016 11:19:52 AM

 Crop insurance cuts in Obama budget draw congressional fire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2016 - Congressional leaders gave a frigid reception to President Obama's  budget proposal for USDA, which includes a recycled plan...
Politics | 2/10/2016 11:08:18 AM

 Top ag regulatory issues to watch in 2016

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - As the Obama Administration nears the finish line after eight years, federal agencies are working to...
Politics | 2/10/2016 10:57:45 AM

 USDA plan to overhaul biotech regulations raising concerns

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - The Agriculture Department has formally launched what would be the most far-reaching...
Politics | 2/10/2016 10:50:03 AM

 GOP reaction to Obama oil tax plan - 'Good Grief!'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - President Barack Obama has taken some major steps to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, notably by imposing...
Politics | 2/10/2016 10:43:48 AM

 U.S. failing to meet demand for organic livestock feed; imports surge

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - Gigantic market opportunities in the production of organic livestock feed and forage await both...
Politics | 2/10/2016 10:28:54 AM

 Sorghum market looks at food-grade potential

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - Like all commodity groups, the sorghum industry is always looking to gain access and increase its footprint in...
Politics | 2/10/2016 10:15:42 AM

 USDA on long path to considering new voluntary COOL program

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service is now willing to consider setting up a voluntary country-of-origin labeling program for...
Politics | 2/10/2016 9:58:29 AM

 Industry assures Senate Democrats on smartphone GMO labeling

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - The food industry, which is lobbying Congress to preempt state biotech labeling laws, is assuring Democratic senators that a smartphone-based disclosure system can provide all consumers, including the poor, the information they want about product ingredients.
Politics | 2/9/2016 4:25:01 PM

Land and Water Conservation Fund would benefit from Obama budget

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2016 - President Barack Obama laid out his budget plan for next year on Tuesday, including his bid to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million - a level that's only been met a few times in the program's 51-year history.
Politics | 2/9/2016 3:29:06 PM

Monsanto agrees to $80M penalty for misstating Roundup-related earnings

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2016 -- Monsanto has agreed to pay an $80 million penalty and retain an independent compliance consultant to settle charges that it violated accounting rules and misstated company earnings as it pertained to its flagship product Roundup, the Securities and Exchange Commission said.
Politics | 2/9/2016 3:15:35 PM

USDA awards $20 million to fight citrus greening

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2015 - USDA announced Monday it will put $20.1 million toward research and extension projects that help producers fight citrus greening disease, which has affected more than 75 percent of Florida citrus groves
Politics | 2/9/2016 12:48:10 PM

USDA projects 'moderate' farm income drop in 2016

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2016 - USDA's Economic Research Service released its annual income projections today, and the agency forecasts that farmers will make a little, not a lot, less in 2016 than they made last year.
Politics | 2/9/2016 12:01:57 PM

Obama budget cuts crop insurance, funds summer meal program

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2016 - Funding for a nationwide initiative to feed poor kids during the summer and cuts to the crop insurance program are included in President Obama's proposed fiscal 2017 budget, released today.
Politics | 2/8/2016 4:12:16 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Obama releases budget, USDA, EPA chiefs face lawmakers

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2016 - President Obama releases his fiscal 2017 budget this week as congressional Republicans vow to accelerate debates on appropriations bills amid the heated campaign season.


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Wheat Faces a Double Challenge
The 150,000 to 180,000 wheat farmers in America are facing a double-barrel challenge...


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Heads Up: 2018 Farm Bill
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Bernie on Agriculture
Earlier this month, I summarized the agriculture positions of the candidates for President on both sides of the aisle. Since that time, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who is running for the Democratic nomination, has released a position paper on agriculture.


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The Importance of Public-Private Partnerships in Global Food Security
The statistics on global hunger are both familiar and daunting...


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The Dietary Guidelines: In Perspective
The Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services have released the 8th edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
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