Politics | 4/24/2014

With Obama in Japan, business groups push for TPP deal

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2014 - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urged Japan and the U.S. to take advantage of President Barack Obama's visit to

Farm & rural policy news

Politics | 4/24/2014 10:17:39 AM

 Food industry ready to take Vermont biotech labels to court

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2014 - The food industry is sending signals that it will go to federal court again to overturn a Vermont state law that would require food labels to disclose
Politics | 4/23/2014 10:46:36 PM

Consumer advocates want to make SNAP healthier

WASHINGTON, APRIL 23, 2014 -- Advocates for local and healthy foods are hoping new farm bill funding will create a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that encourages

Politics | 4/23/2014 8:46:17 PM

 Study: Renewable fuels provide more than 850,000 jobs each year

WASHINGTON, DC, April 23, 2014 - In small communities across America, renewable fuels are making a big impact, according to a study conducted by
Politics | 4/23/2014 2:49:25 PM

 Cost concerns blocking rural broadband expansion, GAO says

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 - Stakeholders involved in the effort to expand broadband service in rural America say economic, legal and policy concerns often
Politics | 4/23/2014 1:00:29 PM

USDA issues report on technology transfer

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report on scientific breakthroughs discovered by USDA researchers that led to new patents and
Politics | 4/23/2014 9:22:52 AM

 Large agriculture deals in Latin American countries harming local farmers, Oxfam says

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 - Large-scale agriculture deals funded by U.S. companies in Paraguay, Guatemala, and Colombia are undermining local food security and
Politics | 4/22/2014 10:40:09 PM

New report highlights Latin America’s opportunities to be the next global breadbasket

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 - With new policies designed to improve agricultural productivity, Latin America and the Caribbean region can help feed a global population
Politics | 4/22/2014 6:32:43 PM

Group says bill could dismantle food aid

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2014 - Less than three months after the 2014 Farm Bill passed with provisions on the $1 billion-plus program for food aid overseas, the international development
Politics | 4/22/2014 3:06:40 PM

Farm Bureau asks members to reject EPA ‘waters of the US’ proposal

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2014-- The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) today asked its members to resist a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to define
Politics | 4/22/2014 12:24:40 PM

Sen. Boozman recovering after heart surgery

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2014 - Senator John Boozman, R-Ark., underwent emergency heart surgery at an Arkansas hospital this morning
Politics | 4/21/2014 11:23:52 PM

Country gets ready for Earth Day 2014

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2014 - Tuesday is Earth Day, the annual celebration of the environment. Agri-Pulse has compiled some Earth Day events
Politics | 4/21/2014 7:16:55 PM

USDA announces $150 million investment fund to grow small businesses

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, April 21, 2014 -Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the creation of a new investment fund designed to help propel the growth of small businesses across rural America. Advantage Capital Partners, which will manage the fund, and their partners from eight Farm Credit institutions have pledged to invest nearly
Politics | 4/21/2014 1:35:23 PM

EPA's 'Waters of the U.S.' proposal open for comment

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2014 -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today posted their proposed definition for waters of the U.S. protected
Politics | 4/21/2014 12:54:45 PM

USDA approves Dow GE soybean

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2014-USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today a determination of nonregulated status for Dow AgroSciences's soybean genetically engineered
Politics | 4/20/2014 11:11:40 PM

Meat and poultry groups applaud Obama's TPP stance

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 - A number of meat and poultry groups are thanking President Obama for his administration's
Politics | 4/18/2014 9:08:01 PM

 Canadian Pacific says fertilizer deliveries should improve as winter eases

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 - Canadian Pacific told the U.S. Surface Transportation Board today that the railroad is committed to doing its part to see that farmers in the Upper Midwest get the fertilizer they need for spring planting and that deliveries should improve as
Politics | 4/18/2014 2:19:58 PM

Administration extending agency comment period for Keystone pipeline

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 - The State Department announced today that is extending the comment period, for an unknown amount of
Politics | 4/18/2014 11:41:26 AM

USA Rice says no confirmation on concession to Japan in TPP talks

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 - USA Rice Federation says there's been no confirmation of Japanese media reports that U.S negotiators allowed Japan to
Politics | 4/18/2014 10:34:20 AM

 USDA now requiring hog producers to report cases of PEDv

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said hog producers are now required to report outbreaks of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), in an effort to
Politics | 4/18/2014 8:53:43 AM

We want to add your ag and rural policy events to our online calendar

CAMDENTON, Mo., April 18, 2014 - Is your organization holding an ag or rural policy event this year? If so, we want to add it to our
Politics | 4/17/2014 8:30:04 PM

Schools should think twice before banning chocolate milk: study

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 - A new study suggests that schools that ban chocolate milk for health reasons may be inviting some unintended - and negative - consequences.
Politics | 4/17/2014 1:04:18 PM

Lucas, other House leaders want answers on 'heat and eat' issue

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 - House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and three other top Republican leaders requested information today from the Department of Health and Human Services on its efforts to oversee
Politics | 4/17/2014 12:41:15 PM

USDA announces Specialty Crop Block Grant funding

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 - USDA today announced the availability of approximately $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants to state departments of agriculture for projects that help


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2014 Farm Bill Conservation Compliance
Thanks to a lot of hard bipartisan effort leading to agreement and comprise, the 2014 Farm Bill is now on the books


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The President's Energy Legacy?
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 event calendar
  National Association of Nutrition Professionals Annual Conference & Expo
  April 25-27, 2014 Tucson, Ariz.

  USA Science and Engineering Festival
  April 26-27, 2014 Washington, D.C.

  American Commodity Distribution Conference
  April 27-29, 2014 Austin, Texas

  FARMLAND Movie Screening: National Press Club
  April 28, 2014 Washington, D.C.

  National Organic Standards Board Spring Meeting
  April 29 - May 2, 2014 San Antonio, Texas

  Inaugural Jon Brandt Policy Forum sponsored by C-FARE
  April 29, 2014 Washington, D.C.

  Annual Supermarket Congressional Fly-In
  April 30 - May 1, 2014 Washington, D.C.

  Project Bread 2014 Walk for Hunger
  May 4, 2014 Boston, Mass.

  National Association of Farm Broadcasting Washington Watch
  May 5-7-2014 Washington, D.C.

  BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology
  May 12-15, 2014 Philadelphia, Pa.


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