Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 - Not one lawmaker or witness at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing Thursday said capital and margin rules weren't necessary to protect futures and swaps markets from bad players and volatility, but there was plenty of discussion on how these rules could negatively affect end-users - namely farmers.
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - EPA received the brunt of the criticism from farm group representatives at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing today focusing on the factors affecting the cost of producing the nation's food.
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 - Senate Energy
Committee chair Lisa Murkowski called for her colleagues in Congress to take
advantage of the current low-price environment surrounding oil and gas
development and pass reforms to...
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 - Vastly
underutilized energy storage resources, such as the nation's 50
million residential electric water heaters, can provide substantial
environmental and cost benefits, according to...
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 - The Energy
Department's Solar America
Cities program found that a primary barrier to solar adoption is the
difficulty and cost of obtaining construction permits for...
WASHINGTON, April 28,
2016 - At their annual general meeting earlier this week, Syngenta shareholders
officially approved motions for an ordinary dividend of...
Don't spoil our victory lap was the response
from one Senate staffer when asked about the prospects for reconciling the
comprehensive energy bill the Senate passed overwhelmingly last week with the
very different House bill passed in December.
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - Dannon, in an effort to woo consumers who are becoming increasingly concerned about all aspects of how their food is made, has made a promise that will be difficult to keep: It plans to eliminate all genetically modified grains from the diets of the cows that produce the milk used to make most of the company's yogurt.
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - The Agriculture Department's plan for a radical overhaul of the way it regulates biotech crops risks disrupting exports of U.S. farm commodities unless the changes are coordinated with importing countries, agribusiness groups say.
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - Frustration in the
organic industry is mounting over the difficulty of keeping organic seed free
of any detectable level of genetic engineering...
April 27, 2016 - American dairy organizations, the International Dairy Federation, the U.S. Health and Human
Services (HHS) Department and others are trying to put the brakes on...
Earlier this week, agricultural leaders and scholars gathered at the
Nebraska Innovation Campus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the
seventh annual Water for Food Global Conference to catalyze strategies in
April 27, 2016 - House Republicans held three hearings last week to spotlight
what they characterized as federal land grabs enabled by the Endangered Species
Act (ESA) and committed...
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - Rural Internet providers contributed $24.1 billion to state economies in 2015 - benefits realized not only in the rural areas where broadband was deployed, but in urban areas too, according to a new report by the Hudson Institute.
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - A Senate bill that
would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration is proving to be an
example of legislation that might not...
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - There are many
different kinds of agricultural cooperatives that produce everything from milk
to sugar, but the Ag Data Coalition (ADC) is...
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - The end of
chlorpyrifos on farms? Not yet. An epidemiological study that linked
chlorpyrifos exposure to neurodevelopmental effects in children...
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - U.S. trade
negotiators are in New York City this week for a round of talks on the
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), hoping to...
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - Farmers in the U.S.
and around the world are going to be especially challenged to feed urban
centers as the world population surges, according to...
WASHINGTON, April 25, 2016 - The American Soybean Association is touting a new study that finds a lack of nectar sources, habitat fragmentation, and changing weather patterns are the primary contributors to a decline in monarch butterfly populations.
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2016 - House Republicans are looking to move an overhaul of child nutrition programs against stiff Democratic resistance, while the Senate GOP plots a more bipartisan authorization bill for waterway projects.