Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014-Responding to the fact that
some policymakers have proposed repealing or revising the Renewable Fuel
Standard which requires blending biofuels with gasoline, the nonpartisan
Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported Tuesday that it could be difficult
to comply with the steadily increasing ethanol volumes which the law mandates.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 - The Environmental Protection Agency
today announced a voluntary program aimed at showing applicators which products
should be used to promote drift reduction during pesticide application.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $190.5 million in grants and loans to make improvements in broadband and other advanced communications infrastructure in rural areas. The money will fund 25 projects in 19 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 - Canadian officials appear ready to
follow through on threats to issue economic retaliations if the U.S. doesn't
fix a country-of-origin labeling law found to be in violation of World Trade
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, will be available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting in the spring of 2015. Program details will be announced in December 2014.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 - A group formed to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard is launching a six-figure ad buy on TV and radio to support the reelection bids of U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, and Representatives Collin Peterson of Minnesota, Gary Peters of Michigan and Lee Terry of Nebraska.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2014 - A World Trade
Organization compliance panel has ruled against the United States and its
amended country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules, raising the specter of retaliatory
tariffs from Canada and Mexico.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2014 - The EPA is awarding $8.6 million to state agencies in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana for projects to help farmers reduce phosphorus runoff that is contributing to harmful algal blooms in western Lake Erie.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2014 -The FCC unanimously voted on Friday to adopt a report and order that it says will promote deployment of the wireless infrastructure
necessary to provide the public with ubiquitous, advanced wireless broadband
services, the commission said.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2014 - Food Policy Action, a
group that formed in 2012 "to hold legislators accountable on votes that
have an effect on food and farming," has released its latest scorecard for members of the 113th Congress.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2014-USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today it has granted nonregulated status for a soybean variety developed by Monsanto Company that is genetically engineered (GE) for resistance to lepidopteran insects.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 - It's World Food Day and this year the spotlight is on the family farm, which the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) says is central to solving global hunger.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 - An EPA analysis has concluded that there is little or no increase in soybean yields using most neonicotinoid seed treatments when compared to using no pest control at all.
DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 16, 2014 - A report released today at the World Food Prize 2014 Borlaug Dialogue identifies a growing gap between the supply of new graduates trained in agriculture-related science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and the demand for young professionals in related roles by global food and agriculture employers.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $1.4 billion in loan guarantees to improve the delivery of electric power to rural communities in 21 states.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014-- The Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Environmental Protection Agency to block the use of a dual herbicide produced by Dow AgroSciences known as Enlist Duo.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 - Minnesota-based CHS
Inc. was the top agricultural cooperative in 2013, according to USDA data,
bringing in more revenue than the rest of the top five cooperatives combined.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 - While the agricultural industry is grateful for the Environmental Protection Agency's approval of Dow AgroSciences' dual herbicide known as Enlist Duo, consumer and environmental groups are promising to file legal challenges against the decision, citing health and environmental concerns.
DES MOINES, Oct. 15. 2014 - A new report by the Global Harvest Initiative
(GHI) indicates that global agricultural productivity is not accelerating fast
enough to meet the expected agricultural demand for sustainable production by
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 - Missouri's Amendment 1 passed by
a slim 2,375-vote margin in August, but the measure isn't out of the woods yet.Three individuals are bringing a lawsuit before
the state's Supreme Court seeking to send the controversial amendment back to
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 - Whole Foods Market today launched a new rating system for its fruits, vegetables and flowers that assesses growing practices on how they affect human health and the environment.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014-The Environmental Protection Agency today announced its approval of the dual herbicide produced by Dow AgroSciences known as Enlist Duo.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014 - Telecommunications companies and industry associations today joined with the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to unveil a public-private partnership to develop apprenticeship programs for the training of the telecommunications industry workforce.