Politics | 12/4/2016

 Washington Week Ahead: Congress finishes lame duck, House SNAP report due

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2016 - President-elect Donald Trump continues his search for key cabinet members this week, while lawmakers look to finish their work for the year by passing a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running into next year.

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Politics | 12/4/2016 10:16:08 AM

Witnesses are poles apart at hearing on harassment at USDA agency

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2016 - Witnesses provided a House committee Thursday with dramatically different description of the workplace culture at the U.S. Forest Service - Several said sexual harassment of women was a problem at the USDA agency, while government officials said harassment complaints were at record lows.
Politics | 12/2/2016 5:10:25 PM

 Heitkamp, Trump talk energy, rural banks

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 - Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., met with President-elect Donald Trump for about two hours in New York for a thoughtful and wide-ranging discussion that included energy and rural banks, she said.
Politics | 12/1/2016 7:18:30 PM

Vilsack, citing love for fellow workers, unveils portrait at USDA

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2016 - Tom Vilsack, the 30th agriculture secretary, today unveiled his portrait which will be hung among his predecessors on the walls of USDA's headquarters in Washington.
Politics | 12/1/2016 5:59:04 PM

 Trump meeting Heitkamp on Ag

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2016 - North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp will meet with President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence Friday in New York, generating new speculation about her potential role in Trump's cabinet.
Politics | 12/1/2016 4:40:53 PM

 Conner sees 'farmer-friendly' farm bill coming under President Trump

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - Donald Trump's election should help ensure that farm groups can fight off challenges to agricultural programs when Congress starts work on the next farm bill in 2017, according to a veteran of multiple farm bill battles.
Politics | 12/1/2016 2:28:55 PM

USDA wants changes in nutrition fact panel for meat, poultry products

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2016 - USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is proposing to amend the nutrition labeling regulations for meat and poultry products to parallel the FDA's final nutrition regs, which were published in May.
Politics | 12/1/2016 9:28:57 AM

The first US GTL plant will convert "stranded gas" to fuel

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2016 - The first microchannel gas-to-liquid (GTL) plant in the U.S. is expected to begin converting landfill gas into liquid petroleum by year's end, after construction was completed in September.
Politics | 12/1/2016 9:01:31 AM

SunShot plans to reduce solar energy costs even further

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2016 - The cost of solar-generated electricity can be decreased by 50 percent between 2020 and 2030, the Department of Energy says.
Politics | 11/30/2016 2:34:16 PM

EPA raises biofuels hopes by mandating greater use

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2016 - EPA raised ethanol and biodiesel hopes last week when it increased the amount of biofuels that must be blended with the nation's gasoline for 2017.
Politics | 11/30/2016 2:22:08 PM

Farm income to sink even more than expected, USDA says

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - USDA says that an already grim financial picture in the farm sector has actually gotten worse and will continue to do so.
Politics | 11/30/2016 12:40:42 PM

 What's still on the agenda as lawmakers try to wrap up for the year?

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - Lawmakers are working toward wrapping up the 114th Congress as soon as next week, and it looks as if they'll leave town without doing anything about...
Politics | 11/30/2016 11:54:40 AM

 Antibiotic curbs loom; industry eyes changes in drug sales reporting

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - As he heads out the door, President Obama will put in place two key parts of his administration's strategy to restrict the use of antibiotics in agriculture...
Politics | 11/30/2016 11:28:40 AM

 Lesser prairie chicken takes first step toward new ESA listing

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - The lesser prairie chicken (LPC) has cleared the first hurdle on a path that could lead to another listing under the Endangered Species Act.
Politics | 11/30/2016 11:15:40 AM

 USDA posts a jam-packed scoresheet on successful research

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - Does Department of Agriculture research succeed ultimately in helping farmers improve their crops and livestock, fight all manner of plant, animal and food-borne diseases, produce improved products and increase profits?
Politics | 11/30/2016 10:59:48 AM

 GAO reports detail lag in advanced biofuel development

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - A twin set of reports from the Government Accountability Office details some potential issues with the Renewable Fuel Standard, and one report was less surprising than the other.
Politics | 11/30/2016 10:48:23 AM

 Farm bill wheels starting to turn

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - Across the country, ag organizations are going through their respective policy development processes, aiming to come up with their wish lists for the next farm bill by early 2017.
Politics | 11/30/2016 10:16:21 AM

 China's milk imports rising, but US exporters struggle to tap market

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - China's thirst for fluid milk imports is rising, but red tape in Beijing and Washington is preventing most U.S. exporters from tapping into the growing market, according to U.S. government and industry officials.
Politics | 11/30/2016 10:09:19 AM

 Organic industry wrestles with bioponics, gene-editing and more

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - The question of whether hydroponic growing should be officially eligible for organic certification remains open following a...
Politics | 11/30/2016 9:46:58 AM

 Scientists take giant step toward controlling wheat scab

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 - There's some good news for wheat farmers around the globe. A research team led by Kansas State University scientists says they have isolated and cloned a gene that...
Politics | 11/28/2016 12:54:44 PM

Washington Week Ahead: USDA gets scrutiny as lame duck winds down

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2016 - Lawmakers return this week to their lame duck session while President-elect Donald Trump is expected to resume naming members of his incoming administration.
Politics | 11/28/2016

Obama taps Tonsager to lead Farm Credit

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2016 - A longtime ally of the Obama administration has been chosen as the new chairman and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration.
Politics | 11/27/2016 11:10:07 AM

Froman 'disappointed' as China resists reforms in biotech approval process

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2016 - An annual U.S.-China trade conference ended today with little headway in getting China to reform the way it approves new agricultural biotechnology traits, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said.
Politics | 11/23/2016 4:38:45 PM

 Trump's victory triggers energy bill reset

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2016 - The first major test of whether Donald Trump's election will increase support for coal, oil and natural gas at the expense of renewables like ethanol, biodiesel, wind, and solar energy could be how the lame-duck Congress...
Politics | 11/23/2016 11:38:09 AM

RFA report 'knocks the stuffing' out of the food vs. fuel debate

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2016 - Americans shopping for Thanksgiving this past week may have noticed that the cost of the traditional holiday meal is leaving their wallets a little less light this year...
Politics | 11/23/2016 11:17:59 AM

Amid controversy, Interior cancels Thompson Divide oil & gas leases

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2016 - Federal officials and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper last week tried to put an end to a longstanding dispute by announcing the cancellation of 25 oil and gas leases in Colorado's White River National Forest...
Politics | 11/23/2016 11:09:49 AM

Home heating oil, propane prices similar to last year - so far

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2016 - The Energy Information Agency says prices for residential heating oil and propane are starting off at the same levels as last winter (October through March), when prices were the lowest in at least a decade.


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