Politics | 12/18/2014

USDA forecasts smaller plantings, prolonged price slump

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2014 - Farmers are expected to trim their plantings of corn, soybeans, cotton and wheat amid slumping market prices and a steep drop in expected profits, USDA said today in its latest long-term projections.

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Politics | 12/18/2014 6:25:26 PM

USDA releases additional Actual Production History information

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2014 - USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) today released additional details of the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion program designed to give crop producers relief from severe weather and drought.
Politics | 12/18/2014 5:34:18 PM

Farmers Mutual Hail to acquire John Deere's crop insurance arm

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2014 - Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa has announced it will acquire John Deere Insurance Company and John Deere Risk Protection, Inc., confirming rumors that the equipment giant was looking to exit the crop insurance business.

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Politics | 12/17/2014 8:07:27 PM

Obama announces plan to end 50-year-old Cuban embargo

WASHINGTON, Dec 17, 2014-The White House today announced plans to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease a half-century old embargo on travel and commerce with the Communist nation, including trade in agricultural commodities and equipment.
Politics | 12/17/2014 4:40:16 PM

 Canada files cross appeal on COOL, questions WTO objectivity

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014 - Canada has appealed parts of a ruling by a World Trade Organization panel in October concerning U.S. country-of-origin meat labeling, or COOL, a ruling many following the process thought was in favor of America's Neighbor to the North.
Politics | 12/17/2014 3:18:39 PM

 Oil price plunge highlights risk of depending on oil vs renewables

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014-U.S. crude oil prices closed below $60 a barrel last week, the lowest level in over five years and nearly 50 percent below last summer's peak.
Politics | 12/17/2014 3:07:33 PM

Hi-Path bird flu found in wild birds in Washington state

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5 avian influenza in wild birds in Whatcom County, Washington.
Politics | 12/17/2014 1:12:01 PM

Senate sends tax extenders bill to Obama

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2014 - The Senate tonight overwhelmingly gave final congressional approval to reinstating more than 50 expired tax breaks, including the Section 179 expensing allowance that some farmers had been waiting on before buying new tractors and other equipment.
Politics | 12/17/2014 10:16:37 AM

Shah stepping down as USAID chief

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014 - Rajiv Shah, the architect of President Obama's $1-billion-a year effort to increase food production and reduce hunger in the world's poorest countries, is stepping down as administrator of the U.S. Agency of International Development.
Politics | 12/17/2014

Obama plan could boost U.S. sales to Cuba, if Congress allows it

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014 - President Obama's plan to ease financial restrictions on trade with Cuba could help reverse a decline in agricultural exports to the island nation, but his move is likely to face stiff opposition in Congress.
Politics | 12/16/2014 8:36:19 PM

 Bipartisan Policy Center lists options for reforming RFS

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2014 - The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) today released a menu of 40 policy options for reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
Politics | 12/16/2014 3:32:27 PM

 House panel faults peer review process in Endangered Species Act listing decisions

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2014 - Republicans on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee have released a report that they say raises questions about the peer review process in recent Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing decisions issued by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
Politics | 12/16/2014 11:49:22 AM

EPA eyes spring for Clean Water rule, unsure on replacing measure on farm exemptions

FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 16, 2014 - Despite stiff opposition from congressional Republicans, EPA is moving ahead with plans to finalize its proposed Clean Water Act rule by this spring, Administrator Gina McCarthy said today.
Politics | 12/16/2014 3:16:26 AM

China approves Syngenta's corn seed trait after months of resistance

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2014 -Chinese officials informed a wide variety of U.S. seed industry officials that they approved Syngenta's seed trait Viptera, according to sources contacted by Agri-Pulse. However, industry officials were reluctant to officially announce the agreement until they received official notification of the approval.
Politics | 12/15/2014 9:13:30 PM

NSAC says FDA food safety proposals need more work

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2014 - The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) says the FDA's revised proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are a significant improvement over the original proposals but still fall short in a number of critical areas.
Politics | 12/15/2014 6:01:36 PM

Senate clears spending measure, tax extenders on tap

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2014 - The $1.1 trillion government-wide spending measure is on its way to President Obama for his signature, but the Senate still has to vote this week on a tax extenders bill that also is critical to agriculture.
Politics | 12/15/2014

Midwest, South split new GOP seats on Senate Ag panel

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2014 - Four newly elected Republican senators, including Iowa's Joni Ernst and Nebraska's Ben Sasse, will be joining the Senate Agriculture Committee for the new Congress.
Politics | 12/14/2014 5:36:13 PM

House approves spending bill to avert shutdown

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 - The House tonight averted a government shutdown by narrowly passing a sweeping government-wide spending bill over a revolt by Democrats and conservative Republicans
Politics | 12/11/2014 11:03:44 PM

House members debate need for national GMO labeling standards

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2014 - A House subcommittee on Wednesday debated the role of the Food and Drug Administration in the regulation of food containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients.
Politics | 12/11/2014 10:50:00 AM

Senate saves tax extenders bill to last

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2014 -- A House-passed bill reinstating a series of expired tax breaks is likely to be the last thing the Senate does before adjourning for the year.
Politics | 12/11/2014 10:35:14 AM

Chief Economist Joe Glauber to leave USDA

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2014 - USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber is set to retire from federal service, the agency announced today.
Politics | 12/11/2014 9:44:20 AM

 Stabenow: Let's stay together

WASHINGTON, December 11, 2014 - Given all of the turmoil and dysfunction in Congress, passage of the 2014 farm bill this spring was a major accomplishment, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow emphasized during her keynote speech at the Farm Journal Forum today in Washington. But she warned that the broad-based coalition that came together to support the multifaceted measure needs to be not only maintained, but strengthened.
Politics | 12/11/2014 4:55:46 AM

More authority for the CFTC, but not enough funding

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2014 - Members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry agreed that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) gained
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