Politics | 9/30/2016

 USDA acts to preserve Grass-Fed standard

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2016 - USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service has issued guidance to make sure that the "Grass Fed" label on beef means exactly what it says.

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Politics | 9/29/2016 4:51:08 PM

New study: Glyphosate not carcinogenic

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - New research indicates that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weedkiller and the most widely used herbicide in the world, is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans.
Politics | 9/29/2016 3:46:43 PM

Chemoil to settle RFS violations by paying $27 M fine, retiring RINs

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2016 - A major biodiesel retailer has agreed to pay a $27 million fine and retire renewable fuel credits worth $71 million to resolve alleged violations of the Renewable Fuel Standard program. The penalty is the largest in the history of EPA's fuels programs.

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Politics | 9/29/2016 2:46:50 PM

Energy bill conferees tackling tough issues

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2016 - If the House and Senate succeed in getting a comprehensive energy bill over the finish line this year, it will be thanks to some serious assists from the sidelines...
Politics | 9/29/2016 2:15:18 PM

Fuel efficiency goals can't be met without ethanol, ACE says

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2016 - A regulatory framework needs to be initiated immediately for lower-carbon, higher-octane fuel such as ethanol, if EPA and other agencies hope to fulfill the ambitious goals of the CAFE-GHG program...
Politics | 9/29/2016 1:50:13 PM

Ethanol wins the 'phase separation' throwdown

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2016 - People who own boats, lawnmowers and other seasonal equipment have debated for years, sometimes heatedly, about the engine-impacts of ethanol-blended gasoline.
Politics | 9/29/2016 1:36:46 PM

Tax credits aren't enough to spur renewables, governors say

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2016 - Although a long-term renewable energy tax credit policy is in place, a bipartisan group of 20 governors says that other policy and permitting issues still hinder wind and solar development.
Politics | 9/29/2016 1:17:18 PM

Opinion: Precision Farming and Crop Insurance

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Politics | 9/28/2016 8:53:51 PM

House passes $5 billion water projects bill

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - The House approved a $5 billion water infrastructure bill Wednesday, setting the stage for negotiations with the Senate on a compromise version that can be passed after the election.
Politics | 9/28/2016 7:06:30 PM

 D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments on Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2016 - The Clean Power Plan finally got its day in court Tuesday, and you needed a scorecard to tell who the players were.
Politics | 9/28/2016 2:54:15 PM

House approves rural phone quality measure

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association is applauding the House of Representatives for passing the Communications Act Update Act of 2016, which includes provisions to combat problems of telephone calls failing to complete to rural areas.
Politics | 9/28/2016 11:53:59 AM

 Vilsack says Trump anti-regulation campaign has rural appeal

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Democrats need to do a better job of connecting with rural voters on their economic concerns in order to...
Politics | 9/28/2016 11:32:11 AM

Bayer won't pursue court appeal of Belt cancellation

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Bayer CropScience has decided to drop any further attempts to challenge cancellation of its registration for the insecticide flubendiamide, which it had sold under the trade name Belt.
Politics | 9/28/2016 11:24:10 AM

 Economists see 18 percent cotton seed increase with mergers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Economists at Texas A&M University say the Bayer-Monsanto merger would boost cottonseed prices by more than 18 percent while the pending combination of Dow and DuPont would lead to...
Politics | 9/28/2016 11:13:24 AM

 Egg producers seek assurance on cage-free standards

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Egg producers are facing a massive bill, estimated be at least $5.6 billion, to remove the cages from their farms, and they fear the...
Politics | 9/28/2016 10:52:07 AM

Opinion: AGree sees opportunities to secure a stable, legal workforce for U.S. agriculture

There is reason to believe that we can move beyond the current political impasse and find solutions to address the need for foreign-born labor in U.S. agriculture.
Politics | 9/28/2016 10:40:27 AM

 USDA to lay out GMO disclosure issues for feedback by December

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - USDA has set a December deadline to put together a comprehensive list of still unanswered questions related to the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard and to...
Politics | 9/28/2016 10:25:57 AM

 Organic sector says animal welfare rules can boost consumer appeal

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - The organic sector is looking for a new rule beefing up animal welfare standards in the National Organic Program to further set its producers apart from...
Politics | 9/28/2016 10:17:27 AM

Judge OKs class action in Syngenta corn litigation

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Hundreds of thousands of corn growers may participate in a class-action lawsuit against Syngenta for selling genetically modified seed with a trait that had not been approved by China, a federal judge has ruled.
Politics | 9/28/2016 10:15:33 AM

 NPPC mulls risk management, FMD vaccine in farm bill 'asks'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - Like many other organizations, the National Pork Producers Council is gearing up for its farm bill push, and a pair of familiar issues are leading the way.
Politics | 9/28/2016 10:01:04 AM

 Wyoming wolf protections at issue in Endangered Species Act case

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - The Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to delist the gray wolf in Wyoming relied too much on the state's word that it would maintain a viable population of wolves within its borders, an attorney for environmental groups...
Politics | 9/28/2016 9:39:01 AM

 New drone regs welcomed at House hearing

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 - The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday received some measured praise from stakeholders for what they said were much improved regulations for using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones.
Politics | 9/27/2016 6:45:11 PM

Stabenow farm bill push starts with Urban Agriculture Act

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2016 - Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, rolled out legislation on Monday that would increase assistance for urban farmers.
Politics | 9/27/2016 3:49:36 PM

FDA mulls new definition for 'healthy' foods

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2016 - The Food and Drug Administration is considering new regulations for foods labeled healthy in light of changing scientific thinking about fats and the types of vitamins and minerals that consumers most need.
Politics | 9/27/2016 2:06:53 PM

Opinion: Shifting the funding mix: Protecting, improving and growing rural water Systems

We all know that access to clean water is critical for personal health. What is not as immediately apparent is how essential access to a consistent supply of water is to the economic vitality of our rural communities.
Politics | 9/26/2016 4:04:09 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Shutdown looms as lawmakers eye exit

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2016 - Lawmakers are eager to get home to campaign but first have to take care of some critical unfinished business this week, starting with a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running after the new fiscal year starts on Saturday.
Politics | 9/25/2016 7:23:02 PM

NASDA renews cooperative pact with FDA on Produce Safety Rule

LINCOLN, Neb., Sept. 25, 2016 - The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture has renewed a cooperative agreement with the FDA related to the implementation of the Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Politics | 9/25/2016 10:17:21 AM

Study shows millennials are big organic consumers

BALTIMORE, Sept. 22, 2016 - It turns out that millennials, perhaps the most important generation in terms of retail sales, are big consumers of organic food and other products, according to new study results announced today by the Organic Trade Association.


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