Politics | 3/3/2015

 California, Middle East lead the way as solar power soars globally

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA. March 3, 2015 - With oil prices around $50 a barrel, half last summer's peak, is it game over for renewables?

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Politics | 3/4/2015 12:35:56 PM

Senators introduce bill to ease regulations on hauling diesel fuel

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 - A group of senators introduced a bill today that would provide an exemption to agricultural service vehicles from hazardous material transportation laws for hauling diesel fuel.
Politics | 3/4/2015 12:22:18 PM

New child nutrition rules must work for 'all districts,' chairman says

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said he plans a bipartisan overhaul of federal nutrition requirements so that poor or rural school districts as well as wealthy, urban ones can meet the meal standards.

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Politics | 3/4/2015 11:50:50 AM

McDonald's to source only chicken treated without human antibiotics

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015- McDonald's, the world's largest fast food chain, today announced that it will only source chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine in all of their 14,000 U.S. restaurants within two years.
Politics | 3/4/2015 5:07:46 AM

Rural water systems need $140 billion for fixes and feds aren't flush

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015-- Rural communities will need $140 billion in drinking water and wastewater system upgrades in the coming decades, according to a Government Accountability Office report.
Politics | 3/3/2015 5:58:31 PM

House panel OKs mandatory E-Verify over farmer opposition

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2015 - The House Judiciary Committee has advanced a bill that would force employers to use the E-Verify system to ensure their workers can legally work in the Untied States, a requirement that could snag farmworkers across the country.
Politics | 3/3/2015 5:04:17 PM

USDA won't commit to COOL revisions

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2015 - The Obama administration won't commit to providing lawmakers with recommendations for overhauling the country-of-origin labeling law for meat.
Politics | 3/3/2015 3:36:15 PM

House clears DHS funding, ending stalemate

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2015 - The House voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the rest of fiscal 2015, ending an attempt by conservatives to use the agency's spending bill to block President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
Politics | 3/3/2015 11:59:03 AM

Ag innovation: Squeezed between lawsuits and a biotech hard place

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2015 - Ask just about any farmer leader if they support science and innovation in agriculture and the answer will usually be a resounding yes. But ask them about how to commercialize new seed traits and avoid sending those products to unapproved international markets, there's little consensus.
Politics | 3/2/2015 4:05:19 PM

USDA earmarks $27.6 million for rural pilot projects to combat child hunger

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 - USDA is awarding $27.6 million to five demonstration projects aimed at ending childhood hunger in America.
Politics | 3/2/2015 3:57:35 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Fight resumes over school nutrition standards

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2015 - School nutrition directors and the Obama administration are drawing lines for a coming battle over reauthorization of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that raised standards for school meals.
Politics | 3/2/2015 3:30:37 PM

FDA overseas offices lag behind FSMA inspection mandate

WASHINGTON, March 2 -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not keeping pace with a mandate that requires its overseas offices to inspect foreign food facilities, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.
Politics | 3/2/2015 2:11:01 PM

Mikulski to retire as longest serving woman in Congress

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 - Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., announced Monday that she will retire at the end of the 114th Congress in 2017, ending the longest congressional career of any woman in history.
Politics | 3/2/2015 12:49:17 PM

Key senator proposes cuts to school nutrition standards

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 - Sodium limits for schools would be frozen at their current limits and a whole grain requirement would be cut in half under proposed legislation that school nutrition directors will be lobbying Congress this week to pass.
Politics | 3/2/2015 10:45:42 AM

Dairy groups endorse TPA for trade agreements

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 -- The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) today jointly urged Congress to enact new Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, saying it is crucial to securing well-negotiated trade agreements.
Politics | 3/2/2015

Wanted: Pix of fruits and veggies to shift 'food porn' balance

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 - Bolthouse Farms is challenging America to shift the balance of "food porn" and help create a healthier Internet.
Politics | 3/1/2015 5:02:51 PM

Six-part series looks at 'Packing Political Punch in Rural America'

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2015 - Does rural America still pack the same political punch it did in years gone by? With fewer farmers, is there a disconnect between them, their city cousins and the legislators who represent the diverse groups?
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Marshall Matz - John Block

Trade is critical to rural America: Agriculture is key to TPA
Trade policy may present an opportunity for the Obama Administration and the Congress to work together in a bipartisan manner but it is sure not unanimous.

Author:

Bruce Knight

The best kept secret
The 2015 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) will cover up to 7.7 million new acres and provide $100 million to participating farmers.

Author:

Blake Hurst

American farmers as peasants? Really?
In his recent declaration of war on my farm and thousands like it, New York Times recipe-trader-in-chief and food columnist Mark Bittman contrasted

Author:

Marshall Matz

The NAS is examining GE crops
The new study on genetically engineered (GE) crops now being conducted by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources

Author:

Bruce Knight

Share Your Views on EQIP and CSP
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting comments on new rules for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
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 event calendar
  National Products Expo West
  March 4-8, 2015 Anaheim, California

  National Pork Industry Forum
  March 5-7, 2015 San Antonio, Texas

  Analyzing Risk: Principles, Concepts, and Applications
  March 9-12, 2015 Boston, Massachusetts

  National Farmers Union Annual Conference
  March 14-17, 2015 Wichita, Kansas

  Annual Fruit Ripening & Retail Handling Workshop
  March 17-18, 2015 Davis, California

  National Ag Day
  March 18, 2015 Washington, D.C.

  Food & Beverage Environmental Conference
  March 22-26, 2015 Point Clear, Alabama

  National Institute for Animal Agriculture Annual Conference
  March 23-26, 2015 Indianapolis, Indiana

  Indoor Ag-Con
  March 31-April 1, 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada

  American Food Technology & Innovation Summit
  April 14-15, 2015 Chicago, Illinois

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 1. Ag innovation: Squeezed between lawsuits and a biotech hard place

 2. Washington Week Ahead: Fight resumes over school nutrition standards

 3. Six-part series looks at 'Packing Political Punch in Rural America'

 4. USDA won't commit to COOL revisions

 5. Wanted: Pix of fruits and veggies to shift 'food porn' balance

 6. Dairy groups endorse TPA for trade agreements

 7. Key senator proposes cuts to school nutrition standards

 8. House panel OKs mandatory E-Verify over farmer opposition

 9. Rural water systems need $140 billion for fixes and feds aren't flush

 10. Mikulski to retire as longest serving woman in Congress