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Politics | 7/22/2014 10:17:31 AM

PACS pave the way for greater political influence in Rural America

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 - Shortly after the U.S. House of Representatives defeated the farm bill on June 20, 2013, Rep. Justin Amash, along with hundreds of business leaders
Politics | 7/22/2014 5:46:59 AM

Scott O'Malia to resign from CFTC

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014--The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced Monday that Commissioner Scott O'Malia will step down

Politics | 7/18/2014 9:26:13 AM

Calling experienced Hill reporters: Would you like to work for Agri-Pulse?

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2014 - Agri-Pulse Communications is looking for someone who is passionate about reporting on farm, food and rural policy issues and serving our growing readership. The ideal candidate should have
Politics | 7/15/2014 10:32:28 AM

Farm leaders crave comfort and clout in new coalitions

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2014 - When David Graves was hand-picked from Sen. Thad Cochran's staff to lead the Rice Miller's Association in 1989, the U.S. congressional map was not his friend. The U.S. rice crop is primarily grown in just
Politics | 7/11/2014 7:37:24 PM

Global demand for farm commodities seen rising through 2023

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2014 - Global meat prices will keep rising for the next decade with beef continuing to set record highs. And the production and consumption of biofuels is expected to increase by
Politics | 7/11/2014 7:31:05 PM

Global demand for farm commodities seen rising through 2023

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2014 - Global meat prices will keep rising for the next decade with beef continuing to set record highs. And the production and consumption of biofuels is expected to increase by 50 percent.These are some of  
Politics | 7/11/2014 1:39:07 PM

House votes to make bonus depreciation permanent

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2014 - The House today passed a bill that would make permanent a tax law provision allowing businesses that purchase new equipment to
Politics | 7/11/2014 12:58:03 PM

Soybean crop seen at record 3.8 bln bushels on acreage

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2014 - The U.S. soybean crop will total a record 3.8 billion bushels, up 4.5 percent from the month-ago estimate, USDA said today in a monthly report. The department cited an increase in
Politics | 7/11/2014 9:31:15 AM

EPA Administrator McCarthy aims to clear confusion on clean water rule

KANSAS CITY, July 10, 2014 - EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy wrapped up a two-day tour in the nation's heartland, visiting a farm near Columbia, Kansas, and speaking yesterday to the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City
Politics | 7/10/2014 5:38:42 PM

Lack of communication is to blame in biotech debate, according to House panel

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2014— The heated public debate over genetically modified foods shows the agricultural industry is not doing enough to communicate biotechnology's benefits to society, according to
Politics | 7/10/2014 4:17:21 PM

 Vilsack offers to help schools meet nutrition standards

WASHINGTON July 9, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with representatives from nutrition organizations today but gave no indication that the Obama administration is willing to ease school lunch requirements.
Politics | 7/10/2014 3:52:58 PM

Barge tax hike discussed at Highway Trust Fund bill markup

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2014-Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn., has authored an amendment that would generate an estimated additional
Politics | 7/10/2014 2:33:27 PM

Ben & Jerry's new flavor fuels 'Food Fight' over GMOs

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2014— Ice cream maker Ben and Jerry's promoted a special flavor, Food Fight Fudge Brownie, on Capitol Hill today, to support labeling mandates for
Politics | 7/9/2014 7:59:42 PM

 Business, farm groups hold 'Day of Action' on immigration reform

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 - A coalition of leading business, manufacturing, and agriculture groups -- including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Partnership for a New American Economy and the Business Roundtable -- - held a national day of action Wednesday to pressure
Politics | 7/9/2014 6:42:30 PM

RFA accuses Big Oil of anticompetitive practices in new report

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 -- The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) struck another blow in its seemingly endless battle with big oil companies for the American consumer's fuel dollar.
Politics | 7/9/2014 6:08:25 PM

 Pompeo says bipartisan support for labeling bill will move it forward

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 - Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., remains optimistic about the chances for passage of a piece of legislation he says is misidentified
Politics | 7/9/2014 3:53:11 PM

 Farm group says McCarthy has poisoned her trip to Missouri

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 -- Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst said EPA chief Gina McCarthy has poisoned the well as far as her visit to the state on Thursday is concerned by calling opponents of the agency's proposed Waters of the U.S. rule
Politics | 7/9/2014 2:45:24 PM

USDA disaster assistance programs help farmers in 40 states

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided a 12-week progress report on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs today, announcing that USDA has processed
Politics | 7/9/2014 12:34:53 PM

Iowan Tagtow to head USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Angie Tagtow, senior fellow, endowed chair for the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, will be the next executive director for the
Politics | 7/9/2014 11:40:33 AM

Senate approves Vetter as chief ag negotiator for USTR

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 -- The Senate today voted to approve Darci Vetter as chief agricultural negotiator for
Politics | 7/9/2014 10:07:36 AM

Pigford payouts to black farmers reach $2.3 B. Will there be more?

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 - May 2012 was the deadline for black farmers to submit claims charging USDA with discrimination under the terms of the Pigford I and II class action lawsuits dating from 1997. But that has not stopped
Politics | 7/9/2014 4:39:00 AM

New study explores impacts of reducing, then indexing fuel tax to inflation

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 - With lawmakers struggling to find a path forward on funding the Highway Trust Fund, a new study explores the impact of initially reducing the fuel tax and then
Politics | 7/9/2014 4:31:57 AM

NGFA proposes new rules to challenge rail freight rates

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014-- The National Grain and Feed Association (NFGA) is urging the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) to adopt new rules for grain shippers to challenge rail freight rates,
Politics | 7/8/2014 4:49:41 PM

Dairy group asks EPA to pull CWA guidance as comment period ends

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2014 — The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has joined several agricultural groups in asking EPA to withdraw its interpretive rule concerning Clean Water Act (CWA)
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