News Archive: Months of Agri-Pulse Reporting Available
Welcome to Agri-Pulse, the news source you can depend on for daily updates on the web and weekly e-newsletters regarding the latest in agricultural news and rural policy. Browse our website for concise coverage of daily farm and rural policy developments, and click on the link above to view a sample issue of our e-newsletter. If you like what you see, sign up for a four-week free trial subscription or subscribe by clicking the links above.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - The FNV team, a new collaboration backed by big name corporations and celebrities focused on building demand for fruits and vegetables among teens and moms, today introduced its plan to (take over America's taste buds) through new and improved marketing at the Partnership for a Healthier America's 2015 Summit.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 With strong bipartisan
support, the House has passed legislation that would give the EPA 90 days to
prepare an assessment and propose a management plan for cyanotoxin - the toxic
byproducts of algae blooms found in drinking water.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - The Obama administration on Thursday announced a series of initiatives aimed at helping farms and businesses in rural America access overseas markets, noting that those markets could be dramatically widened by the conclusion of ambitious free trade agreements with Pacific Rim nations and with the European Union.
Texas, Feb. 24, 2015-The U.S. ethanol industry had a spectacular year in 2014.
But unless Congress and the driving public recognize the tremendous potential
of biofuels and reject Big Oil's continuing attacks, the United States could
lose its leadership position.
25, 2015 - The Senate Finance Committee postponed a trade hearing set
for Thursday, a sign that talks are progressing on a bill to provide
President Obama with the negotiating authority needed to complete a
Pacific Rim trade deal.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - EPA chief Gina McCarthy had few, if any, definitive answers on the impending Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule today at a House Energy and Commerce Committee's hearing on the agency's budget for fiscal 2016.
Feb. 25, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack assured lawmakers he
would be personally involved in writing the government's new dietary
guidelines and indicated he would keep them narrowly focused on
25, 2015 - Special safety labels for mechanically tenderized meat are
likely to take effect as soon as 2016, two years earlier than expected,
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told lawmakers. He was pushed to deliver recommendations for overhauling the country-of-origin labeling law.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - In an effort to expand production and consumption of locally-grown foods in schools, lawmakers introduced new legislation today that would enhance USDA's Farm to School program.
As a member of North Dakota's state legislature, I take my constitutional duties seriously. Serving in office requires me to take an oath: I solemnly swear to support the U.S. Constitution, as well as my state's constitution.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2014 - House
Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway said today's committee hearing on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is just (the
start of a long) review of the largest initiative in the nation's safety net
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2015 -- The North American Meat Institute is asking that the comment period for the scientific report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee be extended from 45 days to 120 days.
23, 2015 - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today called on county
government officials from across the country to support President Obama's
request for trade promotion authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2015-- Bee experts at USDA's annual Agricultural Outlook Forum last week said better management of crop chemicals could go a long way toward improving the health of this pollinator that is crucial to agriculture, but researching diseases that plague the insect is the best long-term solution.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2015 - President Barack Obama today kept his promise and vetoed a bill approving the Keystone XL Pipeline. In a message to the Senate, Obama said the bill was an attempt by Congress to "circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest."
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 - Almost 400 organizations with ties to agriculture, food, conservation and rural America wrote a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Budget Committees, calling on them to reject demands for additional cuts in programs which fall under the jurisdiction of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 - Kathleen Merrigan, a former deputy secretary of agriculture, is joining Agree as one of four co-chairs. Merrigan, currently the executive director of sustainability at the George Washington University, will replace Gary Hirshberg, co-founder and chairman of Stonyfield Farm, who is stepping down after four years.
In this week’s Open Mic, Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agriculture Negotiator with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, provides an update on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPA) negotiations, as well as the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks. Vetter says the nation’s agriculture industry cannot afford to be isolated from the other ninety-five percent of the globe’s population or growth in its middle class. Support from farmers and ranchers will be crucial in advancing an ambitious trade agenda, she adds.