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WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016 - Recruiting military veterans and youth into farming should be a major goal of the next farm bill, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said today at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event to highlight its Hiring our Heroes program.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016 - Louisianans are
still waiting for the water to recede, cleaning up the damage, taking stock of
their losses and trying to salvage what they can from the devastation of recent
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2016 - Agriculture and construction equipment giant John Deere today announced layoffs at two Iowa manufacturing plants. The news comes days after the company reported profit for its fiscal third quarter fell from the year-earlier period.
As the agricultural economy enters a down period in which
low commodity prices have strained farm incomes and concerns about liquidity
have reached an all-time high, agricultural bankers are ready and willing to
help America's farmers and ranchers.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2016 - China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) announced that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. cleared its proposed $43 billion takeover of Syngenta - removing one of the biggest potential obstacles to the deal.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2016 - From underwater fields to
drowned cattle, the damage to Louisiana farmers and ranchers from the recent
storms and continued flooding is extensive, but state officials say they are
doing what they can to prevent losses.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2016 - The Environmental Protection Agency has been taken to the woodshed by its Office of Inspector General, which said the agency has failed to provide legally required reports to Congress.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack awarded almost $18 million in funding for projects impacting beginning farmers and ranchers on the heels of a roundtable discussion in his home state with producers who are just getting started.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2016 - Slickspot peppergrass, a plant that lives on about 60,000 acres of sagebrush-steppe habitat in southwestern Idaho, will once again be considered a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2016 - Donald Trump's campaign has set up a geographically diverse team of agricultural leaders that includes congressmen, governors, state agriculture commissioners, trade association leaders and producers of grain, livestock, poultry and fruits and vegetables.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2016 - The White House took an important procedural step toward putting the Trans-Pacific Partnership before Congress, one day after Hillary Clinton made clear that she would oppose congressional approval of the trade pact during a lame duck session.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2016 - The National Milk Producers Federation is asking USDA to spend between $100 million and $150 million to buy cheese off the market to help out dairy farmers who are suffering from record low prices, weak exports and strong domestic supplies.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2016 - The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking USDA to provide emergency assistance to U.S. dairy farmers - including purchasing millions of pounds of cheese for government nutrition programs - to help producers in the face of plummeting farm-level milk prices and cash receipts for milk sales.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2016 -- The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) has taken another big step toward its goal of supporting innovative science addressing today's food and agricultural challenges by naming experts to six advisory councils.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2016 -- The Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog group, has filed a complaint with U.S. federal regulators alleging that French dairy giant Danone's proposed acquisition of White Wave Foods is anti-competitive and a threat to the American organic dairy market.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2016 - Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, desperate to open up new feed supplies for the livestock industry, is asking the country's biotech regulatory agency to temporarily lift restrictions on corn imports from the U.S.
This week's guest on Open Mic is John Weber, President of the National Pork Producers Council. Congressional decisions on trade and market direction in the next 60 days will set the course for the future of the U.S. swine industry. Weber, an Iowa pork producer, explains how market access to the participating countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is critical to the profitability of the nation's hog farmers. Weber also discusses the impact of domestic and global consolidation in the swine industry. And, with discussion beginning on a the next farm bill, Weber points to his association's top priorities for the new language including disease management and producer risk protection.