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WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2015 - Small farms and processors across the country as well as some major agricultural cooperatives have been awarded Agriculture Department grants to expand or start new businesses.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2015 - USDA plans to invest $8
million in fiscal year 2016 in projects that will help farmers and ranchers
served by the drought-depleted Ogallala Aquifer conserve billions of gallons of
water annually while strengthening agricultural operations.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2015 - The Food and Drug Administration is expected to roll out a set of landmark rules this week that includes the first federal safety regulations for how fresh produce is grown and packed.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2015 - Ethanol supporters are expressing their disappointment at a recent letter targeting the Renewable Fuel Standard, saying the 184 members of Congress who signed it are turning their backs on farmers and rural communities.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2015 - The release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership text makes public for the first time details of the tariff cuts and restrictions on foreign import barriers that could benefit U.S. food and agricultural exports.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2015 - The escalating battle over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) added another front Thursday. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson warned President Obama that lowering the RFS volume requirements could result in Democrats losing otherwise winnable congressional races in the 2016 elections.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2015 - President Barack Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, ending his administration's seven-year internal debate over the project by concluding that it (would not serve the national interests.)
WASHINGTON, Nov, 4, 2015 - Republicans knew they didn't have the votes to repeal the Obama administration's Clean Water Act rule. But they managed to put Senate Democrats on the hot seat over the issue.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2015 -- President Barack Obama says he'll suspend all duty-free treatment of South African agricultural exports to the U.S., within 60 days unless the country makes some progress toward eliminating barriers to shipments of certain U.S. farm products, including chicken, pork and beef.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2015 - The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee took on the hotly debated topic of "fire borrowing" for the first time during a Thursday hearing, and even went as far as to publicly agree to try to end the practice.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2015 - A bipartisan group of 184 House members wrote to Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy this week urging her to reconsider the Renewable Fuel Standard proposals the agency released earlier this year, saying they would cause a "breach of the ethanol blend wall.)
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2015 - In a landslide vote, the House of Representatives cleared a six-year highway bill Thursday morning, setting up a conference with the Senate over their different pieces of legislation.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2015 - Texas Rep. Kevin Brady, who represents a suburban Houston district, was selected by the House GOP Steering Committee to take over as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4,
2015 - A new initiative aims to bring farmers, input providers, government
leaders and advocacy groups together to address water quality concerns while
still increasing on-farm productivity in Minnesota, known as the land of 10,000
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2015 -- USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement will be released "very, very soon" and that the document will prove to be (very beneficial) to agriculture.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2015 - An amendment to the House highway bill that would have allowed for heavier loads of livestock on the nation's highways failed to receive congressional approval Wednesday after another truck weight limit amendment met a similar fate Tuesday night.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Tracy Brunner, President of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. As the group prepares for its 120thconvention next month, Brunner reflects on the obstacles the industry has overcome and shares high hopes for the Trump administration and the 115thCongress. In this interview the 4thgeneration Kansas cattleman calls for regulatory reform, an end to the death tax, and a fair fight for trade agreements including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and with T-TIP negotiations with the European Union. Like other commodity groups, Brunner says NCBA hopes for immigration reform and a revamp of the Endangered Species Act. Brunner supports key provisions in debate for a new farm bill and says food labeling should remain voluntary and respect their high standards for animal husbandry.