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Santa Ana Pueblo, NM,
Aug. 4, 2015 -- Participants and observers returning from the latest round of
the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations in Hawaii, say resolution of
agricultural and other knotty provisions of the pact are edging toward the
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2015- The U.S. District Court of Idaho has ruled that the state's so-called (ag gag) law, which criminalizes surreptitious videotaping at an agricultural operation, is unconstitutional.
WASHINGTON, August 2, 2015-The Obama administration plans to release its final "Clean Power Plan" rule on Monday, which imposes the first ever limits on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants - a cornerstone of the president's agenda to combat climate change and accelerate the development of "clean energy."
Santa Ana Pueblo, NM,
August 3, 2015 - American sugar beet and cane growers and sugar processors will
polish their strategy and shore up their defenses on several fronts at their
annual summer meeting, running through midweek here.
WASHINGTON, August 1, 2015 - The twelve countries currently in negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement announced late Friday night from Hawaii they had not come to a common resolution on several key issues - namely dairy and sugar - that the ministers said were crucial to striking a final deal.
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2015 - A dozen lawsuits brought in protest against the Obama administration's newly finalized "waters of the United States"(WOTUS) rule are scheduled to be heard together as one case before the 6th Circuit Court based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
WASHINGTON, July 30, 2015 - Internal documents released by a House committee show the Army Corps of Engineers questioning the legal and technical basis for the Obama administration's Clean Water Act rule just weeks before its release.
WASHINGTON, July 30, 2015-The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed a broad energy reform bill today after three markup hearings on the legislation, marking the committee's first successful effort at energy reform in several years.
WASHINGTON, July 30, 2015 - The Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is furthering its efforts on a vaccination to better prevent the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), but poultry exports could dramatically drop as a result.
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson's recent commentary which appeared July 27, 2015 on www.Agri-Pulse.com regarding mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) gets the story only half right.
WASHINGTON, July 30, 2015 - Imports of beef from
Brazil and Argentina could be blocked for years by requirements that lawmakers
are trying to impose on the Agriculture Department, the White House says.
WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 - A dispute in the Senate over what lies ahead for U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) likely won't be resolved anytime soon. With Senate Agriculture Committee leaders deeply divided, an earlier attempt to tie the language to a highway bill appears to be a futile exercise.
WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 - Negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership moved into a critical phase yesterday as the top trade ministers from the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations joined the talks in Hawaii.
WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 - The comment period on the EPA's proposed multiyear volume requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) closed at midnight on Tuesday, and groups on both sides of the issue used the opportunity to ask for changes.
WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 - The Senate Agriculture Committee is making the first move to rewrite the rules for school meals and other child nutrition programs. Republican Chairman Pat Roberts, who has been working with the committee's ranking Democrat, Debbie Stabenow on a reauthorization bill, has scheduled a markup for Sept. 17.
WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told a group of poultry industry stakeholders on Tuesday that discussions on the next farm bill should include a disaster assistance program for chicken, turkey and egg producers.
WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 - With the poultry industry bracing for another outbreak of the avian flu this fall, there's a simmering disagreement over whether producers should vaccinate birds. Broiler producers, who are far more dependent on exports than the egg and turkey farmers who bore the brunt of this spring's outbreak, are worried that using the vaccine could result in more export bans.
WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 - The Republican takeover of the Senate has all but ensured that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission will continue to face a tight budget. But so far, GOP senators have been unable to get Democrats to go along with any new changes in Dodd-Frank regulations.
WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 - President Obama used his historic visit to Ethiopia this week to highlight his Feed the Future initiative, including a project led by DuPont Pioneer to increase the productivity of smallholder farmers.
WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 - While the vast majority of U.S. hops are still grown in the Northwest, farmers in two states - Michigan and New York - are leading a hop-growing renaissance in the East that promises high returns for producers and new tastes for craft beer enthusiasts.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Sterling Liddell, Senior Vice President for Rabo AgriFinance and Rabobank International in its Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group. Discussion on a new farm bill has begun across the country and in Washington with calls to get an early start on new policy. Some analysts believe the nation is on the verge of another farm crisis. In this interview, Sterling Liddell offers evidence of financial stress he sees growing on crop farms and highlights factors indicating a significant paradigm shift he believes farmers will have to traverse to survive the economic downturn. Liddell believes the Conservation Reserve Program needs to be revised to help manage crop acres and reduce land costs on marginal acres.