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Politics | 1/24/2013

USTR, U.S. ethanol groups lash out at EU anti-dumping duty plan

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2013 - The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and U.S. renewable fuel organizations expressed disappointment today following the recent European Commission decision
Politics | 1/23/2013 4:45:15 PM

House Ag Committee formally organizes, set to begin work

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2013 - The House Agriculture Committee today held a meeting to formally organize the committee, adopt committee rules, and introduce new members.

Politics | 1/23/2013 4:10:39 PM

House approves No Budget, No Pay' legislation

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2013 - The House approved legislation (H.R. 325) today that would allow for a short-term increase in the nation's debt limit and would withhold salaries from members of Congress if either chamber fails to approve a budget.
Politics | 1/23/2013 3:27:08 PM

U.S. Trade Rep Kirk to step down at end of February

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2013 - U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced Tuesday that he plans to leave his position at the end of February, after serving nearly four years.
Politics | 1/23/2013 3:08:46 PM

Bipartisan group of senators urge Obama to act on Keystone XL

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2013 - A bipartisan group of 53 senators sent a letter today to President Obama urging him to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline
Politics | 1/23/2013 2:30:05 PM

Connecticut Rep. Joe Courtney named to House Ag Committee

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2013 - U.S. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., today announced that the Democratic Caucus has appointed
Politics | 1/23/2013 1:30:20 PM

Dale Moore to lead Farm Bureau public policy

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2013—The American Farm Bureau Federation today announced that Dale Moore will lead the organization's public policy department. AFBF Chief Economist Dr. Bob Young will now
Politics | 1/23/2013 6:16:14 AM

Sportsmen's conservation group outlines 2013 policy priorities

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2013- Investments in conservation programs and the passage of a full, five-year farm bill are included as priorities for the nation's sportsmen in the Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Partnership's (TRCP)
Politics | 1/22/2013 3:37:52 PM

USDA announces 2013 sign-up for direct payments, ACRE and MILC

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2013 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack frequently talks about the need for the U.S. Congress to pass a new farm bill, but he is moving ahead
Politics | 1/22/2013 1:00:59 PM

Peterson announces Ag Subcommittee ranking members

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2013 - U.S. House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., today announced the Democratic ranking members and
Politics | 1/22/2013 12:18:56 PM

Sen. Reid re-introduces previous Senate farm bill

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2013 - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., re-introduced today the Senate-passed version of the five-year farm bill, calling it a revolutionary piece of legislation.
Politics | 1/22/2013

Bipartisan gala celebrates agriculture

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 - Members of Congress, industry leaders, and other distinguished guests were decked out in their finest to celebrate the 57th presidential inauguration and a bipartisan gala celebrating agriculture
Politics | 1/21/2013

Washington Week Ahead: Inauguration craziness descends on Capitol

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2013 - The week is set to kick off with an inaugural bang as lawmakers - at least Democrats - celebrate the second swearing-in of President Obama on Monday.
Politics | 1/20/2013 12:42:28 PM

 How the farm bill extension impacts direct payments and other USDA programs

Washington, Jan. 18, 2013 - With the extension of the 2008 farm bill through Sept. 30, 2013, there's been a lot of confusion over exactly which USDA farm and conservation programs will be available this year.
Politics | 1/18/2013 5:04:40 PM

SNAP benefits can be measured through various factors, report says

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2013 - The ability of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to promote food security and a healthy diet can be measured and influenced by several factors including household resources and environmental surroundings
Politics | 1/18/2013 4:12:18 PM

IRS provides penalty relief to farmers and fishermen

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2013 — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today that it will issue guidance in the near future to provide relief from the estimated tax penalty for farmers and fishermen unable
Politics | 1/18/2013 8:58:06 AM

Biofuels industry highlights innovation, responds to anti-RFS campaign

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2013 - Prominent members of the biofuels industry made their case for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in a teleconference yesterday, two days after
Politics | 1/17/2013 8:15:36 PM

Speculation grows that Energy Sec. Chu will step down

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2013- Rumors are swirling over whether or not Energy Secretary Steven Chu will be announcing that he will step down, perhaps as early as next week.
Politics | 1/17/2013 8:12:38 PM

USDA's Inspector General announces SNAP enforcement cases

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2013 - The Agriculture Department's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced today several enforcement actions involving fraudulent use of
Politics | 1/17/2013 1:15:38 PM

Deadline to complete 2012 Census of Agriculture is Feb. 4

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2013—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week continued to remind producers to complete forms for the Census of Agriculture
Politics | 1/15/2013 6:51:22 PM

House approves $222.4 million for USDA Hurricane Sandy aid

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2013 - The House approved legislation (H.R. 152) late today, on a 241-180 vote, that would provide the Agriculture Department with $222.4 million as part of a larger disaster assistance package to help states dealing with the impacts of Hurricane Sandy.
Politics | 1/15/2013 4:35:18 PM

Vilsack announces loan program for new, small farms

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2013 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today a "microloan" program aimed at boosting small and new farms by providing loans of up to $35,000 at an interest rate of less than five percent.
Politics | 1/15/2013 4:08:28 PM

Cattlemen ask Obama Administration to delay ferret reintroduction plan

WASHINGTON, January 15, 2013 - The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) and other agricultural groups say they need more time to study a controversial plan
Politics | 1/15/2013 2:57:09 PM

Appeals court refuses to rehear case on EPA's E15 decision

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2013 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today refused attempts to rehear an earlier case in which the court struck down challenges to an Environmental Protection Agency
Politics | 1/14/2013 6:45:48 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Behind-the-scenes talks continue on farm bill

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2013 - Lawmakers in both chambers are expected to continue to discuss how to proceed with a five-year farm bill, after efforts to pass
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