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WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - The honeybee population in Indiana survived the winter in better shape than a year ago, with estimated losses at about 29 percent compared to a mortality rate of about 65 percent after the winter of 2013-2014, according to Purdue University honeybee specialist Greg Hunt.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - USDA has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Meeker County, Minnesota, marking the ninth outbreak of HPAI in the state.
April 8, 2015 - A Texas federal judge who blocked the Obama
administration's executive actions on immigration is refusing to stay
the decision and accused government lawyers of misleading him about when
the orders were first implemented.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - Reinvigorating animal agricultural research is essential to sustainably addressing the global challenge of food security, according to a report issued by a National Research Council committee, part of the National Academies of Sciences.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - A group of 15 stakeholders in the organic industry have filed a lawsuit in San Francisco alleging the Department of Agriculture violated federal rulemaking processes and took power away from the National Organic Standards Board.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - Potential agricultural operators of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones, would like the government to allow higher, wider ranges for the vehicles, and to ensure the privacy of the data collected by this technology.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - Sen. Rand Paul, who officially launched his presidential candidacy on Tuesday, is trying to expand his support beyond his young and libertarian base. One way he's trying to do it is by sponsoring legislation aimed at increasing consumption of ethanol.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - Dramatic growth in the craft beer sector domestically and abroad over the past five years has translated into big opportunities for American hop and barley producers who cultivate the industry's most essential inputs.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - It's no secret that a substantial amount of land was converted to crops starting in 2008 as prices for corn and other commodities were soaring. But a new study out of the University of Wisconsin claims to detail for the first time where that new cropland is located and what it was used for before being plowed up mostly for corn and soybeans.
WASHINGTON, April 7, 2015 - USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service
(NRCS) will invest $10 million this year, and an additional $90 million over
the next four years, in water quality improvement projects on farms and ranches
within the Mississippi River Basin.
April 3, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack solicited farmers, ranchers
and agribusiness owners to (personally lobby) for the speedy passage of fast track negotiating authority for President
Obama and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.
WASHINGTON, April 6, 2015 -- USDA has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in a molting breeder replacement turkey flock in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, the seventh confirmation in a commercial flock in the state.
WASHINGTON, April 6, 2015 - Agri-Pulse founder and President Sara Wyant was named to the annual Folio: "Top Women in Media" recognition in the Entrepreneurs category. She will be recognized at a June awards ceremony at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.
WASHINGTON, April 6, 2015 - The Obama administration
has advanced a final Clean Water Act rule with revisions that the EPA
Administrator Gina McCarthy promises will address a range of objections raised
since it was first proposed a year ago
April 2, 2015 - The Western
Governors' Association released a report today highlighting the
voluntary efforts in 11 states to conserve the habitat of sage-grouse as part
of an effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the Endangered
Species Act (ESA).
PHILADELPHIA, April 3, 2015 - The HungerU tour is headed to East Coast colleges and universities this spring to educate students, academia and the general public about the critical role agriculture plays in feeding the world.
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2015 - Though severe congestion in West Coast ports is still slowing exports, data released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) shows February exports of U.S. beef, pork and lamb up some from totals posted in January.
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2015 - EPA says it is unlikely to approve new uses for neonicotinoid pesticides until it completes assessments of the products' effects on honey bees and other pollinators. In a letter to registrants of the pesticides, the agency said it is also awaiting the submission of new bee data.
Our guest on Open Mic this week is U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Congressional leaders return to Washington this week with an agenda bordered by trade, appropriations and a pushback against overregulation. The Kentucky Republican sees opportunity to work with the Obama administration on Trade Promotion Authority and cyber-security legislation, but expects push back over regulations that GOP leaders will try to repeal through a series of policy riders on appropriations bills.