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DES MOINES, IA, Aug. 13, 2015 - Although he
hails from the nation's smallest state, Lincoln Chafee insists that living in
Rhode Island and representing the state in the U.S. Senate gave him an
appreciation of the land and working knowledge of farm policy.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2015 - The American Farm Bureau Federation released maps it said showed the new Clean Water Act rule would lead to a (radical) expansion in its jurisdiction, and another leading farm group called for the Obama administration to delay implementation of the measure.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2015 - Farmers are on track to see the second highest corn yield on record and harvest their third biggest crop ever, the Agriculture Department said in a report that surprised traders and sent market prices falling.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2015 - Donald Trump has taken the lead among Republican presidential candidates in Iowa as his GOP rivals prepare to make their pitches at the State Fair opening Thursday in Des Moines.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2015-The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF) is releasing advertisements in Minnesota and Kansas to encourage support for a bill that would bar states from enacting mandatory GMO labeling laws.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2015 -- The Agriculture Department is moving ahead with a plan to attack the feral swine problem with a strategy that will vary by state and require help from state and local governments.
There's a new and growing glut of criteria people are
using to make healthful food selections. On one hand there's the traditional criteria - taste, price, convenience and nutrition. On
the other is a small but growing list of consumers adding social variables to
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2015 - Political pundits mistakenly characterize rural America as politically one-dimensional, but those who do fail to understand important demographic changes that can impact the 2016 elections.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2015 - South Africa is keeping its door shut to American poultry and pork imports, frustrating U.S. producers who say it isn't living up to the requirements of a preferential trade law.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2015 - Donald Trump came out combative in the first Republican presidential debate and drew boos right off the bat by refusing to pledge his support for the eventual GOP nominee if it's not him.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2015 - USDA today announced $63 million in loans and grants for 264 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide that the department is supporting through its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2015 -- Hollywood royalty in the personae of actresses Blythe Danner and daughter Gwyneth Paltrow came to Capitol Hill Wednesday to support legislation offered by Senate Democrats that would require labeling of foods containing genetically-modified ingredients.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2015 - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell flatly ruled out a government shutdown this fall but was less certain on when Congress would revive a series of lapsed tax benefits, including biofuel credits and the popular Section 179 expensing allowance.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2015 - USDA is celebrating its 16th annual National Farmers Market Week, which started Aug. 2 and runs through Aug. 8, with Saturday and Sunday- the most popular days for markets-just around the corner.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2015-The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing stricter rules for applicators of "restricted use pesticides," which make up about 5 percent of all pesticides registered at EPA, according to Jim Jones, the agency's assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2015- Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and fellow Democrats walked out of a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee meeting held today to consider several bills, including one to block the president's Clean Power Plan and another that would alter Clean Water Act pesticide permit regulations - in an effort to deny Republicans a quorum.
WASHINGTON, August 4, 2015 - After a year of battles over the Obama administration's controversial Clean Power Plan (CPP) proposal to limit power plant carbon emissions for the first time, the EPA finalized the plan. What the administration couldn't achieve through cap-and-trade legislation in a divided Congress, it now hopes to mandate through EPA regulation.
WASHINGTON, August 5, 2015 - With House members already back in their districts for the August recess and Senators scheduled for their own state work period by the end of this week, sugar producers are savoring another victory in the perennial battle to save their price-support program from congressional attacks.
Our guest on Open Mic this week is USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson. In this wide-ranging interview, you’ll hear his perspective on any relationship between the drop in equity markets and commodity prices, thoughts on China, Brazil and other countries lowering their currency values, and the implications of the EPA’s upcoming decision on RFS volume standards for US farm income.