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Politics | 7/17/2014 3:09:26 PM

 USDA, DOE announce funding for biofuel feedstock improvement

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 - USDA and the Energy Department today announced the selection of 10 projects that are being awarded funding aimed at accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of
Politics | 7/17/2014 12:15:44 PM

 USDA makes available $13 million to aid organic certification

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 - USDA is making available $13 million in 2014 Farm Bill funding to partially reimburse farmers seeking certification

Politics | 7/16/2014 7:24:35 PM

CFTC official suggests 'do no harm' regulatory approach

NEW YORK, July 16, 2014 - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) would be best served if it uses 'do no harm' approach, Commission Scott O'Malia said in
Politics | 7/16/2014 4:13:01 PM

EPA defends 'Water' rule as House committee passes bill to halt it

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2014— The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a bill today that would invalidate the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)
Politics | 7/16/2014 3:13:43 PM

Roberts, Heitkamp back bill to help farmers in futures market

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2014 -The bill - dubbed the Risk Hedging Protection Act of 2014 - would give futures customers an additional day to provide payments to brokers to
Politics | 7/16/2014 4:56:51 AM

House approves short-term bill to keep Highway Fund afloat

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 - Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to approve H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, by a vote of 367-55, even though many
Politics | 7/15/2014 8:30:31 PM

EPA reassessing temporary grain storage structures

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014-- The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) is giving the EPA a pat on the back for its proposal to change the rule that governs how it deals with
Politics | 7/15/2014 7:25:53 PM

Corn, soybean crop ratings well above year ago

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 - The U.S. corn crop, the nation's biggest, continues to improve, with the fields in the best condition for this time of the growing season
Politics | 7/15/2014 10:32:28 AM

Farm leaders crave comfort and clout in new coalitions

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2014 - When David Graves was hand-picked from Sen. Thad Cochran's staff to lead the Rice Miller's Association in 1989, the U.S. congressional map was not his friend. The U.S. rice crop is primarily grown in just
Politics | 7/14/2014 4:27:59 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Focus on International Trade Talks

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2014 - Look for trade issues to make headlines this week as U.S. efforts continue to forge two major commercial treaties, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with 11 other Asia-Pacific nations, and the
Politics | 7/13/2014 2:31:17 PM

Organic foods have more antioxidants, U.K. study finds

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2014- Organic crops have higher levels of antioxidants associated with better health than conventional crops, according to a study led by scientists at Newcastle University
Politics | 7/11/2014 7:37:24 PM

Global demand for farm commodities seen rising through 2023

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2014 - Global meat prices will keep rising for the next decade with beef continuing to set record highs. And the production and consumption of biofuels is expected to increase by
Politics | 7/11/2014 7:35:06 PM

Global demand for farm commodities seen rising through 2023

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2014 - Global meat prices will keep rising for the next decade with beef continuing to set record highs. And the production and consumption of biofuels is expected to increase by
Politics | 7/11/2014 7:31:05 PM

Global demand for farm commodities seen rising through 2023

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2014 - Global meat prices will keep rising for the next decade with beef continuing to set record highs. And the production and consumption of biofuels is expected to increase by 50 percent.These are some of  
Politics | 7/11/2014 3:40:04 PM

USDA implementation of crop insurance programs questioned

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2014—House Agriculture Committee members said at a hearing on Thursday they are worried about USDA's implementation of certain crop insurance provisions in
Politics | 7/11/2014 1:39:07 PM

House votes to make bonus depreciation permanent

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2014 - The House today passed a bill that would make permanent a tax law provision allowing businesses that purchase new equipment to
Politics | 7/11/2014 12:58:03 PM

Soybean crop seen at record 3.8 bln bushels on acreage

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2014 - The U.S. soybean crop will total a record 3.8 billion bushels, up 4.5 percent from the month-ago estimate, USDA said today in a monthly report. The department cited an increase in
Politics | 7/11/2014 9:31:15 AM

EPA Administrator McCarthy aims to clear confusion on clean water rule

KANSAS CITY, July 10, 2014 - EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy wrapped up a two-day tour in the nation's heartland, visiting a farm near Columbia, Kansas, and speaking yesterday to the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City
Politics | 7/10/2014 5:38:42 PM

Lack of communication is to blame in biotech debate, according to House panel

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2014— The heated public debate over genetically modified foods shows the agricultural industry is not doing enough to communicate biotechnology's benefits to society, according to
Politics | 7/10/2014 4:17:21 PM

 Vilsack offers to help schools meet nutrition standards

WASHINGTON July 9, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with representatives from nutrition organizations today but gave no indication that the Obama administration is willing to ease school lunch requirements.
Politics | 7/10/2014 3:52:58 PM

Barge tax hike discussed at Highway Trust Fund bill markup

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2014-Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn., has authored an amendment that would generate an estimated additional
Politics | 7/10/2014 2:33:27 PM

Ben & Jerry's new flavor fuels 'Food Fight' over GMOs

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2014— Ice cream maker Ben and Jerry's promoted a special flavor, Food Fight Fudge Brownie, on Capitol Hill today, to support labeling mandates for
Politics | 7/9/2014 7:59:42 PM

 Business, farm groups hold 'Day of Action' on immigration reform

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 - A coalition of leading business, manufacturing, and agriculture groups -- including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Partnership for a New American Economy and the Business Roundtable -- - held a national day of action Wednesday to pressure
Politics | 7/9/2014 6:42:30 PM

RFA accuses Big Oil of anticompetitive practices in new report

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 -- The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) struck another blow in its seemingly endless battle with big oil companies for the American consumer's fuel dollar.
Politics | 7/9/2014 6:08:25 PM

 Pompeo says bipartisan support for labeling bill will move it forward

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 - Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., remains optimistic about the chances for passage of a piece of legislation he says is misidentified
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