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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.
WASHINGTON, August 5, 2015 - An analysis focused on sugar in the European Union's agricultural policy reforms finds that while it is phasing out sugar beet price supports and marketing quotas, it is ushering in various payments that will sum to $667 million a year to both sugar beet and cane growers by 2019.
WASHINGTON, August 5, 2015 - Self-branded as (All Things Food,) a six-county block of rural counties in south central Idaho has welded its array of farm products to a food processing sector in a way that most farming areas only dream of doing.
WASHINGTON, August 5, 2015-Stonegate Bank of Pompano Beach, Fla., a $2 billion bank that does most of its business in eight south Florida counties, has obtained the first correspondent banking relationship with a Cuban bank since the United States relaxed financial restrictions on the island nation last December.
WASHINGTON, August 5, 2015 - Construction
is beginning on a Minnesota ethanol plant to repurpose it for the chemical
n-butanol, often used in paint and coatings. Investors say the relatively small
plant will be more profitable as a renewable chemical facility, and will serve
as a model for future projects.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2015 - The U.S. cow-calf industry will grow by over 3 million head in the next four to six years, according to a report released Monday by Rabobank, an agribusiness research firm that monitors and evaluates global agricultural markets.
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.
In this week’s edition of Open Mic, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway discusses what promises to be a frantic start to December as the U.S. Congress faces a deadline to approve omnibus appropriations legislation. Chairman Conaway is intent to see protection from budget cuts for the farm bill and crop insurance. In this interview, Conaway calls for administrative changes in the farm bill to help cotton farmers, discusses how the threat of trade retaliation from COOL is already affecting commerce with Canada, and the committee’s work to review the nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.