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WASHINGTON, May 23, 2016 - President Barack Obama has begun his
week-long visit to Vietnam and Japan and he'll be extolling the virtues of both
the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
agreements during the trip.
May 23, 2016 - Top officials of Germany-based Bayer AG took to the phones today
to explain why they believe acquiring Monsanto in a deal worth $62 billion
would be good for shareholders, farmers and a growing world population.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2016 - Michelle Obama formally unveiled the
government's updated Nutrition Facts Label for packaged foods today while at
the same time touting the strides the Obama administration has made toward a
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 - The Senate's agriculture spending bill that advanced Thursday would provide supplemental payments to farmers who believe they have been shortchanged by the Agriculture Risk Coverage program that was created by the 2014 farm bill.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2016 - The White House today unveiled the first major update of the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods in more than 20 years, which will include, among other things, a line that clearly states the amount of sugar added to the product during processing.
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 - House Republicans advanced a bill aimed at overhauling some of the Obama administration's child nutrition standards and to allow some states to experiment with setting their own rules for school meals.
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 - Soybean
farmers have crops to sell and a $2-per-bushel improvement in market prices
during the past two months will pry inventory loose, according to feedback
provided by Iowa producers.
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 - Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday heard the same story their House counterparts listened to at a hearing last December: The nation's conventional banks aren't happy with the Farm Credit System.
WASHINGTON, May 19,
2016 - The Senate Appropriations
Committee debates its fiscal 2017 Agriculture spending bill today that would
boost food safety funding at FDA and pay for setting up a Foreign Agricultural
Service post in Cuba.
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 - Organic Trade Association (OTA) members headed to Washington for the group's annual policy meeting next week are in for some good news. Sales of organic products in the U.S. reached $43.3 billion last year, the highest ever, an OTA survey shows.
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 - The Trans-Pacific Partnership would reduce the U.S. trade deficit and create jobs throughout the country, but some of the biggest gains would be for the agriculture sector, according to a U.S. International Trade Commission report released Wednesday evening.
WASHINGTON, May 17, 2016 - Obama administration
efforts to limit smog-causing ozone and other air pollutants could hit another
congressional roadblock this week as the full House Energy and Commerce
Committee marks up the Republican-backed Ozone Standards Implementation Act.
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 - Additional protections for pollinators are included in an EPA proposal that would allow use of sulfoxaflor, whose registration was pulled last year after a federal court ruled the agency had not properly evaluated the insecticide's effects on pollinators.
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 - The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed 2017 renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard are out and they fall short of the amounts called for by Congress...
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 - American diets are at
a crossroads on the healthfulness of drinking whole milk and eating high-fat
dairy products such as cheese, but lots of well-publicized new research
This week's guest on Open Mic is Sterling Liddell, Senior Vice President for Rabo AgriFinance and Rabobank International in its Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group. Discussion on a new farm bill has begun across the country and in Washington with calls to get an early start on new policy. Some analysts believe the nation is on the verge of another farm crisis. In this interview, Sterling Liddell offers evidence of financial stress he sees growing on crop farms and highlights factors indicating a significant paradigm shift he believes farmers will have to traverse to survive the economic downturn. Liddell believes the Conservation Reserve Program needs to be revised to help manage crop acres and reduce land costs on marginal acres.