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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.
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
This week’s Open Mic features Frank Gasperini, CEO for the National Council for Agricultural Employers. In this interview you will hear the frustration labor intensive agriculture faces each year in finding an adequate hourly workforce to harvest crops and care for livestock and how a coalition has grown challenging Congress to take action. Gasperini defines how some proposals for immigration reform could decimate some facets of the ag industry and threaten our nation’s food security.