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WASHINGTON, May 10,
2016 - There's no shortage of veterinarians in the U.S. to take care of the
dogs, cats, hedgehogs and other animals we call pets, but it can be hard in
some places to find an animal doctor to check out a problem with a dairy cow.
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2016 - The ability to market food as local is valuable for small farms, bakeries and butchers that often can't compete with big companies, so USDA needs to help sustain that edge, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters Friday.
WASHINGTON, May 5, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA will enroll more than 800,000 acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) this year, while expressing hope that Congress will allow for even higher enrollment in the next farm bill.
WASHINGTON, May 6,
2016 - With the U.S. Senate still at work on an agreement on biotech labeling,
a major food company is rushing ahead with research on possible labeling
language that could serve as an alternative to the wording required by a
WASHINGTON, May 5, 2016 - The Energy Department
announced that $25 million is available to help software developers, solar
companies, and utilities speed up the integration of solar energy into the
WASHINGTON, May 5, 2016 - USDA and EPA said Thursday that five communities would receive planning assistance through the Obama administration's interagency Cool & Connected program to set up broadband services and revitalize their downtowns.
WASHINGTON, May 5, 2016 - Several witnesses from
states that depend on oil and gas production for jobs and royalties told a
House subcommittee on energy last week that a rule proposed by the Obama
WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 - USDA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) says officials in the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) need to improve the way they handle conservation compliance reviews.
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.