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WASHINGTON, April 14, 2016 - The topic of declining farm income is not a new one, but lawmakers and farm group leaders approached it in a new way on Thursday, framing the conversation around the lessons learned going into the next farm bill.
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2016 - The strongest drivers of the
increase in U.S. biomass-based diesel demand since 2012 have been increasing Renewable
Fuel Standard (RFS) targets and the biodiesel tax credit...
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2016 - A Republican bill that would provide grain and energy companies with protection from some Dodd-Frank rules faces a dim future in the Senate after Democrats lost a bid to increase funding for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
WASHINGTON, April 14,
2016 - More than 40 farm groups are raising an alarm over a planned three-daymeeting next
week by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific
Advisory Panel over concerns about negative human health effects from the
commonly used pesticide chlorpyrifos.
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2016 - Companies that want to bring a new crop protection product to market will have to spend $286 million in research and development and 11 years "to ensure the highest safety and efficacy standards," according to a new report released today by CropLife International, CropLife America and the European Crop Protection Association.
WASHINGTON, April 12, 2016 - Secretary of State John Kerry focused on climate change and renewable energy in a speech last week at the invitation-only Future of Energy Summit in New York, asserting that "clean energy is one of the greatest economic opportunities the world has ever seen."
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2016 - The general public typically
views the oil and gas industry as a bunch of big companies (charging too much
for a gallon of gasoline,) said House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway as he opened
a committee hearing on the impacts of oil and gas production on the rural
economy. But today the panel heard a different story.
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2016 - Peabody Energy, the largest private-sector coal company in the world, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy "to strengthen liquidity and reduce debt amid an unprecedented industry downturn," the corporation said on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2016 - Senate critics of farm programs are trying to head off an effort to use the appropriations process to provide new subsidies to cotton producers struggling to deal with depressed global prices.
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2016 - The European Parliament is recommending that the European Commission, the governing arm of the EU, renew its authorization of glyphosate for seven years and release all data used in a recent assessment of the herbicide by the European Food Safety Authority.
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2016 - The U.S. isn't waiting until Congress votes on the Trans-Pacific Partnership to start making sure that the other 11 countries in the free trade deal are ready to begin implementing it if and when it takes effect, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, April 13,
2016 - The fiscal 2017 appropriations process takes a few steps further today
as House subcommittees mark up the agriculture and energy and water spending
bills and a Senate subcommittee considers its energy and water bill.
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.