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WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced loans and grants totaling $314 millionfor 141 projects to build and improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural communities.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2015 - Senate Democrats blocked a bill aimed at forcing the Obama administration to replace its Clean Water Act rule, but Republicans quickly advanced a disapproval resolution that would simply kill the rule.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2015 -- Deere & Co. has agreed to buy Monsanto's Precision Planting LLC for undisclosed terms, the companies said today in a statement. The deal will enable real-time connectivity between certain Deere farm equipment and the FieldView platform developed by Monsanto's Climate Corp.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2015 -USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest $30 million this year in 33 new projects and 40 existing projects to improve water quality in high priority watersheds in the Mississippi River Basin.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2015 - Senate Republicans are forcing a debate over the Obama administration's Clean Water Act rule this week, while the House could debate raising truck weight limits, another priority for agriculture, as part of a long-term highway funding bill.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2015 - The days of direct payments are over and that's likely to cause some consternation, especially when growers of one crop in one county receive payments while growers in a neighboring county do not.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2015 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed a total ban on the insecticide chlorpyrifos for agricultural uses, saying it has been unable to make a safety finding as required under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) by a court-imposed Oct. 31 deadline.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2015 - The Senate is set to debate a pair of measures to strike down the Obama administration's new Clean Water Act rule re-defining the "waters of the United States" that the law regulates.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2015 - The crop insurance industry narrowly averted a $3 billion cut when House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway struck a deal with Republican leaders shortly before a final vote on a two-year budget bill.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2015 - The Senate could vote as early as next week on a resolution killing the Obama administration's new rule re-defining what ditches, wetlands and other areas are regulated by the Clean Water Act.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2015 - USDA has awarded a $3.6 million grant to the Seattle Jobs Initiative (SGI) to set up a so-called Center of Excellence designed to develop and disseminate best practices to help state job training centers find work for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP).
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2015 - Members of the House Agriculture Committee were waging a last-minute, uphill fight to stop a $3 billion cut to crop insurers that's contained in a two-year budget agreement between congressional leaders and the White House.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2015 - The Senate has approved a short-term highway bill extension that included a delay in the mandated implementation of positive train control (PTC), averting a potential shutdown of rail networks across the country.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee heard from the private sector Wednesday on how it plans to safely use the (big data) American producers collect with farm equipment during their day-to-day operations.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2015 - The newly formed Foundation for Food and Agricultural held its first public meeting Wednesday, announcing two projects - one aimed at honoring emerging researchers and another that will create a (rapid response) program targeting new threats.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 - The leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee said they were close to agreement on legislation that would reauthorize child nutrition programs, providing some permanence for higher school meal standards developed by the Obama administration.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2015 - USDA said today that its Biofuel Infrastructure Partnershipis investing $210 million in 21 states to nearly double the number of gas station pumps nationwide that supply renewable fuels to American motorists.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2015 - House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway was leading last-minute negotiations with congressional GOP leaders on a deal to avert a $3 billion cut to crop insurers contained a two-year budget agreement.
Agri-Pulse Open Mic features U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly. The Hoosier Democrat is an outspoken critic of the Environmental Protection Agency’s WOTUS rule. In this week’s interview, Donnelly suggests legislative action may still be possible to thwart the agency’s new regulations. Senator Donnelly shares support for the Export Import Bank, has hopes for child nutrition reform and feels an urgency to resolve COOL laws in light of pending trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico. Like others in Washington and across the country, Donnelly is evaluating the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and shares ideas on what is needed to gain his vote on the measure.