Politics | 9/3/2015

New price reports seen boosting non-GMO, organic markets

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2015 - Keeping up with the growing demand for non-GMO and organic products is proving to be a challenge. The Agriculture Department is betting that providing farmers with information on market prices will help.

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Politics | 9/4/2015 3:35:39 AM

Indiana farmer Kip Tom enters Third District congressional race

LEESBURG, IND. Sept. 4, 2015 - A prominent Indiana farmer, Kip Tom, this week joined the crowded field of Republicans who want to succeed U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman in Congress.
Politics | 9/3/2015 4:14:04 PM

Bee protections could put crops at risk, farmers say

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2015 - Pesticide restrictions that the Obama administration has proposed to protect bees go further than necessary and will put crops at risk, farm groups say.

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Politics | 9/3/2015 2:13:35 PM

Retirement muddies future of school nutrition standards

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2015 - The chairman of the House committee that oversees child nutrition programs is retiring from Congress next year, raising questions about prospects for reauthorizing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
Politics | 9/3/2015 1:42:32 PM

Ag groups state priorities for highway bill fixes

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2015 - A group of 28 agricultural organizations sent a letter to the House of Representatives today stating their objectives in the transportation funding process, which has become a political football most recently punted at the end of July.
Politics | 9/3/2015 12:13:22 PM

Project targets nutrition-related Native American health problems

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 -- The University of Arkansas School of Law's Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative is formulating a comprehensive set of model food and agricultural codes for Indian tribes in an effort to fight obesity, diabetes and other nutritional health problems that affect Native Americans at disproportionate rates compared to other ethnic groups.
Politics | 9/3/2015 8:33:20 AM

Syngenta to sell seeds business as it moves to placate shareholders

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2015 - Syngenta today said it plans to divest its global vegetable seeds business and buy back $2 billion in shares as part of a plan to accelerate shareholder value creations.
Politics | 9/2/2015 4:04:34 PM

Judge blocks Endangered Species Act listing of lesser prairie chicken

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2015 - The Western District Court of Texas vacated a 2014 threatened listing of the lesser prairie chicken Tuesday on the grounds that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) incorrectly determined that voluntary conservation action wouldn't be enough to protect the bird.
Politics | 9/2/2015 3:55:37 PM

 Where the jobs are - from fossil fuels to renewable energy

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2015 - If current federal and state support for the wind industry continues, jobs in the sector - currently at 73,000 -- could more than triple by 2030 (to 265,000) and increase by nine-fold (to 670,000) by 2050.
Politics | 9/2/2015 3:45:15 PM

 Vilsack: Different state GMO labeling laws would be 'chaotic'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says that backers of a bill to preempt state GMO labeling laws don't have the votes to move the legislation in the Senate. But he says the politics could shift after one or more state labeling laws were to take effect.
Politics | 9/2/2015 3:04:50 PM

 All sides weigh in on EPA monarch butterfly conservation plan

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2015 - The extended public comment period on EPA's proposed risk management plan for the monarch butterfly closed last week, but not before scientists, environmental groups and agribusiness stakeholders weighed in on a decision that could have far-reaching implications for how farmers operate in the future.
Politics | 9/2/2015 2:28:48 PM

 Stronger dollar affects U.S. commodities differently, Rabobank finds

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2015 - The strengthening U.S. dollar is having a wide-ranging impact on U.S. agriculture, but the effects vary by commodity, according to a new report from the Rabobank Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory.
Politics | 9/2/2015 2:19:26 PM

 Monitoring program looks for early signs of returning bird flu

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2015 - A new monitoring program overseen by USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is up and running, and officials will use it to keep an eye on the potential spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) this fall.
Politics | 9/2/2015 2:06:07 PM

 Sugar beet yields explode with help from science, precision farming

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2015 - Not unlike the long-term laboratory and field successes in improving corn and soybeans, American scientists, sugar cooperatives, seed companies, farmers and others have been steadily adding magic for a half century to sugar beets and the techniques in growing them.
Politics | 9/2/2015 11:41:41 AM

 Whole-Farm insurance program goes nationwide

WASHINGTON, Sept 2, 2015 - USDA is rolling out the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) program across the country next year despite the fact that not a whole lot of people took advantage of it during this year's pilot offering.
Politics | 9/2/2015 11:02:29 AM

 Farm Aid to mark 30 years of raising money, raising Cain

CHICAGO, IL - Sept. 2, 2015 - Farm Aid, launched by musician Willie Nelson in 1985 to raise funds to help farmers squeezed when the farmland bubble burst, will mark its 30th anniversary Sept. 19 in downtown Chicago with a festival featuring Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and others.
Politics | 8/31/2015 5:45:22 PM

Vilsack, Wyden rally to bolster support for 'fire borrowing' legislation

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., held a teleconference Friday afternoon from Portland, Oregon, where wildfires are raging to stress the necessity of reforming the wildfire suppression budget.
Politics | 8/31/2015 4:19:18 PM

Administration asked to suspend WOTUS enforcement nationwide

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2015 - Some producer groups are asking the Obama administration to suspend enforcement of its new Clean Water Act rule nationwide until a court case is resolved.
Politics | 8/31/2015

USDA survey shows limited access to land for new farmers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2015 - A new survey of land ownership in the lower 48 states illustrates some of the difficulties would-be farmers face in acquiring farmland.
Politics | 8/28/2015 3:32:42 PM

Iowa farmers brace for another year of belt-tightening, survey finds

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2015 - Iowa farmers are bracing for another year of belt tightening - cutting back on everything from cash rent, to fertilizer and farm equipment - as they expect farm income to drop once again in 2015-16.
Politics | 8/28/2015 3:15:09 PM

USDA pledges additional $211 million in sage grouse protection funds

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2015 - USDA announced today it plans to invest an additional $211 million over the next three years in its 11-state, public-private partnership conservation effort to save the greater sage grouse.
Politics | 8/28/2015 2:55:38 PM

USDA approves Simplot's GE potato

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2015 -- USDA has approved a potato genetically engineered by J.R. Simplot Co. to resist late blight, the disease that caused the Irish potato famine in the mid-19th century and still threatens crops around the globe.
Politics | 8/27/2015 6:14:39 PM

Judge blocks WOTUS rule one day before scheduled implementation

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2015 - A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction stopping the Obama administration's Clean Water Rule from going into effect on Friday in some states, a victory for agricultural interests who brought lawsuits to halt the rule.
Politics | 8/27/2015 5:47:42 PM

Ag exports to drop slightly from FY 2015 but still strong, USDA says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2015 -- Agriculture exports for fiscal year 2016 are projected at $138.5 billion, down $1 billion from the revised $139.5 billion for the current year, USDA said today in a report.
Politics | 8/27/2015 2:18:25 PM

Monsanto abandons Syngenta merger efforts

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Monsanto today abandoned its efforts to buy Swiss agribusiness and chemical maker Syngenta, acknowledging that its $47 billion bid had failed to "meet Syngenta's financial expectations."
Politics | 8/26/2015 1:14:09 PM

Baenig to head BIO's Food and Agriculture Section

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Brian Baenig, who recently stepped down as chief of staff to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, is joining the Biotechnology Industry Organization as executive vice president for BIO's Food and Agriculture Section.
Politics | 8/26/2015 12:57:44 PM

 Presidential candidates divide sharply over the RFS

DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 25, 2015 - Many of the 2016 presidential candidates naturally are reluctant to outline specific policies this early in the campaign - particularly when GOP front-runner Donald Trump's lack of positions seems to be helping him surge in the early polls, rather than hurting.


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 2. USDA survey shows limited access to land for new farmers

 3. National Forests on the brink

 4. Administration asked to suspend WOTUS enforcement nationwide

 5. Judge blocks Endangered Species Act listing of lesser prairie chicken

 6. Vilsack, Wyden rally to bolster support for 'fire borrowing' legislation

 7. Iowa farmers brace for another year of belt-tightening, survey finds

 8. Bee protections could put crops at risk, farmers say

 9. New price reports seen boosting non-GMO, organic markets

 10. Vilsack: Different state GMO labeling laws would be 'chaotic'