Farm & rural policy news
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2015 - A new survey of land ownership in the lower
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.