Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2014 - The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed strengthening air quality standards, saying the health benefits of fighting ground-level ozone, or smog, will significantly outweigh the costs.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2014 - In an effort to further address obesity in America, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will unveil new regulations today, requiring nutrition labels on menus in restaurants, super markets and even that buttery bucket of popcorn in movie theaters.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2014-- In an effort to increase agricultural response to an Environmental Protection Agency analysis that found neonicotinoids have no yield benefit for soybeans, Bayer created an online portal -www.AgVoice4Choice.com - that allows people to send letters to their U.S. Congress representatives.
Nov. 24, 2014 - Ending discrimination against women - including in the United
States - is key in the global battle against hunger, according to a new report
from Bread for the
WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2014 - Almost 2,500 applicants will receive disaster assistance aid through the USDA's Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP), according to the USDA.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2014 - Agri-Pulse is pleased to
announce the appointment of Philip Brasher as a senior editor, based in
Washington, D.C., effective Dec. 1..
An abundant Thanksgiving 2014 is almost upon us.
But like Scrooge, we'll need a dramatic change in our beliefs if we're to have
a plenitude of healthful food not just for us, but for all of the 9 or so
billion expected at the global dinner table on Thanksgiving 2050.
Protection Agency announced today that it wouldn't finalize a 2014 rule for the
Renewable Fuels Standard, saying a glut of comments will push action back into
Nov. 20, 2014 - The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday favorably
reported to the full House a bill that supporters say would strengthen
President Obama's Feed the Future Initiative as it works to alleviate hunger around the globe.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 - The Senate has confirmed Jon Holladay as USDA's chief financial officer and Lisa Afua Serwah Mensah as the department's under secretary for rural development.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 - Climate change could make both
government and private sector players in the crop insurance program more
vulnerable to potential losses, a report released today by
the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said.
President Obama came back from his week of
foreign policy meetings in Asia saying he was enthusiastic about promoting the
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement (FTA) now being
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 - The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) says EPA's proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule fails to provide the certainty that dairy farmers need and should be changed substantially or withdrawn and rewritten.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 - The American Farm Bureau Federation's 29th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year's feast for 10 is $49.41, a 37-cent increase from last year's average of $49.04.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014- President Barack Obama's executive order regarding undocumented immigrants does little for the agricultural industry, according to several farm group representatives, who say legislative reform through Congress is the way to solve farm labor problems.
Nov. 18, 2014 - A bill authorizing the go-ahead on the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the Senate Tuesday night by a single vote, saving
President Obama from having to decide whether to veto the legislation.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service has awarded funding to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for American products.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2014 - Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, the chairman-elect of the House Agriculture Committee, announced the appointment of senior staff to lead the committee in the 114th Congress.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2014- USDA, General Motors and Ducks Unlimited are
part of a project unveiled today that creates a market for carbon credits
generated on working grasslands
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2014 - Agricultural organizations and
business groups are pushing Congress to act on tax extender legislation before
the end of the lame duck session, saying retroactive action in 2015 will be too
late for many farmers, ranchers and businesses.
WASHNGTON, Nov. 17, 2014 - Much of rural America will be paying close attention to the U.S. Senate this week as lawmakers prepare for a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that would carry heavy crude oil from Canada's Alberta tar sands through the U.S. midsection to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2014 - The House of Representatives today passed a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline, but the fate of the legislation in the Senate - and in the White House, should it get that far - remains uncertain.