Politics | 4/27/2015

 Vilsack: 'Enough is enough,' with spending cuts

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2015-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack expressed concerns today that continued cuts in USDA's operating budget is straining the ability of those who work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to keep doing their jobs well.

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Politics | 4/28/2015 12:36:20 PM

Food and ag coalition asks House members to support Pompeo labeling bill

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015- In a letter to House offices today, 373 producer groups, processors, biotech providers, and food companies representing the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, asked Congress members to support a bill that would provide federal food labeling standards for genetically engineered products.
Politics | 4/28/2015 8:15:31 AM

Tyson to eliminate antibiotics from chicken

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015 - Tyson Foods Inc. says it expects to end the use of human antibiotics in its U.S. chicken production by September 2017.

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Politics | 4/28/2015 4:07:56 AM

Judge allows Vermont's GMO law to stand, but lawsuit to proceed

BURLINGTON, VT., April 27, 2015 - U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss rejected the food industry's petition to stop Vermont's plan to require labeling on some genetically-modified foods, but has also decided not to dismiss the case - setting the stage for ongoing legal battles.
Politics | 4/27/2015 6:06:21 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Abe visits as trade talks intensify, House targets WOTUS rule

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2015 - The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact will be high on the agenda as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Washington this week to meet with President Obama and speak to a joint session of Congress
Politics | 4/27/2015 2:40:19 PM

USDA announces $285 million in support for rural schools payments

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2015 - USDA announced today that it would provide $285 million, authorized by the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, to support local schools and roads in 41 states and Puerto Rico.
Politics | 4/27/2015 10:31:01 AM

USDA proposes amending "origin-of-livestock" rule in organic program

WASHINGTON, APRIL 27, 2015 - USDA is proposing to amend the origin-of-livestock requirements under the department's organic regulations.
Politics | 4/27/2015 4:26:22 AM

Opinion: Working Together for American Biofuels

While bipartisanship can sometimes seem like a rare element in today's political environment, not everything divides along such lines.
Politics | 4/26/2015 11:05:42 AM

House committee approves TPA

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 - The stage is now set for floor fights over whether to fast-track a pair of new trade agreements.
Politics | 4/24/2015 5:19:52 PM

Industry offers cautious optimism as EU approves new biotech traits

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2015 - The European Union has announced the approval of 10 new genetically modified seed traits and the renewal of seven others to be used as feed and food imports.
Politics | 4/24/2015 4:24:39 PM

Farm and bee groups send letter supporting increase in pollinator research levels

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2015- A group of more than 40 farm groups and companies sent a letter to House and Senate agricultural appropriations leaders supporting increases in the President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget for honey bee research activities. The House will begin consideration of appropriations bills next week.
Politics | 4/24/2015 12:22:19 PM

NCGA announces staffing changes, new focus on market development

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2015 - The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today announced it work to boost market demand for corn through some key staffing changes within the organization.
Politics | 4/23/2015 7:45:45 PM

US disappointed by EU's new plan to allow biotech crop bans

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman and other national leaders expressed concern today regarding a proposal from the European Union that would allow its member states to opt out of imports of genetically engineered food and feed.
Politics | 4/23/2015 7:19:44 PM

New bird flu cases detected as Minnesota, Wisconsin declare states of emergency

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2105 - New cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found in Iowa and Wisconsin, where yesterday officials declared a state of emergency. Minnesota, which has had the highest number of outbreaks in the country, declared a state of emergency today.
Politics | 4/23/2015 7:19:29 PM

USDA sets new climate change goals, asks ag producers to join in effort

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack presented the details of his agency's new plan to partner with American farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to reduce carbon emissions and bolster carbon sequestration to achieve a combined 120 million metric tons of CO2 mitigation per year by 2025.
Politics | 4/23/2015 3:05:52 PM

House committee advances Feed the Future authorization

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 - The House Foreign Affairs Committee advanced an amended bill that would provide the first congressional authorization for the Obama administration's Feed the Future initiative.
Politics | 4/23/2015 2:20:16 PM

US, Peru celebrate increase in agricultural trade

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 - U.S. and Peruvian officials held a briefing at USDA headquarters in Washington today to highlight recent agreements that will boost agricultural trade between the two countries.
Politics | 4/23/2015 11:00:48 AM

Senators call on USDA to conduct general signup for CRP acres

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 - A bipartisan group of senators is calling on the Department of Agriculture to increase signup efforts in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to keep enrollment near acreage caps established in the 2014 farm bill.
Politics | 4/22/2015 9:09:16 PM

Senate committee OKs fast-track trade bill

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to fast-track new trade agreements as the panel's leaders fought off bipartisan efforts to impose restrictions on negotiators, including requirements to prevent currency manipulation.
Politics | 4/22/2015 6:01:31 PM

ADM Crop Risk Services plans to use drones to improve crop insurance claims

CHICAGO, April 22, 2015 - Coming next year to a field near you: unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can scout your fields for damages and expedite potential crop insurance claims.
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Blake Hurst

Farm lessons learned from Bill Murray and a large rodent
Those of us who spend time in the fencerows between the farm and the public feel like the Bill Murray character in the classic movie, Groundhog Day.

Author:

Mark Edelman and Barry Flinchbaugh

Got change, but no change yet
ME. Every election cycle, it makes sense to review the make-up of the Congressional Ag Committees

Author:

Bruce Knight

Drones: A conservation tool of the future?
Precision agriculture is becoming more precise, and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are going to play an important role in enabling farmers and ranchers to address the needs of plants and animals on an individual basis.

Author:

Lisa Moon and Andrea Durkin

Leverage Trade Policy to tap future food markets
Africa and Asia will be the world's biggest future food markets.

Author:

Marshall Matz

The Vilsapp: Secretary Vilsack's high tech solution to labeling
A recent Pew poll found that 90% of all scientists believe GMO's are safe but only 37% of the public.
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 event calendar
  North American Agricultural Journalists Annual Meeting
  April 26-28, 2015 Washington, D.C.

  American Dairy Products Institute and American Butter Institute’s Annual Conference
  April 26-28, 2015 Chicago, Illinois

  Pacific Northwest Regional Agvocacy Conference
  April 27-28, 2015 Spokane, Washington

  National Association of Farm Broadcasters Washington Watch
  April 27-29, 2015 Washington, D.C.

  National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting
  April 27-30, 2015 La Jolla, California

  Pacific Northwest Regional Agvocacy Conference
  April 27-28, 2015 Spokane, Washington

  National Association of Nutrition Professionals Annual Conference & Expo
  April 30-May 3, 2015 St. Paul Minnesota

  American Commodity Distribution Conference
  May 3-5, 2015 Salt Lake City, Utah

  Project Bread Walk for Hunger
  May 3, 2015 Boston, Massachusetts

  Dialogue for Agricultural Policies in the Americas
  May 6, 2015 Washington, D.C.

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