Politics | 1/15/2017

Washington Week Ahead: Trump's EPA, Interior picks undergo Senate vetting

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2017 - As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office on Friday, the Senate will vet his nominees to run the EPA and other departments important to agriculture.

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Politics | 1/15/2017 11:12:52 AM

New USDA report touts GHG benefits of ethanol

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - A Department of Agriculture lifecycle analysis of ethanol's greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) shows a favorable comparison to gasoline, and indicates a positive disparity between the two could continue to grow.
Politics | 1/13/2017 5:08:12 PM

High court to decide where WOTUS case should be heard

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2017 - The Supreme Court will decide whether the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals was right to assert jurisdiction over legal challenges to the waters of the U.S. rule.
Politics | 1/13/2017 4:57:27 PM

Enlist Duo OK'd for use on three crops in 34 states

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2017 - Corn, soybean and cotton growers in 34 states will be allowed to use Enlist Duo under a new decision issued by EPA.
Politics | 1/13/2017 12:01:43 PM

Vilsack exits USDA week early, Trump promises nominee 'soon'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2017 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack left office Friday, one week ahead of President Obama. A spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump said a nominee to succeed Vilsack would be named some time soon.
Politics | 1/13/2017 10:26:03 AM

Conaway names House Ag subcommittee chairs for 115th Congress

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2017 - House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway has tapped Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., to head up the panel's Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry in the 115th Congress. He also named chairs for the Ag Committee's other five subcommittees.
Politics | 1/12/2017 5:08:31 PM

House moves CFTC reauthorization with spending freeze

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - House Republicans pushed through legislation to curb Dodd-Frank regulations on the futures industry and freeze spending at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Politics | 1/12/2017 4:32:01 PM

 Ditching WOTUS may be tough, government lawyers say

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - Getting rid of the waters of the U.S. rule may be more difficult than WOTUS opponents hope, top lawyers for the federal government said just days before ....
Politics | 1/12/2017 2:27:07 PM

New House Ag Committee taking shape

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2017 - The full slate of House Agriculture Committee Republicans has been finalized, bringing a clearer picture to the panel that will shape the next farm bill.
Politics | 1/12/2017 10:48:18 AM

'Think tank' would scrap or ease ethanol mandate, labeling law

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican Congress should scrap a wide range of laws and regulations that impinge on free choice, including the ethanol mandate and biotech crop oversight, says a libertarian Washington group with oil, coal and financial industry ties.
Politics | 1/12/2017 10:34:49 AM

Obama bullish on green energy, despite Trump's fossil fuel support

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - In his final days in the White House, President Obama clearly is determined to do whatever he can to make sure renewable energy continues on its current growth path.
Politics | 1/12/2017 10:16:40 AM

Poll shows strong support among Midwest Trump voters for ethanol

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - A survey taken after the election shows strong support for ethanol among Trump voters in six battleground states in the Midwest.
Politics | 1/12/2017 10:01:50 AM

DOE creates institute aimed at reducing recycling costs

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - In an effort to drive down the cost of technologies needed to reuse, recycle and remanufacture materials such as metals, fibers, polymers and electronic waste, the Energy Department (DOE) has announced the creation of...
Politics | 1/12/2017 9:41:27 AM

Ethanol exports surge as shipments to Brazil increase

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - The U.S. exported 121.9 million gallons (MG) of ethanol in November, the third-largest monthly total in five years, according to government trade data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).
Politics | 1/12/2017 9:21:29 AM

Energy commodity prices outpaced other sectors in 2016

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - In 2016, the spot energy index in the S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (GSCI) rose more than any other commodity group, some 48 percent...
Politics | 1/11/2017 4:42:46 PM

 China's duties on distiller's dried grains seen killing US exports

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2017 - The head of the U.S. Grains Council says China's decision to slap punitive duties on U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles will effectively kill...
Politics | 1/11/2017 2:13:05 PM

 Lawmakers face limited options to attack Obama regulations

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2017 -- President-elect Donald Trump has made clear he plans to make good on his campaign promises to undo major parts of President Obama's regulatory agenda. But that could be heavy lifting for the executive branch, requiring a time-consuming notice-and-comment process that could take many months or years to complete.
Politics | 1/11/2017 12:42:53 PM

 AFBF makes regulatory reform a top priority

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2017 - The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) wants the Trump administration and the 115th Congress to make reform of the federal rulemaking process a top priority...
Politics | 1/11/2017 11:40:47 AM

 The 'golden age' is over: Economists offer grim farm income outlook

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2017 - A handful of ag economists all offered similarly gloomy pictures of the farm economy this week at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 98th Annual Convention in Phoenix.
Politics | 1/11/2017 11:25:04 AM

 House rules change could ease federal land transfers

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2017 - A change in House budgetary rules could make it easier for states or local governments to gain control of federal lands.
Politics | 1/11/2017 11:08:10 AM

 Low interest rates, soft commodity markets spell cash rent relief

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2017 - In the U.S. farmland cash rent arena, landlords may see further erosion on their returns while tenants should expect mostly stable to moderately falling rates.
Politics | 1/11/2017 10:41:44 AM

 Senate vets nominees, while ag waits for USDA pick

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2017 - President-elect Donald Trump's search for an agriculture secretary drags on. His inauguration is just nine days away and there has been mostly silence from the Trump transition on the search process over the past week. Speculation abounded last week that...
Politics | 1/11/2017 10:27:21 AM

 Drought persists despite heavy rains in Golden State

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2017 - Heavy rains and snowfall in the West hold out the prospect for a bountiful 2017 for California agriculture, but farm groups and meteorologists are still hesitant to declare victory over the drought that has gripped the state for five years.
Politics | 1/11/2017 10:13:43 AM

New president seeks to raise visibility for National Grange

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2017 - National Grange Master Betsy Huber, just completing her first year as president of the oldest U.S. general farm organization, aims to increase its stature as it celebrates its...
Politics | 1/10/2017 9:49:38 PM

T-TIP isn't dead, but it won't happen soon, Froman says

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2017 - U.S. Trade Rep Michael Froman says it became clear by the end of the summer that there was no possibility to conclude a major trade agreement with the EU in 2016 or even 2017, but he says the T-TIP deal is not .....
Politics | 1/10/2017 12:56:54 PM

Opinion: All producers will lose under new GIPSA rules

While the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration's (GIPSA) proposed livestock marketing rule comes with a name like The Farmer Fair Practices Rule, those of us in the cattle industry know better than to trust a government program wrapped in a nice title.
Politics | 1/9/2017 3:31:19 PM

Agri-Pulse announces Farm Bill Series and Summit

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2017 - Agri-Pulse, the nation's leading source of farm and food policy information, plans to launch an in-depth editorial series next month, The Seven Things You Should Know Before You Write the Next Farm Bill, culminating in a Farm Bill Summit at the National Press Club on March 20.
Politics | 1/9/2017 2:38:07 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Ag awaits Trump pick as Senate rushes to OK other nominees

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2017 - Farmers and ranchers continue their wait for President-elect Donald Trump's agriculture secretary nominee, while the Senate begins confirmation hearings on his other cabinet picks...


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