Politics | 6/29/2016

 EPA's enforcement efforts go too far, GOP senators contend

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2016 - Too much enforcement and not enough assistance. That was the complaint voiced by Republican senators at an oversight hearing today focusing on EPA enforcement efforts.

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Politics | 6/30/2016 10:51:58 AM

USDA program, Lung Assoc. help stores sell more ethanol

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2016 - Another independent gasoline and convenience store chain is embracing ethanol...
Politics | 6/30/2016 10:35:31 AM

Presidential candidates challenged in 'Solar Throwdown'

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2016 - Global solar energy company Sungevity Inc. has issued a clean energy challenge to the major 2016 presidential candidates...

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Politics | 6/30/2016 10:00:02 AM

Survey: Energy efficiency investment at an all-time high

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2016 - Investment and interest in energy efficiency are at an all-time high, according to Johnson Controls' 2016 Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey of more than...
Politics | 6/29/2016 7:26:17 PM

 GMO labeling compromise passes first Senate test

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2016 - The Senate Agriculture Committee's compromise on GMO labeling passed a key test Wednesday evening when the Senate voted 68-29 to take up the legislation over the objections of Democratic critics.
Politics | 6/29/2016 6:54:09 PM

 BLM planning change raises alarms on Hill over energy development

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2016 -- The oil and gas industry joined livestock producers and Western state governors in challenging a Bureau of Land Management proposal to overhaul the way it develops regional resource management plans.
Politics | 6/29/2016 6:44:58 PM

USDA finalizes crop insurance rules

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2016 - USDA's Risk Management Agency has announced the completion of the final round of crop insurance provisions stemming from the 2014 farm bill. 
Politics | 6/29/2016 3:36:07 PM

Farm Bureau asks court to toss sage grouse land-use regs

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2016 - The American Farm Bureau Federation and its Utah affiliate are asking a federal court in Utah to toss out a host of what they say are illegal land-use restrictions hampering ranchers in Western states.
Politics | 6/29/2016 1:49:31 PM

 Congress set to OK new food aid program, along with Feed the Future

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2016 - Congress is poised to write into law controversial new ways of delivering food aid while also cementing the cornerstone of...
Politics | 6/29/2016 12:51:03 PM

 Panama Canal expansion has vast potential for U.S.

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2016 - Mike Steenhoek says the opening of the expanded Panama Canal last weekend has the potential to have a...
Politics | 6/29/2016 12:27:22 PM

US-Mexico sugar deal: A case of unforeseen consequences

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2016 - The U.S. government is trying to renegotiate an import agreement with Mexico in order to staunch a flow of sugar into the U.S. that's hurting U.S. refiners, sources tell Agri-Pulse.
Politics | 6/29/2016 10:32:11 AM

 Senate vote expected next week on GMO labeling

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2016 - The Senate will likely vote on the biotech disclosure agreement soon after returning next week from the long Independence Day weekend, says Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts.
Politics | 6/29/2016 10:15:53 AM

 Conservation groups gear up for next farm bill

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2016 - After taking a $4 billion hit in the most recent farm bill, conservation groups are hoping to make...
Politics | 6/29/2016 10:03:27 AM

 Senators hit government on sage-grouse guidance delays

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2016 - The lack of guidance to accompany sage-grouse management plans in 10 Western states is creating uncertainty among...
Politics | 6/29/2016 9:51:18 AM

 Equipment makers seek to school EPA on drift reduction technology

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2016 - On-farm technology is advancing faster than many lawmakers and regulators acknowledge. However, trade groups and some agribusinesses are...
Politics | 6/29/2016 8:06:19 AM

Ag groups connect with Clinton's ag policy team on key issues

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2016 - Production agriculture hasn't been front and center in either party's presidential campaigns this year, but a recent meeting may start...
Politics | 6/28/2016 9:27:00 PM

EC to extend glyphosate approval for 18 months

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2016 - The European Commission will extend the authorization of glyphosate for 18 months while the European Chemicals Agency examines its health effects.
Politics | 6/28/2016 7:39:10 PM

Perdue Foods announces new animal welfare policy

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2016 - Perdue Foods, one of the largest poultry companies in the U.S., has announced an expansive new animal welfare policy that is receiving high marks from advocacy groups.
Politics | 6/28/2016 11:47:39 AM

Four biofortified food scientists share World Food Prize

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2016 -- Four scientists affiliated with the World Bank-led agricultural research network will be honored with the 2016 World Food Prize for developing and implementing biofortified food crops to improve nutrition in chronically hungry populations.
Politics | 6/27/2016 12:23:13 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Farmers press Senate to OK biotech disclosure standards

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2016 - Farm groups and their allies in the food industry are mobilizing calls and emails to press senators to pass the historic agreement on national standards for disclosure of GMOs.
Politics | 6/26/2016 9:27:18 AM

Roberts, Stabenow reach deal on GMO labeling

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2016 - A landmark Senate agreement on national disclosure standards for genetically engineered foods would allow companies to disclose GMO ingredients through digital codes rather than on-package language or symbols.
Politics | 6/24/2016 1:07:53 PM

 Glyphosate authorization in Europe still up in the air

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2016 - European Union representatives did not approve glyphosate for continued use, leaving the decision up to the European Commission, the EU's governing body.
Politics | 6/24/2016 10:20:16 AM

Senators urge 'strong' RFS for 2017

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2016 - A bipartisan group of 39 senators is calling on the EPA to produce a strong Renewable Fuel Standard when it releases its final rule setting 2017 blending requirements for ethanol and other biofuels later this year.
Politics | 6/23/2016 1:33:25 PM

USDA signs MOU with beekeeping groups

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2016 - USDA has signed an agreement with two major beekeeping organizations to help beekeepers take advantage of the department's conservation programs.


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So many regulations to write, so many groups to offend
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Bruce Knight

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The three pillars of agricultural sustainability include environmental, economic and social impacts.


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George McGovern: My Turn
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