Politics | 1/26/2015

Pork producers, cattlemen urge Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2015 - The National Pork Producers Council and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association are urging Congress to renew the president's Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), as a way to help the Obama administration close trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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Politics | 1/26/2015 4:07:54 PM

USDA offers $20 million in funding for carbon credit market proposals

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2015 - USDA is offering up to $20 million in grant funding through the Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program for carbon credit project proposals.
Politics | 1/26/2015 4:03:42 PM

Washington Week Ahead: White House seeks to sell trade agenda, close TPP deal

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2015 - Key congressional committees start laying the groundwork this week for pushing the Obama administration's trade agenda through Congress with back-to-back meetings with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.

Politics | 1/26/2015 2:56:16 PM

Farm program costs rise on price declines, disaster aid

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2015 - Farm programs will cost $18 billion more over the next decade than previously estimated, due to lower commodity prices and a surge in demand for livestock disaster assistance, congressional budget analysts say.
Politics | 1/25/2015 11:58:39 AM

Business analysis shows Midwest agriculture at high risk from climate change

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 23, 2015 - The American Midwest faces "economic disruptions as climate change advances, reduces labor productivity, and shifts agricultural production patterns."
Politics | 1/24/2015 12:54:59 PM

High-path avian flu found in commercial turkey flock in California

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2015 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5N8 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Stanislaus County, California.
Politics | 1/23/2015 6:17:06 PM

Nebraska 3rd District, Iowa's 4th top list of U.S. agricultural producers

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2015 - Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District is the top agricultural producing district in the nation, edging out the 4th District of Iowa, according to figures from USDA's 2012 Census of Agriculture.
Politics | 1/23/2015 3:26:38 PM

Senate Ag Chairman Roberts fills key committee posts

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., today announced several key selections to the panel's senior staff. They include Julian Baer as senior policy adviser for nutrition and Janae Brady, senior professional staff for trade and food aid.
Politics | 1/23/2015 1:44:43 PM

U.S. helps move WTO Trade Facilitation pact forward

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2015 - The U.S. has formally accepted the World Trade Organization's so-called Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), an accord designed to cut red tape among trading partners and which is projected to generate hundreds of billions of dollars in economic activity.
Politics | 1/23/2015 11:13:49 AM

Food inflation less than average in 2014, USDA says

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2015 - Food prices rose by 2.4 percent last year, less than the historical average, despite sharp increases in meat costs and the drought in California, the Agriculture Department says.
Politics | 1/23/2015 9:46:11 AM

Scott Graves heads list of House Ag Committee Staffers

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2014 - The House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday approved the list of senior staffers who will lead the panel in the 114th Congress. In November, Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, the then-incoming chairman of the committee, had announced his appointments.
Politics | 1/22/2015 4:25:46 PM

Ethanol opponents fail to get Senate vote

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2015 - A bipartisan proposal to kill the corn ethanol mandates won't be considered in the Senate.
Politics | 1/22/2015 2:51:59 PM

House panel plans 'full-scale' review of food stamp program

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2015 - House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway says his committee will conduct a full-scale review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Politics | 1/22/2015

Study finds COOL had no role in drop in imports of Canadian cattle

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2015 - An Auburn University professor says his research shows that U.S. country-of-origin meat labeling rules played no role in the decline in cattle exports to the U.S. from Canada and Mexico.

 Stabenow, Cubans talk increased farm trade

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2015 - The Cuban government is expressing interest in increasing purchases of U.S. agriculture commodities in the wake of President Barack Obama's moves to establish diplomatic relations and also wants to buy some farm equipment, says Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
Politics | 1/21/2015 11:04:03 PM

U.S. Trade Rep urges mayors to help sell Obama trade agenda

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2015 -- U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman went before the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Wednesday to start selling the trade agenda President Obama highlighted in his State of the Union address, an agenda that includes trade agreements that Froman said will provide "premier access to two-thirds of the global economy."
Politics | 1/21/2015 6:39:52 PM

Panels set hearing on WOTUS, mull legislative action

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2015 - House and Senate committees have set a Feb. 4 hearing on the Obama administration's proposed Clean Water Act rule as lawmakers plan how to block it from taking effect.
Politics | 1/21/2015 5:36:53 PM

EPA official says agency is working hard on RFS, but issue is complex

FORT WORTH, TEXAS, Jan. 21, 2015 - An Environmental Protection Agency official says employees of the agency charged with rule making for the Renewable Fuels Standard every year are working hard to implement changes, but the growing complexity of the statute is slowing their progress.
Politics | 1/21/2015 5:07:42 PM

Six Democrats join House Agriculture panel

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee will have 19 Democrats this year, down from 21 in the last Congress, and six of those will be new to the committee.
Politics | 1/21/2015 12:53:24 PM

Ag groups support Obama on Cuba, bipartisanship

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2015 - The two biggest U.S. farmer organizations say they support President Obama's State of the Union calls for bipartisanship in Congress and an end to the Cuban embargo.


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2015: The Year of Soils
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Climate smart, sustainable agriculture
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  International Dairy Foods Association Dairy Forum
  Jan. 25-28, 2015 Boca Raton, Florida

  International Production and Processing Expo
  Jan. 27-29, 2015 Atlanta, Georgia

  U.S. Custom Harvesters Annual Convention and Trade Show
  Jan. 27-29, 2015 Grand Island, Nebraska

  Wheat Industry Winter Conference
  Jan. 27-31, 2015 Washington, D.C.

  American Sheep Industry Annual Convention
  Jan. 28-31, 2015 Reno, Nevada

  American Sugarbeet Growers Association Annual Meeting
  Feb. 1-3, 2015 Long Beach, California

  National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Annual Meeting
  Feb. 1-4, 2015 New Orleans, Louisiana

  Cattle Industry Convention & National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show
  Feb. 4-7, 2015 San Antonio, Texas

  National Cotton Council of America Annual Meeting
  Feb. 6-8, 2015 Memphis, Tennessee


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