Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, July, 2016 - Hillary Clinton has chosen Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, passing over Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack who reportedly was on her short list almost up to the last minute.
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2016 - USDA today announced final rules implementing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that officials say will improve access to healthy food and insure consistent standards for food marketed and served to students.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2016 - After a long delay, the European Union has approved three biotech soybean traits for import and processing, according to the U.S. Soybean Export Council.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2016 -
Hydroponic growing systems that do not use soil should nonetheless be
considered for organic certification if they can achieve "equivalent soil
functions," a new report prepared for USDA's National Organic Standards Board
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2016 - The federal crop insurance program is financially sound and growing, but continues to look for ways to expand its offerings and reduce its already low improper payment rate, Risk Management Agency Administrator Brandon Willis said today at a meeting with reporters.
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2016 - President Barack Obama has signed the Global Food Security Act to help developing nations expand their agricultural capacity and get on a path to self-sufficiency.
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2016 - Neutering EPA,
expanding coal mining and giving states more responsibility for environmental
regulation are among the goals contained in the...
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2016 - Sen. Chuck Grassley,
R-Iowa, and 13 co-sponsors have introduced a bill
that would modify the $1 per gallon biodiesel blenders' tax credit to a domestic
producers' credit and...
WASHGINTON, July 21, 2016 - Lawmakers
from both sides of the aisle are using the waning days of Congress to push for
a bill promoting renewable energy development on public lands.
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2016 - The energy-saving
behavior of children who participated in an energy conservation program continued
after the program ended, and the behavior also spread to their parents...
WASHINGTON, July 19, 2016 - The battle over the amount of biofuels that will be blended into the U.S. gasoline supply is intensifying as the Environmental Protection Agency moves closer to the Nov. 30 deadline to set 2017 volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2016 - The Donald Trump campaign
is launching an effort to organize the food and agriculture sectors behind the
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2016 - The Republican
platform gives some ammunition to hard-line conservatives in Congress who want
to split the farm bill...
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2016 - The Agriculture
Department is gearing up to implement national GMO disclosure standards
following last week's overwhelming...
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2016 - Stockholders of Dow Chemical and DuPont have voted to approve a merger of the two companies. The companies said they expect the transaction to close in the second half of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals.
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2016 - U.S. citrus growers
are already beset by numerous pests and diseases, and the last thing they want
is a new threat to their groves.
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2016 - Florida is struggling to deal
with an ecological nightmare...
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2016 - Just in case. That's the philosophy many local USDA Farm
Service Agency offices are taking with...
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2016 - While the United
Kingdom's decision to withdraw from the European Union isn't likely to have
much effect on the global food system, over time it could make it more
difficult for the...
WASHINGTON, July 18, 2016 - The Dow-DuPont merger could result in both less - and more - competition in the seed industry, the National Corn Growers Association said in a letter to the Justice Department (DOJ).
WASHINGTON, July 19, 2016 - The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a new cross government partnership - the Clean Energy Savings for All Initiative - to increase access to solar energy and promote energy efficiency across the country, particularly in low- and moderate- income communities.
WASHINGTON, July 19, 2016 - Monsanto Co. has rejected Bayer Ag's latest takeover bid, saying its board views the $125 a share offer as financially inadequate and insufficient to ensure deal certainty.