Farm & rural policy news
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.
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.
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.
MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 23, 2015 - The American Midwest
faces "economic disruptions as climate change advances, reduces labor
productivity, and shifts agricultural production patterns."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2015 - A bipartisan proposal to kill the corn ethanol mandates won't be considered in the Senate.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2015 - House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway says his committee will conduct a full-scale review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.