Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - USDA Secretary Tom
Vilsack and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced the
appointment of 129 private-sector members to the Agricultural Policy Advisory
Committee (APAC) and six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATACs)
WASHINGTON, June 29, 2015 - A coalition of Western
counties and organizations filed formal protests over sage-grouse conservation
plans, alleging that ranchers could be forced out of business.
WASHINGTON, June 30, 2015 - Farmers seeded less than 89 million acres of corn this spring, the fewest since 2010, and slashed cotton acreage by 18 percent, the Agriculture Department says.
WASHINGTON, June 29, 2015 -- Attorneys general from thirteen states filed a lawsuit Monday challenging EPA's new rule defining the waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), asserting that the rule expands the scope of clean water regulations to lands that are dry much of the year and increases the federal government's authority over land use.
WASHINGTON, June 29, 2015 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has finalized a rule that will allow regions of Argentina and Brazil to export fresh beef into the U.S., drawing protests from a prominent congressional food safety critic as well as the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA).
WINTERSET, IOWA, June 28, 2015 - Donald Trump says if he were elected president he would negotiate trade on an individual, country-by-country basis, rather than some of the multi-lateral deals currently being negotiated.
WASHINGTON, June 29, 2015 - Lawmakers are raising concerns that the avian influenza outbreak that devastated Midwest poultry producers could threaten supplies of human vaccines and possibly spread to people through swine.
WASHINGTON, June 29, 2015 - President Obama signed into law a trade promotion bill that ensures new agreements can get through Congress without risk of amendment, but he warned that "tough negotiations" were still ahead before the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership is ready for lawmakers to consider.
WASHINGTON, June 29, 2015 - Forrest Roberts has announced that he will resign as head the National Cattlemen's Beef Association at the end of July, NCBA said in a release Monday afternoon.
WASHINGTON, June 25, 2015 - House Republicans today introduced a bill that they say would rebalance the water needs of drought-plagued California between protected fish species and the farm communities and cities and towns that are running dry.
WASHINGTON, June 26, 2015 - An estimated 66.9 million hogs and pigs were being raised in the U.S. on June 1, up 9 percent from a year earlier and up slightly from March 1, USDA said today in a quarterly report, more indication that the U.S. pork industry has recovered from the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv).
WASHINGTON, June 26, 2015 -- A coalition of more than a dozen farm organizations, international development groups and agriculture-related foundations sent a letter today to congressional committees calling for a coordinated approach from the federal government to meeting global food security needs.
WASHINGTON, June 26, 2015 - The Obama administration's new definition of
the "waters of the United States" regulated by the Clean Water Act
will be formally published on Monday and will take effect Aug. 28.
WASHINGTON, June 25, 2015-The chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, says that the success of USDA's marketing programs indicate a proposed non-GMO certification program could be a viable solution for consumers wanting to avoid genetically engineered food products.
WASHINGTON, June 25, 2015 - This congressional struggle over the future of country-of-origin labeling of meat hinges on the same issue it always has: What does it mean to be a product of the United States?
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015 - The Senate has cleared a trade promotion bill that will give President Obama the authority he says he needs to wrap up trade agreements with 11 Pacific Rim nations and the European Union.
WASHINGTON, June 25, 2015 - The House cleared away another key trade item off its to-do-list, providing final congressional approval to an extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance programs.
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015- The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) asking the agency to review and limit the use of the herbicide glyphosate to prevent unreasonable adverse effects to the monarch butterfly.
In the early 1980s I
sold produce from my brother's family farm at farmers markets in Boston. Then, there
were maybe 15 farmers markets in Massachusetts.
DES MOINES, June 24, 2015 - Ohio Governor John
Kasich made it clear Wednesday that he does not like subsidies, particularly
anything supporting ethanol.