Politics | 2/27/2015

Vilsack, ex-ag secretaries urge Congress to pass trade authority, TPP

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 - A bipartisan group of former U.S. agriculture secretaries going back to the Carter administration is urging Congress to pass fast-track trade promotion authority (TPA) as a way to help President Obama conclude trade deals with a group of Pacific Rim nations and with the European Union.

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Politics | 2/27/2015 11:20:53 PM

NRCS likely to get full $4.4 billion budget requested

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 - House ag appropriators expressed support as they heard Jason Weller, chief of the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS), explain the agency's $4.4 billion budget proposal for fiscal 2016.
Politics | 2/27/2015 12:28:17 PM

USDA extends base acre reallocation deadline to March 31

PHOENIX, Feb. 27, 2015 -- USDA is extending the deadline for producers to update their base yields or reallocate their base acres to March 31, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. The original deadline was today.

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Politics | 2/26/2015 8:12:17 PM

USDA data bank shows how TPP could help Ag exports, state by state

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - USDA today released data showing how U.S. agriculture could benefit from the successful conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim nations.
Politics | 2/26/2015 5:52:33 PM

NCGA determined to defend RFS, expand trade opportunities

PHOENIX, Feb. 26, 2015 - On the heels of more legislation introduced to repeal the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard, a panel of National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) leaders said any attack on their chief renewable fuels policy is taken very seriously.
Politics | 2/26/2015 4:47:58 PM

 Soybean grower leaders to "get aggressive" in policy, trade negotiations

PHOENIX, Feb. 26, 2015-- American Soybean Association (ASA) President Wade Cowan said the group will become a more aggressive organization and work more closely with other farm groups to push for policy and regulatory influence.
Politics | 2/26/2015 4:12:10 PM

Opinion: Seven reasons why your kids should participate in FFA

BISMARCK, North Dakota, Feb. 27, 2015 - Do you know what FFA is all about? As a mom of a FFA member, I do-but as a student and young adult, I had no idea.
Politics | 2/26/2015 3:39:13 PM

 First lady celebrates Let's Move! successes, promises to continue advocacy work

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - Michelle Obama, in her keynote address to the Partnership for a Healthier America 2015 Summit today, celebrated the successes of her Let's Move! campaign and vowed to continue advocating for healthy living well after her husband leaves office.
Politics | 2/26/2015 2:43:53 PM

USDA provides $84 million for disaster recovery efforts

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 -- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest an additional $84 million through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) to help disaster recovery efforts through more than 150 projects in 13 states.
Politics | 2/26/2015 2:03:54 PM

Celebrities join effort to push fruits and veg

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - The FNV team, a new collaboration backed by big name corporations and celebrities focused on building demand for fruits and vegetables among teens and moms, today introduced its plan to take over America's taste buds through new and improved marketing at the Partnership for a Healthier America's 2015 Summit.
Politics | 2/26/2015 1:42:52 PM

Poultry inspection overhaul set for summer, catfish plan coming

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - After fits and starts, the Agriculture Department is finally on track to overhaul the way it inspects poultry and start the inspection of catfish.
Politics | 2/26/2015 12:34:24 PM

FCC approves chairman's Net Neutrality plan

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 -- The Federal Communications Commission today approved Chairman Tom Wheeler's rules designed to preserve an open Internet, or as it's commonly known, Net Neutrality.
Politics | 2/26/2015 11:58:44 AM

House passes bill to fight algae blooms blamed partly on farm runoff

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 With strong bipartisan support, the House has passed legislation that would give the EPA 90 days to prepare an assessment and propose a management plan for cyanotoxin - the toxic byproducts of algae blooms found in drinking water.
Politics | 2/26/2015

White House unveils new plan to boost exports from rural America

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - The Obama administration on Thursday announced a series of initiatives aimed at helping farms and businesses in rural America access overseas markets, noting that those markets could be dramatically widened by the conclusion of ambitious free trade agreements with Pacific Rim nations and with the European Union.
Politics | 2/25/2015 5:37:43 PM

 Ethanol industry urges Congress to reject Big Oil's attacks

GRAPEVINE, Texas, Feb. 24, 2015-The U.S. ethanol industry had a spectacular year in 2014. But unless Congress and the driving public recognize the tremendous potential of biofuels and reject Big Oil's continuing attacks, the United States could lose its leadership position.
Politics | 2/25/2015 5:00:50 PM

Senate hearing postponed as TPA talks continue

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - The Senate Finance Committee postponed a trade hearing set for Thursday, a sign that talks are progressing on a bill to provide President Obama with the negotiating authority needed to complete a Pacific Rim trade deal.
Politics | 2/25/2015 4:55:58 PM

 EPA's McCarthy mum on WOTUS definition

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - EPA chief Gina McCarthy had few, if any, definitive answers on the impending Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule today at a House Energy and Commerce Committee's hearing on the agency's budget for fiscal 2016.
Politics | 2/25/2015 3:19:20 PM

USDA proposes new rule to expand crop insurance for fruits, vegetables

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - USDA is proposing changes that could lead to the expansion of crop insurance to additional crops, including many fruit and vegetables.
Politics | 2/25/2015 12:21:26 PM

Opinion: Making the constitutional case for Trade Promotion Authority

As a member of North Dakota's state legislature, I take my constitutional duties seriously. Serving in office requires me to take an oath: I solemnly swear to support the U.S. Constitution, as well as my state's constitution.
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Marshall Matz - John Block

Trade is critical to rural America: Agriculture is key to TPA
Trade policy may present an opportunity for the Obama Administration and the Congress to work together in a bipartisan manner but it is sure not unanimous.

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Bruce Knight

The best kept secret
The 2015 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) will cover up to 7.7 million new acres and provide $100 million to participating farmers.

Author:

Blake Hurst

American farmers as peasants? Really?
In his recent declaration of war on my farm and thousands like it, New York Times recipe-trader-in-chief and food columnist Mark Bittman contrasted

Author:

Marshall Matz

The NAS is examining GE crops
The new study on genetically engineered (GE) crops now being conducted by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources

Author:

Bruce Knight

Share Your Views on EQIP and CSP
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting comments on new rules for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
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