Politics | 7/25/2016

 Leading food activist calls GMO bill a 'good compromise'

PHILADELPHIA, July 25, 2016 - A leading critic of federal food and agriculture policy believes the GMO disclosure bill passed by Congress this month is a fair compromise that is likely to have little impact on consumer food choice.

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Politics | 7/22/2016 7:48:45 PM

Clinton taps Kaine as running mate, passing over Vilsack

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.
Politics | 7/22/2016 4:54:21 PM

USDA finalizes rules for Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

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.
Politics | 7/22/2016 7:19:33 AM

EU approves three biotech soybean traits

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.
Politics | 7/22/2016

 Hydroponic task force sends organic issue to NOSB

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 recommends.
Politics | 7/21/2016 6:37:11 PM

Crop insurance: Steady as she goes

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.
Politics | 7/21/2016 3:45:22 PM

Obama signs Global Food Security Act

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.
Politics | 7/21/2016 9:55:39 AM

Get EPA out of the way on energy, GOP platform says

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2016 - Neutering EPA, expanding coal mining and giving states more responsibility for environmental regulation are among the goals contained in the...
Politics | 7/21/2016 9:41:51 AM

Renewable fuels groups applaud biodiesel tax credit extension

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...
Politics | 7/21/2016 9:19:43 AM

Bill promoting renewables on public land gets House hearing

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.
Politics | 7/21/2016 9:04:21 AM

When kids learn to conserve energy, parents learn too

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...
Politics | 7/20/2016 7:00:31 PM

 Higher ethanol blends: Great potential but strong opposition

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.
Politics | 7/20/2016 1:42:36 PM

 Trump moves to get Ag leaders behind campaign

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2016 - The Donald Trump campaign is launching an effort to organize the food and agriculture sectors behind the candidate...
Politics | 7/20/2016 1:14:40 PM

 Republicans want SNAP kept out of farm bill debate

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2016 - The Republican platform gives some ammunition to hard-line conservatives in Congress who want to split the farm bill...
Politics | 7/20/2016 12:49:12 PM

 Biotech critic, plant breeder agree on narrow reading of GMO bill

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2016 - The Agriculture Department is gearing up to implement national GMO disclosure standards following last week's overwhelming...
Politics | 7/20/2016 11:52:27 AM

Dow, DuPont stockholders approve merger

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.
Politics | 7/20/2016 10:07:31 AM

 Citrus industry fears Argentine lemon imports

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.
Politics | 7/20/2016 9:59:35 AM

 Colorful algae fuels water quality debate in South Florida

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2016 - Florida is struggling to deal with an ecological nightmare...
Politics | 7/20/2016 9:35:02 AM

 FSA getting its LDP ducks in a row

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2016 - Just in case. That's the philosophy many local USDA Farm Service Agency offices are taking with...
Politics | 7/20/2016 9:18:48 AM

 'Brexit' could mean longer-term gloom for US-EU relations

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...
Politics | 7/19/2016 7:37:06 PM

 NCGA sees bad - and good - from Dow-DuPont merger

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).
Politics | 7/19/2016 1:44:47 PM

New White House initiative aims to boost access to solar

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.
Politics | 7/19/2016 9:11:40 AM

Monsanto rejects latest Bayer offer

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.


Andrew LaVigne

Better seed for a better life: the Senate should ratify the plant genetics treaty
Preserving and improving global food security smartly creates economic opportunity here by alleviating poverty overseas.


Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

Africa's Famine - Will President Obama's Power Africa and Adesina's Light up Africa make a difference?
Africa has an energy famine, accounting for 16% of the world's population...


Marshall Matz

The Global Food Security Act
The Global Food Security Act is intended to make the Feed the Future program a permanent program...


Bruce Knight

2018 Farm Bill-Soil Health
Turning again to the next farm bill, I want to focus on soil health. We need to be asking, "Do we need to change agricultural policy or research emphasis or programs to address soil health more effectively?"


Blake Hurst

So many regulations to write, so many groups to offend
It must be wearing to man the ramparts in the final months of the Obama administration.


Bruce Knight

Opinion: Making sustainability a consideration in trade
The three pillars of agricultural sustainability include environmental, economic and social impacts.
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