Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Large food companies have said they are taking climate change and sustainability more seriously, but now firms like Mars and Unilever want Congress to back their efforts to become greener.
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - In a party-line vote, the full House voted Wednesday to conference with the Senate to reconcile differences between the separate House and Senate energy bills.
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Workers at meat and poultry plants continue to get injured and sick at higher rates than workers in manufacturing overall, the Government Accountability Office said in a report that recommended the federal government collect better data.
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Witnesses told the House Agriculture Committee today that sell-by and use-by labels on food products need to be standardized to help consumers make better choices and to help reduce food waste in the richest country in the world.
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - The fiscal 2017
appropriations process is fully underway after some early fits and starts. The
Agriculture bills, which fund USDA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),
WASHINGTON, May 25,
2016 - Farm and waterways interest groups expressed support for the 2016 Water
Resources Development Act (WRDA) that cleared the...
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Stakeholders from the organic
sector are in Washington this week hoping to drive home the big impact of what
some might still view as a small industry.
WASHINGTON, May 24, 2016 - Wednesday's House
vote on conferencing with the Senate to reconcile their separate energy bills
could lead to Congress either passing a bipartisan energy bill this year or
opting instead for go-nowhere partisan messaging.
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - When most farm groups
and government officials talk about the benefits of the Trans-Pacific
Partnership, cuts to foreign tariffs get most of the attention. But it's the
The Senate today voted to reverse farm bill law and
shut down the USDA's catfish inspection program.
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Cotton growers are
worried about losing another tool to fight the tarnished plant bug if EPA's new
label for sulfoxaflor is...
May 25, 2016 - The nation's biggest livestock groups are concerned about what a
potential rule from the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
might do to the marketplace...
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Aligning calving
season more with Mother Nature than to usual seasonal market price trends is
gaining popularity among cattle management experts and cattlemen.
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - The more efficient
use of nitrogen fertilizer in agriculture has yielded positive results not just
for water quality in the Mississippi River Basin, but for...
WASHINGTON, May 24, 2016 - Monsanto's board of directors has unanimously rejected a $62 billion buyout bid from Bayer AG, calling it incomplete and financially inadequate.
WASHINGTON, May 23, 2015 - The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) selected Chandler Goule as their new Chief Executive Officer, effective July 5.
WASHINGTON, May 22 2016 - President Obama will be talking up the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Vietnam and Japan this week with an eye toward keeping the pressure on Congress to approve the 12-nation trade pact.
May 23, 2016 - Top officials of Germany-based Bayer AG took to the phones today
to explain why they believe acquiring Monsanto in a deal worth $62 billion
would be good for shareholders, farmers and a growing world population.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2016 - Michelle Obama formally unveiled the
government's updated Nutrition Facts Label for packaged foods today while at
the same time touting the strides the Obama administration has made toward a
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 - The Senate's agriculture spending bill that advanced Thursday would provide supplemental payments to farmers who believe they have been shortchanged by the Agriculture Risk Coverage program that was created by the 2014 farm bill.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2016 - The White House today unveiled the first major update of the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods in more than 20 years, which will include, among other things, a line that clearly states the amount of sugar added to the product during processing.
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 - House Republicans advanced a bill aimed at overhauling some of the Obama administration's child nutrition standards and to allow some states to experiment with setting their own rules for school meals.
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 - Soybean
farmers have crops to sell and a $2-per-bushel improvement in market prices
during the past two months will pry inventory loose, according to feedback
provided by Iowa producers.