Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2014 -- Several major produce industry groups say they are disappointed that Canada has failed to establish a system that would protect U.S. suppliers of fresh produce to Canada if a buyer fails to pay for a shipment.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 -- The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has filed comments with the European Commission challenging what it calls unfair trade duties that have blocked U.S. biodiesel exports to Europe since July 2009.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - The Small Business Administration is calling for EPA to withdraw its proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, drawing praise for its frankness from the biggest American farmers group.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - Two U.S. senators are requesting a
USDA study on the rail backlog in the Upper Midwest and its economic impact on
their states' agriculture, food processing and ethanol industries.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is repeating its plea to get four antibiotic-resistant strains of Salmonella listed as adulterants under federal law - allowing the government to get infected meat and poultry off supermarket shelves before they are linked to illnesses.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - Updated school lunch standards were meant to curb childhood
obesity, but the School Nutrition Association (SNA) says it's really the costs
that will be bloating under the new guidelines.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 -- Brazil has agreed to drop its decade-old complaint before the World Trade Organization that the U.S. is unfairly subsidizing its cotton industry in exchange for a one-time payment of $300 million and other concessions.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 - USDA officials announced more than $83 million in funding for several programs designed to encourage healthy, local food options in farmers markets and in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2014 - Attorney General
Eric Holder will leave office after six years with a legacy highlighted by
civil rights and voting rights enforcement but with an antitrust record that
Sept. 26, 2014 - The U.S. hog and pig inventory showed a slight rebound from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), a disease that was
first confirmed in U.S. herds in Iowa in the spring of 2013 and has since
spread to 31 different states.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 - A bipartisan group
of 27 Texas legislators is requesting that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) review the APHIS site-visit review
process after an agency proposal that could allow importation of meat from a region not yet free of foot-and-mouth disease.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new peanut revenue policy available to eligible peanut producers.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 - After a 16-month investigation, USDA says it's been unable to determine how unapproved genetically-engineered wheat made its way into a farm field in Oregon last year.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has named USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator Al Almanza to a newly created position as deputy undersecretary for food safety, a job he'll share with the present deputy, Brian Ronholm.
Sept. 25, 2014 - Thursday is National Teach Ag Day and the agricultural
community will celebrate by encouraging students to enter the profession, which
is facing a critical shortage
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 - The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) says the U.S. should conclude a major free trade agreement without Japan if the Asian nation nation continues to insist on protecting its so-called "sacred" agricultural products.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled new
programs and online tools to help farmers in the complex decision-making
process that growers will face in the coming year.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014-USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today that the public comment period on its draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for Monsanto's genetically engineered (GE) cotton and soybean plants resistant to the herbicide dicamba will remain open through October 10, 2014
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Two days of Trans-Pacific Partnership talks between top negotiators for the U.S. and Japan failed to produce any progress on critical issues involving
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2014 - Three of the top U.S. non-alcoholic beverage makers say they will take steps to cut the calories consumed in beverages by 20 percent per person by 2025.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2014 -- USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack today said he welcomes the launch of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture, announced at the
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2014 - USDA has selected 85 utilities
and cooperatives for grants and loans totaling more than $59 million to encourage
economic growth in rural communities.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2014 - The federal
government today unveiled the second phase of an inter-agency action plan
designed to protect and restore the health of
INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 23, 2014 - Analysts forecast that the world's population will grow to 9 billion people by 2050. With global needs today to fight hunger and prepare for the expected population explosion, the industry of agriculture needs educated, skilled and