Politics | 6/30/2015

 Moving from fossil fuels to renewables 'at no net economic cost'?

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2015 -- The International Energy Agency (IEA) argues that existing technology can halt the growth in the energy sector's global-warming carbon emissions by 2020 and do so without harming global economic growth.

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Politics | 7/1/2015 6:22:25 AM

USDA, USTR announce new members of trade advisory committees

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) late Tuesday.
Politics | 6/30/2015 7:24:25 PM

Cattlemen, developers take on federal sage-grouse management plans

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.

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Politics | 6/30/2015 3:19:18 PM

Growers cut corn, wheat, cotton plantings

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.
Politics | 6/29/2015 5:45:38 PM

States file lawsuit against EPA's 'Waters of the U.S.' rule

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.
Politics | 6/29/2015 3:46:42 PM

APHIS finalizes rule allowing Argentine, Brazilian beef imports

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).
Politics | 6/29/2015 3:31:14 PM

Trump says trade deal is a disaster, hair will improve

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.
Politics | 6/29/2015 3:09:56 PM

Bird flu raises fears over vaccine supply, human risk

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.
Politics | 6/29/2015 2:21:31 PM

Obama signs trade bills, warns 'tough' talks ahead

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.
Politics | 6/29/2015 1:58:09 PM

Roberts to resign as NCBA CEO

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.
Politics | 6/26/2015 4:19:13 PM

House Republicans introduce new drought relief bill

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.
Politics | 6/26/2015 4:15:35 PM

Report shows pork industry continuing to recover from PED virus

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).
Politics | 6/26/2015 11:08:31 AM

Ag groups urge congress to coordinate international development efforts

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.
Politics | 6/26/2015

It's official: WOTUS rule takes effect Aug. 28

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.
Politics | 6/25/2015 3:46:38 PM

House Ag members consider USDA-run non-GMO certification program

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.
Politics | 6/25/2015 2:43:54 PM

Fight over future of meat labeling centers on a few words

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?
Politics | 6/25/2015 1:18:09 PM

Trade promotion bill clears Congress

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.
Politics | 6/25/2015 1:09:21 PM

House clears bill renewing trade assistance, preferences

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.
Politics | 6/25/2015 11:24:57 AM

EPA rejects petition to limit glyphosate

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.
Politics | 6/25/2015 8:27:31 AM

Opinion: Farmers Markets - Health, Access and Community

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.
Politics | 6/24/2015 9:16:44 PM

Gov. Kasich wants support for ethanol to go away

DES MOINES, June 24, 2015 - Ohio Governor John Kasich made it clear Wednesday that he does not like subsidies, particularly anything supporting ethanol.
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Author:

Marshall Matz

Keepseagle v. USDA :The Case Continues
Do you remember the class action litigation Keepseagle v. USDA claiming discrimination against Indian farmers and ranchers?

Author:

Bruce Knight

Climate Change: Scientific and Spiritual Matter
As I said last summer, there's no doubt in my mind that climate change is real.

Author:

Marshall Matz

Why Adesina's election is important for agriculture
In a surprise upset, Dr. Akinwumi (Akin) Adesina was elected to be the next President of the African Development Bank (ADB), defeating seven rivals in six rounds of voting.

Author:

Bruce Knight

Conservation Cuts: Precursor to Regulation?
I have long been a proponent of voluntary action as the best approach for addressing environmental concerns.

Author:

Wade Cowan

Food Security at the Heart of Soy Growth Plan
Judging by acreage and harvest trends over the past twenty years, there can be no doubt that soybeans-once considered to be a rotational crop for corn-centric operations-are now at the heart of an American farm renaissance.
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 8. States file lawsuit against EPA's 'Waters of the U.S.' rule

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