Balanced Reporting. Trusted Insights. Thursday, October 21, 2021

Rural

Senate confirms Perdue to lead USDA

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2017 – Sonny Perdue, who has promised to be a forceful advocate for farmers within the Trump administration, is set to take over as the 31st agriculture secretary on Tuesday after easily winning Senate confirmation, 87-11.
Read More

Agribusinesses seek delay in endangered species evaluations

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2017 - Three agribusinesses have asked the Interior and Commerce departments to stop analyzing the effects of three widely used organophosphate insecticides on endangered species, arguing that EPA evaluations provided to the agencies have overstated the risks of the chemicals to wildlife and that the process used by federal agencies to analyze the risks of pesticides to endangered species is deeply flawed.
Read More
diamondback moth

APHIS gives tentative thumbs-up to release of GE moths

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2017 - USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has favorably reviewed a permit application to release genetically engineered diamondback moths in New York as a way of reducing populations of the pest, which causes significant damage to cabbage and related vegetable crops annually.
Read More
Farm

USDA gearing up for 2017 Census of Agriculture

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2017 – “Make sure you are counted.” That’s the message USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is trying to get across to America’s farmers and ranchers as NASS prepares for the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years, the Census aims to get a complete count of all U.S. farms and ranches and those who operate them.
Read More