An unusual alliance of grain processors, environmental groups and municipal water utilities wants new enrollments in the Conservation Reserve Program targeted to practices that will improve water quality and wildlife habitat. The groups are asking the Agriculture Department0s Farm Ser
DES MOINES, Iowa, March 7, 2015 Ð Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker closed out an historic forum for potential presidential candidates by checking off the boxes on policies important to Midwest farmers, starting with support for federal biofuel policy.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry disappointed an audience hungry for him to reverse his opposition to ethanol usage mandates and instead gave a muddled argument for leaving it to states to support renewable energy development.
Jeb Bush, forced to address two landmines that face his potential presidential candidacy in Iowa, said ethanol and wind power should ultimately stand on their own and called for giving undocumented workers a path to legal status.
Kicking off an historic, agriculture-focused test of presidential candidates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed the Obama administrationÐs regulatory policy and inaction on biofuel mandates, key concerns for Iowa agriculture, but he endorsed keeping the trade emba
Top presidential economic advisers from both parties going back to Gerald Ford are calling on Congress to give President Obama fast-track negotiating authority.
In the letter, the 14 economists also argue against using trade a
Workers recruited from Mexico and other countries to temporarily work on farms and in the food industry need better protection from recruiters who charge hefty, prohibited fees and lie about jobs, according to investigators.
A strain of avian influenza that is highly pathogenic has confirmed in a commercial turkey flock in Minnesota, marking the first finding of the H5N2 virus in the Mississippi flyway, the Agriculture Department says.