Politics | 1/19/2017

 Roberts backs Perdue for Ag Sec with an 'Amen, brother'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2017 - President-elect Donald Trump made it official this morning, naming former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as his choice for Agriculture Secretary, drawing an immediate endorsement from a lawmaker who will play a key role in Perdue's confirmation process.

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Politics | 1/19/2017 2:40:03 PM

Trump picks Perdue for agriculture secretary, ending historically long search

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - After the longest search for a USDA chief in modern history, President-elect Donald Trump will nominate for agriculture secretary former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, a longtime rural agribusinessman who originally trained as a veterinarian.
Politics | 1/19/2017 11:36:37 AM

Pruitt vows to uphold RFS, bring "clarity" to WOTUS

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - After the longest search for a USDA chief in modern history, President-elect Donald Trump will nominate for agriculture secretary former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, a longtime rural agribusinessman who originally trained as a veterinarian.

One Planet. Six commitments. The Good Growth Plan
Politics | 1/19/2017 11:20:17 AM

How will Trump's Cabinet address energy and climate?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2017 - A major question arising this week during confirmation hearings for Donald Trump's cabinet picks is whether his administration, which takes office on Friday, will accept and act on the scientific consensus that climate change is...
Politics | 1/19/2017 10:57:39 AM

Energy technology, infrastructure drive US job growth: DOE

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2017 - Changes in America's energy profile are affecting U.S. employment in key sectors of the economy...
Politics | 1/19/2017 10:00:04 AM

USDA report finds ethanol beats gasoline in reducing GHGs

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2017 - A new analysis released by the Agriculture Department finds that greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) associated with corn-based ethanol can be 43 percent lower than gasoline.
Politics | 1/19/2017 9:31:46 AM

Low cost of natural gas shifted energy mix in 2016

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2017 - In addition to keeping wholesale power prices relatively stable in 2016, the low cost of natural gas contributed to a shift toward increased natural gas-fired electricity generation, largely at the expense...
Politics | 1/18/2017 7:24:15 PM

 Commerce nominee Ross addresses concerns over Trump trade positions

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - Wilbur Ross, Donald Trump's pick to lead the Commerce Department and play a major role in international trade negotiations, spent much of a four-hour hearing today working to calm senators' fears of ....
Politics | 1/18/2017 4:28:02 PM

Biodiesel industry looks for continued growth, more advocacy

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 17, 2016 - The biodiesel industry may have been an "underdog" of sorts during its relatively short history, but now, "we are strong and we are a force to be reckoned with," National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen emphasized during the opening session of the organization's convention in San Diego.
Politics | 1/18/2017 1:46:23 PM

 USDA proposes overhaul of biotech rules as Obama leaves

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - As he leaves office, President Obama's administration is releasing a series of proposals to update and streamline the regulation of genetically engineered crops and animals.
Politics | 1/18/2017 11:18:08 AM

 Late selection of secretary slows naming of USDA officials

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - President-elect Donald Trump's delayed selection of his new agriculture secretary not only has created consternation among his farm belt supporters and many farm group leaders, it likely will mean that filling USDA's...
Politics | 1/18/2017 11:03:54 AM

 Zinke wants to work with states, localities to manage federal lands

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - Restoring Americans' trust in federal land management agencies will be at the top of Ryan Zinke's priority list if confirmed as Interior Secretary, the Montana congressman told...
Politics | 1/18/2017 11:00:15 AM

Final organic animal welfare rule issued with little change

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service on Wednesday detailed the final organic animal welfare rule it will release this week, and the finished product looks awfully similar to its previous proposal.
Politics | 1/18/2017 10:56:58 AM

 EPA eases requirements in final pesticide applicator regulations

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - EPA's August 2015 proposal to regulate application of restricted-use pesticides (RUPs) was roundly criticized by the state agencies responsible for certifying commercial and private applicators.
Politics | 1/18/2017 10:51:08 AM

 USDA moving ahead with organic checkoff

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - The organic sector got a boost from the Obama administration Tuesday as the Department of Agriculture took a step forward in creating an organic checkoff program.
Politics | 1/18/2017 10:44:22 AM

 Moving the ranching mindset: Profit in switch to May/June calving

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - Researchers in North Dakota have come up with data to show what ranchers have been proving to themselves for years: Calving in May can be easier and less expensive, and thus, more...
Politics | 1/18/2017 10:33:29 AM

 New EPA policies on bees and pesticides draw mixed reviews

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - The Environmental Protection Agency has released two long-awaited documents on bees and pesticides.
Politics | 1/18/2017 10:24:56 AM

 USDA aims to steer soldiers into ag before they leave the military

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - For years, USDA made one of its missions to work with military veterans. Now the department is closing in on one of its biggest successes as the Obama administration comes to an end.
Politics | 1/18/2017 10:18:59 AM

 Rural death rate higher due to accidents, drugs, limited health care

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts the focus on risks and challenges facing rural areas where it comes to lifestyles, injury rates and access to health care.
Politics | 1/18/2017 10:11:09 AM

 Oh Deer! Captive operations expand, but challenges remain

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 - So far, farm organizations have watched from the sidelines as captive deer and elk operations expand against mounting challenges by...
Politics | 1/18/2017 9:53:26 AM

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Politics | 1/17/2017 5:26:53 PM

Dairy Export Council makes it official - Vilsack's in as next CEO

The U.S. Dairy Export Council made it official today - announcing that former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will take over leadership of the group on Feb.1.
Politics | 1/17/2017 10:44:04 AM

 Trump transition team announces Bayer-Monsanto job pledge

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2017 - German agrochemical giant Bayer has committed to creating at least 3,000 new U.S. jobs and spending $8 billion on research and development if it is allowed to take over Monsanto Co., a spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump announced.
Politics | 1/17/2017 8:02:12 AM

Washington Week Ahead: Trump's EPA, Interior picks undergo Senate vetting

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2017 - As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office on Friday, the Senate will vet his nominees to run the EPA and other departments important to agriculture.
Politics | 1/15/2017 11:12:52 AM

New USDA report touts GHG benefits of ethanol

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - A Department of Agriculture lifecycle analysis of ethanol's greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) shows a favorable comparison to gasoline, and indicates a positive disparity between the two could continue to grow.
Politics | 1/9/2017 3:31:19 PM

Agri-Pulse announces Farm Bill Series and Summit

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2017 - Agri-Pulse, the nation's leading source of farm and food policy information, plans to launch an in-depth editorial series next month, The Seven Things You Should Know Before You Write the Next Farm Bill, culminating in a Farm Bill Summit at the National Press Club on March 20.


Marshall Matz - Peter Matz

Organic reform
The House of Representatives' Freedom Caucus lists the USDA National Organic Program as one that should be a high priority for reform under President-elect Donald Trump.


Blake Hurst

Where is the modern day Henry Wallace for USDA?
It's been a struggle for President-elect Trump to find a Secretary of Agriculture, but here are some thoughts he ought to consider.


John Crosby

From the nation's breadbasket: A Pastor's call to end hunger
"Give them something to eat," Jesus said. As a pastor, I'm struck by these well-known words,


Marshall Matz

In defense of lobbying
President-Elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama sure agree on one federal policy: Lobbyists Need Not Apply.


Bruce Knight

Voluntary conservation: It works!
As we look ahead to a new year, a new Administration and a new farm bill, it's important to recognize what works and what doesn't.


Sen. Pat Roberts

Global food security: A past, present and future approach
Show me a nation that cannot feed itself, and I'll show you a nation in chaos.
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