Farm & rural policy news
Sept. 23, 2016 - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration acted illegally
when it imposed new safety requirements on fertilizer dealers without giving
them a chance to comment, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2016 - Just 10 days after the U.S. announced a trade dispute challenging China's domestic corn, wheat, and rice price supports, China on Friday announced anti-dumping duties on U.S. dried distiller's grains (DDGS).
LINCOLN, Neb., Sept. 22, 2016 - The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) opened its 2016 annual meeting today by calling for the federal government to allow the states to play a greater role in policymaking in the next administration.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - A newly discovered non-Bt protein could be a solution for farmers struggling with corn rootworm resistance to existing Bt corn varieties, DuPont scientists report.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - Conservation efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are showing dividends, but some areas are still struggling to meet prescribed goals.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - In what could be his final appearance on Capitol Hill, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack defended the farm economy as basically sound but appealed for flexibility from Congress to aid dairy producers and other struggling sectors.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - China has lifted its 13-year-old ban on U.S. beef, clearing the way for negotiations between the two countries over the specific conditions under which trade can resume.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - The water resources
bill that the Senate recently passed on a near-unanimous vote of 95-3 also
includes a states-first approach for regulating the disposal and recycling of coal
ash, a measure strongly opposed by environmental groups.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - USDA this week
unveiled a three-year $328 million restoration strategy to improve water
quality and help coastal ecosystems damaged by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2016 - Long-time carbon-pricing advocate Bill McKibben insists that putting a steadily increasing price on carbon emissions is essential but won't be enough to avoid the worst consequences of global warming.
Sept. 21, 2016 - Executives of five seed and agrichemical giants undergoing mergers
sought to assure skeptical members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that the
new companies will...
Sept. 21, 2016 - Should seeds coated with neonicotinoids be regulated as
pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - The rusty patched bumble bee is one step closer to becoming the first bee in the continental United States to be protected under the Endangered Species Act.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - A White House plan
for updating federal regulation of agricultural biotechnology calls for the FDA
and EPA to clarify how they will...
Sept. 21, 2016 - The ailing financial situation for many of America's farmers
will be getting special attention at the next USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - A proposed
rule that sounds like a simple formalization of an informal policy has ag law
experts scratching their well-educated heads.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - Farmworker wages
are rising amid a steady decline in illegal immigration from Mexico and a
tightening labor supply for growers.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - USDA's Pesticide Data Program is looking for help from the agricultural industry in explaining to
the public that the food supply is safe.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - The Waters of the
U.S. rule drafted by the EPA and the Army Corps of
Engineers shows that the agencies are trying to exert far more power over...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2016 - Senators look to pass a long-stalled child nutrition bill as soon as this week and also will grill top executives of seed and chemical units about the impact of a series of planned mergers on the farm economy.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2016 -
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new
USDA initiatives to counter an
epidemic of opioid and heroin abuse that has killed thousands of Americans,
with a disproportionate impact on rural communities.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2016 - The National Pork Producers Council is
confident that Congress will brush away pervasive anti-trade sentiments in this
election year and approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership in a lame duck vote
before a new president takes office.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2016 - Syngenta Crop Protection has agreed to pay $1.2 million to resolve alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, the Environmental Protection Agency said today.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2016 - The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is looking to have a say in a lawsuit seeking to force disclosure of records that USDA gathered in an audit of the beef checkoff program.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2016 - Data reviewed by the Environmental Protection Agency on the safety of glyphosate fail to prove or even suggest the herbicide causes cancer in humans, according to an agency paper posted online in advance of a meeting of EPA scientific advisers next month.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2016 - Lawmakers and witnesses at a House hearing on agricultural trade with Cuba were in near unanimous agreement that increased commerce would benefit U.S. farmers, but some expressed concerns that it would also strengthen the Castro regime.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2016 - Nominees to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission assured the Senate Agriculture Committee that they will regularly seek input from farmers and keep in mind the impact of regulations on the agribusiness sector.