Politics | 9/22/2016

Study shows millennials are big organic consumers

BALTIMORE, Sept. 22, 2016 - It turns out that millennials, perhaps the most important generation in terms of retail sales, are big consumers of organic food and other products, according to new study results announced today by the Organic Trade Association.

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Politics | 9/23/2016 1:11:25 PM

Court rules OSHA must go through rulemaking on PSM change

WASHINGTON, 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.
Politics | 9/23/2016 12:16:27 PM

China hits US DDGS with anti-dumping duties

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).

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Politics | 9/22/2016 10:14:53 PM

NASDA says states need more say in fed farm policy

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.
Politics | 9/22/2016 3:33:41 PM

Non-Bt protein offers option for fighting corn pest

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.
Politics | 9/22/2016 2:45:55 PM

House Ag Chesapeake Bay hearing deals with Pennsylvania enforcement issues

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2016 - Conservation efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are showing dividends, but some areas are still struggling to meet prescribed goals.
Politics | 9/22/2016 2:42:06 PM

Vilsack pressed on farm economy, regulations

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.
Politics | 9/22/2016 1:17:53 PM

China ends 13-year ban on U.S. beef

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.
Politics | 9/22/2016 10:06:53 AM

State regulation of coal ash - A good thing?

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.
Politics | 9/22/2016 9:47:43 AM

USDA earmarks $328 M to help recovery from Deepwater Horizon spill

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.
Politics | 9/21/2016 3:21:12 PM

Carbon pricing gains support but strings attached

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.
Politics | 9/21/2016 1:30:50 PM

 Senate Committee questions agribusiness execs on pending mergers

WASHINGTON, 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...
Politics | 9/21/2016 12:50:23 PM

 Beekeepers tangle with EPA, growers over neonic-coated seeds

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - Should seeds coated with neonicotinoids be regulated as pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)?
Politics | 9/21/2016 12:46:11 PM

FWS proposes listing bumble bee as endangered

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.
Politics | 9/21/2016 11:30:21 AM

 FDA, EPA join USDA in mulling regulation of gene editing

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...
Politics | 9/21/2016 11:12:53 AM

 Worsening farm credit picture will be focus of USDA Outlook Forum

WASHINGTON, 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...
Politics | 9/21/2016 10:21:36 AM

 USDA checkoff plan generates beef from cattle group

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.
Politics | 9/21/2016 10:07:07 AM

 Farm wages up sharply as immigration slows

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 - Farmworker wages are rising amid a steady decline in illegal immigration from Mexico and a tightening labor supply for growers.
Politics | 9/21/2016 9:42:53 AM

 USDA Pesticide Program says food safety news needs better PR

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.
Politics | 9/21/2016 9:30:30 AM

 GOP report accuses EPA of overreach in WOTUS rule

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...
Politics | 9/19/2016 3:22:55 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Senate looks to move nutrition bill, probe ag mergers

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.
Politics | 9/19/2016

USDA ramps up battle against rural opioid abuse

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.
Politics | 9/18/2016 11:15:14 AM

Pork Producers are optimistic on lame duck TPP vote

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.
Politics | 9/16/2016 4:15:12 PM

Syngenta to pay $1.2 M for selling misbranded pesticides

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.
Politics | 9/16/2016 2:36:22 PM

NCBA seeks to intervene in OCM lawsuit

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.
Politics | 9/16/2016 12:51:57 PM

 EPA data review finds no cancer link for glyphosate

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.
Politics | 9/15/2016 5:28:04 PM

 House panel explores pros and cons of Cuba ag trade

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.
Politics | 9/15/2016 3:56:23 PM

CFTC nominees pledge to seek farm input

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.


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