Politics | 10/20/2016

Vilsack challenges FFA members to help diversify agriculture

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 20, 2016 - In his final address to a National FFA Convention, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack urged FFA members to be the generation that opens up the doors of agriculture for all.

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Politics | 10/21/2016 2:32:22 PM

USDA allots $17.6M for organic ag research

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2016 - USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is making available $17.6 million for research and outreach activities to support the organic agriculture sector. The grants are funded through NIFA's Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), authorized by the 2014 farm bill.
Politics | 10/20/2016 3:08:33 PM

NRCS rolls out regs for new Ag Conservation Easement Program

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - Fewer acres would be purchased as easements to protect wetlands and other sensitive lands under the new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), which is replacing three programs repealed by the 2014 farm bill.

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Politics | 10/20/2016 9:50:23 AM

It's official: New York moves toward more biodiesel

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill Tuesday that puts the city on a path toward displacing 20 percent of the heating oil sold within the city with cleaner-burning, sustainable, biodiesel.
Politics | 10/20/2016 9:28:49 AM

Western Energy Alliance supports BLM's move to online lease sales

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 - The Western Energy Alliance has offered support for the Bureau of Land Management's transition to online sales for oil and natural gas leases on public lands, saying the protests...
Politics | 10/20/2016 9:10:15 AM

Energy-related CO2 emissions at lowest level since 1991

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 - In the first six months of 2016, energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the U.S. totaled 2,530 million metric tons...
Politics | 10/19/2016 5:21:43 PM

 National Bioenergy Day: turning waste into value

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - National Bioenergy Day, Oct.19 is a showcase for a nationwide network of biomass facilities producing heat, electricity and byproducts from woody biomass and agricultural waste.
Politics | 10/19/2016 1:05:01 PM

 The regulatory rush is on as Obama heads for the door

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - The Obama administration is teeing up a series of major regulations that can be implemented as political appointees head out the door...
Politics | 10/19/2016 12:53:07 PM

 TPP seen as defense against EU's push for food name protection

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) isn't just about increasing foreign market access for U.S. exporters...
Politics | 10/19/2016 11:31:17 AM

 RMA: Whole Farm Revenue Protection still a work in progress

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - The Whole Farm Revenue Protection program isn't perfect, but it's getting a better as more and more producers sign up to insure farms where several...
Politics | 10/19/2016 10:45:09 AM

 EPA postpones glyphosate review because of 'voluntary' departure

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - The "voluntary departure" of one of the scientists appointed to EPA's Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) on the carcinogenic potential of the pesticide glyphosate has...
Politics | 10/19/2016 10:34:18 AM

 Ag equipment dealers must transform to improve returns: Rabobank

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - Facing a poor economic outlook, North American agriculture equipment dealers must transform in order to improve returns on invested capital, according to a new report...
Politics | 10/19/2016 10:07:52 AM

 Worker advocates struggle to bring retailer pressure on farms

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - Activists who say they want to raise labor standards on farms are hoping to emulate the success that the animal welfare movement has had in getting...
Politics | 10/19/2016 9:47:35 AM

 Bayer-Monsanto: Growers will still have plenty of choices

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - Within the next year or so, the "Big Six" crop protection and seed companies - Syngenta, Monsanto, Bayer, BASF, DuPont and Dow AgroSciences...
Politics | 10/19/2016 9:35:37 AM

 Clean Power Plan is a 'regulatory roadblock,' Ag groups say

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - A group of major agriculture organizations has launched a grassroots campaign urging the Environmental Protection Agency to...
Politics | 10/19/2016 9:20:07 AM

 FFA's DC team mulls issues as members convene in Indianapolis

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 - As thousands make the trip to Indianapolis this week for the 89th annual convention of the National FFA Organization, a pair of issues that might...
Politics | 10/18/2016 8:33:44 PM

 Voluntary reduction targets for salt get raves, jeers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2016 -The Food and Drug Administration's proposed voluntary guidance for salt intake drew praise from public health advocates, who said reducing the amount of salt in American's diets will save lives. The Salt Institute and defenders of sodium say the guidance is unwise.
Politics | 10/18/2016 4:24:42 PM

Farm groups urge food companies to think twice on GMO bans

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2016 - Several leading U.S. farm groups are urging food companies to think twice about their sustainability goals, saying they may actually be causing more harm than good.
Politics | 10/15/2016 9:56:14 PM

Sulfoxaflor gets new registration with fewer crop uses

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2016 - New measures to protect honey bees and fewer crop uses are included in the latest registration of sulfoxaflor, a Dow AgroSciences insecticide that was cancelled last year.
Politics | 10/14/2016 3:48:55 PM

Vilsack: Embrace science to address global food security

DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 13, 2016 - Surrounded by international leaders focused on global food security, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that one of the biggest concerns he has about addressing future food challenges is "our ability to embrace science."
Politics | 10/14/2016 12:23:39 PM

EPA postpones scientific review of glyphosate

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2016 - The Environmental Protection Agency has postponed its scientific review of the carcinogenicity of glyphosate in order to get additional expertise in epidemiology.
Politics | 10/14/2016 11:08:20 AM

 USDA advances revised livestock industry rules

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2016 - The Agriculture Department is advancing a revised set of new rules to tighten regulations on contracting practices in the livestock and poultry industries.
Politics | 10/13/2016 7:55:29 PM

GAP Report: Agricultural productivity growth stalls

DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 12, 2016 - Global demand for agricultural products is skyrocketing, but for the third year in a row, the rate of global agricultural productivity growth has failed to meet its target. That's according to a new report by the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) "Sustainability in an Uncertain Season," that was released just prior to the World Food Prize events kicking off here today.
Politics | 10/13/2016 1:31:46 PM

USDA launches new rural investment fund

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2016 - USDA today announced the launch of a new private investment fund with the potential to inject $100 million into growth-oriented, small businesses across rural America.
Politics | 10/13/2016 10:17:29 AM

Energy development gets a pass, kind of, for global methane rise

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2016 - Global methane emissions from fossil fuel development are up to 60 percent greater than estimated by previous studies...
Politics | 10/13/2016 10:02:31 AM

Average price of residential electricity declines - briefly

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2016 - Residential customers paid on average 12.4 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for electricity during the first six months of 2016...
Politics | 10/12/2016 4:54:41 PM

 Despite critics, White House climate agenda on fast-forward

WASHINGTON, October 11, 2016 - "Acting on climate change is actually in our best economic interest. It is the best economic strategy for the country."
Politics | 10/12/2016 1:28:17 PM

 Animal welfare activists: New ways they want to change farming

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2016 - Animal welfare activists have moved beyond agitating for changes to sow and hen housing to taking on chicken producers, and aquaculture is in their sights next.
Politics | 10/12/2016 1:17:19 PM

 Southeast still tallying ag damage from Hurricane Matthew

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2016 - By many accounts, Hurricane Matthew wasn't as bad as initially predicted, but that doesn't mean the storm left ag producers in the Southeast unscathed.


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Biofortified food: One step closer to a world free of hunger and malnutrition
This week hundreds of stakeholders with an interest in food security will convene in Iowa for an annual commemoration of the legacy of agricultural innovator Norman Borlaug.


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2018 Farm bill - Helping beginning farmers
The 2014 Farm Bill included a number of measures to encourage and support beginning farmers along with others such as socially disadvantaged...


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Trade Myths and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Strategy
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African agriculture seizes the moment
Last week, 2,000 delegates convened at the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya with the single-minded passion to scale up African agriculture.


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CSP: Headed in the right direction
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