Wed Apr 15, 2015 05:27 PM CDT USDA issued a news release Wednesday touting the growth of organic farming with 19,474 certified organic farm operations around the country and 27,814 around the world. Yet, several organic groups have filed suits over the last week challenging the way USDA is running the organic-standards program.
Wed Apr 15, 2015 02:28 PM CDT The race is definitely on to see who will be the first to cross the finish line on the waters of the United States rule -- Congress or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Sun Apr 12, 2015 11:50 AM CDT Congress is poised to take up tax reform when lawmakers return this week, including a push to eliminate the estate tax. This could be a big deal for American agriculture because some prominent agricultural groups have been championing the outright elimination of the estate tax for a long time. Eliminating the estate tax could provide an opportunity for farmers and others with higher asset levels to invest more heavily in agriculture over the next decade.
Mon Apr 6, 2015 10:00 AM CDT After California Gov. Jerry Brown directed the first mandatory statewide water restrictions for his state last week, attention in the news immediately turned to agriculture being largely excluded from Brown's executive order.
Fri Apr 3, 2015 08:24 AM CDT Climate change and the political storms that surround this issue are increasingly in the spotlight these days. For example, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently required states to submit climate risk mitigation plans beginning next year that consider the effects of long-term changes in weather patterns. If they don't, the feds say, they will lose U.S. funds to help them prepare for disasters.
Wed Apr 1, 2015 10:31 PM CDT The New York Times reported that Archer Daniels Midland is rolling out a proposal to "assess the impact of its supply chains on forests and other areas that have high conservation value. It will formally announce details of its policy at its annual meeting on May 7," the Times wrote.
Wed Apr 1, 2015 06:43 AM CDT A proposal by the Obama Administration expected to be announced Wednesday will dramatically overhaul farm commodity and conservation programs by block-granting those funds to states.
Tue Mar 31, 2015 06:52 AM CDT Earlier this month, the Environmental Working Group's farm program skeptics tried their hand at a familiar game ??? deconstructing the many variables of the new programs, including some that are not yet implemented, and estimating their likely cost. The EWG came up with some big numbers, and were hooted at by Politico reporter David Rogers, who said they were unreasonably high.
Fri Mar 27, 2015 02:03 PM CDT A number of environmental groups are pressing on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to consider in its review of glyphosate the conclusion reached by an international group this past week that there is a "probable" link to cancer.
Thu Mar 26, 2015 03:37 PM CDT Will USDA stick with the March 31 deadline for farmers serving notice on their farm-program intentions? And for those producers who were early birds and certain of their intentions, do their early projections still hold for Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage payment models?
Tue Mar 24, 2015 04:44 PM CDT The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee met Tuesday in Bethesda, Maryland, to allow for public testimony on the committee's recommendations to USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Mon Mar 23, 2015 06:24 AM CDT Dairy exporters in Australia, New Zealand and the United States last week called on their respective trade and agriculture officials to make every effort to significantly increase their access to Canada's market as they continue discussions aimed at concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.
Tue Mar 17, 2015 09:30 PM CDT More than 140 groups signed onto a letter by the Agriculture Workforce Coalition opposing a bill spurred by the House Judiciary Committee to require all employers to use E-Verify for workers.
Mon Mar 16, 2015 03:19 PM CDT A set of new reports from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show mixed results in Pennsylvania, Virginia and New York when it comes to reducing nutrients runoff in the Chesapeake Bay.
Fri Mar 13, 2015 09:09 PM CDT The Kansas Department of Agriculture reported Friday afternoon that samples from a backyard flock of chickens and ducks had come back with a positive result of H2N2 avian influenza.
Fri Mar 13, 2015 03:41 PM CDT At the National Farmers Union annual meeting on Monday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will try to tell a group of reluctant farmers that NFU should reverse its opposition to Trade Promotion Authority. But a bigger question is whether the White House can still sell TPA to a resistant Congress.
Thu Mar 12, 2015 09:41 AM CDT The federal Government Accountability Office issued another report on crop insurance on Wednesday calling on USDA to increase crop-insurance premiums in counties with higher losses and insurance claims.
Wed Mar 11, 2015 09:18 PM CDT The American Farm Bureau issued a friend-of-the-court brief for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals with Farm Bureau arguing that California's state law regulating the size of egg cages is unconstitutional.