Thu Feb 26, 2015 09:05 AM CST Farm states are looking at a variety of options to generate revenue. Here are a couple of recent examples as Iowa and Kansas seek to address infrastructure or budget holes.
Wed Feb 25, 2015 08:58 AM CST Former Rep. Tom Latham, a Republican from Iowa, told a room of journalists, bloggers and public-relations staff late Tuesday afternoon that it would be a bad idea to reopen any aspect of the farm bill.
Mon Feb 23, 2015 02:32 PM CST Omaha agricultural attorney David Domina gave his own perspective on the impacts of consolidation on farming in Nebraska during a speech Friday at the state's flagship university in Lincoln.
Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:05 PM CST In a statement emailed out just after 7 p.m. Pacific (9 p.m. Central) on Friday, the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced they had reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract covering workers at all 29 West Coast ports.
Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:09 AM CST Sen. Jeff Flake released a parody of a BBQ sign on Wednesday as a way to keep the spotlight on a bill he helped introduce earlier this month. Flake and a few of his colleagues have embraced the proposal by President Barack Obama's FY 2016 budget to get rid of the premium subsidy for the Harvest Price Option on crop insurance.
Thu Feb 12, 2015 01:07 PM CST Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Republican from Kansas, lashed out Thursday at three Democrats in Congress for introducing a bill that would require labeling foods that have ingredients from biotech crops. The congressmen said lawmakers should "stop listening to celebrity chefs and well-heeled 'activists,' and start really caring about those less fortunate."
Tue Feb 10, 2015 07:12 AM CST It shouldn't surprise anyone that the crop-insurance industry came out of its annual convention over the weekend committed to fending off potential federal budget cuts. Crop insurers see themselves as under fire because of proposals in both Congress and the Obama administration that would cut spending on crop insurance anywhere from $220 million to $1.6 billion a year.
Mon Feb 9, 2015 05:07 PM CST Supporters of country-of-origin labeling declared victory Monday that they had beaten back a federal lawsuit filed by the nation's meatpackers and other critics of the legislation. A bigger question was just how relevant the litigation is in the grand scheme of things because the World Trade Organization is going to tell everyone what is going to happen with COOL.
Tue Feb 3, 2015 08:19 PM CST A day after the chairmen of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees scoffed at President Barack Obama's proposal to cut crop insurance, a pair of senators introduced a bill that would translate into significant cuts to crop insurance for the nation's largest farmers.
Tue Feb 3, 2015 03:19 PM CST Ahead of a scheduled joint hearing Wednesday of the Senate Environment and Public Works and House Transportation and Infrastructure committees on the waters of the U.S. rule to be finalized this spring, one congressman is pressing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fully respond to a request for information about the agency's efforts to map potential waters of the U.S. that could become jurisdictional with the new rule.
Mon Feb 2, 2015 09:29 AM CST Agriculture faces various studies and mixed signals when it comes to climate change. Farmers need to adapt yet many argue that agriculture also does more harm than good trying to mitigating greenhouse gases through biofuels.
Wed Jan 28, 2015 09:32 AM CST Val Dolcini, head of the Farm Service Agency, is making the rounds to talk to producers about farm-program enrollment. I spoke to him briefly this week about the enrollment numbers and how FSA is getting the message out about the programs.
Mon Jan 26, 2015 09:56 AM CST I was somewhat caught off-guard Friday when a few members of Practical Farmers of Iowa asked that I stick around their conference for a one-woman play performance. I was already facing an evening drive home and dinner from a drive-thru.
Sun Jan 18, 2015 09:47 AM CST Late Saturday evening, the White House issued a fact sheet on a new tax proposal President Barack Obama will roll out Tuesday night at his State of the Union speech. The plan effectively increases taxes on wealthier people while offering some tax breaks for middle-class wage-earners.
Fri Jan 16, 2015 01:35 PM CST Until Friday the U.S. ethanol industry took virtually no interest in the debate about whether the Keystone XL pipeline should be built across a number of Northern Plains states including Nebraska.