Mon Apr 21, 2014 03:22 PM CDT EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday posted their proposed rule defining "waters of the U.S." The proposal comes after two earlier U.S. Supreme Court cases left open the question of what constitutes a "waters of the U.S." that would then place a body of water under federal regulations in the Clean Water Act.
Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:55 AM CDT The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's designation of the lesser prairie chicken as threatened set off a wave of concern coming from agriculture and energy-related interests that the designation would have adverse effects on agriculture and gas and oil operations across Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and other states.
Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:11 PM CDT While the level of potential federal budget savings from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, was a big sticking point in the Congressional debate during the most-recently passed farm bill, updated Congressional Budget Office budget projections for 2014 to 2023 include a large cut in projected savings in the program.
Wed Apr 9, 2014 07:56 PM CDT All sides are working to influence EPA on the Renewable Fuels Standard. Several groups are making their position known through time with EPA officials, congressional hearings or events set up exclusively for press.
Mon Apr 7, 2014 03:56 PM CDT The IPCC report said biofuels can be part of a strategy to reduce carbon emissions, but the report also cites risks from conflicts between using land to grow crops for biofuels and growing crops for food. The report also expressed concern about land-uses changes from biofuels.
Fri Apr 4, 2014 03:11 PM CDT Sen. Pat Roberts along with Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, spearheaded a letter signed by 45 total senators (30 Republicans, 15 Democrats) asking Trade Ambassador Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to fight against geographical indicators being pushed by the European Union in the possible trade deal.
Thu Mar 27, 2014 08:53 PM CDT Much to the dismay of people in agriculture and other industries in the southern plains, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated the lesser prairie chicken as a "threatened" species that requires more protection from development and other impacts from businesses.
Wed Mar 26, 2014 04:40 PM CDT Once again, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack got a lot of questions and concerns expressed Wednesday by members of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee about USDA plans to close as many as 250 Farm Service Agency offices nationally.
Tue Mar 25, 2014 09:59 AM CDT The House Ways and Means Committee will take up a series of tax-extender measures in April, according to an a memo from Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich. The Senate Finance Committee also could markup a tax-extenders package in early April.
Mon Mar 24, 2014 04:23 PM CDT The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is partnering with conservation groups to highlight problems with grassland conversions to crop production in the Prairie Pothole Region. USDA on Monday announced some changes from 2014 Farm Bill for the Farm Service Agency's loan programs.
Thu Mar 20, 2014 07:49 PM CDT Todd Neeley wrote a small piece Thursday about ethanol groups taking a lawsuit against California to the U.S. Supreme Court. I felt like I had just read this article and it turns out I had, but with a different lawsuit and another industry.
Wed Mar 19, 2014 07:47 AM CDT I keep spanning the internet to bring you a constant variety of reports about ARC-PLC and SCO. Ohio State, University of Illinois and Kansas State University economists are busy helping producers walk through the programs.
Mon Mar 17, 2014 04:49 PM CDT Environmental Defense Fund, the California Rice Commission and other groups have been using a USDA Conservation Innovation Grant to develop a rice protocol that would pay farmers for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.
Thu Mar 13, 2014 04:55 PM CDT FAPRI came out with its 10-year baseline projection for commodities, looking at future production, prices, farm subsidies and overall farm income. A $21 billion higher cost estimate less than two months after the new farm bill passed now has conservative group Heritage Action crowing "We told you so."