Mon Oct 5, 2015 05:41 PM CDT Dietary guidelines are going to draw a lot of interest this week as the House Agriculture Committee holds a hearing Wednesday on the decisions made by the advisory committee that drafted proposed changes.
Sun Oct 4, 2015 08:43 PM CDT Late Sunday afternoon promised some disruption of the usual NFL fare as a media alert from the U.S. Trade Representative's Office touted a press conference to close out the Trans-Pacific Partnership ministerial meeting in Atlanta.
Mon Sep 28, 2015 09:05 PM CDT The House gave final approval Monday to the HR 2051, the Agriculture Reauthorizations Act. Grain will continue to be inspected and livestock prices will be reported, though some people are kicking their boots that the government would shut down price reporting if the government were shutdown.
Wed Sep 23, 2015 09:07 PM CDT I keep hearing from others on our editorial staff that we should once again alert readers that the Farm Service Agency deadline is Sept. 30 to complete the sign up process for Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage. Well, that means it's a good time to remind them about the prospects of a government shutdown.
Tue Sep 22, 2015 12:36 PM CDT Despite a summer of lobbying trying to find Democratic backers in the Senate, a bill meant to block state-by-state biotech labeling requirements may stall out in the Senate this year.
Thu Sep 17, 2015 07:46 PM CDT A conference this week in Lincoln, Neb., focusing on water-quality markets reflects one of the ways USDA is seeking to work with EPA on voluntary conservation efforts to improve water quality by growing carrots with voluntary efforts instead of using the big stick of regulation.
Wed Sep 16, 2015 02:59 PM CDT For months companies developing advanced biofuels like cellulosic ethanol have made it known that if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continues to sway from the original Renewable Fuel Standard law those companies would go outside the United States to develop technologies.
Tue Sep 15, 2015 08:59 PM CDT A fall outbreak of highly-pathogenic bird flu tops the minds of state agricultural directors, who called on Congress and the Obama administration to ensure there are enough resources to respond to another destructive spread of the virus.
Sun Sep 13, 2015 12:05 PM CDT Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke Wednesday to the National Rural Assembly in Washington, D.C., in a question-and-answer session and expressed his frustration over the decline of private foundations investing in rural America.
Thu Sep 10, 2015 09:58 AM CDT As the fate of the waters of the United States rule that agriculture and other groups claim will significantly expand federal jurisdiction of waters across the country plays out in court, Rep. Paul A. Gosar, R-Arizona, is calling for the impeachment of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy in a letter circulated among colleagues this week.
Tue Sep 8, 2015 08:00 PM CDT European farmers protested in Brussels on Monday and immediately got the EU to approve a $500 million Euro bailout plan. U.S. farmers are asking Congress to quickly adopt tax breaks that benefit a broad array of businesses. We'll see if that can get done before everyone is contemplating taking down their Christmas lights.
Thu Sep 3, 2015 02:29 PM CDT The Farm Service Agency issued a notice Wednesday alerting farmers and dairy producers that they have until Sept. 30 to wrap up their enrollment in programs such as Agricultural Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage and the Margin Protection Program for Dairy.
Tue Sep 1, 2015 08:14 AM CDT National Farmers Union sent out a signal of alarm Monday as the group asked USDA officials to plan for increased loan and loan-guarantee applications, while also ensure USDA's Certified Agricultural Mediation Program prepare for a bigger workload as well.
Mon Aug 31, 2015 01:53 PM CDT The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pointed to the successes and shortfalls of agriculture programs in Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia in implementing the total maximum daily loads, or TMDLS, in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, in many cases emphasizing the voluntary measures well under way in three of the six states in the watershed, in a news release Monday.
Fri Aug 28, 2015 02:43 PM CDT As if pressure from agriculture, industry, states and others suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop the waters of the United States rule wasn't enough, a number of environmental groups filed suit Friday in a federal court in California, hitting the rule from a different angle but based on many of the same reasons argued so far by many other plaintiffs in courts across the country.
Thu Aug 27, 2015 10:53 AM CDT The USDA announced $211 million in funding to help ranchers adopt conservation measures that are designed to benefit the endangered sage grouse on federal lands, according to a press announcement Thursday.
Tue Aug 25, 2015 01:46 PM CDT As if the politics of the Clean Water Act were not already toxic with the scheduled implementation of the controversial waters of the United States rule Friday, 28 states filing suit and an expected court ruling on a requested injunction to stop the rule, a House committee investigating the Gold King Mine spill in Colorado that turned the Animas River yellow is accusing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy of stonewalling the committee's efforts.
Thu Aug 20, 2015 02:09 PM CDT Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., makes the case Washington, D.C.'s entire sewer system could be considered waters of the United States based on the language of the new rule set to be implemented Aug. 28, in a letter Thursday to Jo Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary of the Army and Ken Kopocis, deputy assistant administrator of the office of water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.