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.
Wed Aug 12, 2015 03:44 PM CDT One definition of irony is a state of affairs or event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects. Certainly that's the situation with EPA and water pollution at the moment.
Tue Aug 11, 2015 04:21 PM CDT At least a few members of Congress called on the Obama administration to take some actions against China because of its currency devaluation on Tuesday, but there were few specifics on what actions should actually be taken.
Fri Aug 7, 2015 10:42 AM CDT Last week senators from Indiana, Ohio and Michigan wrote a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack calling on USDA to develop a comprehensive plan to deal with algae blooms in Lake Erie. Algae is a growing problem that's going to get worse because of climate change, but we already knew that.
Tue Aug 4, 2015 11:18 AM CDT In its latest filing with the World Trade Organization over country of origin labeling, the U.S. Trade Representative's Office argues Canada and Mexico just slightly over-calculated their market losses and threatened sanction values to the tune of about $3 billion.
Fri Jul 31, 2015 04:17 PM CDT President Barack Obama signed off on the temporary bill Friday, but indicated his frustration with Congress over the inability to approve a long-term highway bill. He noted that the lack of a long-term bill makes it hard for governors and mayors to set priorities for roads, bridges, airports and ports.
Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:00 AM CDT A number of agriculture interest groups are among 269 organizations that asked President Barack Obama Wednesday to stop the release of more stringent national ambient air quality standards by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, set for release sometime this year.
Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:35 AM CDT The White House announced Monday it was launching an initiative highlighting the "American Business Act on Climate Pledge. The effort spotlighted 13 large American companies pushing for action on climate change. The announcement had some emphasis on agriculture, food processing and continued opportunities for landowners to make money through renewable energy, particularly expanded wind production.
Thu Jul 23, 2015 01:44 PM CDT USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service is launching a conservation survey of farmers and ranchers to get an idea of what kinds of practices farmers are implementing, according to a news release from USDA.
Wed Jul 22, 2015 02:50 PM CDT Environmentalists and others who contend the only way to reduce nutrients runoff into the Gulf of Mexico is through regulation, may not be happy with the release of the final Illinois nutrient loss reduction strategy Tuesday that is a virtual copy of the Iowa strategy hammered on by critics as 'too soft.'
Mon Jul 20, 2015 01:17 PM CDT For a third-consecutive year a cover crops survey of 1,200 farmers across the country continue to see bumps in corn and soybean yields following the use of cover crops. In addition, the Conservation Technology Information Center Cover Crop Survey recorded an increase in the number of cover crop acres planted nationwide.
Fri Jul 17, 2015 03:08 PM CDT The Senate Finance Committee on Friday rolled out a package of business tax breaks that the committee will take up on Tuesday. The plan deals with about 50 individual and business taxes that would translate into about $95.6 billion in overall tax breaks for people and companies.