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.
Thu Jan 15, 2015 06:30 AM CST United Farm Workers strongly criticized House leaders Wednesday for votes to rescind executive orders regarding deportation deferrals. The Agriculture Workforce Coalition was less hostile in its response, but called on Congress to adopt some measures that will address labor challenges in the country with undocumented workers.
Sun Jan 11, 2015 07:39 PM CST Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman held an hour-long town hall meeting Sunday at the AFBF annual meeting in San Diego, Calif. Trade took up some of the discussion.
Fri Jan 9, 2015 10:10 AM CST The Des Moines Water Works has opened a new stream of litigation in the Clean Water Act as the board voted Thursday to sue three northwestern counties in Iowa over agricultural runoff.
Wed Jan 7, 2015 09:46 AM CST I want to come back around to an issue reported late last week by Associated Press on a controversy regarding the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. This is a committee that examines current nutrition research nationally and then recommends possible changes in national dietary guidelines to USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Tue Jan 6, 2015 04:03 PM CST Though the Republican-led Congress is kicking off the new session this week by pushing through legislation in both the House and Senate to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, the actions appear that they will be largely symbolic.
Fri Jan 2, 2015 11:29 AM CST Republicans in Congress want to quickly send a bill on Keystone XL to the president's desk as a rapid way to test their new legislative majority against the president's veto pen. That would set up a defining battle over energy and climate policies that divide Congress and the White House. The president seemed to make it pretty clear right before the holidays that he sees little national interest in creating the pipeline.
Mon Dec 29, 2014 09:14 AM CST News stories over the weekend seem to suggest, yet again, that at least some members of Congress are looking at some options for immigration reform bills. The collection of articles just in the last few days reflects that the GOP is somewhat caught between a rock and a hard place trying to find some balance resisting the president on immigration reform but taking some action before the 2016 presidential election.
Sun Dec 21, 2014 08:51 AM CST After consulting market analysts, political insiders, World Bank economists and our Ouija board, here are some of the major news stories you can expect to see DTN/The Progressive Farmer reporting on in 2015.
Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:01 PM CST With Congress blocking USDA from spending any funds to create a second beef checkoff, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he's happy at least that people within the beef industry could at least find an area of agreement.
Wed Dec 17, 2014 09:51 PM CST A lot of people seemed fixated by the potential new-found access to Cuban cigars. Most leaders in agriculture, however, see greater potential for commodity and agricultural-equipment exports to the island and its 11.3 million people.
Tue Dec 16, 2014 03:46 PM CST Six members of Congress have written Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking him to draft a new rule defining "actively engaged" for a person to receive farm-program payments.
Tue Dec 9, 2014 10:56 PM CST Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack would be prevented from moving forward with a second beef checkoff and schools could seek relief from whole grains and sodium requirements under the Agriculture section of an omnibus appropriations bill that was released Tuesday night.
Tue Dec 9, 2014 12:43 PM CST Although many Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are making a 12th-hour attempt to attach riders to a $1.1 trillion spending bill to reign in the EPA on a number of fronts, it is likely Washington, D.C., pushback on EPA will begin to intensify when the new Congress comes into power in January.