Agriculture

2023-01-24 19:19:07
by Dan McCue
ASPCA Calls for More Humane Livestock Rules in Farm Bill

NEW YORK — Animal rights advocates urged Congress on Tuesday to enshrine more humane practices for raising livestock in the... Read More

NEW YORK — Animal rights advocates urged Congress on Tuesday to enshrine more humane practices for raising livestock in the 2023 Farm Bill. In an 8-page paper, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals argues several critical... Read More

2022-12-21 15:42:36
by Dan McCue
USDA Developing Tools to Identify COVID in Wild and Domestic Animals

WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service is developing new tests and tools to identify and track... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service is developing new tests and tools to identify and track the coronavirus and its variants in wild and domestic animals. The initiative, part of a $300 million provision in the... Read More

2022-12-20 20:42:30
by Dan McCue
Pallone Seeks Answers After Keystone Pipeline Spill in Kansas 

WASHINGTON — Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is looking for answers after a... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is looking for answers after a rupture in the Keystone Pipeline released nearly 588,000 gallons of oil into a Kansas waterway. The Dec. 7 spill was... Read More

2022-12-20 19:57:35
by Dan McCue
USDA Invests $9.5M to Develop New Bioproducts From Agricultural Commodities

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $9.5 million to support the scale-up of sustainable bioproduct manufacturing in... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $9.5 million to support the scale-up of sustainable bioproduct manufacturing in the United States. The three projects being funded through the department’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture included two university-based... Read More

2022-12-16 15:59:30
by Dan McCue
Bicameral Group of Lawmakers Seek Emergency Aid for Organic Farmers

WASHINGTON — A bicameral group of lawmakers led by Reps. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and Jared Huffman, D-Calif., in the House... Read More

WASHINGTON — A bicameral group of lawmakers led by Reps. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and Jared Huffman, D-Calif., in the House and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., are urging the U.S. Agriculture Department to provide emergency assistance to organic dairy and chicken... Read More

2022-12-12 21:19:07
by Dan McCue
USDA Invests Additional $325M to Promote ‘Climate-Smart Commodities’

TUSKEGEE, Ala. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $325 million in 71 projects being undertaken under its Partnerships... Read More

TUSKEGEE, Ala. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $325 million in 71 projects being undertaken under its Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities initiative. With this latest funding, announced Monday, the department has invested a total $3.1 billion in 141... Read More

2022-11-14 16:26:39
by Dan McCue
IRENA Looks at Decoupling Food Production From Fossil Fuels

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt —  Among the most well-attended of the panel discussions held last week at the U.N.-sponsored COP27 climate... Read More

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt —  Among the most well-attended of the panel discussions held last week at the U.N.-sponsored COP27 climate talks was one focused on the challenges of decoupling food production from fossil fuels without diminishing food security. Held on... Read More

New Zealand Targets Cow Burps to Help Reduce Global Warming

PALMERSTON NORTH, New Zealand (AP) — How do you stop a cow from burping? It might sound like the start... Read More

PALMERSTON NORTH, New Zealand (AP) — How do you stop a cow from burping? It might sound like the start of a humorous riddle, but it's the subject of a huge scientific inquiry in New Zealand. And the answer could... Read More

2022-10-25 21:01:53
by Dan McCue
American Farm Bureau Establishes 2023 Farm Bill Priorities

WASHINGTON — The American Farm Bureau Federation has released its priorities for what will no doubt be the most consequential... Read More

WASHINGTON — The American Farm Bureau Federation has released its priorities for what will no doubt be the most consequential legislation for agriculture in 2023 — renewal of the farm bill.  The priorities, published earlier this month, were drafted by... Read More

2022-10-21 21:05:58
by Dan McCue
Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge EPA to ‘Chart New Course for Biofuels’

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators on Friday urged the Environmental Protection Agency to use its upcoming decision on... Read More

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators on Friday urged the Environmental Protection Agency to use its upcoming decision on the Renewable Fuel Standard to “chart a new course for biofuels” to meet the nation’s “diverse energy demands.” In a... Read More

More Consumers Buying Organic, but US Farmers Still Wary

CHURDAN, Iowa (AP) — In the 1970s when George Naylor said he wanted to grow organic crops, the idea didn't... Read More

CHURDAN, Iowa (AP) — In the 1970s when George Naylor said he wanted to grow organic crops, the idea didn't go over well. Back then organic crops were an oddity, destined for health food stores or maybe a few farmers... Read More

2022-08-22 16:20:18
by Dan McCue
Brightmark, Chevron Athena Project Delivers First Renewable Natural Gas

MINNEHAHA COUNTY, S.D. — Brightmark RNG Holdings — a joint venture partnership between Chevron U.S.A. Inc., and Brightmark Fund Holdings... Read More

MINNEHAHA COUNTY, S.D. — Brightmark RNG Holdings — a joint venture partnership between Chevron U.S.A. Inc., and Brightmark Fund Holdings — has delivered its first gas created from the methane-rich manure of dairy cows. The Athena Project comprises three farms:... Read More

2022-08-16 20:47:12
by Tom Ramstack
Environmental Justice Index Announced to Help Guide Federal Policy

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services is launching a new online tool to help communities gauge the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services is launching a new online tool to help communities gauge the extent pollution is contributing to health risks for their residents. It is intended primarily to benefit residents of disadvantaged communities.... Read More

2022-08-01 21:57:31
by Dan McCue
EPA Agrees to Set 2023 Biofuel Requirements 

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to propose 2023 renewable fuel volume requirements by Nov. 16, and finalize... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to propose 2023 renewable fuel volume requirements by Nov. 16, and finalize them no later than June 14, 2023, to settle a lawsuit over delays in setting the totals under the Renewable... Read More

2022-07-13 21:56:07
by Natalie McCormick
USDA Seeks to Reduce Risks to ‘Double Cropping’ Farmers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking steps to reduce the economic risks associated with so-called double cropping,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking steps to reduce the economic risks associated with so-called double cropping, or raising two crops on the same land in one year.  Working with its Risk Management Agency, the USDA is... Read More

2022-07-08 22:48:25
by Dan McCue
Firm Breaks Ground, First Plant in Maine to Make Natural Gas From Manure

CLINTON, Maine — A subsidiary of Summit Utilities in Maine has broken ground on an  anaerobic dairy digester that it... Read More

CLINTON, Maine — A subsidiary of Summit Utilities in Maine has broken ground on an  anaerobic dairy digester that it says will turn daily shipments of cow manure from area dairies into a biogas that can then be used to... Read More

2022-07-08 15:58:02
by Kate Michael
Crop Premium Incentives in New Program to Grow Carbon-Neutral Rice

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Global rice production contributes at least 10% of agricultural greenhouse gas annually, but one Nashville-based sustainable land... Read More

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Global rice production contributes at least 10% of agricultural greenhouse gas annually, but one Nashville-based sustainable land use management company is incentivizing farmers to produce carbon-neutral rice in the American southwest. AgriCapture is working with rice farmers... Read More

2022-06-05 18:44:54
by Dan McCue
Administration Makes Two Big Moves on Biofuel

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration made two significant moves aimed at supporting the biofuel industry. The first of these moves... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration made two significant moves aimed at supporting the biofuel industry. The first of these moves came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which announced on Friday that it will provide $700 million to help lower... Read More

2022-05-27 13:16:49
by Dan McCue
Minnesota Ag Omnibus Bill Aims to Address Multiple Challenges

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an agriculture omnibus bill into law on Thursday that provides relief... Read More

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an agriculture omnibus bill into law on Thursday that provides relief to farmers for drought and other climate change related challenges, while also investing in broadband and a wide range of... Read More

2022-05-25 15:39:16
by Alexa Hornbeck
USDA Steps Up Efforts to Restock Baby Formula for WIC Beneficiaries

WASHINGTON — Many Americans desperately seeking baby formula have experienced empty shelves over the last few months. Now the U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON — Many Americans desperately seeking baby formula have experienced empty shelves over the last few months. Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture is increasing efforts to restock those shelves, especially for low-income families where the impact of the shortage... Read More

Colorado, Nebraska Jostle Over Water Rights Amid Drought

OVID, Colo. (AP) — Shortly after daybreak on the high plains of northeastern Colorado, Don Schneider tinkers with seed-dispensing gear... Read More

OVID, Colo. (AP) — Shortly after daybreak on the high plains of northeastern Colorado, Don Schneider tinkers with seed-dispensing gear on a mammoth corn planter. The day’s task: Carefully sowing hundreds of acres of seed between long rows of last... Read More

2022-05-13 18:38:52
by Dan McCue
Baby Formula Maker Extends WIC Rebates to Ease Shortage Crisis

WASHINGTON — Abbott Nutrition on Friday committed to continue providing rebates in states with which it holds Special Supplemental Nutrition... Read More

WASHINGTON — Abbott Nutrition on Friday committed to continue providing rebates in states with which it holds Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children contracts through August 31 in a bid to ease the ongoing baby formula crisis.... Read More

2022-05-11 21:58:48
by Kate Michael
Food for Thought: Agro Accounts for a Third of Global Emissions

WASHINGTON — While manufacturing and industry processes are cited as responsible for emitting the most greenhouse gases, food systems also... Read More

WASHINGTON — While manufacturing and industry processes are cited as responsible for emitting the most greenhouse gases, food systems also account for a hefty portion — 31% — of global emissions, and the U.S. and China, as food superpowers, are... Read More

2022-05-11 19:40:00
by Reece Nations
Biden Administration Taking Steps to Lower Farming, Food Costs

KANKAKEE, Ill. — President Joe Biden is blaming Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for supply chain disruptions that are causing yield-impairing... Read More

KANKAKEE, Ill. — President Joe Biden is blaming Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for supply chain disruptions that are causing yield-impairing fertilizer shortages and driving up food prices. The war’s repercussions have sent international food prices to record highs, according to... Read More

2022-04-22 21:13:05
by Tom Ramstack
FBI Warns Farmers to Beware Ransomware Cyberattacks

WASHINGTON — The FBI issued a warning this week to farm cooperatives that ransomware attackers are increasingly trying to disrupt... Read More

WASHINGTON — The FBI issued a warning this week to farm cooperatives that ransomware attackers are increasingly trying to disrupt their operations during the planting and harvest seasons. The FBI announcement was one of several warnings about cyberattacks that are... Read More

2022-04-04 19:10:48
by Madeline Hughes
Bipartisan Group Urges USDA to Use Narrower Guidelines to Allocate Broadband Funds

WASHINGTON — More than two dozen members of Congress are urging Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to ensure the funds... Read More

WASHINGTON — More than two dozen members of Congress are urging Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to ensure the funds set aside for rural broadband expansion make it to the most rural of areas. The bipartisan letter urging the department... Read More

Ukraine War Imperils Wheat, but Farmers in no Rush to Pivot

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Russia’s war in Ukraine could mean changes for Ed Kessel’s farm along a quiet... Read More

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Russia’s war in Ukraine could mean changes for Ed Kessel’s farm along a quiet stretch of western North Dakota. Worldwide, farmers like Kessel are weighing whether to change their planting patterns and grow more... Read More

2022-03-15 17:54:36
by Dan McCue
Russia’s Attack on Ukraine Driving Up Costs for US Farmers

WASHINGTON — Russia’s unprovoked military assault on Ukraine is driving up the price American farmers pay for fertilizer. One of... Read More

WASHINGTON — Russia’s unprovoked military assault on Ukraine is driving up the price American farmers pay for fertilizer. One of the little known facts about American agriculture is that while American farmers feed much of the world, the United States... Read More

2022-03-07 15:12:18
by Dan McCue
USDA Seeks to Be Less a Bank, More a Partner in Rural Development

WASHINGTON — Former Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M., makes no effort to hide her enthusiasm for her current job, undersecretary... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M., makes no effort to hide her enthusiasm for her current job, undersecretary for rural development with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Six months after her confirmation, the Democrat from Las Cruces, New... Read More

2022-02-17 18:16:36
by Kate Michael
USDA Announces $1 Billion for Climate-Smart Projects, Attempts to Create Commodity

WASHINGTON — The USDA recently announced a $1 billion investment in pilot projects to support farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners... Read More

WASHINGTON — The USDA recently announced a $1 billion investment in pilot projects to support farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners that choose to implement climate-smart conservation practices. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is positioning the initiative as a way to... Read More

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