Archive for December 2012

Things Fall Apart in Washington: No Plan for Farm Bill or Fiscal Cliff

December 20, 2012

After several intense weeks of negotiations and with just 10 days remaining in the year, there is no apparent plan to pass a new farm bill or an extension of current farm policy.

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After Review, EPA Confirms Current Farm Dust Standards

December 20, 2012

There will be no changes to existing regulation of farm dust, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed late last week.

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Multinational Wheat Initiative Aims to Raise Yield Potential 50%

December 20, 2012

Representatives from 16 countries and international organizations recently agreed to launch an initiative to increase wheat’s genetic yield potential by 50 percent in the next 20 years.

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More Moves on the Hill: Heitkamp, Donnelly, Scott, Conaway

December 20, 2012

Washington transitions continue, with more departures, appointments and leadership positions announced recently.

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Last Minute Nearly Arrived, No Deal Yet on Farm Bill, Fiscal Cliff

December 13, 2012

Lawmakers in Washington are betting on their ability to achieve last minute deals while farmers around the country face deeper uncertainty about federal policy than in recent memory.

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Presidential Commission Calls for More Ag Research Funds

December 13, 2012

A high-level report on agriculture research funding was issued Friday by the White House Office of Science and Technology, underscoring the importance of farming to the domestic economy and the global population.

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FDA: Farms Don’t Need to Register Under Food Safety Law

December 13, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reiterated this week that farms do not have to register with the agency under a 2011 food safety law.

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Ag Leaders Seeking to Add Farm Bill to Fiscal Cliff Compromise

December 6, 2012

Congressional agriculture leaders are negotiating a long-term farm bill package to be inserted into a fiscal cliff deal expected by the end of the month.

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Senate Approves PNTR for Russia; Bill Headed to Obama

December 6, 2012

The Senate voted 92 to 4 on Thursday to establish permanent normal trading relations (PNTR) with Russia. A similar bill was approved by the House of Representatives in November, and President Barack Obama is expected to sign the measure shortly.

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Wheat Researchers Gather for NWIC, USWBSI Annual Meetings

December 6, 2012

Wheat scientists gathered in Orlando this week for the annual meetings of the National Wheat Improvement Committee (NWIC) and the U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative (USWBSI).

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NAWG President On Down-to-the-Wire Farm Bill Negotiations

December 6, 2012

NAWG President Erik Younggren, a farmer in northern Minnesota, visited Washington, D.C., Dec. 4, 5 and 6, 2012, to participate in meetings on Capitol Hill about the down-to-the-wire farm bill negotiations. Here, he talks about what he learned and why passing a new, long-term bill is so important.

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Coming and Going: RMA Head, Emerson, House Ag GOP

December 6, 2012

It’s that time of year in Washington: the retirements, appointments and other personnel changes continue among high-level agriculture policymakers.

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