FARGO, N.D. — The 83rd North Dakota Stockmen’s convention in Fargo had a strong focus on political action, especially to oppose Measure 5, an initiated measure that would put felony penalties into state law for certain heinous animal cruelty offenses.
WASHINGTON — Farm programs need to be simplified so the Agriculture Department can run them more efficiently, but crop insurance should remain a public-private partnership rather than return to USDA, according to Jim Miller, the former agriculture undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural services who is now a senior adviser to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D.
SUSSEX, N.J. — If political pundits continue to frame another farm bill debate by focusing only on farm subsidies, we will miss a golden opportunity to discuss broader farm policy. One issue that must not be lost in the deliberation is the way our country supportsSUSSEX, N.J. — If political pundits continue to frame another farm bill debate by focusing only on farm subsidies, we will miss a golden opportunity to discuss broader farm policy. One issue that must not be lost in the deliberation is the way our country supports new farmers. new farmers.
WASHINGTON — If 200,000 blender pumps were constructed at gasoline stations around the country in five years, ethanol could compete “head on” with petroleum, the head of the world’s largest producer of renewable fuel told the Senate Agriculture Committee March 30.
WASHINGTON — A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended Thursday that the agency further study the link between food coloring and childhood hyperactivity but said products that contain the dyes do not need package warnings.
WASHINGTON — Reacting to speculation that continuing a resolution to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 could include cuts to farm bill subsidies, Senate Agriculture Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said March 11 that budget decisions regarding agriculture should not be made until the 2012 farm bill is written.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s Feed the Future program to encourage agricultural development in Third World countries will get new leadership, and the bureau that runs it will be reorganized, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah said recently.
Federal agricultural spending in programs administered by the Farm Service Agency most likely will take a hit, but the organization will continue to play a major role in U.S. agriculture, the executive director of the North Dakota FSA says.
WASHINGTON — House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., added a new twist to criticism of the Environmental Protection Agency March 8, telling EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson that the agency has been too quick to settle lawsuits.
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