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Vilsack defends ag on Earth Day By: 04/22/2014 @ 6:13pm

With Congress doing little to address climate change, those who care about the issue are looking to states and cities to act. So, on the 44th Earth Day, U.S. Secretary…

Congress Members Try to Rescue GMOs By: 04/09/2014 @ 5:47pm

Two members of Congress introduced a bipartisan bill Thursday that would replace state-level GMO labeling laws with a…

Fed not regulating common farm water practices -- EPA chief By: 04/07/2014 @ 4:57pm

The EPA's new proposed rule for defining "waters of the U.S." does not mean the agency is regulating common farm…

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Vilsack: Farm Bill Implementation on Track By: 04/07/2014 @ 1:27pm

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of North American Agricultural Journalists in Washington, DC, Monday that farmers should be able to begin comparing the farm bill's new commodity programs…

EPA misses chances to encourage E15 and E30 By: 03/04/2014 @ 7:05pm

This week the EPA released its final rule for cleaner, lower-sulfur gasoline that could have made it easier for automakers to use high-octane ethanol blends that may be needed in tomorrow's more efficient…

On to other challenges By: 03/01/2014 @ 5:47pm

Farmers meeting at the Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas, still have plenty to do after passage of a farm bill that the groups like. When the National Corn Growers Association and American Soybean…

No quick fixes for waterways By: 02/28/2014 @ 6:27pm

Extreme weather and government neglect are combining once again to challenge barge shipping on U.S. waterways, according to the head of a major commodities shipper who joined in a panel discussion on…

Vilsack fills calendar By: 02/28/2014 @ 1:24pm

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joked with reporters Friday that, now that a farm bill has been passed, he feels "like the dog that caught the bus."A complex new law that affects agriculture and resources in…

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