The Hagstrom Report

Agriculture News As It Happens

Navigation

HAGSTROM REPORT HEADLINES
The Hagstrom Report is a daily newsletter, emailed to subscribers.

Here are the most recent stories sent EXCLUSIVELY to our subscribers.
Full stories are posted the following week in our News Archives.


Don’t miss “ag news as it happens.”
SUBSCRIBE NOW!


House Budget would cut Ag $1 billion over 10 years


March 17, 2015 | The House Budget Committee today released a budget resolution that would ask the House Agriculture Committee to cut $1 billion from programs within its jurisdiction over 10 years, but also calls for turning food stamps into a block grant to the states in 2021. …

Vilsack extends dietary guidelines comment period


March 17, 2015 | Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell have decided to extend the comment period on the report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee dietary guidelines for an additional 30 days until May 8. …

Aderholt and Concannon, Hoeven and Vilsack spar over school meals rules in Approps committees


March 17, 2015 | House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., asked Agriculture Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Service Kevin Concannon today whether the Agriculture Department’s rules on the content of school meals are not “overly prescriptive,” but Concannon said the standards are “achievable.” …

NFU adopts special orders as convention ends


March 17, 2015 | WICHITA — The National Farmers Union convention ended here today with the adoption of a series of special orders to its board on issues important to members, including country-of-origin labeling and the Renewable Fuel Standard. …

Dining in downtown Wichita


March 17, 2015 | WICHITA — A rib dinner with two sides costs only $11.99 at the Bite Me BBQ here, where the National Farmers Union just ended its 2015 convention. …

Farm Credit Administration board officially complete


March 17, 2015 | Jeffery Hall was sworn in today as a member of the Farm Credit Administration board, the FCA said in a news release today. …

Wheat Growers hire Tonsager


March 17, 2015 | The National Association of Wheat Growers has hired Josh Tonsager as its legislative director.

McCarthy renames WOTUS, promises release of Clean Water Rule, RFS this spring


March 16, 2015 | WICHITA — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy today told the National Farmers Union that she is renaming the Waters of the United States rule “the Clean Water Rule” and promised to release both that rule and the volumetric requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard this spring. …

Vilsack talks budget, presidential politics, avian influenza, USMARC, farm issues


March 16, 2015 | WICHITA — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said here today he is worried Congress will try to cut the food stamp program, which would, in turn, lead to pressure to cut farm programs. …

Co-op leaders express concern over USDA reorganization


March 16, 2015 | The National Cooperative Business Association, CLUSA International, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and the National Farmers Union are expressing concern that the Agriculture Department’s quiet proposals for reorganizing the Rural Business-Cooperative Service within the Rural Development mission area will lead to a reduction in services that USDA has performed for co-ops since 1926. …

Video alleges poultry processing abuse; National Chicken Council panel disputes it


March 16, 2015 | Mercy for Animals, a national animal rights organization, today released video footage of a North Carolina poultry slaughterhouse that it says shows workers breaking the wings and legs of chickens and sending ill and injured chickens to slaughter that should not have entered the food supply. …

Obama designates Spearman as FCA chairman


March 16, 2015 | President Barack Obama designated Kenneth Spearman, a member of the Farm Credit Administration board, as chairman, late Friday, the FCA announced today. …

House Ag to hold markup Thursday


March 16, 2015 | The House Agriculture Committee will hold a markup Thursday to consider H.R. 897, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015, the committee announced today. …

Roberts announces WOTUS (Clean Water Rule) hearing


March 16, 2015 | Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., today announced that the committee will hold a hearing on the Waters of the United States rule on Tuesday, March 24. …

Obama names McBride to head Rural Utilities Service


March 15, 2015 | President Barack Obama on Friday named Brandon McBride to be administrator of the Rural Utilities Service. …

USDA White House liaison announces departure date for Paul and other personnel changes


March 15, 2015 | The Agriculture Department Office of the White House Liaison late Friday announced Matt Paul, the communications director for Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, wlll leave the job on Monday, March 23. …

NFU to EPA: ‘Get off the duff’ on RFS; still hopes WOTUS will work


March 15, 2015 | WICHITA — National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson told his members today they should tell Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Monday that she should “get off the duff and fix the RFS,” a reference to the agency’s delay in issuing the volumetric requirements for renewable fuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard. …

Grandin: Animals should be bred for ‘optimal’ production


March 15, 2015 | WICHITA — Reacting to the scandal surrounding the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska, meat industry consultant Temple Grandin said here on Saturday that meat animals should be bred for “optimal rather than maximum” production. …

Task force report on illegal, unreported, unregulated fishing emphasizes TPP


March 15, 2015 | Today the Presidential Task Force on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud, co-chaired by the departments of Commerce and State, released an action plan that emphasizes the importance of concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. …

House Budget to release budget Tuesday


March 15, 2015 | House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., announced today that the committee will release its fiscal year 2016 budget resolution on Tuesday. …