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Buis to step down as Growth Energy CEO


July 31, 2015 | Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis announced today he will step down as CEO and become co-leader of the Growth Energy board of directors, along with Jeff Broin, the founder of POET, a company that builds and manages biofuels plants. …

EPA, Army Corps issue memo on Clean Water Rule


July 31, 2015 | Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Department of the Army Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, who is in charge of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, issued a memo to their regional administrators on Thursday regarding implementation of the Clean Water Rule, which is scheduled for August 28. …

USDA proposes rule on broadband funding


July 31, 2015 | The Agriculture Department on Thursday published a rule establishing two funding cycles to review and prioritize applications for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program. …

Senators urge Vilsack to act on algae blooms


July 31, 2015 | Citing the expectation of a large algae bloom in Lake Erie this summer, Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., wrote Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today urging him to develop a comprehensive strategy to help communities improve water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin. …

OMB sends letter on Ag appropriations


July 31, 2015 | The White House Office of Management and Budget this week sent Congress a letter on its views on fiscal year 2016 Agriculture appropriations. …

Senate confirms USDA general counsel


July 31, 2015 | The Senate this week confirmed President Barack Obama's nomination of Jeffrey Prieto as the general counsel of the Agriculture Department. …

U.N. now expects world population of 9.7 billion


July 31, 2015 | The United Nations expects the world population to reach 9.7 billion people by 2050, higher than earlier estimates, according to a report issued this week. …

Senate passes highway bill with Ex-Im reauthorization


July 31, 2015 | The Senate on Thursday passed a long-term highway bill that includes a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, which guarantees funding for exports in many rural areas, National Journal reported. …

Rice growers worried about TPP as talks continue


July 30, 2015 | U.S. rice growers are worried that the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations will not include enough increased access to the Japanese market for them to support the agreement, a key U.S. rice industry official said in an interview from Hawaii, where the talks are taking place. …

Two rice groups to alter names


July 30, 2015 | Two key rice groups are changing their names to make them more appealing. …

DeLauro, Peterson, other Dems call on administration to use certification for TPP compliance


July 30, 2015 | Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and 19 other House Democrats including House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., sent President Barack Obama a letter Wednesday calling for the administration to use a formal certification process to ensure all prospective partners in the Trans-Pacific Partnership are in compliance with the agreement before it goes into effect. …

House Ag subcommittee holds avian influenza hearing


July 30, 2015 | As members of the House left town for a five-week break from legislating, the House Agriculture Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee today held a hearing to examine the federal response to avian influenza. …

Kass debuts as NBC News food analyst


July 30, 2015 |In the first sign of how First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign for healthier eating may play out after President Barack Obama leaves office, former White House chef and aide Sam Kass prepared fruit on NBC’s “Today” show today and said he would be bringing stories of innovation and technology to the network. ...

Hoeven tries to address labeling issues


July 29, 2015 | Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., has become the Senate leader trying to resolve complicated food labeling issues, Jerry Hagstrom writes in his National Journal column today. …

Conaway: No increased funding for CFTC until reauthorization


July 29, 2015 | House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, said today he is opposed to any increased funding for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission until it is reauthorized. …

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July 29, 2015 | Sam Kass, the former director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative whose appointment as senior food analyst for NBC News was announced today, will make his first appearance on NBC’s “Today” show on Thursday. …

Vilsack: Poultry, turkey disaster program needed


July 29, 2015 | The United States needs a disaster program for the poultry and turkey industries, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the Avian Influenza Outbreak Conference in Des Moines on Tuesday. …

USDA announces water, community facility projects


July 29, 2015 | The Agriculture Department on Wednesday announced the first round of investments in rural infrastructure projects through the U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund. …

U.S. Grains Council promotes Atkins, Sifferath


July 29, 2015 | The U.S. Grains Council has named Kimberly Atkins as vice president and chief operating officer, and promoted Cary Sifferath to her previous post as senior director of global programs. …

Vilsack tells entrepreneurs to work with farmers


July 29, 2015 | Budding entrepreneurs should “work with farmers” to solve problems in agriculture rather than criticizing them, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told a mostly youthful audience today at an innovation lab in Washington. …