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!


CoBank to announce rural investment fund at Rural Opportunity conference today


July 24, 2014 | CoBank, the large cooperative agricultural bank, will announce today that it has created a Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund to finance the projects that USDA’s Rural Development division usually funds, such as electricity, water and sewer projects and rural business loans and grants, CoBank CEO Robert Engel and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said late Wednesday. …

Rural Republicans see school meals differently


July 23, 2014 | The differences between Republican senators from the Plains and the rest of the Senate Agriculture Committee over school food became apparent today at a hearing on reauthorization of the school meals program. …

Senate Democrats to get White House update on RFS plans


July 23, 2014 | Nine Senate Democrats will meet with John Podesta, a counselor to President Barack Obama, on Thursday to be updated on the administration’s plans on the volumetric requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced today. …

Mikulski: Supplemental contains long-term wildfire plan


July 23, 2014 | The Senate version of the emergency supplemental funding will contain money to cover anticipated fire suppression shortfalls for the remainder of 2014, but also President Barack Obama’s request to authorize future disaster funding for the U.S. Forest Service, a division of the Agriculture Department, and for the Interior Department, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, R-Md., said today in releasing a draft of the bill. …

US, EU diverge on ag programs, frustrate developing countries


July 23, 2014 | The United States and the European Union have updated their farm programs within the past year, but they have gone in divergent directions, prominent academic analysts said at an International Food Policy and Research Institute seminar in Washington last Wednesday. …

Vilsack announces board of directors of Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research


July 23, 2014 | Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the creation of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) and the appointment of a 15-member board of directors. …

King announces witness list for SNAP hearing


July 23, 2014 | House Agriculture Department Operations, Oversight and Nutrition Subcommittee Chairman Steve King, R-Iowa, today announced the witness list for his hearing Thursday on the role of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP or food stamps in relation to other federal assistance programs. …

First lady continues school lunch push as she urges people to drink water


July 22, 2014 | First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the success of her “Drink Up” campaign to urge people to drink water — and then used that example to make the case one more time that schools can serve healthy food and convince children to eat it if the people in charge of school meals try hard enough. …

California rural areas to get more access to drinking water as groups announce water commitments


July 22, 2014 | California may be experiencing a drought but people in some of the high-poverty agricultural communities in the state will get more access to drinking water courtesy of a program sponsored by the California Endowment and local municipalities, Annalisa Robles, a program manager at the endowment, announced today at the White House. …

USDA responds to GAO testimony on school meals payments


July 22, 2014 | With a Government Accountability Office report citing inaccurate payment rates for school breakfast and lunch programs as two of the highest in the federal government likely to come up at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing Wednesday, the Agriculture Department today defended the integrity of the school meals program, but also noted it is striving to improve the payment accuracy rate. …

McCarthy meets with Senate Ag Republicans


July 22, 2014 | Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy today met with Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and from the tone of the news releases from key members, she got an earful about the agency’s problems in rural America. …

Mikulski: Reduced border supplemental to include money to fight wildfires


July 22, 2014 | Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., said late today that she will introduce an emergency supplemental funding bill Wednesday with $1 billion less than President Barack Obama requested to deal with the children seeking refuge at the Texas border, and that it will still include money for fighting wildfires. …

USDA: Lesser prairie chicken report almost ready


July 22, 2014 | A report on the cost and effectiveness of measures to save the lesser prairie chicken is almost ready, an Agriculture Department spokesman said late Monday after House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., and 11 other House Republicans wrote Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking for the report. …

Clinton Global Initiative to discuss conservation financing


July 22, 2014 | The financing of conservation efforts will be among the topics at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting this year and a number of agriculture and nutrition experts will be among the speakers, the Clinton Foundation announced today. …

House Ag subcommittees schedule hearings


July 22, 2014 | Two House Agriculture subcommittees have scheduled hearings next week. …

Vilsack proclaims National Farmers Market Week


July 22, 2014 | Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has proclaimed August 3 to 9 National Farmers Market Week. …

O’Malia to resign from CFTC


July 22, 2014 | Scott O’Malia, a Republican commissioner on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, announced Monday that he will resign effective August 8. …

WORC announces leadership change


July 22, 2014 | The Western Organization of Resource Councils has announced that John Smillie will become the executive director on January 1, 2015. ...

Study: Students adjusted to new school meals over time


July 21, 2014 | Students who saw their school meals get healthier at the beginning of the 2012 to 2013 school year complained at first, but by spring most said they liked them, although there were variations among types of schools, according to an academic survey of school food administrators and staff released today. …

WOTUS: NFU says reaction tied to RFS, while Farm Bureau sends reaction to Congress


July 21, 2014 | The Democratic-leaning National Farmers Union and the Republican-leaning American Farm Bureau Federation asked roughly the same questions last week about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, but adopted different tones in their communications about the situation. …

USDA, Stabenow: Disaster aid for fruit growers available


July 21, 2014 | The Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency announced today that disaster assistance for bush or tree free growers due to frost or freeze during the 2012 crop year will be available starting Tuesday. …

USDA drought aid to help 25 rural California communities


July 21, 2014 | In a sign of the severity of the California drought, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Friday that USDA would provide $9.7 million in emergency water assistance to 73,000 residents in 11 California counties experiencing the driest year on record. …

Small Business subcommittee sets ag enterprises hearing


July 21, 2014 | IThe House Small Business Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee will hold a hearing Thursday entitled “Modernizing Agriculture Producer Size Standards.” …

Perciasepe to leave EPA for C2ES


July 21, 2014 | Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe will leave his post next month to become president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions — C2ES. …

White House announces major rural investment conference next week


July 18, 2014 | The White House Rural Council will host a conference on Wednesday and Thursday to promote potential investment opportunities in rural America, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today. …

The Obamas continue school meals fight while hosting Kids’ State Dinner


July 18, 2014 | First Lady Michelle Obama continued her fight for nutritious school meals today, labeling the members of Congress leading the pushback as “complaining voices,” and urging the children attending the third annual White House Kids’ State Dinner to join her in the battle. …

House Ag subcommittee to hold SNAP hearing


July 18, 2014 | The House Agriculture Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition Subcommittee will hold a hearing Thursday “to examine the role of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP or food stamps, in relation to other federal assistance programs,” the House Agriculture Committee announced today. …

Glenn to succeed Haterius at NASDA


July 18, 2014 | The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture announced today that its board has chosen Barbara Glenn to succeed Stephen Haterius as its CEO. …