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Obama administration to implement Clean Water Rule in most states despite court ruling


August 27, 2015 | The Obama administration will implement the Clean Water Rule as scheduled Friday everywhere but in the 13 states that won an injunction against it today, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement issued moments ago. …

Administration plans to enforce Clean Water Rule Friday


August 27, 2015 | The Obama administration plans to implement the Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the United States rule, on Friday as scheduled, despite calls and court filings attempting to delay, a Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman has told The Hagstrom Report. …

Vilsack to announce expanded sage-grouse program


August 27, 2015 | Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is announcing today that USDA will launch a four-year, $211 million conservation strategy to benefit the greater sage-grouse. …

Monsanto drops bid for Syngenta


August 27, 2015 | Mosanto on Wednesday dropped its bid to buy agribusiness rival Syngenta, Reuters reported. …

Vilsack to speak at National Press Club on child nutrition


August 27, 2015 | Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will deliver remarks at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Tuesday, September 8, the NPC said in a news release. …

National Grain and Feed hires Gonzalez


August 27, 2015 | The National Grain and Feed Association announced Wednesday it has hired Sarah Gonzalez as its new director of communications and digital media. …

Clinton says she would ‘strengthen’ RFS


August 26, 2015 | ANKENY, Iowa — Flanked by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said here today she would “strengthen the Renewable Fuel Standard” and take other actions to promote economic growth in rural America, as well as fight methamphetamine addiction. …

Vilsack’s experience reflected in Clinton’s view and proposals


August 26, 2015 | ANKENY, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton emphasized in a major rural policy speech here today that she paid attention to rural issues when she was a senator from New York, but the view of rural America that she articulated and the proposals she made are very close to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s experience as secretary and the policies he has emphasized since he joined the Obama administration in 2009. …

Clinton talks about rural drug-use epidemic and rural women’s issues


August 26, 2015 | ANKENY, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said here today that one issue Iowans have emphasized to her is the epidemic of drug abuse, and she said she would focus on rural social issues if she becomes president. …

Vilsack praises Clinton, reveals more personal history


August 26, 2015 | ANKENY, Iowa — Did Agriculture Tom Vilsack praise Hillary Clinton enough and reveal enough about himself today to win serious consideration as her running mate if she gets the Democratic nomination? …

Clinton takes on Republicans at rural event


August 26, 2015 | ANKENY, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton did not shy away from criticizing Republican presidential candidates and, in veiled references, Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad at her rural campaign event here today. …

Clinton, Vilsack acknowledge possibility of Biden candidacy


August 26, 2015 | ANKENY, Iowa — Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack went out of their way today to show respect for Vice President Joe Biden as he considers a run against Clinton for the Democratic nomination. …

Candidate reacts to the Virginia shootings


August 26, 2015 | ANKENY, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is often criticized for being too cautious and calculating, but today when she was asked at the end of a news conference for a reaction to the shooting of two TV reporters in Virginia, Clinton responded by calling for gun control — a controversial issue in rural America. …

Clinton regrets single email at State


August 26, 2015 | ANKENY, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said here today she wishes that she had established two email accounts rather than one when she was secretary of State. …

Vilsack endorses Clinton, will campaign with her in Iowa Wednesday


August 25, 2015 | DES MOINES — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will endorse Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday and will campaign with her here. …

McKalip named acting chief of staff at USDA


August 25, 2015 | Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that he has selected Doug McKalip as acting chief of staff while he searches for a successor to Brian Baenig, who has resigned to take an as yet unannounced job in the private sector. …

Pingree, Concannon tour compostable lunch plate plant


August 25, 2015 | Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and Agriculture Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon on Monday toured a plant in Maine that has just won a contract to produce compostable lunch plates for six of the largest school districts in the country — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Orlando, and Dallas. …

SNA: New meal standards threaten school meals programs


August 25, 2015 | The costs of implementing the meal standards under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act have “harmed” the financial health of school meals programs, according to a survey of meal program operators the School Nutrition Association released today. …

Chicken Council offers avian flu precautions


August 25, 2015 | The National Chicken Council has made biosecurity recommendations to its members for avoiding avian influenza in their flocks. …

Obesity specialist, agribusiness executive named White House fellows


August 25, 2015 | Sara Bleich, a physician known for her research on obesity prevention and Erik Malmstrom, a Cargill executive who worked in Africa and founded an investment firm that specializes in frontier markets, are among the 2015-2016 class of White House fellows whose appointments were announced Monday by the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. …

AFFI hires conference, nutrition staff, promotes Davis


August 25, 2015 | The American Frozen Food Institute has hired new staff members for its conference and regulatory and technical affairs departments. …

Pfaff to run farm programs at FSA in round of USDA personnel changes


August 24, 2015 | Brad Pfaff, the Wisconsin state director for the Farm Service Agency, has been named acting deputy administrator for farm programs at the Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency, according to a memo on personnel changes issued by the USDA Office of the White House liaison. …

Obama promotes clean energy in Nevada


August 24, 2015 | President Barack Obama is scheduled to promote clean energy, particularly solar, as a way to address climate change, at the National Clean Energy Summit organized by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., today in Las Vegas. …

Clinton to focus on rural issues in Iowa Wednesday


August 24, 2015 | Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will spend Wednesday in Iowa at rural-oriented events, The Des Moines Register reported today. …

Waterways Council worried about Chickamauga funding


August 24, 2015 | The Waterways Council, Inc. says that the Chickamauga Lock on the Tennessee River should be modernized despite an economic study that showed tonnage is down and costs have doubled, a spokeswoman for the council said in an email. …

USDA seeking input on educational messages for dietary guidelines


August 24, 2015 | The Agriculture Department’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion will ask for comments on how to communicate with consumers about the dietary guidelines, according to a document scheduled to be published Tuesday in the Federal Register. …

President declares wildfire emergency in Washington state


August 21, 2015 | President Barack Obama today declared an emergency exists in the state of Washington and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts in the areas affected by wildfires,effective August 13 and continuing. ...

Federal judge to consider delay of Clean Water Rule implementation


August 21, 2015 | The Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the United States rule, promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is scheduled to be enforced beginning August 28, but a federal judge in North Dakota was scheduled to hold a hearing today on a case brought by state attorneys general asking for a delay. ...

Inside U.S. Trade reports TPP agreement on geographical indicators


August 21, 2015 | Trans-Pacific Partnership countries last month reached a tentative agreement on disciplines for geographical indicators that would require TPP countries seeking to protect new GIs to subject them to a domestic consultation process, but would exclude from that requirement any GIs protected under international agreements already in force or already negotiated, Inside U.S. Trade reported today. ...

Beer Institute OKs celebrities under 25 in ads; anyone can file advertising complaint


August 21, 2015 | The Beer Institute had updated its advertising and marketing code to allow member companies to use “generally recognizable athletes, entertainers and other celebrities who are, and appear to be, of legal drinking age” in their ad campaigns, rather than a previous policy of using only those 25 years old or older, the group announced this week. ...

European farmers schedule demonstration over market


August 21, 2015 | Copa, the largest coalition of European Union farm groups, and Cogeca, the organization of cooperatives, have scheduled a mass demonstration outside the offices of the European Union Agriculture Ministry in Brussels on September 7. ...

French lawmaker proposes vegetarian school meals


August 21, 2015 | A French lawmaker has proposed offering vegetarian meals at schools as an alternative to pork for Muslim and Jewish students, the Associated Press reported. ...

Peirce Mill to grind corn Saturday, and on regular schedule


August 21, 2015 | Jeannette Minor, National Park Service ranger and mill operator. (Jerry Hagstrom/The Hagstrom Report)
Peirce Mill, the refurbished grist mill in Washington’s Rock Creek Park, will grind corn this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ...