WASHINGTON, Feb 8 (Reuters) – The Obama administration
warned on Friday that across-the-board spending cuts set to take
effect in March may result in furloughing every U.S. meat and
poultry inspector for two weeks, causing the meat industry to
By law, meatpackers and processors are not allowed to ship
beef, pork, lamb and poultry meat without the Agriculture
Department’s inspection seal.
WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – U.S. farmers will plant huge
amounts corn and soybeans this year, producing a record corn
crop and ending three years of razor-thin supplies barring
weather problems, the U.S. Congressional Budget Office projected
The CBO projected a corn crop of 14.454 billion bushels,
which would be the biggest ever, and a soybean crop of 3.306
billion bushels, the third-largest on record.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Snacks sold in U.S. schools would need to be lower in fat, salt and sugar and include more nutritious items like fruits, vegetables and whole grains, under standards proposed on Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The proposal, more than a year overdue, also calls for a limit of 200 calories on items sold during the school day at vending machines or other venues outside the school lunch line.
WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The government will stick to
its new schedule of releasing major crop reports when the U.S.
futures markets are running at full volume, the Agriculture
Department said on Wednesday, despite plans for a shorter
trading day at the premiere Chicago exchange.
USDA switched to a Noon Eastern time release of its
market-moving estimates on Jan. 11 because the futures industry
had adopted nearly all-day trading. The reports are produced in
“lock ups” protected by armed guards to keep the information
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Agricultural laborers would be on a separate path to U.S. citizenship than other undocumented workers in the immigration reforms proposed by eight senators on Monday that cited the importance of feeding America.
Many of the 1.5 million farm workers employed in the United States annually – perhaps 500,000 to 900,000 in all – are believed to be in the country illegally.
WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Fiscal battles in Congress
could prevent lawmakers from writing a new farm bill for weeks
or months, prolonging disputes over farm subsidy reforms and
cuts in food stamps for the poor that together could save up to
Agricultural leaders in Congress originally hoped for speedy
work on the overdue farm bill – the 2008 law expired last year -
but are unable to give a timeline for action in the Senate or
House of Representatives.
NASHVILLE, Jan 15 (Reuters) – The largest U.S. farm group on
Tuesday threw its weight behind a new immigration law reform to
replace the current guest worker program and to put undocumented
workers already in the country on a defined path to legal
Delegates at the annual meeting of the 6-million-member
American Farm Bureau Federation adopted the reform package as
national policy. AFBF is among a dozen agricultural and
landscape industry groups backing it.
NASHVILLE, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Congress should reform U.S.
farm subsidies, and end a $5 billion a year “direct payment”, as
part of delivering an overdue overhaul of the farm program this
year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Monday.
In a speech to the largest U.S. farm group, Vilsack said the
farm safety net should be built on the federally subsidized crop
insurance system. It also should encourage soil and water
conservation and support agricultural research to help feed the
rapidly growing world population, he said.
WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. quarterly corn
stockpile came in 3 percent below expectations because of
drought losses that also led the government to forecast on
Friday the smallest corn carry-out in 17 years.
U.S. winter wheat seedings rose just 1 percent from a year
earlier, and were lower than market expectations, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The government declared much of the central and southern Wheat Belt a natural disaster area on Wednesday due to persistent drought that imperils this year’s winter wheat harvest.
In its first disaster declaration of the new year, the Agriculture Department made growers in large portions of four major wheat-growing states – Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas – eligible for low-interest emergency loans.