NMPF pushes Congress to pass farm bill in 2013

Now that the House of Representatives has passed the Senate’s fiscal cliff package extending existing farm programs into 2013, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said today it will continue its push in the 113th Congress for a five-year farm bill that includes the Dairy Security Act. FULL STORY »

IDFA urges Vilsack to avoid raising milk prices

The International Dairy Foods Association sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Thursday urging him to avoid or delay the impact of a 1949 law that could drastically raise milk prices. The letter outlined legal options available to the government to avoid this “dairy cliff,” which could impact the pocketbooks of millions of consumers and taxpayers. FULL STORY »

DC Watch: Farm bill unlikely to be part of fiscal cliff efforts

With the clock ticking down to the end of the year, there is still no agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and President Obama have made progress on taxes and spending, but significant differences remain. FULL STORY »

Maryland farmers vindicated in Waterkeeper lawsuit

After years of costly legal battles, the verdict is in: Waterkeeper Alliance failed to prove that Alan and Kristin Hudson’s chicken houses polluted a nearby tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. FULL STORY »

Washington dairies fight back against EPA nitrate report

Washington dairies are refuting a report from the Environment Protection Agency released earlier this year blaming them for nitrate contamination of private drinking water wells across the Lower Valley near Yakima, Wash. FULL STORY »

December dairy outlook changed little, milk prices forecast up

The 2012/13 forecast corn supply and use was unchanged this month from November based on the most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report the corn season-average price is forecast at $6.80-$8.00 a bushel, a price reduction based on lower year-to-date reported prices. FULL STORY »

EPA updates clean air standards, farm dust unaffected

In response to a court order, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday finalized an update to its national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution (PM2.5). FULL STORY »

House, Senate call for each other to give way on farm bill

On the same day a bipartisan bloc of senators called for speedy passage of the long-overdue U.S. farm bill, House and Senate negotiators blamed each other for a stalemate on how to cut crop subsidy spending by one-third. FULL STORY »

Cheese-making traced back 7,000 years

Ancient evidence dates cheese-making back 7,000 years, and now archeologists examine the importance of cheese in Neolithic diets. FULL STORY »

Only mild pick-up for U.S. economy next year

The U.S. economy is expected to remain sluggish next year, despite widespread expectations for more monetary stimulus from the Federal Reserve later on Wednesday, a Reuters poll showed. FULL STORY »

Consumers thank America’s farmers, learn about ag Play video

The America’s Farmers campaign took to the streets of New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago to see just how much people knew about agriculture. The results may be surprising. FULL STORY »

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