Policy & USDA

Western Sports Roundup: Cinch Rodeo Shootout announced 03/27/2014

Mar 28, 2014

March 27, 2014. Another visit with a Rodeo Houston champion on Western Sports Roundup with Amy Wilson.

USDA: Weather Update

Mar 18, 2014

March 17, 2014. USDAmeteorologist Brad Rippey breaks down the good and not so good about US ag weather going into spring.

FDA Calls For Reduced Antibiotic Use In Livestock

Dec 12, 2013

FDA takes significant steps to address antimicrobial resistance
Agency implementing plan to ensure judicious use of antibiotics in food animals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is implementing a plan to help phase out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food animals for food production purposes, such as to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency. The plan would also phase in veterinary oversight of the remaining appropriate therapeutic uses of such drugs.

Corn Producers To Defend Ethanol At EPA Hearing

Dec 04, 2013

Farmers Head to Washington, D.C., to Defend Ethanol at EPA Hearing

WASHINGTON (Dec. 4, 2013) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut the amount of corn ethanol required under the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard by 10 percent will affect corn prices and rural economies, farmers plan to tell the agency at a hearing set for Thursday, Dec. 5 outside the nation’s capital.

Kansas State Leads Effort To Develop Heat-Resistant Wheat

Nov 15, 2013

Kansas State University Will Lead Effort to Develop Climate-Resilient Wheat

Researchers from K-State, CIMMYT, Cornell and USDA to Collaborate on Feed the Future Project

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University has been chosen to lead a new effort focused on developing wheat varieties that are resilient to the warming effects of climate change. The initial focus will be on wheat in South Asia, which typically produces 20 percent of the world’s wheat crop.

AFBF President Bob Stallman Reacts to Farm Bill Expiration

Oct 01, 2013

Statement by Bob Stallman, President
American Farm Bureau Federation
Re: Farm Bill Expiration

October 1, 2013

“Farmers and ranchers, along with 90 percent of the country, are frustrated with Congress. Aside from shutting down the government, the one-year farm bill extension Congress granted last session also expired at midnight, while the new farm bill has yet to formally reach the conference process.

USDA Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

Aug 05, 2013

USDA Celebrates National Farmers Market Week, August 4-10
Confirms Growth and Sustainability in Farmers Markets

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2013 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Saturday celebrated National Farmers Market Week with a kick-off event at the Columbia Heights Farmers Market in Washington, D.C.

Ag Groups Call For Immigration Reform

Jul 31, 2013

Jul. 31, 2013

Source: American Farm Bureau Federation news release

The American Farm Bureau Federation and more than 400 leading U.S. businesses and advocacy organizations called on the House to enact immigration reform legislation.

USDA Announces Loans & Grants To Small Businesses in Rural America

Jun 19, 2013

USDA Celebrates National Small Business Week with Continued Investments to Help Rural Business Grow
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces $4.7 million in additional investment for rural small businesses

Farmers Markets Flourishing In Summer

Jun 10, 2013

The late spring and summer months means your local farmers market should be stocked full of fresh vegetables, fruits and other items..straight from the farm!
There are nearly 8,000 farmers markets currently in operation across the country, with more opening almost every week.
For a complete listing, or to find a market close to you...go to: http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/

Farm Bill: Vilsack Exclusive

May 16, 2013

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack talks one-to-one with RURAL TV on budget cuts and what's next for the farm bill

USDA: Grant For Dairy and Beef Production

May 10, 2013

May 9, 2013. A USDA grant that should make a difference in dairy and beef production. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com

USDA: Update On Farm Bill

May 10, 2013

May 9,2013. An update with USDA Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Farm Bill and the markup that begins next week. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com

Farm Bill: Latest on the Markup

May 09, 2013

May 8, 2013. Tuesday, May 14 is the long-awaited date for beginning the mark-up of the Farm Bill, the latest from Washington on this crucial meeting. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com

USDA: Alternatives to Commercial Fertilizers

May 09, 2013

May 8, 2013. USDA research studies alternatives to commercial fertilizers while keeping farmers environmentally friendly. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com

USDA: Midwest Flooding Recedes

May 06, 2013

USDA gives us the latest on flooding and how it is starting to recede in the Midwest

USDA Announces Final Call for 2012 Census of Agriculture

May 06, 2013

USDA Announces Final Call for 2012 Census of Agriculture

Don't Miss Your Chance to Provide the Facts Straight from the Farm

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2013 – With the window to respond to the 2012 Census of Agriculture officially closing on May 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is urging farmers and ranchers not to miss this opportunity to be counted and help determine the future of farming in America. USDA has already received more than 2 million completed Census forms.

USDA: G-8 Nations Discuss Open Data

Apr 30, 2013

The G-8 nations meet in Washington DC to discuss open data for agriculture

USDA: Specialty Crops and Farm Bill

Apr 29, 2013

April 26, 2013. Prominent specialty crop producers testify before lawmakers about the urgent need for new farm bill. More news and videos at: www.myruraltvcom.

USDA: Optimistic About Farm Bill

Apr 17, 2013

April 16, 2013. USDA's Tom Vilsack tells us why he's optimistic the farm bill will get done. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com

USDA 2014 Budget

Apr 12, 2013

April 11, 2013. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on how the proposed 2014 budget will impact farmers. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com

Ag Secretary Vilsack Defends USDA Budget Proposals

Apr 12, 2013

Vilsack Defends USDA Budget For Upcoming Fiscal Year

President Obama has released his proposal for the budget for Fiscal Year 2014. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is defending his portion of that budget, saying it keeps ag spending relatively unchanged, but says funding shifts will have an impact on many USDA programs.

Top issues in this latest budget proposal includes farm subsidy payments, research and renewable fuel provisions and food aid restructuring.

USDA: April Crop Report

Apr 11, 2013

April 10, 2013. The USDA April Crop Report is released. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com.

Improving Nutrition

Apr 08, 2013

Ag Secretary Vilsack shares a message about improving nutrition for children

Farm Bill Update

Apr 05, 2013

Could Farm Bill be back on Congress' agenda soon? NAWG'S Paul Penner gives us an update.

Planting Progress

Apr 04, 2013

The USDA reports on their knowledge of 2013 planting progress

War Against Obesity

Mar 29, 2013

The U.S. military’s war against obesity and a healthier America


Mar 29, 2013

USDA's StrikeForce is making a big difference in rural America

USDA Stocks

Mar 29, 2013

USDA quarterly stocks and planted acreage numbers are out, and there's a surprise in the corn trade

Vilsack Nutrition

Mar 25, 2013

Ag Secretary Vilsack is busy spreading a health message on the road

Developing Communities

Mar 22, 2013

USDA Undersecretary Doug O'Brien shares the latest efforts in developing rural communities

Crop Insurance

Mar 21, 2013

USDA crop insurance celebrates 75 years

Food Pricing

Mar 21, 2013

The USDA reports on the latest food pricing

Farm Assistance

Mar 15, 2013

USDA gives financial assistance for farm workers in need of housing.

Rural Definition

Mar 11, 2013

USDA's new definition of "rural" is causing a lot of discussion.

EU Trade Talks

Mar 07, 2013

U.S. Trade talks with the European Union begin

Potato Genetics

Mar 06, 2013

Researchers are trying to find ways to make crops more disease resistant

Vilsack On Sequester

Mar 06, 2013

RURAL TV spoke with Ag Secretary Vilsack about the sequester

Mexico AG Trade

Mar 06, 2013

Rob Bain looks at how the U.S. benifts from Mexico's export market

Vilsack Exclusive

Mar 05, 2013

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack talks one-to-one with RURAL TV on budget cuts and what's next for the farm bill

Improved Drought

Mar 05, 2013

A USDA report reveals encouraging year-to-year drought stats

USDA: Sequester

Mar 04, 2013

A USDA update on the sequester as budget cuts are set to go into effect

NASS Surveys

Mar 01, 2013

NASS is preparing to survey farmers on their planting intentions for this crop year

Production Prices

Mar 01, 2013

USDA'S Chief Economist on 2013 crop production pricing

Soil Productivity Bill

Mar 01, 2013

Indiana farmers won't see a $57M hike in property taxes thanks to a bill signed by the governor this week

Wheat and Pastures

Feb 28, 2013

USDA brings us an update on winter wheat


Feb 27, 2013

Sequester budget cuts are just days away. How might rural America be affected?

Ag Outlook: Women

Feb 25, 2013

USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan on women in agriculture from the Ag Outlook Forum

Ag Outlook: Vilsack

Feb 25, 2013

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack from the National Ag Forum with his thoughts on combatting man-made risks to agriculture

Chief Economist Joseph Glauber

Feb 22, 2013

RURAL TV spoke with USDA Chief Economist Joseph Glauber about this year's Ag Outlook Forum


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