The emerging proposals would expand grants and loans in the agriculture and industrial sectors to help them shift to clean energy providers with fewer greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Montana law that sought to prevent the closure of a coal-fired power plant by requiring its outgoing owners to pay for long-ter…
For the second straight year, the world heads into a new La Nina weather event. This would tend to dry out parts of an already parched and fiery American West and boost an already busy Atlanti…
The projects are part of President Joe Biden’s plan to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030, generating enough electricity to power more than 10 million homes.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An early winter storm is forecast to bring the first heavy snowfall of the season to portions of the U.S. Rocky Mountains this week.
If confirmed, Chuck Sams would be the first American Indian to serve as National Park Service director. He is Cayuse, Walla Walla, Cocopah and Yankton Sioux.
The U.S. will continue its combative economic relationship with China, countering that nation’s economic threats with trade barriers and other punitive measures.
The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that the monthly trade deficit increased 4.2% in August, rising to an all-time high, surpassing the previous record of $73.2 billion set in June
Studies show that in 98% of hives nationwide, wax and pollen are contaminated with an average of six pesticides, which can kill bees or reduce a bee's immunity to varroa mites and pathogens.
In addition to the in-person event, the organization will offer a virtual program, including student and teacher workshops, the virtual FFA Blue Room, National Days of Service and the streamin…
USDA will be able to use working products from two committees contested by the plaintiffs in any future efforts to mandate electronic eartags.
Trade officials from the U.S., Mexico and Canada will discuss the deal near its one-year anniversary.
Governors want to be at the table in Biden’s conservation initiative.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation this month forecast historically low water supplies from the Colorado River in the coming months.
The program, which bought meat, dairy and produce from farmers and directed it to hungry families, was created by the Trump administration during the pandemic.
PITTSBURGH — President Joe Biden is flying to Pittsburgh Wednesday, where he plans to unveil his national infrastructure plan. If passed, it would channel $2 trillion toward infrastructure projects.
Trade ministers representing the G-7 countries will meet virtually Wednesday to talk about World Trade Organization reform, health, climate and digital trade.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — USDA on Wednesday announced it has a new plan — called Pandemic Assistance for Producers — to provide farmers with financial aid during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The labor secretary has significant sway over labor-related policies that could impact agriculture. The Labor Department regulates labor standards and authority over the H-2A visa guest farmwo…
Mexico is throwing up new roadblocks in addition to maintaining longtime hurdles.
As the president and Democratic lawmakers prepare to lay out the "Build Back Better" infrastructure plan in the coming weeks, rural and farm groups across the nation have sent letters to Congr…
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate Finance Committee Feb. 25 held a hearing to consider Katherine Tai, Biden’s nominee to serve as U.S. Trade Representative.
NCBA is building relationships in the new administration because even during the Trump administration, most of the industry’s big wins came in the last two years.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday held its first of two hearings to consider Deb Haaland, Biden's nominee to lead the Interior Department.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eviction and foreclosure moratoriums related to USDA Single Family Housing Direct and Guaranteed loans will be extended through June 30.
FFA has faced major changes during the COVID-19 pandemic, including national leadership transitions and new virtual opportunities.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Joe Biden and Democratic lawmakers are moving forward with their proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.
Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, voted on Thursday against removing controversial freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., from all committee assignments.
The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works appears likely to advance to the full Senate Michael Regan's nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced sweeping changes Tuesday in the national vaccine rollout plan.
Farmers and environmentalists have been in a political tug-of-war over the law’s scope for years, largely due to ambiguous legal interpretations of the statute.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called for a swift, last-minute removal of President Donald Trump in a news conference Saturday, days after the siege of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters.
With Democrats soon to control Congress and the White House, Americans can expect a large, long-term package of aid to get through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sen. Ron. Wyden, D-OR, said in a Frida…
In a day scarred by a historic violent attack on the U.S. Capitol as Congress met, shaken lawmakers insisted on resuming a session that went late into the night to approve the Electoral Colleg…
Early today, Democrat Rev. Ralph Warnock defeated Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in one of Georgia's two closely watched runoff elections for the U.S. Senate.
Rural voters will be "mission critical," in upcoming elections, says Sarah Jaynes, director of the Rural Policy Initiative. Political experts shared their lessons learned from the 2020 electio…
An amendment regarding the former Umatilla Chemical Depot was included in the final National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress on Friday, Dec. 11.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased grocery store sales but is also pushing changes of how stores do business. Supermarkets of the future will be different, an industry analyst says.
The leaders of several major farm and commodity groups met with president-elect Joe Biden's transition team for USDA virtually on Friday.
The Justice Department says a lawsuit led by Washington and California attorneys general should be dismissed because their attacks on the Trump administration's reforms to the National Environ…
A team of former White House and government officials, including members of President-elect Joe Biden's transition team, recently released a 300-page blueprint for how to leverage agencies to …
The new Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance, or FACA, brings together groups typically pitted against one another — food, farming, forestry and environmental organizations.
Farmers should constantly run a "stress test" on their business, an economist recently told Northwest audiences.
Farming is the most respected profession in the U.S., garnering the highest rating of any industry in a nationwide poll.
Experts say the appointments most likely to impact agriculture are Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of the Interior, U.S. Trade Representative, Department of Justice Antitrust Division lead…
The European Union Monday announced it will impose tariffs on up to $4 billion of U.S. imports, including farm goods, in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on European goods in an ongoing dispute re…
The Trump administration is moving forward with a controversial decision to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states.
A total of 45,886 fires had burned more than 8.3 million acres of federal land this year as of Oct. 15, compared to a 10-year average of about 6.3 million acres, NIFC reported.
The longstanding U.S. ban on British beef just ended.
Roughly 47% of agricultural trade has been overhauled in the past few years, said Gregg Doud, chief agricultural negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Doud spoke to the C…
The Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act, S.4431, would increase active management of federal forests to mitigate wildfires and provide assistance to retrofit businesses and residences to …
The Oregon Blueberry Commission has joined in an effort to slow a dramatic increase in U.S. blueberry imports from southern countries.
U.S. Wheat Associates has developed an interactive map showing precisely where each class of wheat in the U.S. is grown and how it is transported to ports.
Farmers are seeking change in the upcoming presidential election no matter who is elected, the leader of the National Farmers Union says.
The U.S. food supply in the wake of COVID-19 is the hottest topic for state agriculture officials, the new president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture says.