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EPA to announce RFS volumetric requirements at 3 p.m.

The Environmental Protection Agency will announce the volumetric requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard in a telephone call to reporters at 3 p.m. today.
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Obama arrives in Paris for climate change talks

President Barack Obama landed at Orly Airport in Paris late Sunday and made an unannounced stop at the Bataclan concert hall, site of the worst of the recent terrorist attacks in the city.
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National Journal: Can Obama fulfill climate change pledges?

With Republicans in Congress opposed to many of President Barack Obama’s climate change initiatives, National Journal asks in two stories today whether the president can fulfill the pledges he will make to other countries.

COPA favors TTIP on ‘level playing field’

“We are for trade, but it must be on a level playing field,” Martin Merrild, a Danish farm leader who is the president of COPA, the broad coalition of farm groups in the European Union member countries, told The Hagstrom Report recently when he visited Washington.
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Vilsack in Brussels for TTIP, but what will Europeans tell him?

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is scheduled to be in Brussels today and Tuesday to talk about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, climate change and global food security. Read More...

EU spokesman: TTIP ‘alive and making headlines’

BRUSSELS — “TTIP is alive and making headlines in some member states,” Daniel Rosario, the European Commission spokesman for agriculture, rural development and trade, told a group of trade journalists at a recent discussion here. Read More...

Removing nontariff barriers tops COPA goals

BRUSSELS — Removing nontariff barriers to trade is the most important goal in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the staff of COPA, the European coalition of farm groups, have told The Hagstrom Report. Read More...

Tips on TTIP from ‘E.U. Anonymous’

Negotiations over the regulation of financial services and whether foreign companies can compete for government procurement contracts are the most important issues in the negotiations — not agriculture: “If TTIP is not finished, it won’t be due to agriculture.” Read More...

Senate moves to advance Clean Water Rule disapproval

Shortly after voting not to end debate on a bill that would require the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw their Clean Water Rule and start over, the Senate voted 55-43 to move ahead with consideration of a joint resolution sponsored by Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, calling for the disapproval of the rule, which is also known as the Waters of the United States rule. Read More...

NASDA asks Congress to repeal mandatory COOL

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture has asked the Senate to repeal mandatory country-of-origin labeling for beef and pork. Read More...

Grocery exec says local, organic marketing important

A Kansas City grocery store executive told the American Bankers Association agriculture meeting last week how his stores have used local and organic foods and fruits and vegetables to differentiate them from the competition, even among food stamp beneficiaries, Jerry Hagstrom writes in his National Journal column today. Read More...

Senate fails to end debate on Clean Water Rule

The Senate fell short of the votes needed today to stop debate and consider a bill to require the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the Clean Water Rule and rewrite it. Read More...

White House threatens Clean Water Rule veto

The White House Office of Management and Budget said today that if the Senate passes a bill that would require the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw the Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the United States rule, President Barack Obama’s advisers would recommend a veto. Read More...

Bankers, economists see 2016 as pivotal in farm finance

KANSAS CITY — Farmers have enough reserves and good enough credit ratings to make it through this year, even though commodity prices are low, but 2016 will be the year to see how the future looks, bankers and economists said at the National Agricultural Bankers Conference here last week, hosted by the American Bankers Association. Read More...

Bipartisan Policy Center launches CEO Council on Sustainability and Innovation

The Bipartisan Policy Center has established a CEO Council on Sustainability and Innovation that will “showcase and promote innovative approaches to both combat and adapt to the realities of our changing climate,” former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, now a senior fellow at the center, said at a session last week. Read More...

Senate to vote on Clean Water Rule today as endorsements roll in for Barrasso bill

The Senate is expected to vote at 2:30 p.m. EST today on a bill (S. 1140) that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the United States rule, and restart the rulemaking process. Read More...

Farmers and bankers both in generational shifts

KANSAS CITY — While there is a lot of talk about aging farmers and the shift to a new generation, a less unheralded generation shift is taking place among agricultural bankers, a panel of bankers of different ages said at the National Agricultural Bankers Conference here last week, hosted by the Americans Bankers Association. Read More...

‘Food Fight’ novelist takes on Big Food

Anne Penketh, a former British journalist and correspondent who now lives in Paris, has written a novel of a widow who goes to work in the Washington office of a multinational food company. Read More...

Flinchbaugh expresses frustration with Republicans

KANSAS CITY — Barry Flinchbaugh, the renowned professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University, has never been known as a liberal, but he signaled to the Americans Bankers Association here last week that he has had enough of the tea party and of his own congressman, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan. Read More...

Intercontinental Exchange launches World Cotton futures contract

In a sign of the changing times in agriculture, the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) is officially launching the first World Cotton futures contract today.
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CFTC committee takes up problem of futures commission merchants, position limits

In addition to hearing a presentation about ICE’s World Cotton contract, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Agriculture Advisory Committee on September 22 also heard presentations on the problem of the declining number of futures commission merchants and on position limits. Read More...

President signs budget bill

President Barack Obama has signed H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, the White House has announced. Read More...

OMB begins review of Renewable Fuel Standard

The White House Office of Management and Budget has begun its review of the rule governing the latest volumetric standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard, which are scheduled to be released by the Environmental Protection Agency on November 30. Read More...

FDA submits more FSMA rules

The Food and Drug Administration said today it has submitted the final produce safety, foreign supplier verification and third-party accreditation rules to the Federal Register for publication, meeting a schedule required by a court decision, but it did not release copies of the final rules. Read More...

Land-grant colleges, veterinarians release report on antibiotic resistance

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture has released a report outlining “a comprehensive national strategy for diminishing the role antibiotics used in food animal production systems play in the broader antimicrobial resistance problem.” Read More...

Obama to speak at White House tribal nations conference

President Barack Obama will deliver remarks Thursday at a White House-hosted tribal nations conference and take part in a conversation with native youth, the White House announced over the weekend. Read More...

Senate Ag hearing Thursday on wildfire impacts

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing Thursday on the impact of wildfires on the budget and natural resources, Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., announced.
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Lane hired for NCBA, Public Lands Council positions

Ethan Lane has been hired for the joint positions of executive director of federal lands for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and executive director of the Public Lands Council, which represents ranchers who hold federal grazing permits and operate on federal lands.
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