FarmPolicy

August 23, 2014

Sen. Johanns Presses EPA for Transparency on Senate Floor Wednesday

Sen. Mike Johanns (R., Neb.) discussed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues on the Senate floor today.

A news release from his office indicated that, “[Sen. Johanns] is introducing today a package of legislation promoting greater transparency and accountability in the [EPA's] regulatory process. The package contains four individual pieces of legislation.”

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Video: A Look at EU Farm Policy Issues

Categories: EU

A recent video presentation from viEUws.eu, the EU Policy Broadcaster, provided an overview of recent EU farm policy issues.

Topics discussed include: the EU’s long-term budget (2014 to 2020), MEPs’ demands for CAP reform & Commission proposals for a ban on common insecticides.

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Farm Bill- Policy Issues; Ag Economy; and, Trade

Farm Bill- Policy Issues, Budget- Sequestration

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported yesterday (link requires subscription) that, “While possible sequestration cuts could begin as soon as March 1, USDA is still examining the possible effects on farm programs, a senior USDA official said Tuesday.

Michael Scuse, the department’s undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, spoke at the crop insurance industry’s annual meeting near Palm Springs, Calif. During the question-and-answer session, DTN asked Scuse about how farmers would be affected by possible cuts to commodity and conservation programs.

“‘We still have all of the attorneys at USDA looking at all of the programs and how they will in fact be affected if the sequester does kick in on March 1,’ Scuse said.”

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