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Sara Wyant is president of Agri-Pulse Communications Inc., and publishes a bi-weekly newsletter, Agri-Pulse, on food and farm policy. For more information or to contact Wyant visit www.agri-pulse.com.

Roberts headed back to Senate Ag Committee, no plans to reopen farm bill

By Sara Wyant In a series of hard-fought midterm election battles, Republicans won control of the Senate by securing major re-election


172 Articles:

NOV 3, 2014 —This new farm bill is so complicated…or not?

American Farm Bureau Federation’s Deputy Chief Economist John Anderson comes across as one of the most easy-going agricultural economists you’d ever want to know. But when it comes to advi [Read More]

OCT 20, 2014 —From GMOs to marijuana, voters will decide several state ballot questions

By Sara Wyant Editor’s note: Agri-Pulse Associate Editor Sarah Gonzalez contributed to this column. With the mid-term elections just [Read More]

OCT 6, 2014 —Caution: Homework required before farm program decisions begin

By Sara Wyant USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently unveiled new programs and online tools to help farmers in the complex decision-making proc [Read More]

SEP 22, 2014 —More changes underway at your local FSA office

By Sara Wyant Your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) should have better technology and potentially more responsibilities by later this fall. During a recent White House briefing with Presi [Read More]

SEP 8, 2014 —Growers consider legal action to implement APH change crop

By Sara Wyant USDA’s decision to delay implementation of a key crop insurance change—included in the 2014 farm bill—could end up in the courts. Oklahoma City tria [Read More]

AUG 25, 2014 —Farm and rural advocates find new terms of engagement

By Sara Wyant Editor’s note: Agri-Pulse Editorial Coordinator Ann Mueller contributed to this piece. For decades, anyone who wanted to be involved as an advocate for farm a [Read More]

AUG 11, 2014 —Time to rethink farmers' political punch?

By Sara Wyant Note: This is a condensed version of part one of a six-part series, “Packing Political Punch in Rural America,” which is posted on www.Agri-Pulse.com . If farmers’ political influenc [Read More]

JUL 28, 2014 —When will USDA offices be able to provide 'one-stop' shopping?

By Sara Wyant Sometime in the future, producers should be able to use precision technology to collect all of the data used in their farming operations and [Read More]

JUL 14, 2014 —Wheat growers explore national checkoff, other funding sources

By Sara Wyant Calling it “a bold step forward for the U.S. wheat industry’s future,” National Wheat Foundation (NWF) President Dusty Tallman alerted fellow [Read More]

JUN 30, 2014 —School's out, but the debate continues over what's served in the lunchroom

JUN 16, 2014 —U.S. tries to catch up to other countries on biotech backlog

JUN 2, 2014 —Lawmakers come together to update ailing infrastructure

MAY 19, 2014 —EPA's McCarthy attempts to build bridges with ag community

APR 21, 2014 —Slow go: Farmers, shippers concerned about impact of rail delays

MAR 24, 2014 —The new commodity title is complicated--or is it?

MAR 10, 2014 —Vilsack outlines timetable for farm bill implementation

FEB 24, 2014 —Chipotle's latest marketing campaign takes aim at 'Big Ag'

FEB 10, 2014 —Finally! A farm bill

JAN 27, 2014 —Lawmakers approve package with USDA increases, policy riders

JAN 13, 2014 —A look ahead at the top issues for 2014

DEC 30, 2013 —Farm bill tops list of unfinished business for Congress in 2013

DEC 16, 2013 —What to expect from EPA in 2014

DEC 2, 2013 —Biofuel advocates push back against EPA's proposal for renewable fuels

NOV 18, 2013 —Are you 'actively engaged' to qualify for farm payments?

NOV 4, 2013 —The farm bill: Common ground or continued controversy?

OCT 21, 2013 —Don't die at the wrong time!

OCT 7, 2013 —Why wildlife groups embrace large farmers and crop insurance

SEP 23, 2013 —If we build it in the U.S., will Africans come to buy?

SEP 9, 2013 —Farm income still on the upswing

AUG 12, 2013 —As controversy lingers, Pigford II payments could soon be in the mail

JUL 29, 2013 —A closer look at waste, fraud and abuse at USDA

JUL 15, 2013 —TTIP: Can the U.S. and EU see 'eye to eye' on trade pact?

JUL 1, 2013 —Farm bill betrayal?

JUN 17, 2013 —After record losses, RMA looks to expand and improve crop insurance

JUN 3, 2013 —Lawmakers advance pathway for immigration reform

MAY 20, 2013 —Why the rural vote still matters in key Senate races

MAY 6, 2013 —Horse slaughter debate draws strong opinions

APR 22, 2013 —Agriculture stakeholders reach crucial deal on immigration reform

APR 8, 2013 —OIG report shines light on improper payments at USDA

MAR 25, 2013 —New USDA 'rural' definition stirs up controversy

FEB 25, 2013 —As farm safety net battle wages on, will crop insurance need to change?

FEB 11, 2013 —Are direct payments here to stay in 2013?

JAN 28, 2013 —Will states continue push for more renewable energy?

JAN 14, 2013 —Another year, another attempt to pass a new farm bill

DEC 31, 2012 —Time to rethink the relevance of rural America?

DEC 17, 2012 —A new five-year farm bill by Christmas?

DEC 3, 2012 —For now: Cooperation rather than compensation for coexistence woes

NOV 19, 2012 —The next big thing in conservation policy

NOV 5, 2012 —Can the farm bill stand alone without food stamps?

OCT 22, 2012 —New school lunch menus stir debate

OCT 8, 2012 —The 2008 farm bill expired Sept. 30--Now what?

SEP 24, 2012 —Lessons learned from the drought of 2012

SEP 10, 2012 —New farm bill now?

AUG 27, 2012 —How Obama's farm bill proposals compare to Romney's approach

AUG 13, 2012 —Crop insurance payouts will help cover losses, but no free lunch

JUL 30, 2012 —Drought may drive farm bill passage

JUL 16, 2012 —Heat wave scorches crops, generates new farm bill concerns

JUL 2, 2012 —Immigration decisions do little to address long-term farm labor needs

JUN 18, 2012 —Different approaches to 'fairness' in the farm bill

JUN 4, 2012 —Should crop insurance subsidies be capped?

MAY 21, 2012 —No easy path to solving America’s obesity problems

MAY 7, 2012 —After a rocky start, Senate Agriculture Committee advances 2012 farm bill

APR 23, 2012 —Will U.S. growers lose their competitive edge to South America?

APR 9, 2012 —Senators try to put finishing touches on commodity title in new farm bill

MAR 26, 2012 —Voters question Santorum's ties to HSUS and 'consistent conservative' label

MAR 12, 2012 —Do you want new federal standards for animal care?

FEB 27, 2012 —Needed: New approaches to keeping rural America strong

FEB 13, 2012 —The search for new farm safety net options continues

JAN 30, 2012 —Crop insurance delivers record payments

JAN 16, 2012 —What's on the horizon for agriculture in 2012?

JAN 2, 2012 —MF Global 'debacle' continues to rattle confidence in the marketing chain

DEC 19, 2011 —For Sen. Roberts, farm bill proposals created sense of deja  vu

DEC 5, 2011 —Look for changes in corn, soybean crop insurance premiums

NOV 21, 2011 —Why farmers and ranchers need to rethink the way they reach out to consumers

NOV 7, 2011 —Good intentions gone bad?

OCT 24, 2011 —A new farm bill by Christmas?

OCT 10, 2011 —New Food Day draws applause, skepticism

SEP 26, 2011 —President Obama unveils details of how he would cut the farm safety net

SEP 12, 2011 —Will the next farm bill be written by budget cutters?

AUG 29, 2011 —Regulatory burden: Real or perceived?

AUG 15, 2011 —Are U.S. growers losing their competitive edge because of regulatory hurdles?

AUG 1, 2011 —How to grow jobs in rural America

JUL 18, 2011 —GPS coalition fights to save its satellite-based signals

JUL 4, 2011 —Lawmakers look for ways to improve crop insurance

JUN 20, 2011 —In search of the new normal

JUN 6, 2011 —Free trade agreements 'held hostage' over aid for displaced workers, firms

MAY 23, 2011 —Room to grow for American agriculture?

MAY 9, 2011 —High commodity prices make for vexing 2012 farm bill debate

APR 25, 2011 —Better planning needed for rural America's transportation system

APR 11, 2011 —CRP: Lawmakers question costs versus benefits

MAR 28, 2011 —Is the timing right for a new version of 'Freedom to Farm?'

MAR 14, 2011 —Where would you cut?

FEB 28, 2011 —Ethanol industry adjusts to changing political challenges

FEB 14, 2011 —Where will agriculture spending be cut?

JAN 31, 2011 —Will this red tape nightmare ever end?

JAN 17, 2011 —Time to stop the EPA?

JAN 3, 2011 —Coexistence or 'no' existence for new high-yielding crops?

DEC 20, 2010 —RMA's Bill Murphy looks ahead at the future of crop insurance

DEC 6, 2010 —Fiscal farm and food program fight ahead?

NOV 22, 2010 —Meet the new House freshmen

NOV 8, 2010 —To the winners go the drawing tools

OCT 25, 2010 —How Walmart's sustainability efforts could impact on-farm production

OCT 11, 2010 —How the midterm elections will impact the next farm bill

SEP 27, 2010 —In search of 'sustainable' agriculture

SEP 13, 2010 —The search for a better safety net continues

AUG 30, 2010 —Estate tax debate makes planning for death even more difficult

AUG 16, 2010 —Ready for your next red-tape nightmare?

AUG 2, 2010 —Will conservation once again be on the cutting board?

JUL 19, 2010 —Vilsack wants to 'replenish' the farm supply

JUL 5, 2010 —A closer look at the new 'middle' in agriculture

JUN 21, 2010 —Dairy producers lead the drive for major changes in the 2012 farm bill

JUN 7, 2010 —Pigford case continues to haunt black farmers and USDA staff

MAY 24, 2010 —The search is on for better safety net in 2012 farm bill

MAY 10, 2010 —Over 75 years, conservation programs provide 'bang for the buck'

APR 12, 2010 —Will you stand up and be counted?

MAR 29, 2010 —For the 2012 Farm Bill, crop insurance moves to center stage

MAR 15, 2010 —Wanted: More competition for agriculture

MAR 1, 2010 —Conservation Reserve Program continues to be attractive option for many

FEB 15, 2010 —Understanding Olivia...and those who make a living bashing farmers

FEB 1, 2010 —How a topsy-turvy political world got turned upside down again

JAN 18, 2010 —Farm Bureau President: No more Mr. Nice Guy

JAN 4, 2010 —The farm bill cycle begins again

DEC 21, 2009 —How should U.S. tackle climate change concerns?

DEC 7, 2009 —How the search for anti-trust violations could impact your future productivity

NOV 23, 2009 —The push for climate change legislation loses steam

NOV 9, 2009 —Farmers flock to low-interest USDA loans-Should assistance be targeted to only certain types of farm

OCT 26, 2009 —A world free of hunger?

OCT 12, 2009 —Tonsager returns to his rural development roots

SEP 28, 2009 —Land of Lincoln?

SEP 14, 2009 —New bucks for biomass materials

SEP 14, 2009 —New bucks for biomass materials

AUG 31, 2009 —The big uneasy

AUG 17, 2009 —New Conservation Stewardship Program premieres

AUG 3, 2009 —An opportunity lost?

JUL 20, 2009 —Wanted: Farmers to look at the new ACRE program

JUL 6, 2009 —Ready for new carbon markets and greenhouse gas regulations?

JUN 22, 2009 —Will rural America be on the 'Roadmap to Recovery?'

MAY 25, 2009 —Farm groups divided over climate change legislation

MAY 11, 2009 —Health care costs hit rural Americans harder

APR 27, 2009 —More time needed for U.S. to figure out animal identification?

APR 13, 2009 —Who is going to participate in the new ACRE program?

MAR 30, 2009 —Lessons (that could be) learned from the new White House garden

MAR 16, 2009 —Ready for more corn in your tank?

MAR 2, 2009 —Secretary Vilsack makes the case for more rural development

FEB 16, 2009 —Extra crop insurance "homework" paid off last year

FEB 2, 2009 —The changing politics and dynamics of food production

JAN 19, 2009 —USDA plans to tighten farm program payment rules

JAN 5, 2009 —Time to relax Cuba's trade and travel restrictions?

DEC 22, 2008 —Tug of war begins over new stimulus package

DEC 8, 2008 —Free trade with Colombia- Another tool to jump-start the U.S. economy

NOV 10, 2008 —Animal ID- Despite progress, big challenges remain

OCT 27, 2008 —Wanted- New vets willing to live and work in rural America

OCT 13, 2008 —Is Gov. Palin the 'secret weapon' for Sen. McCain in rural America?

SEP 15, 2008 —Will agriculture's boom turn into a bust?

SEP 1, 2008 —Battle intensifies over rural voters

AUG 18, 2008 —New payment limit rules to kick in for 2009 crop year

AUG 4, 2008 —What should the next farm bill look like?

JUL 21, 2008 —Open up the CRP?

JUL 7, 2008 —The hunt for your next energy 'villain'

JUN 23, 2008 —How much impact is fuel having on food prices?

JUN 9, 2008 —USDA forges ahead with farm bill implementation

MAY 26, 2008 —Time to rethink rural infrastructure

MAY 12, 2008 —Critics call for short-term fixes on food, feed prices

APR 28, 2008 —Nation's newest wineries popping up in non-traditional places

MAR 31, 2008 —The deep split over disaster payments

MAR 17, 2008 —Lawmakers aim for April 18 farm bill

MAR 3, 2008 —No easy answers to food industries' price pressures

FEB 18, 2008 —Memories of Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz

FEB 4, 2008 —Animal activists take to the states

JAN 21, 2008 —Should the President veto the farm bill?

JAN 7, 2008 —Congress delivered an early Christmas present


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