| Dec. 4, 2013, 1:51 p.m.
Despite a rocky journey that’s taken more than two years, the principal negotiators in a farm bill conference showed new signs of optimism Wednesday — but not for passing a final bill before January.
| Nov. 19, 2013, 4:23 p.m.
Wading into a dispute over federal land use that dates back to the days of homesteaders and miners, Congress is looking to overhaul the process of assessing fees for private vacation cabins and houses on national forest land.
| Nov. 19, 2013, 3:11 p.m.
Here are some of the milestones in development of the Forest Service’s recreation residence program, which allows private cabins on forest lands:
| Nov. 18, 2013, 2:48 p.m.
During a time when partisan politics rule the day, it is sometimes hard for pragmatic bipartisan efforts to cut through the clutter and get the attention they deserve. American workers in the emerging field of renewable chemicals are seeking a level playing field in federal policy, and they’re getting backing from a Democrat from New Jersey and a Republican from Texas.
| Nov. 14, 2013, 7:03 a.m.
Hugh Hammond Bennett, the father of the modern soil conservation movement, wrote in 1943: “Conservation farming put first things first by attending to the needs of the soil — by seeing to it that the starting-off place, the base, is put into sound health and kept that way. Any other approach, no matter what it may be, always has and always must lead eventually to agricultural disaster.”
| Nov. 13, 2013, 2:46 p.m.
You recall the great American famine of 2010, don’t you? Neither do I, but the outcry surrounding proposals by House Republicans to cut spending on food stamps back to slightly higher than 2010 levels suggests that there surely must have been one.
| Nov. 1, 2013, 2:06 p.m.
Clean your plate. It could save the planet.
| Nov. 1, 2013, 2:02 p.m.
The scale of the global food waste problem is almost as hard to grasp is it is to address.
| Oct. 25, 2013, 5:04 p.m.
Two pivotal conference committees could test the post-shutdown theory that now is the time for both parties and chambers to finally come to the table and resolve their differences.
| Oct. 21, 2013, 5 a.m.
Millions of low-income people will see their purchasing power fall Nov. 1, regardless of the outcome of a larger fight between Democrats and Republicans over future policies and spending levels for the nation’s largest domestic food aid program.
| Oct. 21, 2013, 5 a.m.
More than 20 percent of the population in seven states and the District of Columbia received some form of food aid in 2013 under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, according to a recent Department of Agriculture report.
| Oct. 17, 2013, 12:02 p.m.
President Barack Obama scolded congressional Republicans on Thursday morning for shutting down the government and flirting with default, while hoping that the end to the episode would lead to budget, immigration and farm bills by the end of the year.
| Oct. 8, 2013, 6 a.m.
Cranberry farmers turned part of Union Station into a bog Tuesday in a bid by a growers’ cooperative to draw congressional attention to the tart fruit.
| Sept. 27, 2013, 2:15 p.m.
Two decades after Robert T. Fraley pioneered Monsanto’s first genetically engineered crops, the public debate about the technology still rages.
| Sept. 27, 2013, 1:42 p.m.
Scientists have found a way to use a trick of nature to increase crop yields, combat hard-to-kill pests, grow coffee beans with no caffeine and even save the honeybee.
| Sept. 25, 2013, 5 a.m.
One thing’s certain on Oct. 1: Congress will have allowed the nine-month extension of the 2008 farm bill to expire.
| Sept. 16, 2013, 7 a.m.
Lawmakers can be expected to engage in a battle of images over deserving and undeserving food aid recipients when the revised nutrition title of the House farm bill comes to the floor, perhaps as soon as this week.
| Sept. 13, 2013, 4:08 p.m.
Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration assured consumers they could continue to eat rice cakes, rice pasta, brown rice dishes and other popular products in moderation, with no immediate effects from arsenic in the grain.
| Sept. 13, 2013, 4:07 p.m.
We are what we eat, and rice increasingly is a part of the American diet. About half of the U.S. rice crop goes into foods eaten by Americans. Domestic demand for homegrown rice has steadily risen by about 1 percent each year since the 1980s.
| Sept. 12, 2013, 8 a.m.
This past week, the Agriculture Department bought more than 7,000 short tons of refined beet sugar from a private processor and sold it to an ethanol company — at a $2.7 million loss for taxpayers.