The House Agriculture Committee proposed legislation that would cut farm programs by an estimated $40 billion over 10 years and end direct payments to farmers in favor of a growers safety net tied to crop insurance.
Search crews recovered the bodies of 14 people killed in a Texas fertilizer-plant explosion that injured 200 and devastated the small town of West in the worst U.S. industrial disaster in at least three years.
Chevron Corp. helped write the first-in-the-nation rule ordering reduced carbon emissions from cars and trucks. Its biofuels chief spoke at the ceremony where California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the executive order in 2007, the same year the oil company pledged to develop a gasoline replacement from wood.
Pickup trucks lined a stretch of gravel road where 150 farmers mingled between 7-foot tall cornstalks and shimmering soybeans to see which of their wealthy brethren would bid on a swath of Iowa’s richest cropland. This was a farm -- table-flat and 314 acres -- so coveted that it drew three times the usual land-sale crowd.