Politics | 5/25/2016

Vilsack: Different approach needed on next farm bill

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack may have less than a year left in office, but that isn't stopping him from delivering forward-looking remarks to ag stakeholders.

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Politics | 5/25/2016 7:13:24 PM

Big Food to Congress: Show us you're serious about climate change

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Large food companies have said they are taking climate change and sustainability more seriously, but now firms like Mars and Unilever want Congress to back their efforts to become greener.
Politics | 5/25/2016 6:55:03 PM

House OKs energy bill conference in party-line vote

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - In a party-line vote, the full House voted Wednesday to conference with the Senate to reconcile differences between the separate House and Senate energy bills.

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Politics | 5/25/2016 6:40:07 PM

Better data needed on injuries at meat plants, GAO says

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Workers at meat and poultry plants continue to get injured and sick at higher rates than workers in manufacturing overall, the Government Accountability Office said in a report that recommended the federal government collect better data.
Politics | 5/25/2016 3:59:15 PM

'Use-by' labels contribute to food waste, House Ag panel told

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Witnesses told the House Agriculture Committee today that sell-by and use-by labels on food products need to be standardized to help consumers make better choices and to help reduce food waste in the richest country in the world.
Politics | 5/25/2016 2:58:00 PM

 A closer look at key differences in House, Senate spending bills

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - The fiscal 2017 appropriations process is fully underway after some early fits and starts. The Agriculture bills, which fund USDA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are...
Politics | 5/25/2016 2:36:40 PM

 WRDA bill clears House Transportation Committee

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Farm and waterways interest groups expressed support for the 2016 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that cleared the...
Politics | 5/25/2016 1:18:34 PM

 OTA to push local impact, other policy priorities at annual fly-in

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Stakeholders from the organic sector are in Washington this week hoping to drive home the big impact of what some might still view as a small industry.
Politics | 5/25/2016 1:15:26 PM

 Will the House join the Senate in passing a bipartisan energy bill?

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2016 - Wednesday's House vote on conferencing with the Senate to reconcile their separate energy bills could lead to Congress either passing a bipartisan energy bill this year or opting instead for go-nowhere partisan messaging.
Politics | 5/25/2016 12:41:24 PM

 Low-level presence measure in TPP gets high level of attention

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - When most farm groups and government officials talk about the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, cuts to foreign tariffs get most of the attention. But it's the biotechnology...
Politics | 5/25/2016 11:37:12 AM

Senate votes to scuttle USDA's catfish inspection

The Senate today voted to reverse farm bill law and shut down the USDA's catfish inspection program.
Politics | 5/25/2016 10:53:20 AM

 Cotton excluded from newly proposed label for sulfoxaflor

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Cotton growers are worried about losing another tool to fight the tarnished plant bug if EPA's new label for sulfoxaflor is...
Politics | 5/25/2016 10:09:42 AM

 Livestock groups hammer potential GIPSA rule

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - The nation's biggest livestock groups are concerned about what a potential rule from the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration might do to the marketplace...
Politics | 5/25/2016 9:42:15 AM

 Later calving dates can cut costs, boost ranch profits

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - Aligning calving season more with Mother Nature than to usual seasonal market price trends is gaining popularity among cattle management experts and cattlemen.
Politics | 5/25/2016 9:28:15 AM

 Study: Better water quality linked to more efficient use of fertilizer

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 - The more efficient use of nitrogen fertilizer in agriculture has yielded positive results not just for water quality in the Mississippi River Basin, but for...
Politics | 5/24/2016 1:22:51 PM

Monsanto rejects Bayer's $62B bid

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2016 - Monsanto's board of directors has unanimously rejected a $62 billion buyout bid from Bayer AG, calling it incomplete and financially inadequate.
Politics | 5/23/2016 5:02:55 PM

NAWG selects Goule as new CEO

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2015 - The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) selected Chandler Goule as their new Chief Executive Officer, effective July 5.
Politics | 5/23/2016 1:43:42 PM

 Washington Week Ahead: Obama pushes TPP progress in Vietnam, Japan

WASHINGTON, May 22 2016 - President Obama will be talking up the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Vietnam and Japan this week with an eye toward keeping the pressure on Congress to approve the 12-nation trade pact.
Politics | 5/23/2016

Bayer CEO talks up Monsanto acquisition

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2016 - Top officials of Germany-based Bayer AG took to the phones today to explain why they believe acquiring Monsanto in a deal worth $62 billion would be good for shareholders, farmers and a growing world population.
Politics | 5/22/2016 10:11:01 AM

First lady unveils new FDA food label, looks back on healthy kids initiative

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2016 - Michelle Obama formally unveiled the government's updated Nutrition Facts Label for packaged foods today while at the same time touting the strides the Obama administration has made toward a healthier America.
Politics | 5/20/2016 2:10:35 PM

 Senate panel OKs extra farm payments, GMO salmon labeling

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 - The Senate's agriculture spending bill that advanced Thursday would provide supplemental payments to farmers who believe they have been shortchanged by the Agriculture Risk Coverage program that was created by the 2014 farm bill.
Politics | 5/20/2016 9:29:28 AM

White House unveils updated nutrition label

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2016 - The White House today unveiled the first major update of the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods in more than 20 years, which will include, among other things, a line that clearly states the amount of sugar added to the product during processing.
Politics | 5/19/2016 5:07:35 PM

 House panel approves GOP child nutrition bill in party-line vote

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 - House Republicans advanced a bill aimed at overhauling some of the Obama administration's child nutrition standards and to allow some states to experiment with setting their own rules for school meals.
Politics | 5/19/2016 3:49:27 PM

Agri-Pulse Farm Opinion Poll: Farmers Ready to Act on Upturn in Soybean Prices

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 - Soybean farmers have crops to sell and a $2-per-bushel improvement in market prices during the past two months will pry inventory loose, according to feedback provided by Iowa producers.


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George McGovern: My Turn
Every election year, former Senator George McGovern (SD), the 1972 Democratic Nominee for President, seems to find his way back into the news, and this one, 2016, more than most.


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Ending global malnutrition: Opportunities for American leadership
While malnutrition is a distant memory for most Americans, it was not all that long ago that the population of the United States was plagued by diseases and disabilities caused by poor nutrition.


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2018 Farm Bill-simplifying rural development
Over the years, rural development programs have multiplied and morphed to the point where it's difficult for farmers, small businesses, entrepreneurs and rural communities to...


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$380 Million Keepseagle II Settlement Reached
The landmark civil rights lawsuit by Indian farmers and ranchers against the Department of Agriculture...


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Growth opportunities and growing pains in a changing global food system
Today, more than 53 percent of the global population lives in cities. In 1900, this was only 13 percent.


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Genetic Labeling: Take #2
The State of Vermont has passed a statute mandating the labeling of genetically engineered foods as of...
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