Politics | 4/18/2014

Meat and poultry groups applaud Obama's TPP stance

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 - A number of meat and poultry groups are thanking President Obama for his administration's

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Politics | 4/17/2014 8:30:04 PM

Schools should think twice before banning chocolate milk: study

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 - A new study suggests that schools that ban chocolate milk for health reasons may be inviting some unintended - and negative - consequences.
Politics | 4/17/2014 1:04:18 PM

Lucas, other House leaders want answers on 'heat and eat' issue

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 - House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and three other top Republican leaders requested information today from the Department of Health and Human Services on its efforts to oversee

Politics | 4/17/2014 12:41:15 PM

USDA announces Specialty Crop Block Grant funding

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 - USDA today announced the availability of approximately $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants to state departments of agriculture for projects that help
Politics | 4/16/2014 9:19:05 PM

Vermont Senate approves mandatory GMO labeling bill

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - Vermont is a step closer to becoming the first U.S. state to require food labels to say if a product was made with
Politics | 4/16/2014 5:06:49 PM

'Farm to Cafeteria' leaders cite wide growth in policy support

AUSTIN, TX, April 16, 2014 - Leaders of the movement promoting the use of locally grown foods by large cafeterias told stakeholders here that there has been significant institutional support for programs that
Politics | 4/16/2014 4:52:53 PM

President Obama provides clear endorsement of agricultural biotechnology

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 - The dedication of Dr. Norman Borlaug's statue in the U.S. Capitol last month brought together an amazing array of Democrats and Republicans,
Politics | 4/16/2014 11:59:18 AM

Senators press USDA on food safety standards

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - Three senators urged USDA today to develop food safety standards that would significantly reduce
Politics | 4/16/2014 11:28:44 AM

FAS awards $196.4 million to expand export markets

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) awarded $196.4 million in funding to
Politics | 4/16/2014 11:10:01 AM

 Rail companies ordered to report plans for fertilizer deliveries

WASHINGTON, April 16 -- The U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) yesterday ordered the Canadian Pacific and BNFS railway companies to report by Friday their plans for fertilizer
Politics | 4/15/2014 7:42:52 PM

 CBO projections: More savings than expected for new farm bill programs

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2014 - Updated budget projections released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) suggest that some of the new farm bill programs may save even more than first expected
Politics | 4/14/2014 8:37:54 PM

Northwest expecting strong water supplies, while South looking at low supplies, USDA says

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 - Several Northwestern states are expected to have near normal of above normal water supplies, while far less than normal streamflow is expected in some southern portions of the nation
Politics | 4/14/2014 4:16:12 PM

USDA plans to complete rule for faster poultry inspection by year's end

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2014 - The USDA intends to finalize a proposed rule by the end of the year that seeks to create a new speedier inspection
Politics | 4/14/2014 5:09:00 AM

New IPCC report: No more business as usual to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Berlin, April 13, 2014 - Despite many efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that global emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010
Politics | 4/13/2014 1:59:23 PM

Virginia supports EPA in battle with Farm Bureau over Chesapeake Bay pollution

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2014 - Virginia has filed a brief in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in its legal
Politics | 4/11/2014 12:28:54 PM

USDA accepting applications for Beginning Farmer and Rancher grants

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2014 -- USDA says it is now accepting applications for more than $19 million in grant money available through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. The grants will be competitively awarded by
Politics | 4/10/2014 9:51:17 PM

 Vilsack announces food aid projects just as program debate heats up

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday announced at a Council on Foreign Relations event that the department would provide
Politics | 4/10/2014 6:29:39 PM

House approves FY 2015 budget with SNAP, agricultural outlay cuts

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 - The House approved today a fiscal year 2015 budget proposal (H.Con.Res.96), on a 219-205 vote, that aims to reduce federal spending by
Politics | 4/9/2014 9:37:50 PM

Bill introduced that preempts state GMO labeling efforts

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 -- Reps. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C., both members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, are introducing a bill today that creates a federal standard for voluntarily labeling foods
Politics | 4/9/2014 3:12:18 PM

 GOP senators urge EPA to work with agriculture on Clean Water Act proposal

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014-Republicans on a Senate Appropriations subcommittee today urged EPA chief Gina McCarthy to work with farmers and ranchers as her agency finalizes its
Politics | 4/9/2014 1:35:48 PM

 Pork production forecast reduced on PED virus

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 - USDA cut its estimate for U.S. pork production for this year by 2.5 percent from its March forecast, citing piglet losses from
Politics | 4/9/2014 12:32:06 PM

USDA cuts estimates for corn, soybean ending stocks as exports rise

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 - Unsold supplies of U.S. corn before the next harvest will total 1.331 billion bushels, down 125 million bushels, or 8.6 percent, from the month-ago estimate, because of
Politics | 4/9/2014 11:57:34 AM

EPA Administrator McCarthy addresses CWA and RFS concerns

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2014- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy defended her agency's Clean Water Act (CWA) and Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) proposals during a meeting
Politics | 4/9/2014 10:31:33 AM

House Agriculture Committee approves CFTC reauthorization

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 - The House Agriculture Committee today approved legislation (H.R. 4413), by voice vote, that would reauthorize the


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 event calendar
  Congressional Recess
  April 11-27, 2014 Washington, D.C.

  Farm to Cafeteria Conference
  April 15-18, 2014 Austin, Texas

  Consumer Federation of America National Food Policy
  April 22-23, 2014 Washington, D.C.

  National Association of Nutrition Professionals Annual Conference & Expo
  April 25-27, 2014 Tucson, Ariz.

  USA Science and Engineering Festival
  April 26-27, 2014 Washington, D.C.

  American Commodity Distribution Conference
  April 27-29, 2014 Austin, Texas

  National Organic Standards Board Spring Meeting
  April 29 - May 2, 2014 San Antonio, Texas

  Annual Supermarket Congressional Fly-In
  April 30 - May 1, 2014 Washington, D.C.

  Project Bread 2014 Walk for Hunger
  May 4, 2014 Boston, Mass.

  National Association of Farm Broadcasting Washington Watch
  May 5-7-2014 Washington, D.C.


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 1. USDA plans to complete rule for faster poultry inspection by year's end

 2. President Obama provides clear endorsement of agricultural biotechnology

 3. Senators press USDA on food safety standards

 4. Schools should think twice before banning chocolate milk: study

 5. New IPCC report: No more business as usual to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

 6. USDA accepting applications for Beginning Farmer and Rancher grants

 7. FAS awards $196.4 million to expand export markets

 8. 'Farm to Cafeteria' leaders cite wide growth in policy support

 9. Vermont Senate approves mandatory GMO labeling bill

 10. Northwest expecting strong water supplies, while South looking at low supplies, USDA says