Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, July 7, 2015 - House appropriators are pushing back on the Food and Drug Administration's efforts to remove trans fats from the food supply and reduce sodium consumption.
WASHINGTON, July 6, 2014 -- A federal judge has ruled that federal and state law pre-empt a Maui County, Hawaii, ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops and that the ban is invalid.
WASHINGTON, July 5, 2015 -Lawmakers head into the final stretch before the August recess with a bunch of unfinished business, including fiscal 2016 appropriations bills, highway funding and the country-of-origin labeling law for meat.
WASHINGTON, July 2, 2015-- The White House issued an executive memorandum today requiring the USDA, EPA and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to update their strategy for regulating biotechnology products.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 -- What happens when farmers start using social media and new communication strategies to tell their sides of the food production story? Apparently, they're starting to get under the skin of some food and environmental groups.
WASHINGTON, July 2, 2015 - A coalition of 12 groups from a wide variety of industries filed a complaint today against the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers over the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, claiming the new provision goes beyond the intentions of the Clean Water Act.
WASHINGTON, July 2, 2014 - JBS USA Pork will purchase Cargill's U.S.-based pork assets in a $1.45 billion agreement, the companies said in a joint release.
July 2, 2015 - Backyard grillers beware: That barbecue you are planning for the
Fourth of July may be hazardous to your health!
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder and chairman of BRAC - a 40-year old anti-poverty organization that focuses on empowering the poor, and in particular women and girls - was named the 41st World Food Prize Laureate Wednesday during a ceremony at the State Department in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, June 30, 2015 -- The International Energy Agency argues that existing technology can halt the growth in the energy sector's global-warming carbon emissions by 2020 and do so without harming global economic growth.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - The lawsuits against the Obama administration's Clean Water Act rule are rolling in and look for more to come. Three groups of states filed lawsuits on Monday, the day the rule was published in the Federal Register.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - EPA traveled to the heart of corn country last week to gauge public sentiment on its recently announced plan for Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements through 2016. Agency officials certainly got an earful.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - The new farm bill will cost a little more than previously thought because of the surprisingly strong interest in the new Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program, economists say. But overall it appears that the programs are right in line with the average cost of commodity subsidies over the past decade.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - Now that President Obama has signed a bill to put pending trade deals on the fast track, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the administration has great momentum to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and to generate more enthusiasm for a potential Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) deal with the European Union.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - Environmentalists are warning of a dark side to the Food and Drug Administration's new restrictions on trans fat. Requiring food manufacturers to transition away from oils high in trans fat could cause them to boost imports of palm oil, which Friends of the Earth says is a leading driver of rain forest destruction.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - While the needs of the nation's rural transportation systems don't get nearly as much attention as their urban counterparts, they did have their day on Capitol Hill last week as part of a broader discussion over federal highway funding.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - The fiscal 2016 agriculture appropriations bill that the House Appropriations Committee will take up after this week's recess would lift the $125,000-per-producer limit on marketing loan gains imposed by the 2014 farm bill.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015-A bipartisan group of senators led by Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., are urging the USDA, EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE) to uniformly recognize and support biomass energy as a sustainable and economically significant energy source.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015 - As researchers continue testing potential solutions for citrus greening disease that is plaguing Florida's $10 billion fruit industry, more groves and packing houses are shutting down or consolidating.