Politics | 7/30/2015

Lawmakers could delay beef imports for 'years,' White House says

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2015 - Imports of beef from Brazil and Argentina could be blocked for years by requirements that lawmakers are trying to impose on the Agriculture Department, the White House says.

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Politics | 7/31/2015 3:46:28 AM

Twelve lawsuits brought against EPA's Clean Water Rule to be heard together

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2015 - A dozen lawsuits brought in protest against the Obama administration's newly finalized "waters of the United States"(WOTUS) rule are scheduled to be heard together as one case before the 6th Circuit Court based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Politics | 7/30/2015 6:11:19 PM

Memo warns of 'fatal' flaws in WOTUS rule

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2015 - Internal documents released by a House committee show the Army Corps of Engineers questioning the legal and technical basis for the Obama administration's Clean Water Act rule just weeks before its release. 

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Politics | 7/30/2015 5:36:22 PM

Senate committee passes broad energy reform bill

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2015-The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed a broad energy reform bill today after three markup hearings on the legislation, marking the committee's first successful effort at energy reform in several years.
Politics | 7/30/2015 3:10:34 PM

Vaccination could save birds but stall poultry exports

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2015 - The Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is furthering its efforts on a vaccination to better prevent the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), but poultry exports could dramatically drop as a result.
Politics | 7/30/2015 2:44:07 PM

Opinion: NAMI responds to NFU's COOL commentary

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson's recent commentary which appeared July 27, 2015 on www.Agri-Pulse.com regarding mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) gets the story only half right.
Politics | 7/30/2015 12:28:54 PM

Prieto confirmed as USDA's top lawyer

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2015 - Jeffrey Prieto has taken over as general counsel at the Department of Agriculture, having won Senate confirmation.
Politics | 7/29/2015 3:39:03 PM

 Solid economic year awaits ethanol plants

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2015 - A moderately big U.S. corn crop on the way, combined with soaring gasoline demand, spells an economically steady year ahead for U.S. ethanol plants.
Politics | 7/29/2015 1:59:21 PM

Climate measure ditched as panel seeks bipartisan energy bill

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015- The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee rejected a climate change proposal from Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., today while it continued markup on a broad energy bill.
Politics | 7/29/2015 10:24:46 AM

 Senate COOL fight headed for September showdown?

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 - A dispute in the Senate over what lies ahead for U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) likely won't be resolved anytime soon. With Senate Agriculture Committee leaders deeply divided, an earlier attempt to tie the language to a highway bill appears to be a futile exercise.
Politics | 7/29/2015 10:21:05 AM

 TPP talks in end game with focus on Canada dairy program

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 - Negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership moved into a critical phase yesterday as the top trade ministers from the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations joined the talks in Hawaii.
Politics | 7/29/2015 10:17:49 AM

 Trade groups make final push for EPA to reconsider RFS proposal

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 - The comment period on the EPA's proposed multiyear volume requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) closed at midnight on Tuesday, and groups on both sides of the issue used the opportunity to ask for changes.
Politics | 7/29/2015 10:09:30 AM

 Senate ag taking bipartisan approach to child nutrition programs

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 - The Senate Agriculture Committee is making the first move to rewrite the rules for school meals and other child nutrition programs. Republican Chairman Pat Roberts, who has been working with the committee's ranking Democrat, Debbie Stabenow on a reauthorization bill, has scheduled a markup for Sept. 17.
Politics | 7/29/2015 10:06:28 AM

 Vilsack calls for a disaster program for poultry producers

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told a group of poultry industry stakeholders on Tuesday that discussions on the next farm bill should include a disaster assistance program for chicken, turkey and egg producers.
Politics | 7/29/2015 10:02:39 AM

 Broiler producers worry bird flu vaccine could impact exports

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 - With the poultry industry bracing for another outbreak of the avian flu this fall, there's a simmering disagreement over whether producers should vaccinate birds. Broiler producers, who are far more dependent on exports than the egg and turkey farmers who bore the brunt of this spring's outbreak, are worried that using the vaccine could result in more export bans.
Politics | 7/29/2015 9:53:32 AM

 GOP limits CFTC budget, but Dems preserving Dodd-Frank

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 - The Republican takeover of the Senate has all but ensured that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission will continue to face a tight budget. But so far, GOP senators have been unable to get Democrats to go along with any new changes in Dodd-Frank regulations.
Politics | 7/29/2015 9:49:46 AM

 Obama highlights Feed the Future initiative in Ethiopia

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 - President Obama used his historic visit to Ethiopia this week to highlight his Feed the Future initiative, including a project led by DuPont Pioneer to increase the productivity of smallholder farmers. 
Politics | 7/29/2015 9:38:37 AM

 Michigan, New York farmers leading eastern expansion of hops

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 - While the vast majority of U.S. hops are still grown in the Northwest, farmers in two states - Michigan and New York - are leading a hop-growing renaissance in the East that promises high returns for producers and new tastes for craft beer enthusiasts.
Politics | 7/29/2015

Conaway: No increase for CFTC without Dodd-Frank reforms

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 - House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway pledges to fight any increase in funding for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission until Congress agrees on a new authorization law.
Politics | 7/28/2015 7:31:46 PM

Internal docs said to undermine WOTUS rule

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2015 - Internal memos that the Army Corps of Engineers turned over to a Senate committee undermines the scientific and legal basis for the new rule that re-defines the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act, the panel's chairman says.
Politics | 7/28/2015 6:23:33 PM

Lawmakers seek to change Medicare payment requirements for rural hospitals

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2015 - A House Ways and Means subcommittee met Tuesday to discuss two Medicare payment requirements that the panel's Republicans called "bureaucratic red tape" for rural hospitals.


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