Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 - USDA is awarding $27.6 million to five demonstration projects aimed at ending childhood hunger in America.
March 1, 2015 - School nutrition directors and the Obama administration are
drawing lines for a coming battle over reauthorization of the Healthy,
Hunger-Free Kids Act that raised standards for school meals.
WASHINGTON, March 2 -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not keeping pace with a mandate that requires its overseas offices to inspect foreign food facilities, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 - Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., announced Monday that she will retire at the end of the 114th Congress in 2017, ending the longest congressional career of any woman in history.
March 2, 2015 - Sodium limits for schools would be frozen at their
current limits and a whole grain requirement would be cut in half under
proposed legislation that school nutrition directors will be lobbying
Congress this week to pass.
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 -- The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) today jointly urged Congress to enact new Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, saying it is crucial to securing well-negotiated trade agreements.
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2015 - Does rural America still pack the same political punch it did in years gone by? With fewer farmers, is there a disconnect between them, their city cousins and the legislators who represent the diverse groups?
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 - House ag appropriators expressed support as they heard Jason Weller, chief of the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS), explain the agency's $4.4 billion budget proposal for fiscal 2016.
PHOENIX, Feb. 27, 2015 -- USDA is extending the deadline for producers to update their base yields or reallocate their base acres to March 31, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. The original deadline was today.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015- A bipartisan group of former U.S. agriculture secretaries going back to the Carter administration is urging Congress to pass fast-track trade promotion authority (TPA) as a way to help President Obama conclude trade deals with a group of Pacific Rim nations and with the European Union.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - USDA today released data showing how U.S. agriculture could benefit from the successful conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim nations.
PHOENIX, Feb. 26, 2015 - On the heels of more legislation introduced to repeal the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard, a panel of National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) leaders said any attack on their chief renewable fuels policy is taken very seriously.
PHOENIX, Feb. 26, 2015-- American Soybean Association (ASA) President Wade Cowan said the group will become a more aggressive organization and work more closely with other farm groups to push for policy and regulatory influence.
BISMARCK, North Dakota, Feb. 27, 2015 - Do you know what FFA is all
about? As a mom of a FFA member, I do-but as a student and young adult, I had
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - Michelle Obama, in her keynote address to the Partnership for a Healthier America 2015 Summit today, celebrated the successes of her Let's Move! campaign and vowed to continue advocating for healthy living well after her husband leaves office.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 -- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest an additional $84 million through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) to help disaster recovery efforts through more than 150 projects in 13 states.