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WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015 - Agricultural groups are fighting against the inclusion of environmental concerns into the scientific report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, but at a public hearing on the report, supporters of the provisions came out in full force calling for sustainability language to ultimately be included in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
March 24, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Committee members know that the proposed
waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule will change - EPA chief Gina McCarthy has said
so - but what they don't know is if those changes will help or hurt U.S.
farmers and ranchers.
WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015-- The House Agriculture Committee is considering reauthorization of the agency that oversees swaps and futures market. During a subcommittee hearing today, Democrats and Republicans on the panel agreed that legislation for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) should allow end-users who are legitimate (commercial market participants) to avoid being inadvertently classified as financial entities because of their commercial activities.
24, 2015 - Republicans and Democrats slammed the Agriculture Department
over allegations of abuse at a livestock research facility in Nebraska
and accused agency officials of stonewalling lawmakers' requests for
March 23, 2015 - Budget resolutions will be on the floor this week in both the
House and Senate and, with little or no Democrat support available, Republican
leaders need to keep as many GOP votes as possible.
WASHINGTON, March 23, 2015 - A revised bill aimed at blocking state GMO
labeling laws is expected to be introduced in the House this week with a
new provision to regulate foods promoted as non-biotech.
WASHINGTON, March 20, 2015-- The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization, announced today it ranked the herbicide glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans," inspiring fierce rebuttal from the agricultural science community.
WASHINGTON, March 20, 2015 - USDA announced today $200 million in funding that will go toward the development and implementation of job training programs for Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) participants in 10 states.
WASHINGTON, March 20 2015- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded today that genetically engineered (GE) apples developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits and GE potatoes developed by JR Simplot Company are as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts.
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - Agriculture producers and organizations along with food manufacturers, retailers and their associations contributed over $21.2 million to political campaigns - mostly Republican - during the two-year midterm election cycle that ended Dec. 31, 2014.
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015 -- California Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders in Sacramento today unveiled a $1 billion plan to help the state deal with a devastating drought now moving into its fourth year.
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015-A bill introduced in Maine's legislature today would require all foods distributed in the state to include a (GMO) label if genetically modified organisms were used to produce the final product.
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015-- The House Agriculture Committee today approved the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015, which would clarify congressional intent regarding pesticide regulation near waters of the United States.
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the United States is challenging Indonesia's import restrictions on several classes of agricultural products before the World Trade Organization.
18, 2015 - A leading critic of federal crop insurance subsidies said he's likely to use
next week's planned debate on the Senate budget resolution to test support for
cuts in the program.
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - Legislators and officials from farm groups and agricultural organizations used a House Agriculture Committee hearing to remind each other of a well-known fact - trade can be very good for Ag.
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 -- Leaders from agriculture, education and politics helped Agri-Pulse kick off Ag Day in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, March 17 with a panel discussion on innovation in agriculture and a video tribute celebrating an ag and trade leader.
March 16, 2015 - Members of a House Ways and Means subcommittee vehemently
disagreed in a hearing this morning on whether the estate tax - which opponents
call the death tax - is unreasonably burdensome to farmers and ranchers and if
that burden means the tax should be repealed.
18, 2015 - Farm groups and anti-hunger advocates are well-positioned to
avoid any major cuts in agriculture or nutrition spending under the
long-term budget plans unveiled in the House and Senate.
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - A coalition of Western counties and ranching, mining, and energy associations is challenging information that federal agencies are using to make Endangered Species Act listing for the greater sage-grouse.
17, 2015 - More than 140 food and agriculture groups are warning House
leaders that legislation requiring employers to use E-Verify to check
the immigration status of workers would have a (devastating impact) on
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 - Farmers and leaders from agriculture and state and local government agencies shared their concerns about the EPA's proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule at a House Agriculture Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee hearing today.
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act has been introduced by GOP Congressman Mike Pompeo. On this week's edition of Open Mic, the Kansas 4th District Representative discusses a national voluntary labeling program that balances the consumer's right to know what's in the food they eat with the industry's need to embrace technology to satisfy the world's growing demand for food. He also talks about the EPA's proposed rule on waters of the U.S.