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WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2015 - Food prices rose by 2.4 percent last year, less than the historical average, despite sharp increases in meat costs and the drought in California, the Agriculture Department says.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2015 - The Cuban government is expressing interest in increasing purchases of U.S. agriculture commodities in the wake of President Barack Obama's moves to establish diplomatic relations and also wants to buy some farm equipment, says Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2015 -- U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman went before the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Wednesday to start selling the trade agenda President Obama highlighted in his State of the Union address, an agenda that includes trade agreements that Froman said will provide "premier access to two-thirds of the global economy."
FORT WORTH, TEXAS, Jan. 21, 2015 - An Environmental Protection Agency official says employees of the agency charged with rule making for the Renewable Fuels Standard every year are working hard to implement changes, but the growing complexity of the statute is slowing their progress.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2015-- USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today proposed the first federal standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter testing in ground chicken and turkey products as well as raw chicken breasts, legs and wings.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2015 - President Obama makes the case for his political agenda Tuesday with a State of the Union message that will challenge the GOP congressional majority on tax policy while likely reaching out to Republicans on trade, their one real area of common ground.
20, 2015 -Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, is taking over the chairmanship of
the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that writes spending measures
for the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration.
FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 20, 2015 -- After 17 months of uncertainty surrounding U.S. renewable fuels policy, industry leaders are expressing confidence that this year will provide an opportunity to move ahead into a more definite future.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 16, 2015 - Big farms in such states as California, Idaho and
Texas have signed up a new dairy program that is proving to have a national appeal its predecessor lacked because of payment limits.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2015 - A group of Christian leaders known as the Circle of Protection is once again inviting presidential candidates to submit brief video statements outlining their proposals to improve the well-being of hungry and impoverished Americans.
This year, as last year, the chair of the powerful Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is championing Keystone XL pipeline legislation to end what she calls six years of Obama administration delay and force construction of the controversial project to carry thick Canadian tar sands oil to a Texas refinery for possible export.
14, 2015 - More than 100 conservation projects aimed at protecting water
quality, restoring critical wildlife habitat and addressing other environmental
challenges are getting federal matching funds under a groundbreaking program
authorized by the new farm bill.
14, 2015 - Freshman Rep. David Young, R-Iowa, and Andy Harris, who represents Maryland's Eastern Shore, have been awarded seats on the House Appropriations subcommittee that controls spending for the
Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration.
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Jan. 12, 2015-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says
USDA is aggressively implementing the 2014 farm bill through more than 556
events, 428 demonstrations of web-based tools and over 60,000 direct mail
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2015 - The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) says China's ban on U.S. poultry and egg imports is a (clear violation) of international trade rules and will hurt American poultry and egg producers.
As Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in the 114th Congress, Mike Conaway has revised the subcommittee structure to allow for closer policy oversight and careful attention to reauthorization of nutrition programs and futures trading. In his first audio interview on ag issues this year, Conaway covers a wide variety of topics. He expects congressional action on immigration policy but isn’t sure tax reform will be a part of the early congressional agenda. The Texas Republican says the budget process will dominate the early days of the new congress and expects budget reconciliation to play a major role in policy reform and debate. Conaway says the government must respect industry investments made within the Renewable Fuels Standard but questions overall volumes.