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Politics | 4/9/2014 9:37:50 PM

Bill introduced that preempts state GMO labeling efforts

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 -- Reps. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C., both members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, are introducing a bill today that creates a federal standard for voluntarily labeling foods

Politics | 4/9/2014 3:12:18 PM

 GOP senators urge EPA to work with agriculture on Clean Water Act proposal

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014—Republicans on a Senate Appropriations subcommittee today urged EPA chief Gina McCarthy to work with farmers and ranchers as her agency finalizes its
Politics | 4/9/2014 1:35:48 PM

 Pork production forecast reduced on PED virus

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 - USDA cut its estimate for U.S. pork production for this year by 2.5 percent from its March forecast, citing piglet losses from
Politics | 4/9/2014 12:32:06 PM

USDA cuts estimates for corn, soybean ending stocks as exports rise

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 - Unsold supplies of U.S. corn before the next harvest will total 1.331 billion bushels, down 125 million bushels, or 8.6 percent, from the month-ago estimate, because of
Politics | 4/9/2014 11:57:34 AM

EPA Administrator McCarthy addresses CWA and RFS concerns

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2014— Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy defended her agency's Clean Water Act (CWA) and Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) proposals during a meeting
Politics | 4/9/2014 10:31:33 AM

House Agriculture Committee approves CFTC reauthorization

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 - The House Agriculture Committee today approved legislation (H.R. 4413), by voice vote, that would reauthorize the
Politics | 4/9/2014 9:05:44 AM

Bill introduced that preempts state GMO labeling efforts

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 -- Reps. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C., both members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, are introducing a bill today that creates
Politics | 4/8/2014 1:25:48 PM

Aviation and ag groups urge FAA to speed up rulemaking on unmanned aircraft systems

ARLINGTON, VA., April 8, 2014 - The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) joined 31 other organizations today to send a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) encouraging the agency to
Politics | 4/8/2014 12:36:07 PM

Tighter crop and livestock inventories lift market sentiment, CoBank reports

DENVER, April 8, 2014 - Record-high animal protein and dairy prices, volatile grain and oilseed prices, and steady-to-lower cropland values reflect
Politics | 4/8/2014 10:36:07 AM

Opinion: ND farmers know first-hand why crop insurance is money well spent

INKSTER, N.D., April 8, 2014 - I've spent the last 17 years of my life farming in North Dakota and I've loved every minute of it. But it can be a very risky business. There are many steps that farmers can take to
Politics | 4/8/2014 9:34:48 AM

Senate Agriculture Committee approves CFTC nominees

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2014 - The Senate Agriculture Committee approved today, by voice vote, three nominees for the
Politics | 4/7/2014 4:53:16 PM

U.S. cattlemen slam Japan-Australia trade deal

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 - The National Cattlemen's Beef Association criticized the bilateral trade agreement reached between Japan and Australia, saying the deal undermines the
Politics | 4/7/2014 3:03:35 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Lawmakers zooming in on budget, tax reform

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 - Lawmakers will focus this week on discussions about the fiscal year 2015 budget, tax reform, EPA, and nominees for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
Politics | 4/7/2014 1:23:47 PM

Restaurants more likely to cause foodborne illnesses than home cooking, CSPI says

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 - The Center for Science in the Public Interest says that an analysis of thousands of food poisoning cases over a 10-year period shows that Americans are twice as likely to get sick from food prepared in restaurants than
Politics | 4/7/2014 11:41:11 AM

Sign-up begins April 15 for USDA disaster assistance programs

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 -- Farmers and ranchers can sign-up for livestock disaster assistance programs that were reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 farm bill starting April 15
Politics | 4/6/2014 3:20:28 PM

Vilsack releases farm bill implementation progress report

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released several implementation dates for farm bill programs today, but timing for Commodity Title program
Politics | 4/5/2014 9:07:59 AM

Opinion:It's about the farm, food and the future

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2014 - Finally, a Farm Bill! This is a leading line that says so much here in Missouri's Fifth District. And it says a lot in Washington, as well, where I was
Politics | 4/5/2014

Opinion: It's about the farm, food and the future

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2014 - Finally, a Farm Bill! This is a leading line that says so much here in Missouri's Fifth District. And it says a lot in Washington, as well, where I was
Politics | 4/4/2014 2:00:14 PM

World Food Price Index up in March

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2014 - World food prices were at their highest levels in almost a year in March, after
Politics | 4/4/2014 1:24:26 PM

DC Circuit Court of Appeals will rehear COOL case

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2014 -- The Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit today vacated a March 28 ruling that denied the American Meat Institute's attempt to block USDA's final rule
Politics | 4/4/2014 11:24:39 AM

FDA needs increased funding to implement FSMA

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2014 - The FDA needs increased funding in FY 2015 to completely implement rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
Politics | 4/3/2014 6:15:49 PM

House Budget Committee advances FY 2015 budget plan with SNAP cuts

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 - The House Budget Committee approved, on a 22-16 party-line vote, a fiscal year 2015 budget proposal late Wednesday that aims to reduce
Politics | 4/3/2014 4:45:16 PM

Senate Finance Committee approves tax extenders bill

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 - The Senate Finance Committee approved, by voice vote, legislation Thursday to renew various expired tax provisions, known as
Politics | 4/3/2014 3:52:04 PM

Stabenow appointed to chair of Senate Finance subcommittee

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 - Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., announced today that she has been appointed to serve as
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