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Politics | 5/23/2013 9:25:17 AM

USDA modifies COOL regulations for WTO compliance

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2013 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a final rule to modify the labeling provisions for muscle cut commodities covered under the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) program.
Politics | 5/22/2013 9:16:36 PM

House approves bill to push Keystone approval

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2013 - The House approved, with a mostly party-line vote of 245-175, legislation (H.R. 3) that would make a presidential permit not necessary

Politics | 5/22/2013 8:51:44 PM

Senate continues farm debate today with more amendments

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2013 - The Senate will continue its march forward Thursday on debating amendments to a five-year farm bill (S.954) after rejecting an attempt Wednesday to end
Politics | 5/22/2013 11:32:06 AM

USDA seeking applications for Committee on Minority Farmers

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2013 - USDA is seeking applications for a two-year term to serve on the government's
Politics | 5/22/2013 9:31:34 AM

Biotech labeling drive not going away, Merrigan says

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2013 -- The drive to require labeling of food with biotech ingredients "is not going to go away," former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
Politics | 5/22/2013

GAO tells USDA to design strategy for new animal disease surveillance

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2013 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's new methods for surveying animal health need to be fine-tuned to include more informative action plans,
Politics | 5/21/2013 8:57:13 AM

Syngenta opens new crop lab in North Carolina

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., May 21, 2013- Touting North Carolina as one of the top states in the country for biotechnology, Senator Kay Hagan, D-N.C., emphasized the industry's
Politics | 5/21/2013 8:17:26 AM

Op-Ed: NFU calls for more flexibility on food aid

While I certainly agree with many of Bob Stallman's sentiments in his recent op-ed, Let's keep the food in food aid, National Farmers Union, along with many hunger relief organizations
Politics | 5/21/2013 6:40:48 AM

Obama Administration calls for more crop insurance and commodity cuts

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2013 - The Obama Administration issued a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) on the farm bill
Politics | 5/20/2013 5:49:26 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Farm bill debate to hit Senate floor today

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2013 - Topping this week's action, debate on the Senate version of the farm bill (S.954) is set to begin today
Politics | 5/20/2013

Senate kicks off farm bill debate with crop insurance amendment

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2013 - The Senate began debate today on a five-year farm bill (S.954) with an amendment being offered to end
Politics | 5/19/2013 3:56:02 PM

 Senate Ag Appropriations Committee questions poultry inspection effort

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2013 - A little more than a month after Senate Appropriations Committee members helped USDA avoid furloughing meat inspectors, the issue of inspection has
Politics | 5/17/2013 6:18:26 PM

New CBO score sees spending reductions, revenue in Senate farm bill

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2013 - The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee's amended farm bill (S. 954) would reduce direct spending by $17.8 billion and increase
Politics | 5/17/2013 5:48:27 PM

Circuit court upholds Roundup Ready Alfalfa deregulation

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2013- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld USDA's decision to commercialize genetically engineered alfalfa
Politics | 5/17/2013 4:25:43 PM

Peterson optimistic, but expecting a fight on 2013 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON D.C., May 17, 2013 - House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said in a conference call May 17 that
Politics | 5/17/2013 9:18:00 AM

Key farm bill issues likely to arise again in floor debates

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2013 - Two days after a five-year farm bill passed out of both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees, Washington agricultural groups expressed
Politics | 5/17/2013 7:28:41 AM

 Senate Ag Appropriations Committee questions poultry inspection effort

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2013 - A little more than a month after Senate Appropriations Committee members helped USDA to avoid furloughing meat inspectors, the issue of inspection has
Politics | 5/16/2013 6:07:00 PM

Stabenow expects lengthy discussion on nutrition cuts

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2013 - Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said today that she is anticipating a big debate over
Politics | 5/16/2013 5:06:12 PM

House panel scrutinizes Goodlatte immigration bills

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2013 - The House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security today heard testimony challenging legislation that would create a new guest
Politics | 5/16/2013 2:48:09 PM

Senate approves Moniz to serve as energy secretary

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2013 - The Senate today approved, with a 97-0 vote, the nomination of Ernest Moniz to serve as
Politics | 5/16/2013 8:17:48 AM

Senate approves authorization of Water Resources Development Act

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2013 - The Senate approved Wednesday, with a 83-14 vote, legislation (S. 601) that would authorize funding to modernize the nation's locks and dams,
Politics | 5/16/2013 2:53:58 AM

House Agriculture Committee passes new farm bill

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2013- After several long hours of debate, the House Agriculture Committee passed a new five-year farm bill, H.R. 1947, late tonight by
Politics | 5/16/2013

House Agriculture Committee passes new farm bill

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2013- After several long hours of debate, the House Agriculture Committee passed a new five-year farm bill, H.R. 1947, late Wednesday by
Politics | 5/15/2013 8:20:46 PM

Farm Income growth slows in first quarter

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2013 -After record high farm incomes in recent years, a new survey indicates that farm income growth started to slow
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