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Politics | 9/23/2015 10:19:41 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2015 - Carbohydrates are often viewed as the enemy when it comes to diet and health. But what if scientists could pack the carb-filled foods we love with valuable protein that also cures diseases?
Politics | 9/23/2015 10:10:18 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2015 - Corn and soybean farmers in several Midwestern states are using state cost-share programs and the age-old method of trial and error as they start to plant more acres of cover crops.

Politics | 9/23/2015 9:52:26 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2015 - Once seen as fringe movement that could be easily dismissed, recent research on the progress of locally produced foods show the movement is no longer one that can be ignored.
Politics | 9/22/2015 6:50:54 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2015 - Adult obesity rates remained stable - but high -- in most of the country this past year, while increasing in Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico Ohio and Utah, according to the 12th annual State of Obesity report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,
Politics | 9/22/2015 11:16:07 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2015 - Interior Secretary Sally Jewell confirmed Tuesday what many speculated: The sage grouse will not receive federal protections under the Endangered Species Act.
Politics | 9/21/2015 8:33:26 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2015 - The Senate passed a compromise bill reauthorizing grain inspection standards and livestock price reporting, sending the measure to the House for final congressional approval.
Politics | 9/21/2015 2:10:46 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2015 - Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping will capture Washington's attention this week even as Republican congressional leaders struggle to ensure there won't be a government shutdown on Oct. 1.
Politics | 9/20/2015 4:34:05 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2015 - USDA today released a preparedness and response plan to combat future outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), which decimated commercial chicken and turkey flocks in the Midwest earlier this year.
Politics | 9/20/2015 2:32:19 PM
With the global population expected to hit 9.5 billion by 2050, feeding a hungry world is once again inching upward on a jam-packed list of world crises.
Politics | 9/18/2015 3:42:32 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the appointment of Karla Thieman as chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The position was recently vacated by Brian Baenig, who moved to the Biotechnology Industry Organization as vice president of its Food and Agriculture Section.
Politics | 9/18/2015 3:17:00 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2015 - Sales of organic farm products are booming. The 2014 Organic Survey, released today by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), shows that 14,093 certified and exempt organic farms in the United States sold a total of $5.5 billion in organic products in 2014, up 72 percent since 2008.
Politics | 9/18/2015 2:00:52 PM
WASHINGTON, September 18, 2015 - Lawmakers are joining farm groups and the biotechnology industry in urging President Obama to push Chinese President Xi Jinping next week to accelerate import approvals for genetically engineered commodities.
Politics | 9/18/2015 1:13:56 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2015 - American agricultural exporters can start opening offices and storage facilities in Cuba, under a series of steps finalized by the Obama administration to ease restrictions on business and travel.
Politics | 9/18/2015 9:45:24 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 - Senate Agriculture Committee leaders are asking USDA for more information regarding the department's efforts to prepare for a possible return this fall of the bird flu outbreak that decimated Midwest chicken and turkey farms earlier this year.
Politics | 9/17/2015 9:27:43 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2015 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will assess the status of 23 wildlife and plant species to determine whether they warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Politics | 9/17/2015 5:44:18 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2015 - Senate GOP critics of the Obama administration's Clean Water Act rule, initiated another long-shot attempt to strike it down, this time through a disapproval resolution that would have to be enacted over a presidential veto.
Politics | 9/17/2015 5:09:35 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2015 - Rep. Randy Neugebauer, who has played a role in both agriculture and banking policy, announced that he won't seek re-election for an eighth term in his west Texas district.
Politics | 9/17/2015 5:08:23 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2015 - The Department of Commerce today affirmed its earlier ruling that Mexico has been unfairly subsidizing its sugar producers and dumping surplus sweetener into the U.S. market at less than fair value.
Politics | 9/17/2015 4:19:34 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2015 - Hundreds of farmers and ranchers from across the country - all members of the National Farmers Union -- are planning to collectively visit all 535 congressional offices this week to push their policy priorities.
Politics | 9/17/2015 3:09:11 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2015 - Conservation organizations and some farm groups are urging congressional budget writers to restore cuts they put in their fiscal 2016 spending bills and to reject a delay in new conservation compliance requirements for crop insurance.
Politics | 9/17/2015 10:05:39 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2015 - The Senate Agriculture Committee has reached a bipartisan agreement with the House for extending grain inspection standards and livestock price reporting with protections to prevent future disruptions in service.
Politics | 9/16/2015 5:10:20 PM
NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2015 - The Obama administration on Wednesday announced the first-ever national food-waste reduction goal, calling for a 50 percent reduction by 2030.
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