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Politics | 5/22/2015 9:29:41 AM
WASHINGTON, May 22, 2015 -- Walmart, the biggest U.S. grocery retailer, today announced new farm animal welfare policies, joining a long list of food companies taking steps to improve the conditions of the cattle, hogs and poultry in its supply chain.
Politics | 5/22/2015
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., used a nomination hearing today to sound off on what he said were EPA's (questionable activities) surrounding the proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

Politics | 5/21/2015 3:47:44 PM
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - For the fourth straight year, the USDA's Inspector General has found the agency failed to comply with mandatory reporting requirements regarding improper payment information. Total improper payments in the 20 high-risk programs for fiscal 2014 came to $6.9 billion, or a 5.5 percent improper payment rate.
Politics | 5/21/2015 12:09:23 PM
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 - The Senate Agriculture Committee today unanimously approved a bill reauthorizing the Grain Standards Act, including provisions that would ensure export grain inspections continue during labor disputes.
Politics | 5/21/2015 10:52:30 AM
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 - The fast-track trade bill cleared another hurdle as the Senate voted to move ahead on the legislation, 62-38, after dramatic floor discussions between GOP leaders and key Democrats.
Politics | 5/21/2015 9:06:24 AM
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 - Dana Brooks, formerly the director of government affairs for Elanco Animal Health, has been hired by Land O'Lakes Inc. as its senior director of state affairs and industry relations.
Politics | 5/20/2015 4:37:33 PM
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Critics of biotech foods say that stopping a House bill to preempt state GMO labeling laws would force the food industry to negotiate with labeling proponents.
Politics | 5/20/2015 4:05:52 PM
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - USDA released a new Regional Development Priority (RDP) policy Wednesday that details how the agency will support rural economic development by providing loans to small businesses and grants for community infrastructure improvements.
Politics | 5/20/2015 3:49:44 PM
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - The administration is expected to release the final (waters of the United States) (WOTUS) rule in the next week or so. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has been promising to refine the definitions in the proposed rule to address concerns raised by critics.
Politics | 5/20/2015 3:46:42 PM
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015-- While the agricultural industry is anticipating more business due to President Barack Obama's actions to normalize relations with Cuba, several members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today questioned the administration's ability to negotiate with a totalitarian communist state known for human rights abuses.
Politics | 5/20/2015 3:44:45 PM
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Senate Republican leaders have been working to get the fast-track trade bill to the finish line this week, ahead of the Memorial Day recess. But the debate was dragging amid negotiations over how many amendments would be considered.
Politics | 5/20/2015 3:40:50 PM
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - A new, comprehensive discipline in the use of antibiotics for animals will apply to all animal care by the end of next year.
Politics | 5/20/2015 3:38:14 PM
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2015 -Tuesday's Senate Energy Committee hearing on energy supply issues considered 26 legislative proposals vying for inclusion in a comprehensive energy bill package.
Politics | 5/20/2015 3:34:54 PM
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Administration officials could learn in the next few days whether Brazil could challenge the legality of commodity programs created by the 2014 farm bill.
Politics | 5/20/2015 3:26:20 PM
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Several witnesses told a Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee that a Republican sponsored bill designed to improve transparency and accountability in the EPA's scientific advisory process would actually add new bureaucratic inefficiencies and present ethical dilemmas.
Politics | 5/20/2015 3:23:05 PM
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - As legislation to ease the approval of trade agreements works its way through Capitol Hill, agricultural leaders are wondering how the actions of a key trading partner will impact trade talks across the Atlantic Ocean.
Politics | 5/20/2015 3:14:45 PM
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - There's some good news and bad news in the latest report on foodborne illnesses from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Politics | 5/20/2015 3:01:34 PM
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has long emphasized providing assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers and once suggested a goal of adding 100,000 new farmers by 2012.
Politics | 5/20/2015 2:47:26 PM
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Wind energy already provides nearly 5% of the nation's total electricity generation, but there is tremendous potential to expand production across all 50 states by embracing taller wind turbines, larger rotors, and other technical innovations.
Politics | 5/20/2015 11:29:43 AM
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Just two days after the World Trade Organization (WTO) upheld an earlier decision that a U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rule is not compliant with international trade obligations, House lawmakers officially began the procedural steps necessary to repeal the law.
Politics | 5/20/2015 10:15:11 AM
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Senate Republican leaders have been working to get the fast-track trade bill to the finish line this week, ahead of the Memorial Day recess. But the debate was dragging amid negotiations over how many amendments would be considered.
Politics | 5/20/2015 9:48:11 AM
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Farm groups and agribusiness companies are urging the Senate to reject a proposed amendment to the fast-track trade bill aimed at stopping countries from manipulating their currency.
Politics | 5/20/2015 9:07:36 AM
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - It's good news for motorists. An energy economist from Purdue University, Wally Tyner, says that even though gasoline prices inched up recently, this summer they should be "considerably lower" than last year.
Politics | 5/20/2015
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - When the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled against the U.S. on Monday for the fourth and final time in a challenge to its country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law, it was only a matter of time until efforts began on Capitol Hill to repeal the law. WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - USDA has provided its first verification process for non-GMO products to SunOpta, a company that specializes in organic, non-genetically modified and specialty foods.
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