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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?
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Chris Novak, CEO of the National Corn Growers Association. In this week's interview, Novak shares the global vision of the NCGA's most recent strategic planning process and the Washington legislative agenda including continued work on a national GMO food labeling standard. He also reacts to negative opinions on global trade from the campaign trail and shares why the Renewable Fuel Standard is about giving consumers better environmental choices and not limiting the auto industry's choices to meet new economic and environmental standards.