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WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 - The final report of
the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee was published earlier today, and
language regarding sustainability and lean meat has livestock and meat groups
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 - The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its final report today, setting the stage for a nutrition policy battle involving lean meat and sustainability that is expected to play out through the rest of the year.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - The participation rate among people eligible for USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) jumped to 83 percent in fiscal year 2012 from 78 percent in the previous year, according to a department report.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - Those interested in applying for up to $1 million in conservation or carbon credit project grant funding through USDA's Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program must submit their project pre-proposals by Feb. 24.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - Lawmakers are getting ready to put in place a critical piece of President Barack Obama's trade agenda. Bills to grant the president Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) are expected to be dropped in the House and Senate sometime after Congress returns after this week's recess.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is the top priority for many, but it is isn't the only trade bill the business community would like to see the new Congress deal with. Congress also is overdue to write a new miscellaneous tariff bill (MTB).
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - The Republican Congress is likely to grant President Obama the "fast track" procedure known as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), allowing him to submit trade agreements for an up-or-down vote in Congress, former Agriculture Secretary and U.S. Senator Mike Johanns said last week.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - A battle looms on Capitol Hill over transportation: Where to get the revenue to build and maintain the nation's highways, bridges, transit systems and how to divvy up those federal dollars?
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson not only threw out a suit seeking to block USDA from implementing its new National Poultry Inspection System (NPIS), but she suggested that critics of the system were relying on "unsupported and overblown" claims.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - Whether you agree or disagree with Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, you always know where he stands. And for about a decade, he has consistently crusaded for "actively engaged" limits on the amount of money large entities can receive from federal farm programs in an effort to maintain the "integrity" of the programs.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - The state of Colorado is suing the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) over the agency's decision under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to list the Gunnison sage grouse as a "threatened" species and designate more than 1.4 million acres as critical habitat in Utah and Colorado.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - Congressional Republicans are turning up the volume in their battle with Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler and his "net neutrality" proposal - a plan to keep the Internet free and open - in advance of a possible commission vote on the plan on Feb. 26.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - Lawmakers are trying to keep pressure on West Coast port operators and the longshoreman's union to settle the contract dispute that has snarled Asia-bound agricultural exports.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2015 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today released its long-awaited proposal for regulations governing the commercial use of small, unmanned aircraft, or drones, including in agriculture.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2015- USDA Inspector General Phyllis Fong told House appropriators Friday that her office would focus on cyber security and improper payment challenges with its fiscal year 2016 budget request for $98.9 million.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2015 - Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut along with Rep. Pete DeFazio, D-Ore., held a press conference today to reintroduce a mandatory GMO labeling bill that will face stiff opposition in a Congress controlled by Republicans.
Feb. 13, 2015 - The House voted to make permanent the expired Section
179 expensing allowance, but the popular tax break is likely headed to
another temporary extension until Congress can agree on a broad overhaul
of tax policy.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13,
2015-- While environmental groups are putting pressure on the EPA to rein in
agricultural chemical companies on the production and use of neonicotinoids,
agricultural entities are encouraging government agencies to work with
beekeepers in providing access to federal- and state-owned land with healthy
forage for pollinators.
This week’s guest on Open Mic is Wisconsin Representative Reid Ribble. The 8th district Republican left the Freedom Caucus last week in the fallout from a failed attempt to elect a new House Speaker. In this week’s interview, Ribble outlines challenges the Congress faces in approving a spending plan and his efforts to bring about a two-year budget cycle. He sees action soon on the nation’s debt ceiling and tax extenders but says the bigger issue lies between liberal Senate Democrats and conservative GOP leaders on spending. Ribble strongly opposes the EPA’s new clean water rules but supports a new voluntary program to reduce nutrient runoff in his home state.