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Politics | 12/3/2014 4:48:16 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2014-- The mayor of Toledo, Ohio, said toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie that caused a water crisis in his city this summer will occur again if the federal government does not pay more attention to regional water quality.
Politics | 12/3/2014 2:01:14 PM
Over my past year as President of the NCBA, I have had a rare opportunity to look at all sides of the beef industry. And I have come to realize, that much like our country, the cattle industry has individuals and organizations that differ

Politics | 12/3/2014 10:04:14 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2014 - USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says $9.7 million in grants will benefit 62 community-based and non-profit organizations, and educational institutions to conduct training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged (including tribal) and veteran farmers and ranchers.
Politics | 12/2/2014 7:13:19 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2014 -- Lawmakers won't address the country-of-origin meat labeling law until the World Trade Organization decides on a U.S. appeal of a World Trade Organization ruling that USDA regulations are unfair to Canadian and Mexican producers, says the next chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Texas Republican Mike Conaway.
Politics | 12/2/2014 4:44:51 PM
Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2014 - As dozens of agricultural research advocates gather in Washington this week to discuss the need for more focus on research funding, USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) says it will provide more than $6.5 million in grants
Politics | 12/2/2014 2:16:08 PM
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 2, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced more than $5 million in grants for 82 projects to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers through the USDA's Farm to School Program.
Politics | 12/2/2014 11:32:45 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA is making $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers across the nation to support the production of advanced biofuels.
Politics | 12/1/2014 3:50:26 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that Florida avocado producers will vote from Jan. 12-27, 2015 on whether to continue their federal marketing order.
Politics | 11/30/2014 9:51:09 PM
What should have been a constructive public policy discussion about a program that is vital to the success of the family farmers and ranchers who make their living raising cattle has unfortunately devolved into a whirlwind of innuendo
Politics | 11/30/2014 3:23:54 PM
WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2014 - Lawmakers looking to stop waste, fraud and abuse at USDA will find plenty of cases - from food stamps to farm loans - highlighted by the agency's Office of Inspector General (OIG) in its most recent six-month review.
Politics | 11/30/2014
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2014 - Lawmakers return from their Thanksgiving break with lots of unfinished business before the 113th Congress goes out of business with the close of the current lame-duck session
Politics | 11/28/2014 12:20:15 PM
WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2014 - The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has decided to appeal a World Trade Organization ruling that found USDA country of origin labeling (COOL) rules for beef and pork were non-compliant with international trade obligations.
Politics | 11/28/2014 5:38:13 AM
WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2015-- The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, which consists of 37 trade groups including the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Biotechnology Industry Organization, is gearing up to push for a federal labeling bill introduced earlier this year by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan.
Politics | 11/26/2014 10:06:45 AM
WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2014 - The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed strengthening air quality standards, saying the health benefits of fighting ground-level ozone, or smog, (will significantly outweigh the costs.)
Politics | 11/25/2014 5:32:25 PM
WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2014 - In an effort to further address obesity in America, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will unveil new regulations today, requiring nutrition labels on menus in restaurants, super markets and even that buttery bucket of popcorn in movie theaters.
Politics | 11/24/2014 8:52:33 PM
WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2014-- In an effort to increase agricultural response to an Environmental Protection Agency analysis that found neonicotinoids have no yield benefit for soybeans, Bayer created an online portal -www.AgVoice4Choice.com - that allows people to send letters to their U.S. Congress representatives.
Politics | 11/24/2014 8:30:44 PM
WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2014 - Ending discrimination against women - including in the United States - is key in the global battle against hunger, according to a new report from Bread for the World Institute.
Politics | 11/24/2014
WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2014 - Almost 2,500 applicants will receive disaster assistance aid through the USDA's Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP), according to the USDA.
Politics | 11/23/2014 9:15:24 PM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2014 - Agri-Pulse is pleased to announce the appointment of Philip Brasher as a senior editor, based in Washington, D.C., effective Dec. 1.
Politics | 11/23/2014 12:27:18 PM
An abundant Thanksgiving 2014 is almost upon us. But like Scrooge, we'll need a dramatic change in our beliefs if we're to have a plenitude of healthful food not just for us, but for all of the 9 or so billion expected at the global dinner table on Thanksgiving 2050.
Politics | 11/21/2014 2:54:31 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it wouldn't finalize a 2014 rule for the Renewable Fuels Standard, saying a glut of comments will push action back into 2015.
Politics | 11/20/2014 8:04:10 PM
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 - The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday favorably reported to the full House a bill that supporters say would strengthen President Obama's Feed the Future Initiative as it works to alleviate hunger around the globe.
Politics | 11/20/2014 8:01:34 PM
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 - The Senate has confirmed Jon Holladay as USDA's chief financial officer and Lisa Afua Serwah Mensah as the department's under secretary for rural development.
Politics | 11/20/2014 3:47:40 PM
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 - Climate change could make both government and private sector players in the crop insurance program more vulnerable to potential losses, a report released today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said.
Politics | 11/20/2014 3:06:40 PM
President Obama came back from his week of foreign policy meetings in Asia saying he was enthusiastic about promoting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement (FTA) now being negotiated.
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