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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
This week’s guest on Open Mic is Iowa U.S. Senator Charles Grassley. With days left before the August Congressional recess, Grassley says leaders face some must pass legislation including highway funding and a final decision on Country-of-Origin Labeling. In this interview, Grassley offers insights into possible tax reform and the final stages of debate in the budget process. Grassley also says Congress needs to take action to protect poultry farmers from the continued threat of avian influenza.