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July 15, 2015 - The timing couldn't be better for corn and soybean growers from across
the country as they'll use their planned summer legislative conferences in Washington to push for support of Rep. Mike
Pompeo's Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 (H.R. 1599).
July 15, 2015 - The Senate version of the fiscal 2016 spending bill for USDA
and FDA seeks to ensure that the Obama administration won't use environmental factors
in writing the new dietary guidelines.
July 15, 2015 - The spring wave of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) infections appears to be over, so
lawmakers and producers are turning their attention to avoiding a similarly
devastating outbreak in the fall.
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 - After starting in February, the House
Agriculture Committee continues its series of oversight hearings on the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program with a session today focused on
(evidence-based solutions.) Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, says he's reviewing
the program to gather ideas for possible reforms.
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee is raising
questions about whether the Obama administration is prepared to carry out a key
part of its strategy to reform the Food for Peace program by shifting more aid
from U.S.-grown commodities to cash assistance.
July 15, 2015 - Despite record market prices that entice North American bison
ranchers to sell every animal that's ready for slaughter, they, like cattle
operations, are slowing their selloff and retaining more heifers and cows than
in several recent years in new efforts to restore shrunken herds.
July 15, 2015 - The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History recently opened
its (American Enterprise) exhibit, an 8,000-square-foot gallery that
tells the history of the nation's business, including agriculture.
WASHINGTON, July 14,
2015- A bill that would bar states from requiring the labeling of genetically
engineered foods could be on the House floor as soon as next week. The Safe and
Affordable Food Labeling Act (HR 1599) was approved Tuesday by the House Agriculture
Committee Tuesday on a voice vote during a 15-minute meeting.
WASHINGTON, July 14, 2015 -- Monsanto announced Tuesday that it will assemble a panel of scientists to review the International Agency for Research on Cancer's (IARC) analysis that led to the classification of the herbicide glyphosate as (probably carcinogenic) to humans.
WASHINGTON, July 13, 2015 - A United Nations standard-setting body for food safety has issued new guidance that the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) says could lead to hundreds of millions of dollars in increased exports of American pork products.
WASHINGTON, July 13, 2015 - A GMO regulation bill set for approval in a House committee Wednesday has been changed to ensure that milk could only be certified as non-GMO if the cows are fed non-biotech grain.
WASHINGTON, July 13, 2015-USDA announced today a proposal to allow homebound seniors and people with disabilities who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to use their benefits for grocery home delivery services.
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2015 - The House passed a bill, 262-167, Thursday that would reform how the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) fund and conduct wildfire suppression and forest management on public lands.
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2015 - The Department of Agriculture released the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) today, projecting mixed returns in the grain sector but increased total meat production for the remainder of 2015 and the start of 2016.
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2015 - USDA announced today that Robert Johansson is selected as the USDA's Chief Economist, effective July 12. He has been serving in the role of USDA's acting chief economist since Jan. 3, 2014, after the retirement of Joe Glauber.
July 10, 2015 - The Agriculture Department is trying to track down as
many as 10,000 farmers who haven't reported compliance with conservation
restrictions, but officials say the actual number of non-compliant
farmers is likely much smaller.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - House appropriators have agreed to block imports of fresh beef from regions of Brazil and Argentina until the Agriculture Department does further study on the potential risk from foot and mouth disease.
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2015 - EPA administrator Gina McCarthy was on the hot seat on Capitol Hill Thursday as Republicans on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology peppered her with questions on her agency's regulatory record.
This week’s Open Mic features Frank Gasperini, CEO for the National Council for Agricultural Employers. In this interview you will hear the frustration labor intensive agriculture faces each year in finding an adequate hourly workforce to harvest crops and care for livestock and how a coalition has grown challenging Congress to take action. Gasperini defines how some proposals for immigration reform could decimate some facets of the ag industry and threaten our nation’s food security.