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18, 2015 - Farm groups and anti-hunger advocates are well-positioned to
avoid any major cuts in agriculture or nutrition spending under the
long-term budget plans unveiled in the House and Senate.
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - A coalition of Western counties and ranching, mining, and energy associations is challenging information that federal agencies are using to make Endangered Species Act listing for the greater sage-grouse.
17, 2015 - More than 140 food and agriculture groups are warning House
leaders that legislation requiring employers to use E-Verify to check
the immigration status of workers would have a (devastating impact) on
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 - Farmers and leaders from agriculture and state and local government agencies shared their concerns about the EPA's proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule at a House Agriculture Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee hearing today.
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 - As the budget battle heats up on Capitol Hill, GOP lawmakers used House and Senate appropriations hearings today to examine the Obama administration's nutrition policies and funding priorities.
LINCOLN, Neb., March 17, 2015 - To prepare skilled graduates for in-demand careers in global trade and finance, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has announced the start of a private fundraising initiative to establish an international trade and finance institute at the university.
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2015 - The Obama administration is promising to rewrite its proposed Clean Water Act rule to ensure that farmers have clear guidance about what streams, ditches and ponds will be regulated.
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 - Richard Goodman, a research professor at
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, told a National Research Council panel last
week that genetically-engineered foods should raise no more concerns about food
allergies than other food products.
WASHINGTON, March 15, 2015 -Republicans start moving long-term budget plans this week that will lay out deep, if largely symbolic, proposals to reduce the deficit and set the stage for the appropriations process that the GOP will use to attack President Obama's regulatory agenda.
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2015 - As the U.S. waits for an appellate ruling on its efforts to defend its country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack seems to be at his wits' end on how to make the law work.
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2015-- In a letter to President Barack Obama, 52 House Democrats led by Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine called for protection of the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act.
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2015-- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is giving an extra month for stakeholders to comment on its proposal to update its corn rootworm insect resistance management program, which is intended to delay the pest becoming resistant to corn genetically engineered to produce Bt pesticides.
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2015 - A group of beef industry
stakeholders seeking changes in the beef checkoff program cleared another
hurdle today, but the coalition will likely be moving forward without the
support of one of its founding organizations and could face an uphill battle in
DES MOINES, IOWA, March 12, 2015 - Nine men who just might want to be president of the U.S. flocked to Des Moines Saturday to answer questions posed by Iowa farmer and agribusiness leader Bruce Rastetter.
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2015 - The U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), which went effect three years ago this weekend, has meant big gains for U.S. agriculture, according to the U.S. Trade Representative's Office (USTR).
March 12, 2015 - Republicans on the Senate committee responsible for writing
the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) budget attacked the agency's new menu
labeling rule, which they claim is overly broad in its regulation of supermarket
delis and other non-restaurant food outlets.
Two recent events on Capitol Hill are colliding in a potentially significant way. First, on March 9, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued its budget "baseline" that will be used in decision-making on legislative proposals for the balance of this year.
WASHINGTON, March 12, 2015 - A cohort of mostly GOP Senators is calling on USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services to make sure lean meat is included in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
WASHINGTON, March 10, 2015 - Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch says he wants to have legislation ready by the beginning of April to provide the president with fast-track trade authority, but he continues to resist some Democratic demands that would threaten its "workability."
March 11, 2015 - A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has
spread to Arkansas, the third state where the virus has been reported in
the Mississippi flyway this month, all on turkey farms.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin. The Illinois Democrat sees promise in the opening weeks of the 114th Congress. Senator Durbin says more open floor debate may lead to compromise on complex issues including trade and nutrition, however, he believes tax reform and immigration may be too divisive for this Congress to resolve. During this in-depth interview, he also offers interesting perspective on crop insurance, estate taxes, GMO labeling, the Renewable Fuel Standard and the EPA.