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Politics | 5/22/2014 4:47:14 PM

Senate overwhelmingly approves waterways bill to restore ailing infrastructure

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 - The Senate approved the Water Resources and Reform Development Act (WRRDA) conference report by a huge margin, 91-7 today, just two days after the House of Representatives passed the $12.3 billion package with
Politics | 5/22/2014 3:00:45 PM

Opinion: Egg farmers prepare to meet challenges of growing population, climate change

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 - It is no secret that our country's hard-working farmers depend on Mother Nature and all of her graces to survive, prosper and feed a hungry

Politics | 5/22/2014 11:09:08 AM

USDA announcing funding for advanced communications technology in rural areas

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to enhance telecommunications and
Politics | 5/22/2014 10:23:34 AM

Senators introduce rural health care bill

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014-- Senators Pat Roberts, (R-Kans.), Al Franken (D-MN), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) introduced a rural health care bill today that makes changes to Medicare regulations
Politics | 5/21/2014 4:19:53 PM

EPA announces hypoxic zone partnership with 12 universities

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014—A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) task force focused on the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed announced a partnership with 12
Politics | 5/21/2014

USDA plans new 'whole farm' revenue insurance plan for 2015

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - It may not be a cure-all, but USDA's newest effort to revamp whole farm insurance policies represents a great step forward that could really help

USDA announces support for Biomass Crop Assistance Program

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - Agricultural producers and energy facilities working to turn renewable biomass into clean energy will soon be able to apply for support through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program
Politics | 5/20/2014 9:17:45 PM

USAID touts progress of global food aid efforts

ARLINGTON, Va., May 20, 2014 — President Barack Obama's Feed the Future initiative reached almost 7 million farmers last year by providing access to new technologies and management practices on about 10 million acres
Politics | 5/20/2014 2:01:09 PM

Vilsack announces action to combat forest-threatening insects and diseases

DENVER, May 20, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced action to help 94 national forest areas in 35 states to address insect and disease threats that weaken forests and increase
Politics | 5/20/2014 9:08:21 AM

USDA announces targeted assistance to help break rural poverty cycle

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., May 20, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that $15 million in targeted assistance will be provided to help farmers, ranchers and private forest owners in
Politics | 5/19/2014 5:37:20 PM

Washington Week Ahead; Focus on trade, port infrastructure

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 - President Obama has proclaimed this week as World Trade Week, shining a spotlight on several important commerce-related events in and around the nation's capital.
Politics | 5/19/2014 4:23:11 PM

 House Panel to consider USDA, FDA spending bill

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 -- The House Appropriations agriculture subcommittee on Tuesday will consider a draft bill that provides $142.5 billion in discretionary and mandatory funding for USDA and FDA programs for
Politics | 5/19/2014 11:19:28 AM

Mexico now open for U.S. fresh potatoes

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 - Effective today, the Mexican government has implemented its final rule to allow U.S. fresh potatoes to
Politics | 5/19/2014 11:04:38 AM

Ground beef recalled for E. coli linked to 11 illnesses

WASHINGTON, May 19,2014 -- At least 11 people have been sickened by E. coli bacteria linked to ground beef now under recall by
Politics | 5/18/2014 8:51:33 PM

Iowa's nutrient reduction strategy gaining farmer awareness, participation

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 - Farmers are increasingly familiar with the state's nutrient reduction strategy and nearly three of four plan to implement practices included in the
Politics | 5/16/2014 3:51:28 PM

Vilsack reportedly subpoenaed in Sherrod suit vs Breitbart

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2014 - Lawyers involved in former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod's defamation lawsuit against the late blogger Andrew Breitbart say they have subpoenaed Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in
Politics | 5/16/2014 3:25:58 PM

Animal rights groups pay Ringling Bros. $16 million

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2014— The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), along with other animal rights groups, are paying a court settlement of almost $16 million to Feld Entertainment Inc.,
Politics | 5/16/2014 8:14:46 AM

More Americans choosing foods based on healthfulness

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2014 - While taste and price consistently have been the top two factors that impact consumers' food and beverage purchases, concerns about healthfulness
Politics | 5/16/2014

Lawmakers release WRRDA conference report

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 - After announcing an agreement last week, House and Senate negotiators released details of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA)
Politics | 5/15/2014 8:52:25 PM

GOP opposition blocks Wyden's bill extending tax breaks

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., says he'll keep pushing for Senate passage of an $84 billion tax cut bill, which failed to clear a procedural hurdle Thursday amid
Politics | 5/15/2014 8:15:04 PM

GOP opposition blocks Wyden's bill extending tax breaks

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., says he'll keep pushing for Senate passage of an $84 billion tax cut bill, which failed to clear a procedural hurdle Thursday amid
Politics | 5/15/2014 7:13:59 PM

Congress members want TTIP talks to address EU food name barriers

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 - A bipartisan group of 177 members of the U.S. House of Representatives today asked the Obama administration to use the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) talks
Politics | 5/15/2014 4:16:17 PM

Democrat Senators push for new RFS and tax credits for biodiesel

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014-- Biodiesel producers joined a group of Democrat senators at a press conference Wednesday, calling for Congress and the Obama Administration to restore the
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