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WASHINGTON, June 3, 2015 - Stakeholders from food groups, the healthcare industry, the military and agriculture gathered Tuesday for a White House forum on fighting antibiotic resistance, which the Obama administration said poses a threat to national security.
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2015 - Half a million people were without clean drinking water for days - some estimates say as long as a month - in and around Toledo, Ohio, last August after a cyanobacteria algae bloom in Lake Erie rendered the area's water toxic.
June 2, 2015 - When commodity prices were hitting record highs a couple of
years ago, farm bill critics often made the case that it was finally time to
make deep spending cuts or eliminate farm subsidies altogether.
WASHINGTON, June 2, 2015 - The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization that recently categorized the herbicide glyphosate as (probably carcinogenic to humans,) plans to release its reviews of more pesticides used in agriculture this month.
WASHINGTON, May 31, 2015 - Lawmakers face a long to-do list as they head into June, starting with finishing work on a fast-track trade bill, moving fiscal 2016 appropriations measures and addressing a variety of regulations that Republicans want to block.
June 1, 2015- The National Young Farmers Coalition announced the introduction
of a bill in the House today that would encourage young people to take up
farming as a career by reducing the burden of their federally backed college
WASHINGTON, May 29, 2015 - The Environmental Protection Agency today released proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014, 2015 and 2016 that show an increase in required blending, but still below statutory levels sought by the renewable fuels industry.
WASHINGTON, May 28, 2015 -- Are theDietary Guidelines for Americans(DGA) the best way to suggest healthy eating or are the goals of the program too lofty? Those questions are under debate with statistics indicating that 30 years of federally funded dietary advice, symbolized recently by the MyPlate icon, appear to have had little effect on consumers.
WASHINGTON, May 29, 2015 - USDA announced today the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will be allowed to grow by 800,000 acres to include sensitive wetlands that help improve water quality and provide wildlife habitat.
WASHINGTON, May 29, 2015 - USDA today said it will invest up to $100 million in a Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership with the goal of doubling the number of fuel pumps capable of supplying higher blends of renewable fuels to American consumers.
WASHINGTON, May 28, 2015 - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) released 14 final environmental impact statements today that will guide the agencies as they complete final land management plans that could help prevent an Endangered Species Act listing of the greater sage-grouse.
WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - Agriculture groups and farm-state lawmakers reacted with sharp criticism today after the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers released the final rule redefining which waters of the U.S. can be regulated under the Clean Water Act.
WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - Republican plans to use the appropriations process to block President Obama's regulatory agenda could get sidetracked by a coming battle with Democrats over fiscal 2016 spending.
WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - The battle over President Obama's trade policy will come down to a few dozen conservatives and Democrats in the House. The Senate on May 22 approved a bill, 62-37, to provide Obama with Trade Promotion Authority to wrap up the pending Trans Pacific Partnership.
WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - In the very diverse bio-products arena, the rapid expansion of biofuels production has captured most of the attention for decades. But a lot is happening off the biobased stage.
WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 An Obama administration plan that would give the states a bigger voice in decisions about what animals end up getting protection under the Endangered Species Act has riled up some environmental groups and failed to impress Republican congressional critics who have vowed to reform what one historian calls the (Magna Carta of the environmental movement.)
WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - Ranchers and farmers who raise sheep and goats in the Western U.S. are up in arms over a Labor Department (DOL) proposal that would in many cases triple the wages of the foreign workers who tend to their livestock on the open range.
WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., last week introduced a bill that would require the Food and Drug Administration to set a maximum permissible level of inorganic arsenic in rice and food containing rice.
WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - The June 1 deadline for producers to certify compliance with conservation rules (form AD-1026) is "hard and fast" and will not be extended, says USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden.
This week's Open Mic features Representative Ron Kind. As a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Wisconsin Democrat supports free trade and explains why it was such a difficult vote for many Democrats, who largely opposed President Obama. Kind shares his thoughts for the Obama administration in the latter stages of the TPP negotiations, especially in regard to his home state’s dairy industry. He also discusses EPA’s proposed waters of the U.S. rule. As a long-time farm bill critic, he also talks about further changes he’d like to see in crop insurance and other farm programs.