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WASHINGTON, May 11, 2015 - USDA celebrated the 80th
anniversary of the creation of the Rural Electrification Service today by
announcing more than $100 million in loans to build or improve 1,000 miles of
rural electric transmission and distribution lines.
WASHINGTON, March 12, 2015 - The House voted to kill the Obama administration's proposed Clean Water Act rule, but the margin was far short of the two-thirds support that would be needed to override a likely presidential veto.
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2015--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Southern Gardens Citrus to move forward with its development of a spinach protein for genetically modified oranges that could help control citrus greening disease plaguing the orange industry.
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2015 - As the June 1 deadline draws nearer, specialty crop growers who purchase crop insurance are increasingly concerned that the forms they filed to meet new conservation compliance requirements are not being processed by USDA staff.
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2015 - The Organic Trade Association (OTA), representing over 8,500 organic businesses across the U.S., has officially petitioned USDA for a check-off program that could raise $30 million a year for research and promotion.
WASHINGTON, May 11, 2015 - Senate Democrats whose votes are critical to passing a fast-track trade bill have been pressing for a last-minute commitment from Republicans to move a separate enforcement measure.
WASHINGTON, May 10, 2015 - Congress is moving closer to securing authority for the president to finalize a multi-lateral trade deal with Asia Pacific countries, only if congressional leaders can secure the necessary votes from a minority party skeptical of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations.
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts said he's intent on enacting a new child nutrition law by Sept. 30, giving schools more flexibility in meeting standards for school meals.
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2015 - Do you wonder how effective the companies providing your food are at managing the use of water? Ceres, a nonprofit sustainability group, has issued a report ranking 37 major U.S. food companies on their use of limited global water resources.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - A ruling on the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rule for meat is expected from the World Trade Organization (WTO) by May 18, and four of agriculture's top lawmakers on Capitol Hill have different ideas on what could come next.
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2015 - A spokeswoman for the Environmental Protection Agency says EPA has submitted its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposals to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for interagency review.
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2015 - Prices for agricultural commodities on world markets continued to fall in April and abundant inventories should offset any pressure from the slight reduction in global harvests expected this year, according to the biannual Food Outlook report released today by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2015 -- The deadline for public
input on the scientific report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
(DGAC) is midnight Friday, giving supporters and opponents of the report just
hours to speak now or forever hold their peace.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden used a State Department forum Wednesday to encourage greater collaboration between farmers and policy makers as they try to deal with climate change.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015-- The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today said it will appeal an April 27 federal court ruling denying the organization's attempt to halt Vermont's mandatory GMO labeling law.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 -- Three Democratic lawmakers are asking the Interior Department to place limits on the unnecessary releases of natural gas from oil and gas wells in light of a new Government Accountability Office report that found that officials have not improved natural gas capture standards despite two previous reports urging reforms.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - EPA's delays in rulemaking for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) over the past two years have resulted in an estimated $13.7 billion shortfall in investment in advanced and cellulosic biofuels, according to the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) analysis released Monday.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - There are signs of life on both sides of the Capitol for an effort to stop states from requiring labeling of biotech foods. The House Energy and Commerce Committee is preparing to move a bill in coming weeks, and a companion version is now in the works in the Senate, Agri-Pulse has learned.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Michel Nischan, CEO and Founder of Wholesome Wave, and an award-winning chef. The USDA announced a second amount of funding for the nonprofit to expand its healthy food initiative into areas of Connecticut and Vermont. The $500,000 was awarded through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program, enabling SNAP program participants to buy more locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. The program means better nutrition for consumers and increased opportunities for local farmers. In this interview, Chef Nischan shares his vision for the power of food to improve personal health, his thoughts on improving diets with fresh as well as frozen vegetables, and his ideas for the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.