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Politics | 5/22/2014 10:23:34 AM
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
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
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - Nutrition assistance programs are a familiar battlefront in Congress, but the fighting is usually over spending levels. It was a different story Tuesday when a House subcommittee met and approved a FY 2015 funding bill for USDA and the FDA. WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - Cuts proposed by House appropriators to mandatory funding for farm energy programs authorized by the recently adopted five-year farm bill are targeting successful initiatives that play a key role in boosting the rural economy, according to programs advocates. WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - The U.S. House of Representatives easily passed the bipartisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) conference report on Tuesday by a whopping 412-4 margin. WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - Tucked into Section 1049 of the Waterways Resources Reform Development Act (WRRDA) is language designed to give farmers and ranchers some relief from the Environmental Protection Agency's Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule on farm storage tanks. WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - Predicting how judges will decide, based on their comments and the questions they ask attorneys during oral arguments, is notoriously difficult. WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman is putting a rosy glow on the latest negotiating session aimed at forging a free trade pact among a dozen Pacific Rim countries, but comments from Japan are darkening the picture. WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - Consumer demand for (sustainable) food production is causing some of the world's largest companies to make environmental promises, which could require agricultural producers to assess their farming practices, especially fertilizer use. WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - In the past, Northeast China has been a difficult market for U.S. companies to crack. WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - Leading the charge is Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who plans to urge tobacco companies to stop from using child labor in their supply chains. 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 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
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

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
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, 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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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