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WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 16, 2015 - Big farms in such states as California, Idaho and
Texas have signed up a new dairy program that is proving to have a national appeal its predecessor lacked because of payment limits.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2015 - A group of Christian leaders known as the Circle of Protection is once again inviting presidential candidates to submit brief video statements outlining their proposals to improve the well-being of hungry and impoverished Americans.
This year, as last year, the chair of the powerful Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is championing Keystone XL pipeline legislation to end what she calls six years of Obama administration delay and force construction of the controversial project to carry thick Canadian tar sands oil to a Texas refinery for possible export.
14, 2015 - More than 100 conservation projects aimed at protecting water
quality, restoring critical wildlife habitat and addressing other environmental
challenges are getting federal matching funds under a groundbreaking program
authorized by the new farm bill.
14, 2015 - Freshman Rep. David Young, R-Iowa, and Andy Harris, who represents Maryland's Eastern Shore, have been awarded seats on the House Appropriations subcommittee that controls spending for the
Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration.
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Jan. 12, 2015-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says
USDA is aggressively implementing the 2014 farm bill through more than 556
events, 428 demonstrations of web-based tools and over 60,000 direct mail
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2015 - The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) says China's ban on U.S. poultry and egg imports is a (clear violation) of international trade rules and will hurt American poultry and egg producers.
Jan. 12, 2015 - More than half of the nation's dairy farms have signed up for
the new Margin Protection Program that was created in the 2014 farm bill to protect farmer
incomes from spikes in feed costs and collapses in milk prices.
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Jan.11, 2015-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today addressed farmers' concerns about trade, environmental regulations, infrastructure and tax reform, among other topics during the first-ever town hall style meeting at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 96th Annual Convention in San Diego.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2015 Rep Mike Conaway met with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for the first time as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee late last week, a meeting that Conaway spokesman Ted Monoson described as a (get to know each other) session.
SAN DIEGO -- Jan. 11, 2015 - American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said it's time for members of the 114th Congress to show it's not another (do nothing) body of lawmakers and give farmers and ranchers much-needed certainty.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2015 - Senate Republicans are looking this week to increase the pressure on President Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, while House Republicans attempt to block the administration's executive actions on immigration.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 - Meals provided to children and adults in day care would contain more fruits, whole grains and less sugar and fat under new (science-based) nutrition standards in a rule proposed by USDA.
9, 2015 - A senator who has clashed with the agricultural biotech industry has
been named the top Democrat on the Senate
Appropriations panel that writes budgets for the Agriculture Department and
Food and Drug Administration.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2015 - A top lobbyist for food and beverage giant PepsiCo Inc. who was formerly a top aide to Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts is taking over as the panel's chief of staff as it prepares to rewrite federal child nutrition policy.
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act has been introduced by GOP Congressman Mike Pompeo. On this week's edition of Open Mic, the Kansas 4th District Representative discusses a national voluntary labeling program that balances the consumer's right to know what's in the food they eat with the industry's need to embrace technology to satisfy the world's growing demand for food. He also talks about the EPA's proposed rule on waters of the U.S.