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WASHINGTON, June 19, 2015 - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad reached out to President Barack Obama to request a major disaster declaration for four counties in his state facing highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) dealing with 33 million infected birds and growing unemployment.
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2015-Most lawmakers present at a House hearing on labeling of biotech foods today expressed support for a bill that would codify a national, voluntary standard for labeling such foods and preempt state GMO [genetically modified organism] labeling laws.
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2015 - Lawmakers are taking steps to stop the spread of the bird flu that has ravaged Midwest farms and to ensure improvements in the care of livestock in federal research facilities.
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2015 - Senate Republicans advanced a fiscal 2016 spending bill for the EPA and Interior Department including provisions that block some key environmental regulations and endangered species listings.
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2015 - Dean Kleckner, an Iowa farmer who was president of the American Farm Bureau Federation from 1986 until 2000, died June 15 in Wayzata, Minnesota, from complications of Alzheimer's Disease. He was 82.
WASHINGTON, IOWA, June 17, 2015 - After formally announcing his candidacy for president of the United States on Monday in Florida and visiting New Hampshire on Tuesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush traveled to Iowa on Wednesday to explain why he wants to win voters' hearts and minds.
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2015 - Poor performance and uncertainty about future plans were the key factors that led to USDA's decision to halt a long-delayed and overbudgeted information technology program known as MIDAS, the General Accountability Office said today in a report.
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2015 - Pope Francis, in an encyclical letter that appeals to the world's leaders to take steps to heal the environmental damage caused by human activity and alleviate the likely impacts of climate change, says (it is right to rejoice) in scientific advances such as robotics and biotechnology but asserts that they must be applied for the common good.
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 - A bipartisan group of 30 lawmakers from the House Agriculture Committee have written the leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to express their support for the latest version of legislation that would preempt state efforts to require labeling of food products that contain genetically modified organisms.
WASHINGTON, June 17,
2015 - More than 50 beekeeper, environmental and consumer groups are marking
National Pollinator Week by sending letters to top garden retailers including
True Value and Ace Hardware, urging them to stop selling neonicotinoid
pesticides, which the groups link to bee deaths.
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 - The U.S. will seek World Trade Organization arbitration over Canada's request for retaliation stemming from a country-of-origin labeling (COOL) dispute, the Canadian government confirmed today in a release.
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 - Industry officials on both sides of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) argument held dueling calls Wednesday afternoon to tell reporters why the EPA's management of the statute has them crying foul.
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee advanced bills that would allow new futures contracts for foreign-produced cotton and accelerate approvals for thinning trees on federal lands.
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 - The House is set to break an impasse over the fast-track trade bill after GOP congressional leaders reached agreement to separately enact an extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance programs.
WASHINGTON, June 16, 2015 -- Addressing the U.S. Energy Association/Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Forum last week, Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado said his role as a Republican, as a conservative is to get people to understand that we shouldn't be afraid of energy efficiency.
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 - An economic impact analysis released Wednesday by the USDA's BioPreferred Program found that U.S. biobased products, such as biofuels and renewable chemicals, contribute $369 billion and 4 million jobs to the country's economy.
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 - Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is stalled in the House after the dramatic events of last week, when Democrats spurned President Obama and voted en masse against the section of the TPA bill extending Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).
This week’s Open Mic features Frank Gasperini, CEO for the National Council for Agricultural Employers. In this interview you will hear the frustration labor intensive agriculture faces each year in finding an adequate hourly workforce to harvest crops and care for livestock and how a coalition has grown challenging Congress to take action. Gasperini defines how some proposals for immigration reform could decimate some facets of the ag industry and threaten our nation’s food security.