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Feb. 9, 2015 - Nearly one-third of the Senate is urging the Obama
administration to hurry up and finalize the annual usage mandates for
renewable fuels, saying the delay has slowed production of biodiesel.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2015 - Mississippi Rep. Alan Nunnelee, a member of the House Appropriations subcommittee that writes spending bills for the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration, died Friday after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 56.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2015 - California's three largest dairy cooperatives are asking USDA to allow milk producers in the state to begin operating under a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO), which provides dairy prices for milk based on market prices.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2015 - The Agriculture Department could put critical wildlife habitat at risk across the upper Midwest by changing the way it maps wetlands in four states, according to conservation groups and an association of state wildlife agencies.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2015 - House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan says the U.S. should complete a Trans-Pacific Partnership -- a trade agreement with Pacific Rim nations --without the participation of countries who think U.S. standards in the negotiations are too high.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - Obama administration officials rejected Republican claims that they're seeking free rein to expand the reach of the Clean Water Act, but admitted a proposed rule had led to widespread confusion about what streams, ditches and other features could be regulated.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided an update on implementation of the 2014 farm bill, signed by President Obama almost one year ago, saying that the legislation has provided investments that are creating jobs, driving long-term economic growth and helping rural communities.
BONITA SPRINGS, FLORIDA, Feb. 5, 2014 - President Barack Obama's 2016
budget proposal includes cuts to crop insurance, but for the first time in
several years the focus is on cutting farmer premiums rather than directly
targeting cuts at crop insurance companies.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2015-Dozens of agricultural and food groups sent a letter to every member of Congress today asking them to introduce and approve legislation renewing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - A group representing agricultural employers across the country told Congress on Wednesday that broad legislation addressing the farm labor shortage is needed before implementation of a mandatory E-Verify system.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - U.S. Trade
Representative Michael Froman delivered an upbeat private briefing to members
of the House Agriculture Committee on the status of negotiations over a Pacific
Rim trade agreement, said the panel's chairman, Mike Conaway.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - Unless you want to join EPA in wading through 3.5 million comments on its plan to reduce coal-power-plant emissions, watch last week's three-hour (Stakeholder Perspectives on EPA's Proposed Clean Power Plan) webcast.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 -- The board of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR), created by the 2014 farm bill, is meeting for the second time this week in Washington, shortly after which it will seek an executive director.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 -- Early this week, the Environmental Protection Agency officially withdrew its interpretive rule that defined (normal farming practices) for purposes of the Clean Water Act and as required by Congress in the 2015 Omnibus spending bill passed in December.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 -- The Obama administration is asking Congress for $8.6 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for fiscal year 2016, which is $452 million, or 5 percent, more than its 2015 actual budget.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 - The National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine (IOM) says the white potato is now OK to be added to the official shopping list for USDA's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee will take
another look at the idea of severing nutrition programs from the rest of
the farm bill as part of its upcoming review of the Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program, said the panel's chairman, Mike Conaway.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 - After two previous failed attempts, NASA successfully launched its first Earth satellite on Jan. 31 - designed to detect soil moisture, improve climate and weather forecasts, track yields and help scientists more accurately account for how much carbon plants are removing from Earth's atmosphere each year.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin. The Illinois Democrat sees promise in the opening weeks of the 114th Congress. Senator Durbin says more open floor debate may lead to compromise on complex issues including trade and nutrition, however, he believes tax reform and immigration may be too divisive for this Congress to resolve. During this in-depth interview, he also offers interesting perspective on crop insurance, estate taxes, GMO labeling, the Renewable Fuel Standard and the EPA.