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WASHINGTON, May 17, 2016 - Obama administration
efforts to limit smog-causing ozone and other air pollutants could hit another
congressional roadblock this week as the full House Energy and Commerce
Committee marks up the Republican-backed Ozone Standards Implementation Act.
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 - Additional protections for pollinators are included in an EPA proposal that would allow use of sulfoxaflor, whose registration was pulled last year after a federal court ruled the agency had not properly evaluated the insecticide's effects on pollinators.
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 - The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed 2017 renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard are out and they fall short of the amounts called for by Congress...
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 - American diets are at
a crossroads on the healthfulness of drinking whole milk and eating high-fat
dairy products such as cheese, but lots of well-publicized new research
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 - The Zika virus
doesn't present a direct threat to agriculture, but several U.S. farm and food
groups are united in their support of combating the disease with genetically
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 - An Army Corps of
Engineers decision to deny a permit for a $700 million export terminal north of
Seattle seems to have angered every stakeholder except the Native American
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 - Farmers and
beekeepers have worked together for generations, but widespread concern over
the health of agriculture's smallest livestock has placed strains on that
relationship and left some beekeepers...
WASHINGTON, May 17, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Forest Service and the Interior Department have "done just about everything we can do" to properly fund the forest management that prevents catastrophic fires - now it's Congress' turn to step up to the plate.
WASHINGTON, May 17, 2016 - USDA announced today that it is allowing an extra 200,000 short tons of cane sugar imports to satisfy the demand of food companies that are shunning beet sugar because it is produced mostly from genetically modified seeds.
WASHINGTON, May 17, 2016 - In a sweeping new study of agricultural biotechnology, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine affirmed the safety of genetically engineered crops that are now on the market, rejecting claims that have linked GMOs to cancer and other maladies.
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2016 - "Glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through the diet," a World Health Organization/Food and Agriculture Organization panel has concluded.
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2016 - Senate appropriators will step up pressure on the Agriculture Department to back off from tightening regulations for convenience stores that accept food stamps, and there also could be a fight this week over proposed new restrictions for organic livestock operations.
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2016 - USDA's National Institute
of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced Monday $130 million in funding will be
made available for education, research and Cooperative Extension projects that
seek to improve plant and animal production systems.
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2016 - As the debate continues over whether or not foods containing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) should be labeled with a federal standard, more and more marketers are trying to promote their products as non-GMO - even if they contain no GMO ingredients or if a GMO version doesn't really exist.
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2016 - House Agriculture Committee leaders want to know why EPA posted - and then removed from its online regulatory dockets - risk assessments on two widely used but controversial herbicides.
This week's Open Mic guest is U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. As the nation's political focus turns to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia this week, the agriculture industry awaits what role farm, trade, nutrition and rural issues will play in the party platform. In this week's interview, Senator Klobuchar challenges suggestions that nutrition programs be separated from the farm bill, discusses the need for global trade and offers specific reasons why the Cuban embargo must be lifted. The Minnesota Democrat is a member of the recently formed Rural Broadband Coalition and has joined other congressional leaders challenging the EPA's preliminary volume obligation targets under the RFS. Senator Klobuchar offers thoughts on the process that brought mandatory biotech disclosure legislation and what role that may play in future debate on Capitol Hill.