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WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 - As the budget battle heats up on Capitol Hill, GOP lawmakers used House and Senate appropriations hearings today to examine the Obama administration's nutrition policies and funding priorities.
LINCOLN, Neb., March 17, 2015 - To prepare skilled graduates for in-demand careers in global trade and finance, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has announced the start of a private fundraising initiative to establish an international trade and finance institute at the university.
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2015 - The Obama administration is promising to rewrite its proposed Clean Water Act rule to ensure that farmers have clear guidance about what streams, ditches and ponds will be regulated.
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 - Richard Goodman, a research professor at
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, told a National Research Council panel last
week that genetically-engineered foods should raise no more concerns about food
allergies than other food products.
WASHINGTON, March 15, 2015 -Republicans start moving long-term budget plans this week that will lay out deep, if largely symbolic, proposals to reduce the deficit and set the stage for the appropriations process that the GOP will use to attack President Obama's regulatory agenda.
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2015 - As the U.S. waits for an appellate ruling on its efforts to defend its country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack seems to be at his wits' end on how to make the law work.
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2015-- In a letter to President Barack Obama, 52 House Democrats led by Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine called for protection of the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act.
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2015-- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is giving an extra month for stakeholders to comment on its proposal to update its corn rootworm insect resistance management program, which is intended to delay the pest becoming resistant to corn genetically engineered to produce Bt pesticides.
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2015 - A group of beef industry
stakeholders seeking changes in the beef checkoff program cleared another
hurdle today, but the coalition will likely be moving forward without the
support of one of its founding organizations and could face an uphill battle in
DES MOINES, IOWA, March 12, 2015 - Nine men who just might want to be president of the U.S. flocked to Des Moines Saturday to answer questions posed by Iowa farmer and agribusiness leader Bruce Rastetter.
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2015 - The U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), which went effect three years ago this weekend, has meant big gains for U.S. agriculture, according to the U.S. Trade Representative's Office (USTR).
March 12, 2015 - Republicans on the Senate committee responsible for writing
the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) budget attacked the agency's new menu
labeling rule, which they claim is overly broad in its regulation of supermarket
delis and other non-restaurant food outlets.
Two recent events on Capitol Hill are colliding in a potentially significant way. First, on March 9, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued its budget "baseline" that will be used in decision-making on legislative proposals for the balance of this year.
WASHINGTON, March 12, 2015 - A cohort of mostly GOP Senators is calling on USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services to make sure lean meat is included in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
WASHINGTON, March 10, 2015 - Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch says he wants to have legislation ready by the beginning of April to provide the president with fast-track trade authority, but he continues to resist some Democratic demands that would threaten its "workability."
March 11, 2015 - A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has
spread to Arkansas, the third state where the virus has been reported in
the Mississippi flyway this month, all on turkey farms.
March 11, 2015 - In competing news conferences today, producers of corn ethanol
attacked, while the petroleum industry defended, a proposal to reopen the
legislation that created the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 - The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) filed a friend-of-the-court brief today supporting the six states challenging California's egg law that places hen cage size restrictions on any shell eggs sold in the state.
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 - According to a group of international researchers in plant genetics, what lies between the current state of wheat breeding and the elusive wheat genome sequence is about $13 million.
District Representative Adrian Smith outlines a challenging agenda for House members following the Memorial Day break. As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Smith expects a great deal of debate over Trade Promotion Authority, tax reform, and identifying financial resources for the Highway Trust Fund. In this week's feature, Smith shares his support for renewable fuels and his concern over attempts to further define food labeling laws.