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WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Several witnesses told a Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee that a Republican sponsored bill designed to improve transparency and accountability in the EPA's scientific advisory process would actually add new bureaucratic inefficiencies and present ethical dilemmas.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - As legislation to ease the approval of trade agreements works its way through Capitol Hill, agricultural leaders are wondering how the actions of a key trading partner will impact trade talks across the Atlantic Ocean.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has long emphasized providing assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers and once suggested a goal of adding 100,000 new farmers by 2012.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Wind energy already provides nearly 5% of the nation's total electricity generation, but there is tremendous potential to expand production across all 50 states by embracing taller wind turbines, larger rotors, and other technical innovations.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Just two days after the World Trade
Organization (WTO) upheld an earlier decision that a U.S. country-of-origin
labeling (COOL) rule is not compliant with international trade obligations,
House lawmakers officially began the procedural steps necessary to repeal the
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Senate Republican leaders have been working to get the fast-track trade bill to the finish line this week, ahead of the Memorial Day recess. But the debate was dragging amid negotiations over how many amendments would be considered.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Farm groups and agribusiness companies are urging the Senate to reject a proposed amendment to the fast-track trade bill aimed at stopping countries from manipulating their currency.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - It's good news for motorists. An energy economist from Purdue University, Wally Tyner, says that even though gasoline prices inched up recently, this summer they should be "considerably lower" than last year.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - When the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled against the U.S. on Monday for the fourth and final time in a challenge to its country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law, it was only a matter of time until efforts began on Capitol Hill to repeal the law.
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2015 - The White House today released its National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, calling for the restoration or enhancement of 7 million acres of land for pollinators over the next five years through federal actions and public/private partnerships.
It's hard to look at the global food situation and not feel overwhelmed. World population is expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, requiring us to boost food production by a whopping 50 percent over the next several decades.
WASHINGTON, May 17, 2015 - Trade issues will dominate the attention of farm-state lawmakers as the World Trade Organization releases its final ruling on U.S. country-of-origin labeling, and the Senate resumes debate on its fast-track trade bill.
Last month, Comcast and Time Warner Cable announced their decision to
walk away from the proposed merger that would have created the largest cable and
broadband Internet company by millions of subscribers.
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2015 - USDA today said it will make $21 million in financial and technical assistance available in eight states hit by drought to help farmers and ranchers weather the effects of water scarcity this season and to mitigate water shortages in years to come.
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2015 - The World Trade Organization (WTO) has once again ruled a U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rule for meat non-compliant with international trade obligations, setting in motion the potential for billions in economic retaliation by Canada and Mexico.
May 14, 2015- A new center for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research led by
several land grant universities and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
will help ensure that "this nation continues to lead when it comes to
aviation and aerospace," said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., during a press
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2015 - In the race to avoid an Endangered
Species Act listing for the greater sage-grouse, Colorado Gov. John
Hickenlooper has issued an executive order that gives farmers and ranchers the
opportunity to get paid for their conservation efforts through a habitat
This week’s guest on Open Mic is Iowa U.S. Senator Charles Grassley. With days left before the August Congressional recess, Grassley says leaders face some must pass legislation including highway funding and a final decision on Country-of-Origin Labeling. In this interview, Grassley offers insights into possible tax reform and the final stages of debate in the budget process. Grassley also says Congress needs to take action to protect poultry farmers from the continued threat of avian influenza.