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Politics | 4/22/2015 1:45:40 PM
WASHINGTON, April 21, 2015 - Within the next 15 years, and possibly as early as 2019, the United States could become a net energy exporter for the first time since the 1950s, according to the federal Energy Information Administration Annual Energy Outlook
Politics | 4/22/2015 1:24:26 PM
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and John Boozman, R-Ark., introduced a bill today that would allow banks to finance agricultural exports sent to Cuba, helping to open up Cuban markets to American farmers and ranchers.

Politics | 4/22/2015 1:05:03 PM
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - Fast-track is finally on the fast track. It's possible the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) deal needed to smooth the path through Congress for trade deals with 11 Pacific Rim nations and the European Union could be on the Senate floor as soon as next week, when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be in Washington.
Politics | 4/22/2015 12:59:46 PM
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - The water development bill and barge tax increase that passed Congress last year could start to pay off for the ports and waterways critical to moving agricultural exports. Harbor projects are likely to be the biggest near-term beneficiaries.
Politics | 4/22/2015 12:01:45 PM
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - Obama administration officials are telling lawmakers they've done as much as they can without action by Congress to make it easier to trade with Cuba.
Politics | 4/22/2015 11:57:46 AM
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - Farmers and grain traders want to avoid a repeat of what happened last year when a labor dispute at the Port of Vancouver in Washington state slowed Asia-bound grain shipments.
Politics | 4/22/2015 11:49:34 AM
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - A fight by California dairy farmers and their co-ops for a better deal in the milk market will probably come to a head by year's end, sparked by their move to ditch a state system that has guided their market for 48 years and, instead, form a federal milk marketing order in the state.
Politics | 4/22/2015 11:43:00 AM
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - The Senate and House will move forward with renewing the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), even though South Africa has yet to agree to U.S. demands that it end antidumping duties on American chicken.
Politics | 4/22/2015 11:28:10 AM
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - The poultry industry is keeping a watchful eye on the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak across the Pacific, Central and Mississippi flyways, which experts suggest may get worse before it gets better.
Politics | 4/22/2015 11:21:17 AM
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - Alison Van Eenennaam, animal genomics and biotechnology specialist at the University of California-Davis, made a splash last year with an exhaustive study showing that 29 years of feeding biotech crops to food animals produced absolutely no adverse health effects on animals or nutritional differences in food products.
Politics | 4/22/2015 11:14:48 AM
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - University extension offices in the U.S. have provided farmers and ranchers with localized and practical advice to use in their operations for over a century. But in an era where Internet is the first place most folks turn to when they want the facts fast, are extension services still relevant to the agriculture sector?
Politics | 4/21/2015 9:41:15 PM

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2015 - Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the bi-state population of greater sage-grouse in California and Nevada is not warranted for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Politics | 4/21/2015 8:27:43 PM
WASHINGTON, April 21, 2015 - Yesterday Senate Energy Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced she will write new energy legislation to stop (allowing our policy and our future to be decided by regulators and courts.)
Politics | 4/21/2015 8:04:32 PM
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 - A coalition of environmental, food safety and public health groups filed a motion today challenging EPA's decision to expand the use of Enlist Duo herbicide on genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy crops to nine additional states: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and North Dakota,
Politics | 4/21/2015 5:35:34 PM
CAMBRIDGE, Md., April 21, 2015 - Two major poultry trade organizations today wrapped up an event designed to help the public and the media better understand modern day chicken production.
Politics | 4/21/2015 4:09:48 PM
WASHINGTON, April 21, 2015 - The White House says it's "irresponsible" for House appropriators to use a spending bill to block the administration from implementing new definitions of what streams, ponds and other features are regulated under the Clean Water Act.
Politics | 4/20/2015 6:00:13 PM

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2015 - A deal between key lawmakers to fast-track new trade agreements begins to move through Congress this week, increasing pressure on President Obama to win over reluctant Democrats.
Politics | 4/20/2015 5:26:29 PM
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 - An Iowa egg operation with more than 5 million hens is the latest poultry farm hit by a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza.
Politics | 4/20/2015 5:14:53 PM
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 -- Kraft Foods says that starting in January, it will no longer make its Original Macaroni and Cheese with artificial preservatives or synthetic colors, replacing the chemical dyes with colors derived from natural sources like paprika, annatto and turmeric. In Canada, it plans to remove synthetic colors in Kraft Dinner Original by the end of 2016.
Politics | 4/20/2015 4:18:24 PM
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 - USDA is crediting the voluntary efforts of private landowners with helping the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico recover from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which erupted five years ago this week.
Politics | 4/17/2015 1:56:49 PM
WASHINGTON, April 17, 2015 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today a new reporting model to keep up with the rapid spread of high path avian influenza (HPAI) in the nation's chicken and turkey flocks. Six new outbreaks of the disease were announced today alone, bringing the total of confirmed instances of the H5N2 strain of the disease to 49.
Politics | 4/16/2015 8:07:17 PM
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe said he and his counterparts from Mexico and Canada are seeking new ways to support monarch butterfly habitat during the 20th annual meeting of the Canada/Mexico/United States Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management in San Diego, California.
Politics | 4/16/2015 1:51:18 PM
WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 - Lawmakers finalized a bipartisan three-year fast-track bill Thursday to smooth the way for negotiating and ratifying trade agreements with the Pacific Rim and European Union.
Politics | 4/16/2015 12:34:38 PM
WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 - Brushing aside a veto threat, the Republican-controlled House voted 240-179 to repeal the federal estate tax.
Politics | 4/16/2015 11:17:39 AM
WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - For the second year in a row, Iowa soybean farmers expect to see a decline in financial returns and will cut back expenses according to the Agri-Pulse Farm Opinion Poll. The poll was conducted this month in partnership with the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA).
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