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Politics | 5/20/2015 3:38:14 PM
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2015 -Tuesday's Senate Energy Committee hearing on energy supply issues considered 26 legislative proposals vying for inclusion in a comprehensive energy bill package.
Politics | 5/20/2015 3:34:54 PM
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Administration officials could learn in the next few days whether Brazil could challenge the legality of commodity programs created by the 2014 farm bill.

Politics | 5/20/2015 3:26:20 PM
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.
Politics | 5/20/2015 3:23:05 PM
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.
Politics | 5/20/2015 3:14:45 PM
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - There's some good news and bad news in the latest report on foodborne illnesses from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Politics | 5/20/2015 3:01:34 PM
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.
Politics | 5/20/2015 2:47:26 PM
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.
Politics | 5/20/2015 11:29:43 AM
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 law.
Politics | 5/20/2015 10:15:11 AM
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.
Politics | 5/20/2015 9:48:11 AM
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.
Politics | 5/20/2015 9:07:36 AM
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.
Politics | 5/20/2015
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 20, 2015 - USDA has provided its first verification process for non-GMO products to SunOpta, a company that specializes in organic, non-genetically modified and specialty foods.
Politics | 5/19/2015 5:18:27 PM
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2015 - The Food and Drug Administration's requirement that restaurants start posting calorie counts later this year is raising concerns across the political spectrum.
Politics | 5/19/2015 10:59:55 AM
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.
Politics | 5/18/2015 9:26:55 PM
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.
Politics | 5/18/2015 3:29:35 PM
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.
Politics | 5/18/2015 3:11:48 PM
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.
Politics | 5/18/2015 2:58:14 PM
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.
Politics | 5/18/2015 10:22:11 AM
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.
Politics | 5/17/2015 12:45:19 PM
WASHINGTON, 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 conference today.
Politics | 5/15/2015 3:02:03 PM
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 exchange market.
Politics | 5/15/2015 11:34:35 AM
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2015 - A bill to repeal the country-of-origin labeling law for beef and pork could start moving in the House as soon as next week.
Politics | 5/15/2015 10:28:51 AM
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2015 - The House voted to remove the lesser prairie chicken from the list of threatened species to give time for a regional conservation plan to restore the bird's Plains habitat.
Politics | 5/14/2015 10:36:35 PM
WASHINGTON, May 14, 2015 - Some Congressional Democrats are calling on U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to release food safety language of the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership to the public.
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