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WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - House appropriators have agreed to block imports of fresh beef from regions of Brazil and Argentina until the Agriculture Department does further study on the potential risk from foot and mouth disease.
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2015 - EPA administrator Gina McCarthy was on the hot seat on Capitol Hill Thursday as Republicans on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology peppered her with questions on her agency's regulatory record.
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2015 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is giving restaurants and other retail food establishments an extra year to comply with the new menu labeling rules the agency finalized last December.
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2015 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says he's (disappointed) that the Obama administration has turned down Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's request for a presidential disaster declaration to help the state's poultry producers recover from losses due to highly pathogenic avian influenza.
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2015 - The United States and Switzerland announced today that beginning July 10, organic products certified in the United States or Switzerland may be sold as organic in either country.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - Leaders of the House Agriculture Committee are raising concerns with the Obama administration about its effort to win support from the shipping industry for converting more food aid to cash assistance.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee heard conflicting expert testimony Wednesday on whether President Barack Obama's promise to cut U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions could be achieved without additional legislation.
WASHINGTON, July 7, 2015 - Calling Tesla not just a car company but an (energy innovation company,) Tesla's founder Elon Musk unveiled his cost-cutting Powerwall and Powerpack battery systems earlier this year, designed to (move the electricity grid off of fossil fuels and towards renewable energy sources.)
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - Proponents of mandatory labeling of food products made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) rolled out a trio of academics Wednesday in a bid to raise public awareness of the public health and environmental costs of herbicides used in the production of genetically engineered crops.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee heard testimony Wednesday that lifting the ban on U.S. crude oil exports would benefit rural areas, including creating more jobs and potentially lowering gasoline prices.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - The Agriculture appropriations bill that funds the Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration has long offered a way for critics of farm programs to try to enact changes in policies.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - A provision in the House Agriculture spending bill to restrict what kind of new recommendations the Obama administration can write into the new dietary guidelines could have a mixed impact on the sweetener business and other sectors, according to a study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington-based advocacy group.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - After the avian influenza outbreak caused the depopulation of more than 48 million birds, government and poultry industry officials are looking ahead and hoping to prevent another major outbreak in the upcoming fall migration season.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - The Obama administration, which has been working on a landmark deal with the U.S. shipping industry to win some long-sought changes in the way food aid is delivered, has briefed farm groups as well as NGOs on the discussions.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - The Renewable Fuel Standard is expected get its first test of support in Congress in quite a while.This week, Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., could offer an amendment to the House Interior-Environment appropriations bill (HR 2822) to stop EPA from implementing the RFS.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - In a status report for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, EPA indicated it will consider further restrictions on a commonly used insecticide known as chlorpyrifos, which is used to protect a number of agricultural crops, including soybeans, wheat, alfalfa, citrus, and peanuts.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - A recently released analysis from the Pew Research Center found little difference between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to opinions about the safety of genetically modified, or GMO, food.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 -In years ahead,
expect to see more beef cattle, dairy and sheep operators planting
cold-tolerant forage crops in the summer to ensure leafy, nutritious plants in
pastures for autumn to winter grazing.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - U.S. exports of denatured and undenatured ethanol in May declined for the second month in a row, while exports of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) soared, according to a new analysis of government data developed by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).
WASHINGTON, July 6, 2015 - An appeals court has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's limits on pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay, while acknowledging that the regulations will likely hurt farmers.
This week’s Open Mic features Oklahoma State University’s Dr. Jayson Lusk who has conducted extensive research on consumer attitudes toward food safety and acceptance of new technologies. Proposed labeling legislation over foods that contain ingredients from GMO crops has proven to be a polar issue that may see attention in the US Senate. In this interview, Dr. Lusk discusses the consumer cost of mandatory food labels, the social and economic implications on agriculture research and technologies and the retailers reaction to consumer food buying trends.