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Politics | 5/13/2015 2:41:07 PM
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2015 - Republicans and Democrats reached agreement to clear the way for likely Senate passage of legislation to fast-track new trade agreements.
Politics | 5/13/2015 1:56:51 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - Republicans have their work cut out for them trying to block the Obama administration's attempt to redefine the (waters of the United States.) The House voted 261-155 Tuesday evening to approve a bill that would kill the WOTUS rule.

Politics | 5/13/2015 1:50:47 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - Senate Republicans are preparing to move a series of bills that would make it harder for the Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) to enforce the Endangered Species Act (ESA) while giving states and local governments a much bigger role in determining protections.
Politics | 5/13/2015 1:46:13 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee is set to mark up a bill Thursday to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and roll back some Dodd-Frank regulations that have frustrated agribusiness companies and other traders.
Politics | 5/13/2015 1:36:26 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - Vermont's effort to identify foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has been billed as a (no-strings attached) labeling law. Simple. Straightforward.
Politics | 5/13/2015 1:29:57 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - College students around the country are graduating this week, and economists say the job market is the best it's been in a decade. For agricultural graduates, the job market has high demand in almost every area, especially agricultural business, food science, agronomy and ag education.
Politics | 5/13/2015 1:18:47 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - A new survey commissioned by the International Food Information Council Foundation indicates that a diverse set of factors - health status, gender, income, education, age - influence Americans' level of priorities regarding their health, food and nutrition.
Politics | 5/13/2015 1:02:07 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - USDA data is revealing a picture of which producers chose which crop insurance policies under the 2014 farm bill. The data show that new programs tailored for Southern crops like cotton may be having trouble getting off the ground due to the vast array of options and policy combinations.
Politics | 5/13/2015 12:57:39 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - Tea Party favorite Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., said last week he's running for the Republican nomination to succeed the retiring Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., in 2016.
Politics | 5/13/2015 12:05:05 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - The Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) this week conditionally approved a revised multi-year Exploration Plan (EP) from Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. for the Chukchi Sea.
Politics | 5/13/2015 10:09:41 AM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - The Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced a final rule for labeling of mechanically tenderized beef and will accelerate its implementation to reduce the chances of further illnesses linked to the product.
Politics | 5/13/2015 4:44:08 AM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015--If the EPA follows its court-ordered deadline, three years' worth of Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements could be announced June 1, but what lies within that pending announcement is anyone's guess.
Politics | 5/13/2015
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - Fast-track is temporarily on hold in the Senate. In a setback for President Obama, only one Democrat voted Tuesday to open debate on the trade bill that would set up the fast-track process for approving new trade agreements that the administration is negotiating. The motion needed 60 votes, but failed 52-45.
Politics | 5/12/2015 7:45:57 PM
WASHINGTON, May 11, 2015 - USDA celebrated the 80th anniversary of the creation of the Rural Electrification Service today by announcing more than $100 million in loans to build or improve 1,000 miles of rural electric transmission and distribution lines.
Politics | 5/12/2015 6:55:44 PM
WASHINGTON, March 12, 2015 - The House voted to kill the Obama administration's proposed Clean Water Act rule, but the margin was far short of the two-thirds support that would be needed to override a likely presidential veto.
Politics | 5/12/2015 4:35:54 PM
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2015--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Southern Gardens Citrus to move forward with its development of a spinach protein for genetically modified oranges that could help control citrus greening disease plaguing the orange industry.
Politics | 5/12/2015 4:20:11 PM
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2015 - As the June 1 deadline draws nearer, specialty crop growers who purchase crop insurance are increasingly concerned that the forms they filed to meet new conservation compliance requirements are not being processed by USDA staff.
Politics | 5/12/2015 3:24:24 PM
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2015 - The avian influenza outbreak spreading across the country has now entered its 14th and 15th states, increasing its reach to Indiana and Nebraska.
Politics | 5/12/2015 2:42:43 PM
WASHINGTON, March 12, 2015 - Senate Democrats put the brakes on President Obama's trade agenda, blocking advancement of a bill to provide a fast-track approval process for trade agreements.
Politics | 5/12/2015 10:00:31 AM
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2015 - The Organic Trade Association (OTA), representing over 8,500 organic businesses across the U.S., has officially petitioned USDA for a check-off program that could raise $30 million a year for research and promotion.
Politics | 5/11/2015 9:03:25 PM
WASHINGTON, May 11, 2015 - Senate Democrats whose votes are critical to passing a fast-track trade bill have been pressing for a last-minute commitment from Republicans to move a separate enforcement measure.
Politics | 5/11/2015 3:11:20 PM
WASHINGTON, May 10, 2015 - Congress is moving closer to securing authority for the president to finalize a multi-lateral trade deal with Asia Pacific countries, only if congressional leaders can secure the necessary votes from a minority party skeptical of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations.
Politics | 5/10/2015 11:05:44 AM
WASHINGTON, May 10, 2015 - The U.S. will provide Jordan with 100,000 metric tons of wheat as part of a pledge to support agricultural development and trade with the Middle Eastern country.
Politics | 5/8/2015 2:53:28 PM
WASHINGTON, May 8, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today endorsed a plan to combat food insecurity developed by the G-20 agriculture ministers, representing the world's major economies.
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