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9, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Interior Sally
Jewell announced Tuesday that this summer's fire season will be "above
average." Not only will it be hotter and longer than the norm, but the
Forest Service (FS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) say they have
better strategies for fighting wildland fires.
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2015 - As the House of Representatives readies a vote to repeal mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL), supporters of the controversial rule are making a last-ditch effort to save it from full repeal.
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2015- In anticipation of a close House vote on Trade Promotion Authority, HR 1314, the U.S. Trade Representative is putting on a full court press to let undecided members know that the majority of American agriculture is firmly behind passage of one of President Obama's key initiatives.
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2015 - House Republicans turned up their attack on President Obama's regulatory agenda, releasing a new spending bill that would block the new Clean Water Act as well as proposed greenhouse gas regulations on power plants.
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2015 - As the House of Representatives gears up for floor action on a bill to repeal meat labeling country-of-origin labeling (COOL), supporters are voicing their backing of the bill, hoping to avoid billions in economic sanctions.
D.C., June 8, 2015-American
celebrating 40 years of advocating for agriculture with its (Drive Across
America,) a five-month educational and advocacy tour. Agri-Pulse Communications is the media partner for the campaign.
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2015 - Republicans remain short of votes to pass the fast-track trade bill despite getting additional commitments from conservatives this week and help from President Obama, who personally lobbied Democrats to back the measure.
WASHINGTON, June 5, 2015 - U.S. and South African trade officials have agreed on a framework to provide for renewed market access for U.S. bone-in chicken into the South African market, the two countries said today in a joint release.
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2015 - China, Brazil and India have dramatically increased their spending on farmers, and some lawmakers say it's time for the United States to consider bringing cases against them at the World Trade Organization.
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2015 - Subway announced today it will remove (artificial ingredients) from its menu by 2017, making the sandwich shop the latest fast food chain to commit to menu changes in favor of simpler ingredients.
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2015 - Canada and Mexico are seeking the go-ahead from the World Trade Organization to impose just over $3 billion in tariffs against U.S. exports in retaliation for losses they claim to have suffered because of U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements.
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2015 - An EPA draft assessment finds that hydraulic fracturing activities in the U.S. are carried out in a way that have not resulted in "widespread systemic impacts" on drinking water resources. However, the agency said there are "potential vulnerabilities in the water lifecycle" that could affect drinking water.
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2015-- Dozens of conservation and gardening organizations have joined together to form the National Pollinator Garden Network while issuing a challenge to the nation to plant 1 million additional pollinator gardens by the end of 2016.
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2015-- The World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body announced today that it supports the United States in a trade dispute challenging India's ban on various U.S. agricultural products, particularly poultry.
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2015 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has opted not to allow the emergency use of certain vaccines with the potential to fight highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), citing trade and efficacy issues with available drugs.
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2015 - A House Republican bid to roll back some Dodd-Frank regulations through reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is running into a wall of Democratic opposition.
WASHINGTON, June 2, 2015 -- Hydropower from dams across the country provided a third of the nation's electricity in the 1940s. Today those dams still generate 7 percent of U.S. electricity, enough to power more than 20 million homes. This makes hydropower the largest single source of renewable energy, with wind at 5 percent and solar still just 1 percent.
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2015 -- A disease that's affected almost 45 million of America's chickens, turkeys and wild birds appears to be slowing, leading industry and government officials to discuss steps to prevent a similar outbreak in the fall.
This week’s Open Mic features Frank Gasperini, CEO for the National Council for Agricultural Employers. In this interview you will hear the frustration labor intensive agriculture faces each year in finding an adequate hourly workforce to harvest crops and care for livestock and how a coalition has grown challenging Congress to take action. Gasperini defines how some proposals for immigration reform could decimate some facets of the ag industry and threaten our nation’s food security.