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Politics | 4/3/2014 6:15:49 PM

House Budget Committee advances FY 2015 budget plan with SNAP cuts

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 - The House Budget Committee approved, on a 22-16 party-line vote, a fiscal year 2015 budget proposal late Wednesday that aims to reduce
Politics | 4/3/2014 4:45:16 PM

Senate Finance Committee approves tax extenders bill

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 - The Senate Finance Committee approved, by voice vote, legislation Thursday to renew various expired tax provisions, known as

Politics | 4/3/2014 3:52:04 PM

Stabenow appointed to chair of Senate Finance subcommittee

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 - Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., announced today that she has been appointed to serve as
Politics | 4/3/2014 1:59:31 PM

MF Global to make final restitution payments

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014-- The trustee for MF Global announced that the company will begin making final distributions to its customers to restore lost funds of over $1 billion
Politics | 4/3/2014 1:33:10 PM

EPA awards $12.7 million to help small drinking water and wastewater systems

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will award $12.7 million in grants to help small drinking and wastewater systems (serving fewer than 10,000 people) and to private well owners. The grantees will provide
Politics | 4/3/2014 12:30:05 PM

Farm equipment makers report cites industry role in U.S. economy

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 - U.S. farm equipment makers are reminding lawmakers of how important their industry is to the country's economy, and asking them to keep some figures in mind when they consider
Politics | 4/2/2014 6:35:45 PM

House advances legislation to improve severe weather forecasting

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - The House approved by voice vote Tuesday legislation (H.R. 2413) that aims to improve the nation's severe weather
Politics | 4/2/2014 3:51:20 PM

EPA faulted for failing to 'consistently present' risks in pollution studies on humans

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 -- The EPA'S Inspector General is criticizing the agency for failing to consistently represent risks to human volunteers in consent forms for air pollution experiments, including
Politics | 4/2/2014 3:48:10 PM

Georgia lawmakers press for Savannah Harbor funding

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - All of the 14 members of the Georgia House delegation urged a House appropriations panel today to support
Politics | 4/2/2014 10:56:57 AM

Opinion: Clearer protections for clean water support a strong farm economy

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), is taking action to protect
Politics | 4/2/2014

Senate Finance Committee to mark up tax extenders legislation

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - The Senate Finance Committee will mark up legislation Thursday to renew various expired tax provisions, known as tax extenders, and to provide assistance for

Troubled waters? More groups questions EPA's proposed rule

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - Early reaction to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed new rule to define waters of the U.S. last week was fairly predictable. Republicans and even a few Senate Democrats bashed the March 25 proposal as another example of

Farmers, foresters squeezed between a 'rock' and ESA regulations

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - Like many landowners, Joe Hopkins purchased a farm with the expectation that he could generate income from his crop in southern Georgia - in this case, trees. But his income potential has been taking

In EU, policymakers struggle to define a buzzword - and regulate

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - Here's help, maybe: Merriam-Webster defines sustainability as involving methods that do not completely use up or destroy

Ryan releases FY 2015 budget seeking EPA, SNAP changes

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., released a fiscal year 2015 budget proposal Tuesday that aims to reduce federal spending by $5.1 trillion over 10 years and includes

Company cites progress toward USDA approval for hog vaccine

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - A small animal health company based in Ames, Iowa, says it's making progress toward gaining a conditional license from USDA for the vaccine it's developed against a virus that has

TTIP inching toward finish line

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - The U.S. and EU are clearly into negotiating mode, after completing the fourth round of their Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks, Marc Vanheukelen, the European Trade Commission's head of cabinet, told EU's agriculture community at the

Bills would legalize raw milk, curb FDA food-safety authority

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - Twenty House members are backing legislation that would ease restrictions on interstate sales of unpasteurized milk - a product that medical experts and major dairy groups say can be

FDA chief to seek 'reasonable solution' in rule dispute with brewers

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told Congress last week that she'll seek a reasonable solution to a dispute between her agency and the brewing industry over how to

IPCC says adaptation needed to counter crop production drops, shifts

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - The authors of the latest report from an UN-sponsored group of scientists and researchers charged with addressing the impacts of a changing climate on humans and ecosystems say food security is

 USDA official pledges to reduce biotech approval backlog

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 - The head of USDA's Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) told a congressional panel yesterday that the department plans to have the backlog of pending petitions for biotechnology products reduced by half

Senators propose new caps on crop insurance premium subsidies

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - Less than two months after President Barack Obama signed a new farm bill into law, two U.S. senators are already eager to change it
Politics | 4/1/2014 8:02:20 PM

Soybeans planting may soar as farmers follow the money

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2014 - With soybean prices nearly three times those of corn, U.S. farmers are indicating they will plant record
Politics | 3/31/2014 6:19:15 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Lawmakers eyeing USDA, EPA budget requests

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014 - The House is keeping up its aggressive schedule this week through a series of hearings to debate the administration's fiscal year 2015 budget
Politics | 3/31/2014 6:06:55 PM

Dave Camp to retire at end of term

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014— House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., announced he will retire after he completes his last nine months serving
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