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WASHINGTON, April 21, 2015 - Within the next 15 years, and possibly as early as 2019, the United States could become a net energy exporter for the first time since the 1950s, according to the federal Energy Information Administration Annual Energy Outlook
April 22, 2015 - Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and John Boozman, R-Ark.,
introduced a bill today that would allow banks to finance agricultural exports
sent to Cuba, helping to open up Cuban markets to American farmers and ranchers.
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - Fast-track is finally on the fast track. It's possible the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) deal needed to smooth the path through Congress for trade deals with 11 Pacific Rim nations and the European Union could be on the Senate floor as soon as next week, when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be in Washington.
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - The water development bill and barge tax increase that passed Congress last year could start to pay off for the ports and waterways critical to moving agricultural exports. Harbor projects are likely to be the biggest near-term beneficiaries.
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - Farmers and grain traders want to avoid a repeat of what happened last year when a labor dispute at the Port of Vancouver in Washington state slowed Asia-bound grain shipments.
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - A fight by California dairy farmers and their co-ops for a better deal in the milk market will probably come to a head by year's end, sparked by their move to ditch a state system that has guided their market for 48 years and, instead, form a federal milk marketing order in the state.
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - The Senate and House will move forward with renewing the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), even though South Africa has yet to agree to U.S. demands that it end antidumping duties on American chicken.
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - The poultry industry is keeping a watchful eye on the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak across the Pacific, Central and Mississippi flyways, which experts suggest may get worse before it gets better.
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - Alison Van Eenennaam, animal genomics and biotechnology specialist at the University of California-Davis, made a splash last year with an exhaustive study showing that 29 years of feeding biotech crops to food animals produced absolutely no adverse health effects on animals or nutritional differences in food products.
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - University extension offices in the U.S.
have provided farmers and ranchers with localized and practical advice to use
in their operations for over a century. But in an era where Internet is the
first place most folks turn to when they want the facts fast, are extension
services still relevant to the agriculture sector?
WASHINGTON, April 21, 2015 - Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the bi-state population of greater sage-grouse in California and Nevada is not warranted for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
WASHINGTON, April 21, 2015 - Yesterday Senate
Energy Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced she will write new
energy legislation to stop (allowing our policy and our future to be decided by
regulators and courts.)
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 - A coalition of
environmental, food safety and public health groups filed a motion today
challenging EPA's decision to expand the use of Enlist Duo herbicide on
genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy crops to nine additional states:
Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska,
Oklahoma, and North Dakota,
WASHINGTON, April 21, 2015 -
The White House says it's "irresponsible" for House appropriators to
use a spending bill to block the administration from implementing new
definitions of what streams, ponds and other features are regulated
under the Clean Water Act.
WASHINGTON, April 19, 2015 - A deal between key lawmakers to fast-track new trade agreements begins to move through Congress this week, increasing pressure on President Obama to win over reluctant Democrats.
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 -- Kraft Foods says that starting in January, it will no longer make its Original Macaroni and Cheese with artificial preservatives or synthetic colors, replacing the chemical dyes with colors derived from natural sources like paprika, annatto and turmeric. In Canada, it plans to remove synthetic colors in Kraft Dinner Original by the end of 2016.
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 - USDA is crediting the voluntary efforts of private landowners with helping the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico recover from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which erupted five years ago this week.
WASHINGTON, April 17, 2015 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today a new reporting model to keep up with the rapid spread of high path avian influenza (HPAI) in the nation's chicken and turkey flocks. Six new outbreaks of the disease were announced today alone, bringing the total of confirmed instances of the H5N2 strain of the disease to 49.
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe said he and his counterparts from Mexico and Canada are seeking new ways to support monarch butterfly habitat during the 20th annual meeting of the Canada/Mexico/United States Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management in San Diego, California.
16, 2015 - Lawmakers finalized a bipartisan three-year fast-track bill
Thursday to smooth the way for negotiating and ratifying trade
agreements with the Pacific Rim and European Union.
This week’s guest on Open Mic is Representative John Shimkus. The Illinois Republican is pleased with the results of the first six months of the 114th Congress but admits difficult votes lie ahead on spending and regulatory overreach. Shimkus supports free trade and believes leadership should withhold opposition to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal until the final rules of the pact are known. As a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Shimkus says Washington needs to act on a GMO labeling rule and believes the retail sector could be the answer to the renewable fuel volume debate.