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Politics | 1/13/2014 7:55:44 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Farm bill, appropriations at center stage

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2014 - Negotiations over a long-term farm bill are expected to continue this week while lawmakers try
Politics | 1/13/2014 7:29:45 PM

USDA would see slight increase as part of $1 trillion FY 2014 spending package

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2014 - USDA and FDA would receive a combined increase of $350 million in FY 2014 as part of a $1 trillion

Politics | 1/13/2014 7:10:49 PM

Boehner to hold steady on dairy position, Conaway says

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2014 - Although House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will not budge on his position on dairy policy, top Republican
Politics | 1/13/2014 5:22:41 PM

Miller joins growing list of outgoing House Democrats

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2014 - Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., announced today that he will not seek a 21st term in
Politics | 1/13/2014 1:05:44 PM

Vilsack says USDA is preparing to implement a new farm bill

SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 13, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he is organizing USDA to be prepared to implement the provisions of a new farm bill as soon as
Politics | 1/12/2014 1:21:41 PM

AFBF's Stallman calls for Congress to act on farm bill, WRDA, immigration

SAN ANTONIO, January 12, 2014 - American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Bob Stallman called on the over 5,500 members and guests attending the organization's 95th annual convention to hold their members of Congress
Politics | 1/12/2014 12:41:07 PM

Ag companies sue to block GMO disclosure bill in Hawaii

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2014 -- Three of the world's largest agricultural companies filed a lawsuit to block a bill passed by the Hawaii County of Kaua'i regulating the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops
Politics | 1/10/2014 12:52:30 PM

U.S. corn surplus seen at 1.63 billion bushels, down 9% vs December estimate

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2014 - Unsold U.S. corn supplies before the 2014 harvest will total 1.631 billion bushels, the USDA said today in
Politics | 1/10/2014 11:40:46 AM

Winter wheat plantings down 3 percent from year earlier

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2014 - U.S. farmers planted an estimated 41.9 million acres for this year's winter-wheat crop, down 3 percent from the previous year,
Politics | 1/10/2014 10:54:35 AM

Vetter receives support from farm groups for chief ag negotiator post

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2014 - Almost 100 agriculture and food-related groups sent a letter to members of the Senate Finance Committee today endorsing the nomination of Darci Vetter as
Politics | 1/10/2014

Farm bill conference keeps slipping while dairy dispute fires up

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2014 - Widespread expectations of a farm bill conference this week evaporated Thursday with more dust getting kicked up over the dairy
Politics | 1/9/2014 6:30:51 PM

Court to weigh injunction in Country of Origin Labeling case

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 - The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will hear oral arguments Thursday in a lawsuit challenging a USDA rule requiring
Politics | 1/9/2014 3:48:19 PM

Updated: Bill giving Obama 'fast-track' trade authority introduced in Congress

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 - Leaders of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees today introduced legislation that would give the president fast-track authority
Politics | 1/9/2014 1:55:25 PM

Updated: Bill giving Obama 'fast-track' trade authority introduced in Congress

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 - Leaders of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees today introduced legislation that would give the president fast-track authority to put trade deals before Congress
Politics | 1/9/2014 1:12:47 PM

Tyson calls for hog farmers to provide more space for pregnant sows

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 - Tyson Foods sent a letter to its hog suppliers yesterday updating its animal well-being program and recommending that farmers provide more space
Politics | 1/9/2014 12:33:49 PM

Senate passes bill allowing veterinarians to treat animals with drugs outside clinics

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 - The Senate has unanimously passed legislation allowing veterinarians to treat animals with controlled substances beyond their clinics
Politics | 1/9/2014

Lucas stays hopeful about farm bill framework

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 - While a farm bill conference has still not been scheduled, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., said Wednesday it remains
Politics | 1/8/2014 5:06:39 PM

Catfish wars continue as farm bill nears completion

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 - Catfish reappeared on Capitol Hill today, as a spate of letters from opponents of a controversial UDSA inspection program began to circulate among
Politics | 1/8/2014 2:46:16 PM

EPA issues grants to lower pesticide risk to bees

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced almost half a million dollars in funding to three universities for projects to reduce pesticide use
Politics | 1/8/2014 2:30:28 PM

House Ag Committee member McIntyre to retire in 2014

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 - Rep. Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, a farm bill conferee and one of Washington's last Blue Dog Democrats, will not be running for reelection next year, according to numerous reports
Politics | 1/8/2014 12:40:54 PM

Thune: Farm bill could hit Senate floor next week

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2013 - The farm bill could hit the Senate floor next week, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., told reporters today in a teleconference
Politics | 1/8/2014 10:59:03 AM

USAID chief Shah featured speaker at Agricultural Outlook Forum

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 8, 2014 - Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, will be one of the featured speakers at
Politics | 1/8/2014

Market trends indicate a continued, but gradual shift in sow housing

As more pork processors and food companies announce plans to source hogs from farms that provide additional room for pregnant sows, animal welfare groups are pushing for even more

Tobacco farmers escape sequester ? but who?s going to pay?

Tobacco farmers will not lose out on their annual Tobacco Transition Payment Program (TTPP) due to sequestration, USDA confirmed Tuesday. But that leaves a question not even

Farmers, producers rolling with the national arctic blast

The bitter cold that has sent so much of the nation into a tizzy has apparently caused minimal problems for the agriculture sector, but could prompt some residual problems, producers say. Livestock producers, still rattled by
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