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WASHINGTON, May 5, 2015 - This year's fire season will be worse than average for Western and North-Central states due to particularly dry conditions and a meager snowpack, Forest Service (FS) Chief Tom Tidwell told senators Tuesday during an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing.
WASHINGTON, May 4, 2015 - With avian flu cases continuing to spread across Midwest poultry farms, a bipartisan group of senators is appealing to appropriators to ensure the Agriculture Department has enough money to fight the outbreak.
WASHINGTON, May 4, 2015-The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a final rule recognizing that a soybean developed by Monsanto genetically engineered to produce an insecticidal protein is safe to humans in any expected exposure.
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2015 - Gov. Terry Branstad declared
a state of emergency today in Iowa after four new probable cases of highly
pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) were detected in his state, the nation's
leading producer of eggs. Two other states, Minnesota, the country's top turkey
producer, and Wisconsin, had already declared states of emergency last month.
WASHINGTON, May 2, 2015 - In Congressionally mandated correspondence to some of agriculture's leading lawmakers, the Department of Agriculture said there is little economic benefit, but still consumer interest, in the country-of-origin labeling rule currently entangled in an international trade dispute.
WASHINGTON, April 30, 2015 - A bipartisan group of Senators has introduced a bill calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to start over on its divisive waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, defying a veto threat issued by the White House on similar House legislation.
WASHINGTON, May, 1, 2015 - Iowa officials have identified five probable cases of highly pathogenic bird flu in the state, one involving a commercial egg-laying operation Buena Vista County housing an estimated 5.5 million birds.
WASHINGTON, April 30, 2015 - A House committee is preparing for the first time to move a bill that would preempt state GMO labeling laws, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is offering support for the effort.
WASHINGTON, April 30, 2015- The Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program delivered through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) should have stronger screening for volunteer candidates against terrorist watch lists, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - The leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are urging the White House to give Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack the go-ahead to release emergency funds to help poultry and egg producers whose flocks are being decimated by a deadly strain of bird flu.
WASHINGTON, April 30, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee has advanced bills to ensure that export grain inspections continue during labor dispute and that a government shutdown won't halt Agriculture Department's livestock market reports again.
INDIANAPOLIS, April 30, 2015- A Texas family recently donated $250,000 to establish an endowment to be used solely for developing a plan to attract and retain National FFA Organization advisors and agriculture teachers.
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - The comment period on the scientific report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) is set to expire next week, and more than 6,600 submissions have already been submitted for review.
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in an historic address to a joint meeting of Congress, assured lawmakers he was ready to remove protections for his country's farmers and was close to finalizing a trade deal with the United States.
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - Legislation to fast-track new trade agreements is idling as Senate and House leaders gear up for floor debates on the bill, and President Obama steps up his appeals to Democrats for support.
This week’s guest on Open Mic is Iowa U.S. Senator Charles Grassley. With days left before the August Congressional recess, Grassley says leaders face some must pass legislation including highway funding and a final decision on Country-of-Origin Labeling. In this interview, Grassley offers insights into possible tax reform and the final stages of debate in the budget process. Grassley also says Congress needs to take action to protect poultry farmers from the continued threat of avian influenza.