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Politics | 5/21/2014
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - Predicting how judges will decide, based on their comments and the questions they ask attorneys during oral arguments, is notoriously difficult. WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman is putting a rosy glow on the latest negotiating session aimed at forging a free trade pact among a dozen Pacific Rim countries, but comments from Japan are darkening the picture.

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - Consumer demand for (sustainable) food production is causing some of the world's largest companies to make environmental promises, which could require agricultural producers to assess their farming practices, especially fertilizer use. WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - In the past, Northeast China has been a difficult market for U.S. companies to crack. WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - Leading the charge is Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who plans to urge tobacco companies to stop from using child labor in their supply chains. WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - It may not be a (cure-all,) but USDA's newest effort to revamp (whole farm) insurance policies represents a (great step forward) that could really help WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - Agricultural producers and energy facilities working to turn renewable biomass into clean energy will soon be able to apply for support through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program
Politics | 5/20/2014 9:17:45 PM
ARLINGTON, Va., May 20, 2014 - President Barack Obama's Feed the Future initiative reached almost 7 million farmers last year by providing access to new technologies and management practices on about 10 million acres
Politics | 5/20/2014 2:01:09 PM

DENVER, May 20, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced action to help 94 national forest areas in 35 states to address insect and disease threats that weaken forests and increase
Politics | 5/20/2014 9:08:21 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., May 20, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that $15 million in targeted assistance will be provided to help farmers, ranchers and private forest owners in
Politics | 5/19/2014 5:37:20 PM
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 - President Obama has proclaimed this week as World Trade Week, shining a spotlight on several important commerce-related events in and around the nation's capital.
Politics | 5/19/2014 4:23:11 PM
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 -- The House Appropriations agriculture subcommittee on Tuesday will consider a draft bill that provides $142.5 billion in discretionary and mandatory funding for USDA and FDA programs for
Politics | 5/19/2014 11:19:28 AM

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 - Effective today, the Mexican government has implemented its final rule to allow U.S. fresh potatoes to
Politics | 5/19/2014 11:04:38 AM
WASHINGTON, May 19,2014 -- At least 11 people have been sickened by E. coli bacteria linked to ground beef now under recall by
Politics | 5/18/2014 8:51:33 PM
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 - Farmers are increasingly familiar with the state's nutrient reduction strategy and nearly three of four plan to implement practices included in the
Politics | 5/16/2014 3:51:28 PM
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2014 - Lawyers involved in former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod's defamation lawsuit against the late blogger Andrew Breitbart say they have subpoenaed Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in
Politics | 5/16/2014 3:25:58 PM
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2014- The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), along with other animal rights groups, are paying a court settlement of almost $16 million to Feld Entertainment Inc.,
Politics | 5/16/2014 8:14:46 AM
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2014 - While taste and price consistently have been the top two factors that impact consumers' food and beverage purchases, concerns about (healthfulness)
Politics | 5/16/2014
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 - After announcing an agreement last week, House and Senate negotiators released details of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA)
Politics | 5/15/2014 8:52:25 PM
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., says he'll keep pushing for Senate passage of an $84 billion tax cut bill, which failed to clear a procedural hurdle Thursday amid
Politics | 5/15/2014 8:15:04 PM
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., says he'll keep pushing for Senate passage of an $84 billion tax cut bill, which failed to clear a procedural hurdle Thursday amid
Politics | 5/15/2014 7:13:59 PM
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 - A bipartisan group of 177 members of the U.S. House of Representatives today asked the Obama administration to use the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) talks
Politics | 5/15/2014 4:16:17 PM
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014-- Biodiesel producers joined a group of Democrat senators at a press conference Wednesday, calling for Congress and the Obama Administration to restore the
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