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Politics | 3/5/2014 7:51:48 PM

USDA sets stakeholder meetings about Farm Bill implementation

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced a series of meetings to share information with stakeholders about the 2014 Farm Bill implementation process, including:
Politics | 3/5/2014 5:37:00 PM

Study: Better livestock diet boosts profits, addresses climate change

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - Livestock producers can boost profitability and address climate change by mixing systems to include higher quality feed and grass, rather than

Politics | 3/5/2014 2:09:36 PM

Moran introduces bill to stop animal testing for cosmetics

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., introduced a bill today which would prohibit animal testing in the U.S. cosmetics industry and phase out the sale of cosmetics
Politics | 3/5/2014 12:54:03 PM

House leaders criticize EPA plan on U.S. waters definition

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - Two top House lawmakers wrote a letter today to President Obama expressing concern over EPA's plan to
Politics | 3/5/2014 4:53:03 AM

 Can we have TPP without TPA?

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014-- U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman seems convinced that Congress will eventually approve Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), commonly known as
Politics | 3/5/2014 4:33:09 AM

House Committee reviews Smith-Lever Act

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014-- A House Agriculture subcommittee on Tuesday held a hearing to review the Smith-Lever Act, the legislation that established agriculture's Cooperative Extension System
Politics | 3/5/2014

Obama budget cuts USDA spending, including crop insurance funds

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - President Obama released a $3.9 trillion fiscal year 2015 budget to fund government departments, including USDA and EPA - and included a familiar theme: proposals to trim

Ag groups in holding pattern as the TPP talks (and Japan) stall

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - There was little movement on the multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during the talks that concluded last week in Singapore, and experts say a deal isn't expected until after

Rice must be kept part of TPP, USA Rice says

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - Members of USA Rice Federation left their annual Government Affairs Conference last week determined to keep rice front and center during any

Ukraine grain exports continuing through crisis

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - Despite all the talk of Crisis in the Crimea, the political upheaval in Ukraine should have little effect on the country's grain shipments, according to

In search of more workable whole farm insurance options

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - Compared to the more popular options available to farmers and ranchers, whole farm insurance might be considered the Rodney Dangerfield of the industry. These plans, which aim to protect against

USDA to begin implementing new animal disease traceability system

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) Administrator Kevin Shea said the agency on March 11 will begin implementing and

Industry combats FDA Nutrition Facts panel with own voluntary label

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - In a move observers say is no coincidence, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) unleashed a major marketing campaign this week to promote their

Fewer students buy school lunch under new nutrition guidelines

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - A new report from the Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) finds that 1.2 million students stopped purchasing school lunches over the last three school years - just as USDA

GMO food needs emotional message to sway public, Borlaug says

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - The campaigns to label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients are driven by a movement that relies on

GMO food needs emotional message to sway public, Borlaug says

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - The campaigns to label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients are driven by a movement that relies on

'Data Revolution' center stage at Commodity Classic

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 - Agriculture's data revolution was a recurring theme during the 2014 Commodity Classic in
Politics | 3/4/2014 8:37:38 PM

Last day to comment on USDA?s options for coexistence

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2014 - How can USDA better foster communication and collaboration among those involved in diverse agricultural systems? That's the key question
Politics | 3/4/2014 6:00:21 PM

Wyden announces Senate Finance Committee staff

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2014- Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today announced his leadership team for the committee.
Politics | 3/4/2014 1:09:51 PM

Obama releases $3.9 trillion fiscal year 2015 budget plan

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2014 - President Obama released a $3.9 trillion fiscal year 2015 budget today to fund government departments, including
Politics | 3/3/2014 8:30:45 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Congress awaits Obama's budget request

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2014 - Lawmakers are expected to focus on Tuesday's release of President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget request,
Politics | 3/3/2014 11:58:01 AM

USDA proposes to deregulate Dow?s insect-resistant soybean

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2014-- USDA published a preliminary decision today that a soybean genetically engineered for insect resistance by Dow AgroSciences
Politics | 3/2/2014

Vilsack urges EPA caution in revising RFS

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the nation's ethanol producers that he's reached out to EPA chief Gina McCarthy and White House officials to make sure
Politics | 2/28/2014 5:04:52 PM

McCarthy meets with lawmakers in North Dakota to discuss energy issues, RFS

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2014 - EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy met with three lawmakers today in North Dakota to discuss an array of energy-related issues, including
Politics | 2/28/2014 4:48:33 PM

Vilsack outlines farm bill timetable, biofuel trade promotion

SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 28, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today said he has started to set the table for growers to make informed decisions about farm bill options for the 2015 crop year
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