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BONITA SPRINGS, FLORIDA, Feb. 5, 2014 - President Barack Obama's 2016
budget proposal includes cuts to crop insurance, but for the first time in
several years the focus is on cutting farmer premiums rather than directly
targeting cuts at crop insurance companies.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2015-Dozens of agricultural and food groups sent a letter to every member of Congress today asking them to introduce and approve legislation renewing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - A group representing agricultural employers across the country told Congress on Wednesday that broad legislation addressing the farm labor shortage is needed before implementation of a mandatory E-Verify system.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - U.S. Trade
Representative Michael Froman delivered an upbeat private briefing to members
of the House Agriculture Committee on the status of negotiations over a Pacific
Rim trade agreement, said the panel's chairman, Mike Conaway.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - Unless you want to join EPA in wading through 3.5 million comments on its plan to reduce coal-power-plant emissions, watch last week's three-hour (Stakeholder Perspectives on EPA's Proposed Clean Power Plan) webcast.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 -- The board of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR), created by the 2014 farm bill, is meeting for the second time this week in Washington, shortly after which it will seek an executive director.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 -- Early this week, the Environmental Protection Agency officially withdrew its interpretive rule that defined (normal farming practices) for purposes of the Clean Water Act and as required by Congress in the 2015 Omnibus spending bill passed in December.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 -- The Obama administration is asking Congress for $8.6 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for fiscal year 2016, which is $452 million, or 5 percent, more than its 2015 actual budget.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 - The National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine (IOM) says the white potato is now OK to be added to the official shopping list for USDA's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee will take
another look at the idea of severing nutrition programs from the rest of
the farm bill as part of its upcoming review of the Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program, said the panel's chairman, Mike Conaway.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 - After two previous failed attempts, NASA successfully launched its first Earth satellite on Jan. 31 - designed to detect soil moisture, improve climate and weather forecasts, track yields and help scientists more accurately account for how much carbon plants are removing from Earth's atmosphere each year.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 3, 2015 - The Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America, today welcomed introduction of the Conservation Easement Incentive Act in Congress.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2015 - President Obama is proposing for the first time to create a single food-safety agency while also reviving failed attempts to slash crop insurance premium subsidies and impose new user fees on agribusiness and food companies.
Jan. 30, 2015 - As the renewable fuels industry waits for the Obama
administration to act on the Renewable Fuel Standard, the National Biodiesel
Board is speaking out, calling the agency's lack of action
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2015 - The School Nutrition Association, which represents school district nutrition directors, says Congress needs to increase the reimbursement for each school breakfast and lunch by 35 cents to make sure school districts can afford to meet federal nutrition requirements.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2015- The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new measures to delay the corn rootworm pest becoming resistant to corn genetically engineered to produce certain pesticides.
This week's guest on Open Mic is US Senator Heidi Heitkamp. As an outspoken advocate for agriculture and rural America, the North Dakota Democrat was instrumental in crafting the 2014 farm bill and now has proposed legislation to address uncertainty over renewable fuels and waters of the US as well as expanding trade with Cuba. In this interview Senator Heitkamp shares her thoughts on food labeling and outlines senate debate over Trade Promotion Authority for President Obama. While trade dominates the legislative agenda this week, Heitkamp hopes for timely action on the highway trust fund, the export-import bank and national security issues.