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WASHINGTON, December 11, 2014 - Given all of the turmoil and dysfunction in Congress, passage of the 2014 farm bill this spring was a major accomplishment, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow emphasized during her keynote speech at the Farm Journal Forum today in Washington. But she warned that the broad-based coalition that came together to support the multifaceted measure needs to be not only maintained, but strengthened.
WASHINGTON, Dec 9, 2014 --
The massive $1 trillion fiscal 2015 spending bill that congressional leaders
have agreed on sets the stage for fights next year over the Clean Water Act,
school nutrition, the beef checkoff and country-of-origin labeling.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2014 -- Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, the next chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, today named the Republican lawmakers who will lead the panel's subcommittees in the 114th Congress.
Dec. 10, 2014 - The Clean Water Act provisions in the massive fiscal 2015
spending agreement are likely to do little to slow an effort by farm groups to
kill a proposed rule defining the law's jurisdiction.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2014 - The Transportation Department's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today granted five regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations to four companies for aerial surveying, construction site monitoring and oil-rig flare stack inspections.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2014 - The House of Representatives today passed a bill that its Republican backers say would bring some relief to drought-plagued California while Democratic opponents say it would weaken environmental laws and possibly ignite a water war between the northern and southern parts of the state.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2014 -- Incoming House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway is setting up a separate subcommittee to oversee federal nutrition programs, confirming that food stamps and other feeding programs will be a major focus in the next Congress.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2014 - Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, the incoming chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, today named eight new Republican members who will serve on the panel in the 114th Congress.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2014 - The House is set to pass a bill this week that would provide legal authority for the first time to President Obama's Feed the Future initiative, a $1-billion-a-year effort to increase food production and combat hunger in 19 target countries.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2014 - Eight states will participate in the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables to increases purchases of locally grown fruits and vegetables in school meal programs.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2014 -- Sam Kass, the personal chef to the first family and the executive director of Michelle Obama's (Let's Move!) initiative, is leaving the White House at the end of the month to live full-time in New York.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 - High-level leaders in the ag industry, including Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, Trade Ambassador Darci Vetter, and our own Agri-Pulse Editor Sara Wyant will convene in Washington Dec. 10-11 for the 2014 Farm Journal Forum.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin. The Illinois Democrat sees promise in the opening weeks of the 114th Congress. Senator Durbin says more open floor debate may lead to compromise on complex issues including trade and nutrition, however, he believes tax reform and immigration may be too divisive for this Congress to resolve. During this in-depth interview, he also offers interesting perspective on crop insurance, estate taxes, GMO labeling, the Renewable Fuel Standard and the EPA.