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Politics | 5/13/2014 7:50:57 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2014-Legislation that would permanently ban horse slaughter in the U.S. and prohibit the sale of horses to other countries for human consumption may get increased traction in Congress as a temporary
Politics | 5/13/2014 7:47:12 PM
WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014-- The Senate Agriculture Committee focused on the world of high frequency trading during a hearing Tuesday where Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow sought to

Politics | 5/13/2014 12:58:48 PM

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2014- United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced more than $1.5 million in funding to expand bio-control efforts to fight
Politics | 5/12/2014 6:32:26 PM
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2014 - The House is in recess this week but the Senate has a busy schedule, with lots of news expected on the transportation front
Politics | 5/11/2014 7:50:06 PM
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2014-The White House and USDA continue their full court press to get a vote on comprehensive immigration reform in the House with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and
Politics | 5/9/2014 1:18:31 PM
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2014 - U.S. wheat supplies for the marketing year beginning June 1 will total 2.7 billion bushels, down 10 percent from the current year, as continuing drought and freeze events cut production, USDA said today. The report contained the department's first projections for
Politics | 5/9/2014 11:22:24 AM
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2014 - The U.S. International Trade Commission is siding with U.S. sugar producers who claim they've been harmed by subsidized sweetener from Mexico that is being dumped on U.S. markets at
Politics | 5/9/2014 8:36:27 AM
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2014 -- President Barack Obama said he plans to nominate Lisa Mensah, the executive director of the Initiative on Financial Security at the Aspen Institute, as the USDA's
Politics | 5/9/2014 4:49:06 AM
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2014 - After months of debate, key lawmakers said they finally reached a deal on the $8.2 billion Water Resources Reform and Development Act
Politics | 5/8/2014 5:55:21 PM
WASHINGTON, May 8, 2014 - Vermont's Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday afternoon signed the country's first law (HB 112) requiring the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods. But some legal experts
Politics | 5/8/2014 1:20:02 PM
WASHINGTON, May 8, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is making a historic $78 million investment in local and regional food systems, including food hubs, farmers markets, aggregation and
Politics | 5/8/2014 9:33:04 AM
The Renewable Fuels Association and several other leaders in America's renewable fuel industry banded together to write to President Barack Obama today, urging him to reconsider
Politics | 5/8/2014 5:12:13 AM
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today that his team has made new progress
Politics | 5/7/2014 5:21:40 PM
WASHINGTON, MAY 7, 2014 - A new study by the conservation group Ducks Unlimited puts a price tag on what it would cost to replace U.S. rice fields with
Politics | 5/7/2014 11:32:31 AM
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 - The American Meat Institute today released the results of a survey that shows consumers are confused about the causes of antibiotic resistance and the use of antibiotics in
Politics | 5/7/2014
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 - Family operations continue to dominate American farming and ranching, but they are increasingly larger and wealthier, in many ways more diverse, and make more use of WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 - After being roundly criticized by many farm organizations for new proposals dealing with clean water and proposed changes in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sat down in WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 - Later this fall, USDA expects to allow growers to sign up for either the new Price Loss Coverage (PLC) or Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) commodity programs, but they'll also have another key decision to make: whether to WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 - A lead author of the National Climate Assessment released in Washington Tuesday says that only time will tell if the major floods and droughts in recent years are the result of WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 - The organization representing U.S. rice growers and millers is going on the offensive in its bid to maintain market share in exports to Mexico - by far, the biggest WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 - Growth in domestic biodiesel demand to satisfy renewable fuels targets and increased access to biodiesel from other countries drove the U.S. to change from a net exporter of biomass-based diesel in 2012 to WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 - Several agriculture-related stakeholders and lawmakers have been expressing concerns about an unreliable and slow transportation infrastructure system involving WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 - Despite the current wave of media fascination with the activists who denigrate modern agricultural production, Elanco CEO Jeff Simmons is optimistic about how technology can meet the challenge WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 - The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is criticizing the USDA for failing to release a critical audit on Brazil's meat inspection system before
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