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WASHINGTON, April 13, 2016 - The European Parliament is recommending that the European Commission, the governing arm of the EU, renew its authorization of glyphosate for seven years and release all data used in a recent assessment of the herbicide by the European Food Safety Authority.
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2016 - The U.S. isn't waiting until Congress votes on the Trans-Pacific Partnership to start making sure that the other 11 countries in the free trade deal are ready to begin implementing it if and when it takes effect, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, April 13,
2016 - The fiscal 2017 appropriations process takes a few steps further today
as House subcommittees mark up the agriculture and energy and water spending
bills and a Senate subcommittee considers its energy and water bill.
WASHINGTON, April 12, 2016 - The (waters of the U.S.) rule is in limbo, but its potential impact is causing widespread concern among farmers, Tom Buchanan, president of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, told a Senate subcommittee today.
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2016 - Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts released a reauthorization bill for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission that would protect grain elevators and other end users from speculative position limits, but the draft tossed some more controversial provisions in a House-passed measure.
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2016 - Texas sorghum growers will be allowed to use Dow AgroSciences' Transform WG to control sugarcane aphid on up to 3 million acres under an emergency exemption granted by EPA.
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2016 - The Senate returns to work
today on its reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration, and
there's still hope that Senate leaders will agree to attach extensions of tax
incentives for biodiesel and advanced biofuels.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2016 - Millions of dollars left over from a class-action settlement involving black farmers will be available for distribution to law schools or nonprofit organizations, under an order issued Friday, April 8, by U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman.
WASHINTON, April 8,
2016 - Partisan differences are threatening to swamp a series of issues
critical to agriculture and food policy. There has been no evidence of a
breakthrough on the biotech labeling issue, and now differences are emerging over
school nutrition. And a reauthorization bill for the Commodity Futures Trading
WASHINGTON, April 7, 2016 - The Senate is moving forward on a
reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration after Democrats
and Republicans reached a deal to revive some expired tax incentives for
WASHINGTON, April 6,
2016 - A contested Republican convention is more likely today after Ted Cruz'
big victory in yesterday's Wisconsin primary over Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders
defeated Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side, but he still has a steep hill
to climb to deny her the nomination. The next big contest is in New York on
WASHINGTON, April 5, 2016 - Senators are talking again about a possible
compromise on the biotech labeling issue, but no breakthrough appears imminent.
The ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Debbie Stabenow, is
still the key to any deal.
WASHINGTON, April 4, 2016 - The Senate returns from its two-week Easter
recess today to take up a bill that could benefit biotech companies. It's not
GMO labeling legislation but rather a bill that would allow companies to file
claims in federal courts against people who the firms believe have stolen trade
WASHINGTON, April, 1, 2016 - The Nuclear Security Summit wraps up in
Washington today. During a joint appearance with President Obama yesterday,
Chinese President Xi Jinxing sought to emphasize that China wanted to work
together with the United States to address economic and trade issues among
April 8, 2016 - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman still believes
Congress will pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal this year and his agency
is working with lawmakers to draw up the necessary legislation in preparation,
Froman said Friday.
WASHINGTON, April 7, 2016 - The Food and Drug Administration is extending the comment period on its proposal to allow an experimental release of gene-edited mosquitoes in Florida to combat the Zika virus.
This week's Open Mic guest is U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. As the nation's political focus turns to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia this week, the agriculture industry awaits what role farm, trade, nutrition and rural issues will play in the party platform. In this week's interview, Senator Klobuchar challenges suggestions that nutrition programs be separated from the farm bill, discusses the need for global trade and offers specific reasons why the Cuban embargo must be lifted. The Minnesota Democrat is a member of the recently formed Rural Broadband Coalition and has joined other congressional leaders challenging the EPA's preliminary volume obligation targets under the RFS. Senator Klobuchar offers thoughts on the process that brought mandatory biotech disclosure legislation and what role that may play in future debate on Capitol Hill.