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Politics | 5/14/2014 8:40:14 AM
WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 -- A U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study shows the application of sewage sludge as fertilizer on farm fields can leave traces of prescription drugs and household chemicals long after
Politics | 5/14/2014 8:23:04 AM
WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 - A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report says USDA's service agencies did not follow government guidelines in

Politics | 5/14/2014
WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 - The 11 judges who sit on what some consider the second-highest court in the United States will hear arguments on Monday over the extent of the government's authority to force the food industry to tell consumers how WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 - An intensifying drought in the central and southern Great Plains will limit the U.S. to its smallest wheat crop in eight years at the same time WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 - Odds of a major El Niño hitting the United States are growing and it could bring with it WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 - Don't expect a proposal for an organic industry checkoff to be submitted to USDA before the end of this year, says the CEO of the WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 - The 2012 Census of Agriculture shows the number of U.S. farms producing renewable energy has more than doubled since the last census in 2007. But farm energy advocates say the findings mark just the beginning of WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 - They may be large family farms operated under the best accepted environmental practices, but according to a new interactive map released by the Center for Food Safety (CFS), these so-called concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 - Livestock, dairy and egg producers may face year-round reproach from vegan extremists and diet scolds but last week they heard that there has never been a time when WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit agreed with a lower District Court that found that DuPont and its Pioneer unit had (abused the judicial process and acted in bad faith) in a case regarding WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 - After months of negotiations, House and Senate negotiators, including Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Bill Shuster announced a deal to advance the $8.2 billion Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which could fix
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
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