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May 22, 2014 - Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves, R-MO., and other
GOP committee members sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
and Army Corps of Engineers today
WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 - The Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday narrowly approved a bill authorizing $20.6 billion in discretionary spending for USDA and FDA in FY 2015, while adding amendments that would effectively ban horse slaughter in the U.S., mandate labeling for genetically modified salmon, and
WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 - The Senate approved the Water Resources and Reform Development Act (WRRDA) conference report by a huge margin, 91-7 today, just two days after the House of Representatives passed the $12.3 billion package with
WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014-- Senators Pat Roberts, (R-Kans.), Al Franken (D-MN), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) introduced a rural health care bill today that makes changes to Medicare regulations
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - Nutrition assistance programs are a familiar battlefront in Congress, but the fighting is usually over spending levels. It was a different story Tuesday when a House subcommittee met and approved a FY 2015 funding bill for USDA and the FDA.
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - Cuts proposed by House appropriators to mandatory funding for farm energy programs authorized by the recently adopted five-year farm bill are targeting successful initiatives that play a key role in boosting the rural economy, according to programs advocates.
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - Tucked into Section 1049 of the Waterways Resources Reform Development Act (WRRDA) is language designed to give farmers and ranchers some relief from the Environmental Protection Agency's Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule on farm storage tanks.
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman is putting a rosy glow on the latest negotiating session aimed at forging a free trade pact among a dozen Pacific Rim countries, but comments from Japan are darkening the picture.
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - Consumer demand for (sustainable) food production is causing some of the world's largest companies to make environmental promises, which could require agricultural producers to assess their farming practices, especially fertilizer use.
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - Leading the charge is Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who plans to urge tobacco companies to stop from using child labor in their supply chains.
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 -
Agricultural producers and energy facilities working to turn renewable biomass
into clean energy will soon be able to apply for support through the Biomass
Crop Assistance Program
ARLINGTON, Va., May 20, 2014 - President Barack Obama's Feed the Future initiative reached almost 7 million farmers last year by providing access to new technologies and management practices on about 10 million acres
The push for agriculture productivity and sustainability has brought rapid innovation for farm machines in the US and around the globe. While global food, fiber and fuel demand promise opportunity for machinery manufacturers, the agriculture equipment industry faces real challenges from a global economic downturn, higher emission standards, uncertain U.S. tax policy and a paradigm shift in net farm income from lower commodity prices. Charlie O'Brien, Senior Vice President for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers says technology in the coming generations of farm machinery will lead to a more rapid turnover of equipment sales as producers strive to maximize both efficiency and production.