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WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - The battle over President Obama's trade policy will come down to a few dozen conservatives and Democrats in the House. The Senate on May 22 approved a bill, 62-37, to provide Obama with Trade Promotion Authority to wrap up the pending Trans Pacific Partnership.
WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - In the very diverse bio-products arena, the rapid expansion of biofuels production has captured most of the attention for decades. But a lot is happening off the biobased stage.
WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 An Obama administration plan that would give the states a bigger voice in decisions about what animals end up getting protection under the Endangered Species Act has riled up some environmental groups and failed to impress Republican congressional critics who have vowed to reform what one historian calls the (Magna Carta of the environmental movement.)
WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - Ranchers and farmers who raise sheep and goats in the Western U.S. are up in arms over a Labor Department (DOL) proposal that would in many cases triple the wages of the foreign workers who tend to their livestock on the open range.
WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., last week introduced a bill that would require the Food and Drug Administration to set a maximum permissible level of inorganic arsenic in rice and food containing rice.
WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - The June 1 deadline for producers to certify compliance with conservation rules (form AD-1026) is "hard and fast" and will not be extended, says USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden.
WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 - With the Obama administration set to release its final WOTUS rule any day, the pressure is building on Republicans to block the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the new definitions for what streams, ditches, ponds and wetlands can be regulated as "waters of the United States."
WASHINGTON, May 26, 2015 - A group of 700 physicians and other healthcare professionals sent a letter of strong endorsement to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Burwell today praising the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's (DGAC) emphasis on lowering consumption of red and processed meat in its 2015 recommendations.
WASHINGTON, May 22, 2015 - With crucial Democratic support, the Senate agreed to give President Obama fast-track negotiating authority to wrap up a 12-nation Pacific Rim agreement and complete a second deal with the European Union.
WASHINGTON, May 22, 2015 -- Walmart, the biggest U.S. grocery retailer, today announced new farm animal welfare policies, joining a long list of food companies taking steps to improve the conditions of the cattle, hogs and poultry in its supply chain.
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., used a nomination hearing today to sound off on what he said were EPA's (questionable activities) surrounding the proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - For the fourth straight year, the USDA's Inspector General has found the agency failed to comply with mandatory reporting requirements regarding improper payment information. Total improper payments in the 20 high-risk programs for fiscal 2014 came to $6.9 billion, or a 5.5 percent improper payment rate.
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 - The Senate Agriculture Committee today unanimously approved a bill reauthorizing the Grain Standards Act, including provisions that would ensure export grain inspections continue during labor disputes.
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 - The fast-track trade bill cleared another hurdle as the Senate voted to move ahead on the legislation, 62-38, after dramatic floor discussions between GOP leaders and key Democrats.
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 - Dana Brooks, formerly the director of government affairs for Elanco Animal Health, has been hired by Land O'Lakes Inc. as its senior director of state affairs and industry relations.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - USDA released a new Regional Development Priority (RDP) policy Wednesday that details how the agency will support rural economic development by providing loans to small businesses and grants for community infrastructure improvements.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - The administration is expected to release the final (waters of the United States) (WOTUS) rule in the next week or so. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has been promising to refine the definitions in the proposed rule to address concerns raised by critics.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015-- While the agricultural industry is anticipating more business due to President Barack Obama's actions to normalize relations with Cuba, several members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today questioned the administration's ability to negotiate with a totalitarian communist state known for human rights abuses.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Senate Republican leaders have been working to get the fast-track trade bill to the finish line this week, ahead of the Memorial Day recess. But the debate was dragging amid negotiations over how many amendments would be considered.
This week’s guest on Open Mic is Wisconsin Representative Reid Ribble. The 8th district Republican left the Freedom Caucus last week in the fallout from a failed attempt to elect a new House Speaker. In this week’s interview, Ribble outlines challenges the Congress faces in approving a spending plan and his efforts to bring about a two-year budget cycle. He sees action soon on the nation’s debt ceiling and tax extenders but says the bigger issue lies between liberal Senate Democrats and conservative GOP leaders on spending. Ribble strongly opposes the EPA’s new clean water rules but supports a new voluntary program to reduce nutrient runoff in his home state.