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Politics | 2/12/2014

Industry says TTIP could do serious damage to cheese

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2014 - One of the European Union's top billed issues in trade negotiations is the question of geographical indications, many in the dairy industry tell Agri-Pulse. The term refers to

Boost to rural areas seen from new bioenergy definitions in farm bill

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2014 - Biotechnology interests say provisions in the new farm bill that for the first time recognize biobased products and renewable chemicals on a par with biofuels represents a sea change, offering

Young farmers told to keep customers in mind

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 - A top executive at Smithfield Foods told an audience of young farmers and ranchers this weekend that they must keep the attitudes of their customers front and center when
Politics | 2/11/2014 6:59:49 PM

Restaurant industry outpacing U.S. economy in job growth

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2014 - The restaurant industry did better than the U.S. economy as a whole in 2013 - and will continue to do so in 2014, according to theNational Restaurant Association.
Politics | 2/11/2014 6:45:47 PM

Obama, Hollande discuss trade, climate change, food security

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2014 - During a state visit by French President François Hollande, President Obama said Tuesday the leaders discussed an array of issues including
Politics | 2/11/2014 6:34:27 PM

Senate poised to approve bill lifting debt ceiling

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2014 - The Senate is likely to approve, as early as Wednesday, legislation that would lift the nation's debt ceiling until
Politics | 2/11/2014 6:27:58 PM

OSHA will issue new grain bin safety guidance

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2014--The U.S. Department of Labor will update its guidance on grain bin safety enforcement, Brian Kennedy, the DOL's assistant secretary of the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
Politics | 2/11/2014 9:51:29 AM

Washington Week Ahead: Lawmakers will look at debt ceiling, Keystone, immigration

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2014 - Lawmakers are expected to address, or at least discuss, the next looming financial crisis after Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned
Politics | 2/11/2014 9:35:14 AM

Country-of-origin labeling critics worry about trade retaliation

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2014-- Canadian agricultural attaché Mike Hawkins told a small group of young farmers Sunday that the unique integration between Canadian and U.S. livestock
Politics | 2/11/2014 8:56:29 AM

Crop insurance industry aims to build on past successes

SCOTTSDALE, AZ. February 10, 2014 - Just days after President Barack Obama signed a new five-year farm bill, members of the crop insurance industry celebrated the strides
Politics | 2/10/2014 1:13:47 PM

USDA raises soybean supply estimate on Canadian imports

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 10, 2014 - Estimated U.S. soybean supplies for the current marketing year are 5 million bushels higher than projected a month ago, thanks to
Politics | 2/10/2014 9:11:36 AM

China's cotton policy will shape 2014 outlook for fiber, NCC says

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 10, 2014 - China's plan to stop building cotton reserves and offer support through a target price mechanism will play a role in
Politics | 2/10/2014 8:55:03 AM

Survey: U.S. producers to plant 11.26 million acres of cotton in 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 10, 2014 - U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 11.26 million acres of cotton this spring, up 8.2 percent from
Politics | 2/9/2014 7:02:51 PM

California company recalls 8.7 million pounds of beef products

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 9, 2014 - Rancho Feeding Corp., of Petaluma, California, is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products because they were processed from diseased and
Politics | 2/7/2014 3:27:09 PM

U.S. beef exports rose to a record in 2013; pork sales fell

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb 7, 2014 - U.S. beef exports rose to a record $6.157 billion last year, a 12 percent jump, while overseas pork sales
Politics | 2/7/2014 2:31:39 PM

USDA warns Olympics-goers: Don't bring pests back with you!

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2014 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has a friendly reminder for Americans who plan to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia: Don't bring any
Politics | 2/7/2014 1:42:18 PM

 Obama signs historic five-year farm bill into law

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2014 - President Obama signed into law a sweeping five-year farm bill (H.R. 2642) today that authorizes nearly $1 trillion in
Politics | 2/7/2014 10:02:30 AM

White House launches initiative to help boost rural exports

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2014 - President Obama directed the administration today, working through the White House Rural Council, to lead a new
Politics | 2/7/2014

 Obama signs historic five-year farm bill into law

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2014 - President Obama signed into law a sweeping five-year farm bill (H.R. 2642) today that authorizes nearly $1 trillion in
Politics | 2/6/2014 8:56:19 PM

Cow-calf ranchers ?in driver?s seat? for 2014, CattleFax says

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 6, 2014 - Improved moisture conditions in much of the U.S. in the coming year will ensure continued supplies of cheap cattle feed, CattleFax analysts told
Politics | 2/6/2014 5:51:49 PM

Beef producers worry TPP may exclude 'sensitive' products

Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 6. 2014 -- Beef producers from the U.S., Australia, Canada and New Zealand issued a statement today expressing concern that some member countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) may seek
Politics | 2/6/2014 2:22:48 PM

Senate approves Baucus to serve as ambassador to China

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014 - The Senate approved the nomination today, with a 96-0 vote, of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., to serve as
Politics | 2/6/2014 1:29:46 PM

GMO coalition launches campaign for a federal labeling solution

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014—In an attempt to prevent a patchwork of state genetically modified (GMO) food labeling rules, a coalition of agricultural, food manufacturer and consumer groups announced today
Politics | 2/5/2014 6:27:23 PM

Organic farmers have more crop insurance options in 2014

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014 ― USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) today reminded producers of recent changes to the organic farm safety net and key dates for producers
Politics | 2/5/2014 5:52:05 PM

House approves contentious California drought relief bill

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014 - The House today approved legislation (H.R. 3964), on a mostly party-line vote of 229-191, which
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