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Politics | 4/15/2015 5:08:57 AM
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2015 - Will rural areas eventually receive the same type of high-speed Internet access that many of their urban (cousins) enjoy? The answer to the question is still in dispute as service providers and their federal regulators duke it out in the courts over controversial new rules.
Politics | 4/15/2015
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - Another Tax Day is passing, and the Section 179 expensing allowance and other key tax incentives are once again in limbo - and may continue to be for some time.

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - Is California's severe drought a total disaster for its farm sector? Not generally. WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - Get ready for action on trade in Congress after weeks of negotiations. Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch says he wants his committee to vote on a Trade Promotion Authority bill next week as well as some other trade measures. WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - Interested parties await a decision from the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the controversial U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rule, a decision that could open the door for retaliation from Canada and Mexico and potentially set the stage for congressional action. WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - Analysts say the Agriculture Department's new subsidy eligibility requirements are going to make it significantly tougher for investors in a small number of big farming operations to qualify for multiple government payments. WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - Members of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday debated the effectiveness of the new enforcement policy that the Obama administration ordered for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which include prioritizing the detainment of criminal illegal immigrants. WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has been regulating futures markets - and since the Dodd-Frank act was passed in 2010, swaps markets too - without congressional authorization for nearly two years. WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - U.S. commodity groups are preparing for another international meeting intended to establish protocols that ensure small amounts of unapproved seed varieties that end up in export markets don't lead to more rejections of grain shipments, disrupting the supply chain.
Politics | 4/14/2015 4:47:52 PM

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2015 - A group of 4-H members shared their passions about the future of agriculture with the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research today and emphasized why it's more important than ever before to build (bridges) between rural and urban residents.
Politics | 4/14/2015 2:30:35 PM
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2015 - The Department of Agriculture confirmed nine new cases of the H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) today including the first instance of the disease in Iowa.
Politics | 4/14/2015 1:12:33 PM
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2015 - USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has received three alternative proposals for a federal milk marketing order for California, all in response to a request for an FMMO from California Dairies Inc., Dairy Farmers of America and Land O' Lakes.
Politics | 4/14/2015 10:29:22 AM
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2015 - A House bill to fund the Army Corps of Engineers for the next fiscal year would stop the Obama administration from implementing its revised Clean Water Act rule until the fall of 2016 at the earliest.
Politics | 4/13/2015 4:19:55 PM
WASHINGTON, April 12, 2015 - Now, the real work begins. Congressional Republicans this week will start moving the appropriations bills that give them their best shot at picking apart President Obama's regulatory agenda.
Politics | 4/13/2015 4:05:31 PM
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2015 - A House committee released a bill Monday that would force federal agencies to kill and then replace a proposed rule to re-define what streams, wetlands and other areas are regulated under the Clean Water Act.
Politics | 4/13/2015 3:27:40 PM
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2015 - A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza (HPAI) has now been found in 11 states following USDA confirmation of a case in Wisconsin.
Politics | 4/13/2015 2:12:02 PM
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2015--The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is asking Hillary Clinton to support mandatory GMO labeling.
Politics | 4/13/2015 9:51:04 AM
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2015 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released a clarification on previously issued guidelines for animal food safety, explaining to producers the scope and intent of the guidelines.
Politics | 4/13/2015
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2015--The presence of salmonella resistant to antimicrobials in meat sold in U.S. grocery stores is continuing to decrease since its peak in 2009, according to two U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports released today
Politics | 4/10/2015 3:05:36 PM
WASHINGTON, April 10, 2015 - Usage of medically important antibiotics in food animals rose 3 percent from 2012 through 2013, the Food and Drug Administration says in its latest annual report on sales of the drugs.
Politics | 4/10/2015 12:40:06 PM
WASHINGTON, April 10, 2015 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it will issue its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements for 2015 by June 1, and a final rule governing the volumes for 2014 and 2015 by Nov. 30.
Politics | 4/10/2015 12:20:47 PM
WASHINGTON, April 10, 2015- USDA announced that it recently reached agreements with Mexico and Peru that will provide more customers for U.S. beef and pork producers.
Politics | 4/9/2015 9:55:14 PM
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2015-Lowe's announced it will phase out the sale of products containing neonicotinoid pesticides as part of its corporate responsibility commitments for this year.
Politics | 4/9/2015 4:59:29 PM
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - A new study commissioned by U.S. commodity groups concludes that several so-called "advanced developing countries" have ramped up their subsidies to corn, wheat and rice producers in excess of their commitments to the World Trade Organization, creating unfair conditions for global commerce.
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