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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Our guest on Open Mic this week is USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson. In this wide-ranging interview, you’ll hear his perspective on any relationship between the drop in equity markets and commodity prices, thoughts on China, Brazil and other countries lowering their currency values, and the implications of the EPA’s upcoming decision on RFS volume standards for US farm income.