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WASHINGTON, June 12, 2014 -- The House passed legislation Thursday that would make permanent a tax provision that allows farmers and other small businesses to immediately write off up to $500,000 in equipment purchases such as combines and large tractors rather than
WASHINGTON, June, 11, 2014 -- The House spent several hours Wednesday debating a $142 billion spending bill for the USDA and FDA for fiscal year 2015, approving a raft of amendments, but adjourned without
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 - The chairman of a House Ways and Means subcommittee on trade says the U.S. should complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership without Japan if the Asian nation insists on retaining
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 - U.S. supplies of unsold wheat at the end of May 2015 will total 574 million bushels, up 34 million bushels from the month ago estimate, as exports and use in food and animal feed
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 - For all our lawmakers' so-called partisan bickering, the Democrat-crafted and committee-approved Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill and the GOP-written House legislation have very similar funding levels.
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 - A lot of ink has been spilled - both within the agriculture press and way outside of it - on school lunch nutrition guidelines and their funding. An agriculture spending bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee and set to considered by the full House today would grant controversial one-year waivers to school nutrition programs operating at a six-month financial loss after the implementation of new school lunch guidelines in the fall of 2012.
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 - U.S. pork producers say they have given enough ground in negotiations with Japan on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement that's being hammered out among a dozen Pacific Rim countries that account for 40 percent of world gross domestic product.
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 - The EPA proposal to reduce biofuel blending requirements this year under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is not expected to be forwarded to the White House for review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) until next month, stakeholder sources say.
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 - National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) members came to Capitol Hill this week to deliver their policy priorities to Congress, including immigration reform, resisting patchwork state labeling laws for products made with genetically modified organisms and relief from certain government regulations, particularly the EPA's "Waters of the U.S."
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 - Health activists at the National Soda Summit in Washington last week highlighted legislative efforts to limit the consumption of beverages that contain sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 - Agricultural business leaders made their case to Congress to pass immigration Tuesday on Capitol Hill, but after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in his Virginia GOP primary Tuesday night, all bets are off about whether House Republican leaders will even attempt to address such a (hot button) issue.
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2014 - President Obama today signed into law the Water Resources and Reform Development Act (WRRDA), which provides $12.3 billion to improve the nation's ports and waterways and for
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications June 16 from energy facilities interested in receiving forest or agricultural residues to
As Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in the 114th Congress, Mike Conaway has revised the subcommittee structure to allow for closer policy oversight and careful attention to reauthorization of nutrition programs and futures trading. In his first audio interview on ag issues this year, Conaway covers a wide variety of topics. He expects congressional action on immigration policy but isn’t sure tax reform will be a part of the early congressional agenda. The Texas Republican says the budget process will dominate the early days of the new congress and expects budget reconciliation to play a major role in policy reform and debate. Conaway says the government must respect industry investments made within the Renewable Fuels Standard but questions overall volumes.