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WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2015 - McDonald's says it will switch to cage-free eggs in the United States and Canada over the next 10 years, a decision hailed by animal welfare activists as a landmark move because of the company's buying power.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2015 - Congress returns to work with a long list of
unfinished business to deal with this fall, including the budget, a long-term
highway bill and a reauthorization of child nutrition programs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2015 - The pressure is on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and others to lobby Congress to reauthorize the Obama administration's Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act before it expires at the end of the month.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2015 - The California Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday a notice of intent to list glyphosate, one of the most widely-used herbicides in agriculture, and three other chemicals to a list of carcinogens under the state's Proposition 65 law.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2015 - Karis Gutter, a former USDA deputy undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS), will join DuPont as its government affairs manager, the company announced today.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2015 -
Keeping up with the growing demand for non-GMO and organic products is proving
to be a challenge. The Agriculture Department is betting that providing farmers
with information on market prices will help.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2015 - The chairman of the House committee that oversees child nutrition programs is retiring from Congress next year, raising questions about prospects for reauthorizing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2015 - A group of 28 agricultural organizations sent a letter to the House of Representatives today stating their objectives in the transportation funding process, which has become a political football most recently punted at the end of July.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 -- The University of Arkansas School of Law's Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative is formulating a comprehensive set of model food and agricultural codes for Indian tribes in an effort to fight obesity, diabetes and other nutritional health problems that affect Native Americans at disproportionate rates compared to other ethnic groups.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2015 - The Western District Court of Texas vacated a 2014 (threatened) listing of the lesser prairie chicken Tuesday on the grounds that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) incorrectly determined that voluntary conservation action wouldn't be enough to protect the bird.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2015 - If current federal and state support for the wind industry continues, jobs in the sector - currently at 73,000 -- could more than triple by 2030 (to 265,000) and increase by nine-fold (to 670,000) by 2050.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says that backers of a bill to preempt state GMO labeling laws don't have the votes to move the legislation in the Senate. But he says the politics could shift after one or more state labeling laws were to take effect.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2015 - The extended public comment period on EPA's proposed risk management plan for the monarch butterfly closed last week, but not before scientists, environmental groups and agribusiness stakeholders weighed in on a decision that could have far-reaching implications for how farmers operate in the future.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2015 - The strengthening U.S. dollar is having a wide-ranging impact on U.S. agriculture, but the effects vary by commodity, according to a new report from the Rabobank Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2015 - A new monitoring program overseen by USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is up and running, and officials will use it to keep an eye on the potential spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) this fall.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2015 - Not unlike the long-term laboratory and field successes in improving corn and soybeans, American scientists, sugar cooperatives, seed companies, farmers and others have been steadily adding magic for a half century to sugar beets and the techniques in growing them.
WASHINGTON, Sept 2, 2015 - USDA is rolling out the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) program across the country next year despite the fact that not a whole lot of people took advantage of it during this year's pilot offering.
CHICAGO, IL - Sept. 2, 2015 - Farm Aid, launched by musician Willie Nelson in 1985 to raise funds to help farmers squeezed when the farmland bubble burst, will mark its 30th anniversary Sept. 19 in downtown Chicago with a festival featuring Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and others.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., held a teleconference Friday afternoon from Portland, Oregon, where wildfires are raging to stress the necessity of reforming the wildfire suppression budget.
This week’s Open Mic Guest is the new President of the American Farm Bureau Federation Zippy Duvall. As a representative of the nation’s largest general farm organization, Duvall says it’s important for the farm and rural voice to be heard on the national and local level. In this interview Duvall speaks to the industry’s ongoing battle to stop the EPA’s Waters of the US regulations, the need for a national voluntary labeling law and the challenging plight of the cotton industry. Duvall says the AFBF is still evaluating the text of the TPP but is ready to join the fight for greater access to global markets.