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Politics | 3/24/2015 3:45:38 PM
WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015-- The House Agriculture Committee is considering reauthorization of the agency that oversees swaps and futures market. During a subcommittee hearing today, Democrats and Republicans on the panel agreed that legislation for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) should allow end-users who are legitimate (commercial market participants) to avoid being inadvertently classified as financial entities because of their commercial activities.
Politics | 3/24/2015 12:52:23 PM
WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015 - Republicans and Democrats slammed the Agriculture Department over allegations of abuse at a livestock research facility in Nebraska and accused agency officials of stonewalling lawmakers' requests for information.

Politics | 3/23/2015 3:31:10 PM
WASHINGTON, March 23, 2015 - Budget resolutions will be on the floor this week in both the House and Senate and, with little or no Democrat support available, Republican leaders need to keep as many GOP votes as possible.
Politics | 3/23/2015 1:24:45 PM
WASHINGTON, March 23, 2015 - A revised bill aimed at blocking state GMO labeling laws is expected to be introduced in the House this week with a new provision to regulate foods promoted as non-biotech.
Politics | 3/20/2015 3:19:21 PM
WASHINGTON, March 20, 2015-- The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization, announced today it ranked the herbicide glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans," inspiring fierce rebuttal from the agricultural science community.
Politics | 3/20/2015 11:28:16 AM
WASHINGTON, March 20, 2015 - USDA announced today $200 million in funding that will go toward the development and implementation of job training programs for Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) participants in 10 states.
Politics | 3/20/2015 11:17:34 AM
WASHINGTON, March 20 2015- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded today that genetically engineered (GE) apples developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits and GE potatoes developed by JR Simplot Company are as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts.
Politics | 3/19/2015 3:17:52 PM
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - Agriculture producers and organizations along with food manufacturers, retailers and their associations contributed over $21.2 million to political campaigns - mostly Republican - during the two-year midterm election cycle that ended Dec. 31, 2014.
Politics | 3/19/2015 2:04:00 PM
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015 -- California Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders in Sacramento today unveiled a $1 billion plan to help the state deal with a devastating drought now moving into its fourth year.
Politics | 3/19/2015 1:18:03 PM
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015-A bill introduced in Maine's legislature today would require all foods distributed in the state to include a (GMO) label if genetically modified organisms were used to produce the final product.
Politics | 3/19/2015 12:12:11 PM
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015-- The House Agriculture Committee today approved the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015, which would clarify congressional intent regarding pesticide regulation near waters of the United States.
Politics | 3/19/2015 12:03:30 PM
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015 - The USDA will be embarking on a new partnership with the University of Kentucky to reduce child hunger in poor, rural areas of the state and up to 15 other states as well.
Politics | 3/19/2015
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015 - The Obama administration is negotiating with the shipping industry to allow more U.S. food aid to be purchased overseas rather than from American producers
Politics | 3/18/2015 4:57:41 PM
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the United States is challenging Indonesia's import restrictions on several classes of agricultural products before the World Trade Organization.
Politics | 3/18/2015 4:34:34 PM
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - A leading critic of federal crop insurance subsidies said he's likely to use next week's planned debate on the Senate budget resolution to test support for cuts in the program.
Politics | 3/18/2015 4:26:42 PM
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - Legislators and officials from farm groups and agricultural organizations used a House Agriculture Committee hearing to remind each other of a well-known fact - trade can be very good for Ag.
Politics | 3/18/2015 4:15:04 PM
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 - A long-term budget plan unveiled by House Republicans would leave farm bill programs virtually untouched.
Politics | 3/18/2015 3:59:18 PM

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 -- Leaders from agriculture, education and politics helped Agri-Pulse kick off Ag Day in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, March 17 with a panel discussion on innovation in agriculture and a video tribute celebrating an ag and trade leader.
Politics | 3/18/2015 3:33:37 PM
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2015 - Members of a House Ways and Means subcommittee vehemently disagreed in a hearing this morning on whether the estate tax - which opponents call the death tax - is unreasonably burdensome to farmers and ranchers and if that burden means the tax should be repealed.
Politics | 3/18/2015 2:57:01 PM
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - Farm groups and anti-hunger advocates are well-positioned to avoid any major cuts in agriculture or nutrition spending under the long-term budget plans unveiled in the House and Senate.
Politics | 3/18/2015 1:56:24 PM
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - A coalition of Western counties and ranching, mining, and energy associations is challenging information that federal agencies are using to make Endangered Species Act listing for the greater sage-grouse.
Politics | 3/18/2015
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - Dietary science has always been shifting and incomplete. That's the reason the federal dietary guidelines are required by law to be revised every five years. WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., says the U.S. and South Africa may be close to making a deal that would ease South Africa's tariffs on U.S. chicken and pave the way for that country's continued inclusion in a trade agreement that provides favorable treatment for exports to the U.S. from sub-Saharan Africa. WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - The Obama administration's ambitious agricultural development initiative known as Feed the Future has never been authorized in law, leaving it with an uncertain future. But supporters are about to renew an effort to provide the $1-billion-a-year program with congressional authorization. WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - How is USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service getting its arms around Big Data, its ever expanding collection of electronic market information?
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