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WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2015 - Language included in the omnibus spending bill to repeal parts of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling is sitting well with foreign stakeholders, but that doesn't mean they won't continue efforts to retaliate against the provision.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2015 - The U.S. Departments of Justice and Labor say they plan to enforce environmental and worker safety laws more vigorously in the coming year, and agriculture is one area the agencies will be looking at closely.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2015 - A coalition of agricultural organizations led by the American Soybean Association is urging Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to work toward positive outcomes for agriculture in the World Trade Organization ministerial negotiations going on this week in Nairobi, Kenya.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2015 - U.S. exports of organic products grew nearly 60 percent between 2011 and 2014 as a result of trade equivalency agreements, according to a report released Wednesday by the Organic Trade Association.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2015 - Congressional leaders have reached agreement on a fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill that would repeal the country-of-origin labeling rules for beef and pork, but the deal would fail to block states from requiring the labeling of biotech foods.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2015 - A Tuesday night debate among the Republican candidates vying for the highest office in the land dealt primarily with issues of national security, leaving agricultural and trade topics out of the discussion.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2015 - The USDA issued its long-anticipated final rule guiding eligibility for farm program payments, which the agency said is (consistent with the direction and authority provided by Congress in the 2014 farm bill.) But in the process, the rule generated a backlash from the National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition, which represents the interests of smaller family farms.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2015 - Sally Jewell, head of the Department of the Interior (DOI), announced Tuesday that her team will create a Natural Resources Investment Center aimed at providing conservation resources and information to private, academic, federal, state, and other partners to help solve a host of environmental issues.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2015 -- EPA
violated restrictions on using appropriations for grassroots lobbying when it
employed social media to promote the proposed Clean Water Rule, a new
Government Accountability Office legal opinion concludes.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2015 - The fate of the country-of-origin labeling law for meat is hanging on a massive spending bill that could be released on Monday, and the food industry has been clinging to hopes that a measure preempting state GMO labeling laws also could be included.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2015 - The seed industry is scrambling to head off an effort by a small Mississippi company to use a year-end spending bill to renew its expired, patent-like protection for a variety of ryegrass.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2015 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today that as of Jan. 1, it will require developers of genetically engineered wheat varieties to apply for permits before conducting field trials.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2015 - Key farm and industry stakeholders applauded the House's Thursday passage of a bill to reauthorize the Surface Transportation Board (STB) - the federal railroad regulatory agency.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Chris Novak, CEO of the National Corn Growers Association. In this week's interview, Novak shares the global vision of the NCGA's most recent strategic planning process and the Washington legislative agenda including continued work on a national GMO food labeling standard. He also reacts to negative opinions on global trade from the campaign trail and shares why the Renewable Fuel Standard is about giving consumers better environmental choices and not limiting the auto industry's choices to meet new economic and environmental standards.