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Politics | 9/30/2013 4:27:11 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Congress pushes to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2013 - The Senate is expected today to address a possible government shutdown by considering a House-passed bill
Politics | 9/29/2013 6:30:04 PM

 Value doubles for U.S. agricultural exports, report says

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2013 - The value of U.S. agricultural exports has doubled over the past decade and growth in developing countries is expected to further

Politics | 9/28/2013 11:50:26 PM

Shutdown looms as House sends bill back to Senate

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2013 - A possible shutdown of the federal government moved closer to reality early Sunday as
Politics | 9/28/2013 2:53:51 PM

House moves closer to farm bill conference

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2013 - The House took a step today toward a conference on the farm bill by
Politics | 9/28/2013 1:36:27 PM

House moves closer to farm bill conference

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2013 - The House took a step today toward a conference on the farm bill by
Politics | 9/27/2013 1:24:45 PM

Senate approves legislation to keep government running

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2013 - The Senate approved legislation (H.J.Res.59) today, on a party-line 54-44 vote, to avert
Politics | 9/26/2013 7:54:31 PM

 Organic advocates decry new USDA substance review protocols

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2013 - A seemingly innocuous change to organic substance review protocols by USDA's National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is drawing fire from
Politics | 9/26/2013 6:37:48 PM

Senate set to approve bill to avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2013 - The Senate is expected Friday to approve legislation (H.J.Res.59) aimed at avoiding
Politics | 9/26/2013 2:36:18 PM

USDA approves Monsanto canola and corn products

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2013- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved three new biotechnology innovations today, including Monsanto's glyphosate resistant canola
Politics | 9/26/2013 11:13:04 AM

United States and Japan make organic trade deal

BALTIMORE, Md., Sep. 26, 2013—The United States and Japan today announced that beginning January 1, 2014, organic products certified in Japan or in the United States may be
Politics | 9/25/2013 8:52:50 PM

Crop diversity: Our best hedge against natural disasters?

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.V., Sept. 25, 2013 - Despite the fact that researchers have made great strides in plant breeding, there's not been enough attention paid to conserving and maintaining the world's most important food crops in seed banks
Politics | 9/25/2013 5:50:38 PM

Senate creeps forward on legislation to avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2013 - The Senate overcame a procedural hurdle today, with a 100-0 vote, to advance a continuing resolution
Politics | 9/25/2013 3:34:58 PM

House and Senate Agriculture leaders caution CFTC about futures market rules

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2013- As the House and Senate Agriculture Committees review Commodity Futures Trading Committee (CFTC) reauthorization, their members express
Politics | 9/25/2013 3:07:55 PM

WTO decides for U.S. in Chinese chicken dispute

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2013 - United States Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced the World Trade Organization (WTO) adopted an
Politics | 9/25/2013 2:11:02 PM

Sen. Thune: Farm bill still seeking food stamp 'sweet spot'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2013 - House and Senate will have their work cut out for them in reconciling their wildly different farm bills, Sen. John Thune
Politics | 9/24/2013 4:44:05 PM

Agriculture coalition says CFTC proposal will harm futures market

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2013-- National farm, ranch and agribusiness organizations asked Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) commissioners to change proposed rules
Politics | 9/24/2013 4:26:02 PM

Stabenow asks CFTC to review RIN market

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2013 - Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, today asked the Commodities Future Trading Commission (CFTC) to
Politics | 9/24/2013 12:36:41 PM

Meat, livestock groups appeal rejection of COOL injunction

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2013 - Nine national or regional meat and livestock organizations from the United States, Canada and Mexico have appealed the Sept. 11 decision
Politics | 9/24/2013 9:49:49 AM

Smithfield shareholders approve deal with Chinese firm

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 - Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced today that its company shareholders voted in a strong majority to
Politics | 9/24/2013 8:00:36 AM

USDA opens Australian market to U.S. stone fruits

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2013 - The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) yesterday announced that peaches and
Politics | 9/23/2013 10:32:26 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Congress scrambles to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2013 - The main focus of the week will likely be more congressional action to avoid another possible shutdown
Politics | 9/23/2013 3:23:11 PM

 Meat industry groups request COOL delay

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2013- Meat industry trade groups opposed to the USDA Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) rule requested the federal government delay enforcement of the rule
Politics | 9/23/2013

 Meat industry groups request COOL delay

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2013- Meat industry trade groups opposed to the USDA Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) rule requested the federal government delay enforcement of the rule
Politics | 9/22/2013 1:26:14 PM

House approves bill to cut nearly $40 billion from SNAP

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2013 - The House approved Thursday a three-year nutrition bill (H.R. 3102), with a partisan
Politics | 9/20/2013 6:23:06 PM

House approves bill seeking to help manage federal forests

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2013 - The House approved today, on a 244-173 vote, legislation (H.R. 1526) that aims to improve
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