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Politics | 2/18/2015
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is the top priority for many, but it is isn't the only trade bill the business community would like to see the new Congress deal with. Congress also is overdue to write a new miscellaneous tariff bill (MTB). WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - The Republican Congress is likely to grant President Obama the "fast track" procedure known as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), allowing him to submit trade agreements for an up-or-down vote in Congress, former Agriculture Secretary and U.S. Senator Mike Johanns said last week.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - Republicans and Democrats are trading accusations of hypocrisy over renewing the $500,000 Section 179 business expensing allowance and other expired tax benefits. WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - A battle looms on Capitol Hill over transportation: Where to get the revenue to build and maintain the nation's highways, bridges, transit systems and how to divvy up those federal dollars? WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson not only threw out a suit seeking to block USDA from implementing its new National Poultry Inspection System (NPIS), but she suggested that critics of the system were relying on "unsupported and overblown" claims. WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - Whether you agree or disagree with Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, you always know where he stands. And for about a decade, he has consistently crusaded for "actively engaged" limits on the amount of money large entities can receive from federal farm programs in an effort to maintain the "integrity" of the programs. WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - The state of Colorado is suing the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) over the agency's decision under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to list the Gunnison sage grouse as a "threatened" species and designate more than 1.4 million acres as critical habitat in Utah and Colorado. WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - Congressional critics of crop insurance are citing the rising cost estimates for the 2014 farm bill's commodity programs to justify slashing growers' premium subsidies. WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - Congressional Republicans are turning up the volume in their battle with Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler and his "net neutrality" proposal - a plan to keep the Internet free and open - in advance of a possible commission vote on the plan on Feb. 26. WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 - Lawmakers are trying to keep pressure on West Coast port operators and the longshoreman's union to settle the contract dispute that has snarled Asia-bound agricultural exports.
Politics | 2/17/2015 9:12:38 AM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2015 - The White House says the Justice Department will appeal a federal judge's ruling that temporarily blocked President Obama's executive action on immigration.
Politics | 2/15/2015 4:35:42 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2015 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today released its long-awaited proposal for regulations governing the commercial use of small, unmanned aircraft, or drones, including in agriculture.
Politics | 2/13/2015 2:59:56 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2015- USDA Inspector General Phyllis Fong told House appropriators Friday that her office would focus on cyber security and improper payment challenges with its fiscal year 2016 budget request for $98.9 million.
Politics | 2/13/2015 2:35:01 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2015 - Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut along with Rep. Pete DeFazio, D-Ore., held a press conference today to reintroduce a mandatory GMO labeling bill that will face stiff opposition in a Congress controlled by Republicans.
Politics | 2/13/2015 11:59:47 AM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2015 -- USDA today announced its approval of two varieties of apples genetically engineered to resist browning by Canada-based Okanagan Specialty Fruits.
Politics | 2/13/2015 11:27:23 AM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2015 - The House voted to make permanent the expired Section 179 expensing allowance, but the popular tax break is likely headed to another temporary extension until Congress can agree on a broad overhaul of tax policy.
Politics | 2/13/2015 10:37:31 AM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2015 - The Canadian government said a case of mad cow disease has been confirmed in a beef cow in Alberta, but said no part of the animal entered the human or animal food supply.
Politics | 2/13/2015
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2015-- While environmental groups are putting pressure on the EPA to rein in agricultural chemical companies on the production and use of neonicotinoids, agricultural entities are encouraging government agencies to work with beekeepers in providing access to federal- and state-owned land with healthy forage for pollinators.
Politics | 2/12/2015 5:33:48 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2015 - A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to put the House on record urging President Obama to step in and end a labor dispute snarling West Coast ports if there isn't an agreement soon.
Politics | 2/12/2015 3:37:53 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2015 - USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack spent four hours with the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday talking about the state of the rural economy and answering members' questions about a wide range of issues - ranging from the EPA's controversial Waters of the U.S. proposal to country-of-origin labeling to nutrition programs for the poor.
Politics | 2/12/2015 2:56:57 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2015 - House Agriculture Committee members questioned Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Timothy Massad today on the agency's 2015 agenda, including new regulations in the swaps market, end-user protection and cyber security.
Politics | 2/12/2015 2:38:55 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2015 - Outbreaks linked to raw milk have increased sharply as the unpasteurized product has grown in popularity, according to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Politics | 2/12/2015 2:12:28 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2015 - A new study says droughts in the central Plains and the Southwest in the latter half of this century are likely to be more severe than even the decades-long (megadroughts) that hit the Southwest and central Plains during Medieval times - (an unprecedented fundamental climate shift.)
Politics | 2/12/2015 1:13:54 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2015 - A bipartisan group of senators led by Democrat Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota introduced legislation today to lift the half-century old Cuba trade embargo.
Politics | 2/11/2015 7:08:02 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2015 - The chairman of the House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee today told the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) the agency won't be getting the $72 million increase in spending President Obama is asking for.
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