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WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 - The major backlogs and other problems in the rail industry that peaked about a year ago in the ag sector don't appear to be repeating this year, but legislators and stakeholders are taking steps to prevent a repeat of the catastrophe.
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 - Some emulsifiers, which are used to thicken processed foods and beverages, keep mixtures of liquids and particles in suspension and extend shelf life, may soon be challenged by consumers and regulators as unhealthy and harmful to the digestive system - spelling changes for food processors and farm commodities used for many products.
March 30, 2015 - Dunkin' Donuts announced today that 10 percent of all eggs
sourced for its breakfast sandwiches in the U.S. will be from cage-free hens by
the end of next year. Additionally, Dunkin' Donuts said it will source only
gestation crate-free pork in the U.S. by 2022.
WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 - Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., and 70 House colleagues are urging Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to make sure the final Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) are based on sound nutritional science and stick within the bounds of the charter authorized by Congress.
31, 2015 -Three House committees are demanding documents and emails from
the Environmental Protection Agency on its handling of the proposed
rule for re-defining the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.
WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015-- USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced funding awards totaling nearly $19 million to 36 universities that are conducting projects related to safety in the food supply.
WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 - U.S farmers will plant about 89.2 million acres with corn this year, down 2 percent from last year, while increasing soybean acreage by 1 percent, to a record high of 84.6 million acres, USDA said today, citing a survey of farmer intentions in early March.
March 30, 2015 - Legislation to make the E-Verify immigration system
mandatory could split House Republicans unless it is accompanied by a
bill to ensure farmers access to more legal foreign workers.
WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 - Food safety and environmental groups are asking EPA to (strongly weigh) a recent analysis by a World Health Organization (WHO) agency that labeled the widely used herbicide glyphosate as (probably carcinogenic) to humans in its upcoming review of the product.
WASHINGTON, March 30, 2015 - USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) plan to expand an ecosystem-wide model to aid the Southwestern willow flycatcher and help Western landowners.
WASHINGTON, March 26, 2015- Lawmakers expressed general satisfaction with USDA's implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, but also asked pointed questions regarding their concerns about commodity programs and crop insurance during a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing Thursday.
WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 -
The U.S. hog and pig inventory totaled 65.9 million head as of March 1, up 7.2
percent from a year earlier when the nation's herd was being devastated by the
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv).
WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 - The Food and Drug Administration has announced new steps to formalize definitions and standards of animal feed ingredients to bring them into accordance with federal law and regulations.
WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 - USDA announced today it will provide one additional week for farm owners and producers to choose between programs available to them under the 2014 Farm Bill. The deadline is extended from March 31 to April 7.
26, 2015 - A White House strategy for fighting antibiotic resistance
calls for studying the extent of the problem on farms and lays out plans
for developing new drugs that producers can use more safely.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - While interested parties await a ruling from the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the U.S. country-of-origin labeling rule, lawmakers and industry representatives are already concerned about potential retaliation.
March 26, 2015 - Bill Gates encouraged members of a Senate Appropriations
subcommittee today to vote in favor of "modest" federal investments in foreign
aid initiatives, including agriculture.
WASHINGTON, March 26, 2015 - With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House today passed legislation that includes a two-year extension of a program that provides assistance for schools, law enforcement, and infrastructure in rural forested communities that lack a tax base to adequately fund such activities.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015
-With some critical Democratic support, the Senate endorsed limiting the
reach of a rule proposed by the Obama administration to re-define what
ditches, ponds and other features are regulated by the Clean Water Act.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - House Judiciary Committee members heard arguments - and made their own - for and against the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) finalized Open Internet Order that reclassifies broadband Internet access service as a public utility service.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015- A House Agriculture subcommittee continued a series of hearings in advance of writing legislation to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which lapsed in September 2013, focusing today on complex rules for international markets.
This week’s Open Mic features Frank Gasperini, CEO for the National Council for Agricultural Employers. In this interview you will hear the frustration labor intensive agriculture faces each year in finding an adequate hourly workforce to harvest crops and care for livestock and how a coalition has grown challenging Congress to take action. Gasperini defines how some proposals for immigration reform could decimate some facets of the ag industry and threaten our nation’s food security.