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Politics | 10/1/2013 2:51:23 PM

 FDA withdraws approval for arsenic in poultry, pig feed

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2013 - The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it is withdrawing prior approval for a number of arsenic-containing compounds that once were used
Politics | 10/1/2013 2:08:19 PM

Congress fails to avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2013 - Congress failed to avoid a federal government shutdown early this morning largely because of

Politics | 10/1/2013 11:01:16 AM

Policies aimed at increasing farm productivity needed to address global hunger

ROME, Oct. 1, 2013- Global hunger is on the decline, but roughly one in eight people, or 842 million still suffered from chronic hunger in 2011-13, according to a report released today.
Politics | 9/30/2013 11:31:32 PM

On eve of farm bill expiration, USDA's Harden 'an eternal optimist'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2013 - When the clock strikes midnight, it could be a one-two punch for the Department of Agriculture, with the expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill extension eclipsed only by an increasingly likely government shutdown.
Politics | 9/30/2013 9:09:53 PM

Organizations, academia salute World Food Prize for biotechnology focus

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2013 - As opponents take pot shots at the highly-respected World Food Prize for recognizing scientists who have helped feed millions
Politics | 9/30/2013 6:46:41 PM

FSA makes sequester-based changes to 2013 crop loans

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2013 - USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced five percent reductions to commodity loan programs to accommodate the automatic funding reductions
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
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