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Politics | 3/7/2015 1:34:20 PM
DES MOINES, Iowa March 7, 2015 - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry disappointed an audience hungry for him to reverse his opposition to ethanol usage mandates and instead gave a muddled argument for leaving it to states to support renewable energy development.
Politics | 3/7/2015 11:52:35 AM
DES MOINES, Iowa, March 7, 2015 - Jeb Bush, forced to address two landmines that face his potential presidential candidacy in Iowa, said ethanol needs "certainty' from federal policy and called for giving undocumented workers a path to legal status.

Politics | 3/7/2015 10:11:33 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa, March 7, 2015 - Kicking off an historic, agriculture-focused test of presidential candidates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed the Obama administration's regulatory policy and inaction on biofuel mandates, key concerns for Iowa agriculture, but he endorsed keeping the trade embargo on Cuba.
Politics | 3/7/2015 8:41:42 AM
DES MOINES, March 7, 2015 - Most Iowans know that they'll see a lot of presidential (wannabes) running around the Hawkeye state - shaking hands in coffee shops and eating pork chops at the Iowa State Fair - between now and the state's first-in-the-nation caucuses, tentatively set for Feb. 1, 2016. But once they move past Iowa, it's difficult to get answers about where any of them stand on food and agricultural issues.
Politics | 3/6/2015 3:57:00 PM
WASHINGTON, March 6, 2015 - Top presidential economic advisers from both parties going back to Gerald Ford are calling on Congress to give President Obama fast-track negotiating authority.
Politics | 3/6/2015 3:14:50 PM
WASHINGTON, March 6, 2015 - Mexicans and other foreigners who are imported to temporarily work on U.S. farms and in the food industry need better protection from recruiters who charge hefty, prohibited fees and lie about jobs, investigators say.
Politics | 3/6/2015 3:09:49 PM
WASHINGTON, March 6, 2015 - The USDA announced today it will grant over $30 million to states so schools can serve healthier meals and snacks to their students.
Politics | 3/5/2015 7:08:54 PM
WASHINGTON, March 5, 2015 - A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has been confirmed in a commercial turkey flock in Minnesota, marking the first finding of the H5N2 virus in the Mississippi flyway, the Agriculture Department says.
Politics | 3/5/2015 3:53:32 PM
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 - EPA chief Gina McCarthy went before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today to defend her agency's $8.6 billion budget request, an appearance that one senator said she probably thinks of as a "dental appointment."
Politics | 3/5/2015 1:40:15 PM
WASHINGTON, March 5, 2015 - The number of farm to school programs in the U.S. increased 430 percent between 2006 and 2012, according to a report released by the National Farm to School Network (NFSN).
Politics | 3/5/2015 1:24:26 PM
WASHINGTON, March 5, 2015 - Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is standing by a proposal to de-list the gray wolf as an endangered species, but she's coming under pressure from House Democrats to keep the animal under protection.
Politics | 3/5/2015 9:58:02 AM
WASHINGTON, March 5, 2015 - A longtime aide to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Matt Paul, is leaving USDA to manage Hillary Clinton's campaign in Iowa.
Politics | 3/5/2015 9:22:17 AM
WASHINGTON, March 5, 2015 - The U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization's global Food Price Index fell to a 55-month low in February, dropping 1 percent from January and 14 percent below its level a year earlier. Lower prices for cereals, meat and especially sugar more than offset an increase in milk and palm oil prices.
Politics | 3/5/2015
WASHINGTON, March 5, 2015 -The nation's milk supply is safe and virtually free of drugs, according to a report from the Food and Drug Administration
Politics | 3/4/2015 7:51:48 PM
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 - House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway and two of his subcommittee leaders wrote to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell today expressing concerns about recommendations from a federal panel for the next set of Dietary Guidelines for Americans that Vilsack and Burwell will issue.
Politics | 3/4/2015 5:19:02 PM
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 - The Food and Drug Administration's request for more money to start enforcing new food safety regulations on domestic and imported foods is getting a cool reception from the lawmakers who write the agency's budget.
Politics | 3/4/2015 4:28:25 PM
RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif., March 3, 2015 - With oil prices around $50 a barrel, half last summer's peak, is it game over for renewables?
Politics | 3/4/2015 3:31:46 PM
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 - As Republicans work to accomplish their legislative agenda, a party leader is worried that a key trade measure will be overtaken by other political goals.
Politics | 3/4/2015 3:14:00 PM
WASHINGTON, March 5, 2015 - Help Agri-Pulse celebrate Ag Day in Washington, D.C. Please join Agri-Pulse on Tuesday, March 17 for a discussion on (Farm to Fork Politics: Unleashing Innovation in Agriculture.)
Politics | 3/4/2015 2:56:35 PM
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 - The timetable for moving a fast-track trade negotiating bill may be slipping amid a disagreement between Senate Republicans and Democrats over the terms of the legislation.
Politics | 3/4/2015 2:31:51 PM

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 - In anticipation of a federal plan to improve pollinator health, the Organic Consumers Association hosted a rally outside the White House today to encourage the Obama Administration to restrict or ban the use of certain pesticides in order to "save the bees."
Politics | 3/4/2015 12:35:56 PM
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 - A group of senators introduced a bill today that would provide an exemption to agricultural service vehicles from hazardous material transportation laws for hauling diesel fuel.
Politics | 3/4/2015 12:22:18 PM
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said he plans a bipartisan overhaul of federal nutrition requirements so that poor or rural school districts as well as wealthy, urban ones can meet the meal standards.
Politics | 3/4/2015 11:50:50 AM
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015- McDonald's, the world's largest fast food chain, today announced that it will only source chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine in all of their 14,000 U.S. restaurants within two years.
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