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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 - 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
This week's Open Mic features Representative Ron Kind. As a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Wisconsin Democrat supports free trade and explains why it was such a difficult vote for many Democrats, who largely opposed President Obama. Kind shares his thoughts for the Obama administration in the latter stages of the TPP negotiations, especially in regard to his home state’s dairy industry. He also discusses EPA’s proposed waters of the U.S. rule. As a long-time farm bill critic, he also talks about further changes he’d like to see in crop insurance and other farm programs.