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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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
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.
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.
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
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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."
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.
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.
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.
This week’s guest on Open Mic is Iowa U.S. Senator Charles Grassley. With days left before the August Congressional recess, Grassley says leaders face some must pass legislation including highway funding and a final decision on Country-of-Origin Labeling. In this interview, Grassley offers insights into possible tax reform and the final stages of debate in the budget process. Grassley also says Congress needs to take action to protect poultry farmers from the continued threat of avian influenza.