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Politics | 1/3/2014 11:52:13 AM

USDA recommends deregulation for Dow's 2,4-D resistant corn and soybeans

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2014 -- USDA said in a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that full deregulation is the preferred alternative for Dow AgroSciences'
Politics | 1/3/2014 11:35:10 AM

Reid expects long-term farm bill done this month

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2014 - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told Agri-Pulse today that he fully expects a long-term farm bill to
Politics | 1/3/2014 11:24:10 AM

USDA recommends deregulation for Dow's 2,4-D resistant corn and soybeans

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2014 -- USDA said in a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that full deregulation is the preferred alternative for Dow AgroSciences'
Politics | 1/3/2014 11:02:11 AM

General Mills says Cheerios no longer include genetically modified ingredients

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2014 - General Mills' Cheerios cereal no longer includes genetically modified products, the company
Politics | 1/2/2014 4:34:28 PM

USDA permanently eases National School Lunch Program rules

WASHINGTON, Jan. 2, 2014 - School lunch ladies have a bit more room for creativity, after USDA announced today it will
Politics | 1/2/2014 2:01:32 PM

USDA announces temporary import quota for upland cotton

WASHINGTON, Jan. 2, 2014 - USDA's Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced it will implement a special import quota
Politics | 1/2/2014 10:13:39 AM

Restaurant industry sees improved sales

WASHINGTON, Jan. 2, 2014 — The National Restaurant Association's (NRA) Restaurant Performance Index (RPI), the monthly composite index that tracks the health of the U.S. restaurant industry
Politics | 1/1/2014 9:06:46 PM

Kale, coconut 8 and misinformation 8 among top diet trends for 2014

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2014 - Kale and coconut - and a lot more health news, much of it misleading
Politics | 12/31/2013 12:23:30 PM

USDA reopens comment period for genetically modified apple

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2013 - A new year, a new chance for the public to comment on the controversial genetically engineered Arctic Apple
Politics | 12/31/2013 12:07:37 PM

$3 Million raised to help South Dakota ranchers hurt by October blizzard

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2013 - There's some good news for South Dakota ranchers whose livestock herds were devastated by an October blizzard
Politics | 12/31/2013 11:07:36 AM

USDA not expecting sugar forfeitures in first quarter of 2014

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2013 -- USDA is not expecting any sugar forfeitures under the Feedstock Flexibility Program in the first quarter of 2014
Politics | 12/30/2013 4:18:24 PM

Deadly pig disease trims supplies, drives pork prices higher

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29, 2013 - Consumers can expect sharp increases in pork prices by summer as a viral disease that first appeared in U.S. swine herds earlier this year continues
Politics | 12/30/2013 9:40:13 AM

FDA extends comment period on trans fat proposal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2013 - FDA has extended the comment period on its proposal to reduce trans fat in processed foods
Politics | 12/27/2013 2:58:51 PM

U.S. hog herd, breeding inventory fell in latest quarter, USDA says

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27, 2013 - The U.S. hog and pig inventory totaled 65.9 million as of Dec. 1, down 1 percent from a year earlier and down
Politics | 12/27/2013 12:35:47 PM

Senators criticize science-related provision in House farm bill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27, 2013 - Thirteen senators recently wrote a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee leaders expressing concerns about the potential impacts of
Politics | 12/27/2013 12:15:16 PM

USDA official honored by rice producers for conservation work

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 27, 2013 - Dave White, former chief of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, has been honored by U.S. rice producers for his innovative
Politics | 12/27/2013 9:56:09 AM

Obama signs two-year budget bill into law; avoiding shutdown

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27, 2013 - President Obama signed into law a two-year budget bill (H.J. Res. 59) that will avoid
Politics | 12/27/2013

Smithfield ?base business is fine,? CEO Pope says

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27, 2013 - Larry Pope, president and chief executive officer of Smithfield Foods Inc., the largest U.S. pork producer, recently told analysts that despite
Politics | 12/26/2013 6:39:34 PM

USDA forecasts moderate increase in food price inflation for 2014

WASHINGTON, Dec. 26, 2013 - USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) forecasts food price inflation will increase in 2014
Politics | 12/26/2013 6:27:49 PM

High beef prices expected to continue, Rabobank report says

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 26, 2013 - High beef prices are expected to continue into 2014 as supply will remain tight, driven by lower feed costs, herd rebuilding in the United States, and
Politics | 12/25/2013 6:12:27 PM

USDA: Mr. Claus 'issued permit' to bring reindeer into U.S.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 24, 2013 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued a movement permit to one Mr. S. Claus of the North Pole
Politics | 12/24/2013 10:17:44 AM

USDA extends comment period for `agricultural coexistence' plan

YWASHINGTON, Dec. 24, 2013 - The USDA is giving the public an extra 60 days to comment on its plan for strengthening agricultural coexistence
Politics | 12/23/2013 5:31:44 PM

Leahy tells farm bill conferees no more delay

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2013 - Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Senate president pro tempore, recently said he expects a "comprehensive and balanced farm bill" to be concluded
Politics | 12/23/2013 2:07:47 PM

A 'Duck Dynasty' star to speak at Farm Bureau Convention

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2013 - Duck Dynasty star Alan Robertson will be a keynote speaker at the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) 95th Annual Convention
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