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WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - USDA today released data showing how U.S. agriculture could benefit from the successful conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim nations.
PHOENIX, Feb. 26, 2015 - On the heels of more legislation introduced to repeal the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard, a panel of National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) leaders said any attack on their chief renewable fuels policy is taken (very seriously.)
PHOENIX, Feb. 26, 2015-- American Soybean Association (ASA) President Wade Cowan said the group will (become a more aggressive organization) and work more closely with other farm groups to push for policy and regulatory influence.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - Michelle Obama, in her keynote address to the Partnership for a Healthier America 2015 Summit today, celebrated the successes of her Let's Move! campaign and vowed to continue advocating for healthy living well after her husband leaves office.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 -- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest an additional $84 million through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) to help disaster recovery efforts through more than 150 projects in 13 states.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - The FNV team, a new collaboration backed by big name corporations and celebrities focused on building demand for fruits and vegetables among teens and moms, today introduced its plan to (take over America's taste buds) through new and improved marketing at the Partnership for a Healthier America's 2015 Summit.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 With strong bipartisan
support, the House has passed legislation that would give the EPA 90 days to
prepare an assessment and propose a management plan for cyanotoxin - the toxic
byproducts of algae blooms found in drinking water.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - The Obama administration on Thursday announced a series of initiatives aimed at helping farms and businesses in rural America access overseas markets, noting that those markets could be dramatically widened by the conclusion of ambitious free trade agreements with Pacific Rim nations and with the European Union.
Texas, Feb. 24, 2015-The U.S. ethanol industry had a spectacular year in 2014.
But unless Congress and the driving public recognize the tremendous potential
of biofuels and reject Big Oil's continuing attacks, the United States could
lose its leadership position.
25, 2015 - The Senate Finance Committee postponed a trade hearing set
for Thursday, a sign that talks are progressing on a bill to provide
President Obama with the negotiating authority needed to complete a
Pacific Rim trade deal.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - EPA chief Gina McCarthy had few, if any, definitive answers on the impending Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule today at a House Energy and Commerce Committee's hearing on the agency's budget for fiscal 2016.
Feb. 25, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack assured lawmakers he
would be personally involved in writing the government's new dietary
guidelines and indicated he would keep them narrowly focused on
25, 2015 - Special safety labels for mechanically tenderized meat are
likely to take effect as soon as 2016, two years earlier than expected,
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told lawmakers. He was pushed to deliver recommendations for overhauling the country-of-origin labeling law.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - In an effort to expand production and consumption of locally-grown foods in schools, lawmakers introduced new legislation today that would enhance USDA's Farm to School program.
As a member of North Dakota's state legislature, I take my constitutional duties seriously. Serving in office requires me to take an oath: I solemnly swear to support the U.S. Constitution, as well as my state's constitution.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - A Texas judge's order that has indefinitely delayed some of President Obama's executive actions on immigration could benefit farms and processors that rely on immigrant labor.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - Negotiations continue in the Senate over a bill that would grant President Obama trade promotion authority, a key step toward closing a new Pacific Rim trade agreement. Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch hoped to release a TPA bill this week, but the committee's ranking Democrat, Ron Wyden, hasn't agreed on the language yet.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - Ask just about any farmer leader if they support science and innovation in agriculture and the answer will usually be a resounding "yes." But ask them about how to commercialize new seed traits and avoid sending those products to unapproved international markets, there's little consensus.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - Outside of the courts, representatives of several farm, grain trade and biotech companies have been meeting on a regular basis to try to develop better (rules of the road) for new product introduction.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - Less than one-fourth of U.S. dairy farmers appear to be eligible for payments from the new insurance-like Dairy Margin Protection Program (DMPP) if milk prices continue depressed through spring, according to USDA projections at last week's Agricultural Outlook Forum.
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.