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Politics | 3/19/2015 12:12:11 PM
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015-- The House Agriculture Committee today approved the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015, which would clarify congressional intent regarding pesticide regulation near waters of the United States.
Politics | 3/19/2015 12:03:30 PM
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015 - The USDA will be embarking on a new partnership with the University of Kentucky to reduce child hunger in poor, rural areas of the state and up to 15 other states as well.

Politics | 3/19/2015
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015 - The Obama administration is negotiating with the shipping industry to allow more U.S. food aid to be purchased overseas rather than from American producers
Politics | 3/18/2015 4:57:41 PM
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the United States is challenging Indonesia's import restrictions on several classes of agricultural products before the World Trade Organization.
Politics | 3/18/2015 4:34:34 PM
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - A leading critic of federal crop insurance subsidies said he's likely to use next week's planned debate on the Senate budget resolution to test support for cuts in the program.
Politics | 3/18/2015 4:26:42 PM
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - Legislators and officials from farm groups and agricultural organizations used a House Agriculture Committee hearing to remind each other of a well-known fact - trade can be very good for Ag.
Politics | 3/18/2015 4:15:04 PM
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 - A long-term budget plan unveiled by House Republicans would leave farm bill programs virtually untouched.
Politics | 3/18/2015 3:59:18 PM

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 -- Leaders from agriculture, education and politics helped Agri-Pulse kick off Ag Day in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, March 17 with a panel discussion on innovation in agriculture and a video tribute celebrating an ag and trade leader.
Politics | 3/18/2015 3:33:37 PM
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2015 - Members of a House Ways and Means subcommittee vehemently disagreed in a hearing this morning on whether the estate tax - which opponents call the death tax - is unreasonably burdensome to farmers and ranchers and if that burden means the tax should be repealed.
Politics | 3/18/2015 2:57:01 PM
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - Farm groups and anti-hunger advocates are well-positioned to avoid any major cuts in agriculture or nutrition spending under the long-term budget plans unveiled in the House and Senate.
Politics | 3/18/2015 1:56:24 PM
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - A coalition of Western counties and ranching, mining, and energy associations is challenging information that federal agencies are using to make Endangered Species Act listing for the greater sage-grouse.
Politics | 3/18/2015
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - Dietary science has always been shifting and incomplete. That's the reason the federal dietary guidelines are required by law to be revised every five years. WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., says the U.S. and South Africa may be close to making a deal that would ease South Africa's tariffs on U.S. chicken and pave the way for that country's continued inclusion in a trade agreement that provides favorable treatment for exports to the U.S. from sub-Saharan Africa. WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - The Obama administration's ambitious agricultural development initiative known as Feed the Future has never been authorized in law, leaving it with an uncertain future. But supporters are about to renew an effort to provide the $1-billion-a-year program with congressional authorization. WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - How is USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service getting its arms around Big Data, its ever expanding collection of electronic market information? WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - Fluid milk consumption in the U.S. States has been on the decline for decades, despite continued increases in spending on school meal programs. In fact, 2012 restrictions on what type of milk schools can buy while still receiving subsidies could be further cutting into milk consumption. WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - Almost three years after his appointed advisory committee completed extensive studies and a report on coexistence, it appears the issue is still creating heartburn for Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - Eliminating the Harvest Price Option (HPO) in crop insurance would leave growers without some key income protection when a severe drought drives up market prices but leaves producers with little to sell, says Art Barnaby, a Kansas State University economist who helped develop the provision more than two decades ago.
Politics | 3/17/2015 9:43:09 PM
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 - More than 140 food and agriculture groups are warning House leaders that legislation requiring employers to use E-Verify to check the immigration status of workers would have a (devastating impact) on farms.
Politics | 3/17/2015 7:33:38 PM
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 - Farmers and leaders from agriculture and state and local government agencies shared their concerns about the EPA's proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule at a House Agriculture Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee hearing today.
Politics | 3/17/2015 2:54:51 PM
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 - As the budget battle heats up on Capitol Hill, GOP lawmakers used House and Senate appropriations hearings today to examine the Obama administration's nutrition policies and funding priorities.
Politics | 3/17/2015 2:27:13 PM

LINCOLN, Neb., March 17, 2015 - To prepare skilled graduates for in-demand careers in global trade and finance, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has announced the start of a private fundraising initiative to establish an international trade and finance institute at the university.
Politics | 3/17/2015 1:51:37 PM
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2015 - The Obama administration is promising to rewrite its proposed Clean Water Act rule to ensure that farmers have clear guidance about what streams, ditches and ponds will be regulated.
Politics | 3/17/2015 1:37:28 PM
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 - A long-term budget plan unveiled by House Republicans would leave farm bill programs virtually untouched.
Politics | 3/17/2015 7:47:18 AM
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 - Richard Goodman, a research professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, told a National Research Council panel last week that genetically-engineered foods should raise no more concerns about food allergies than other food products.
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