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WASHINGTON, July 6, 2016 - The Senate could conceivably vote this week to replace ongoing backroom discussions with a formal House/Senate conference to reconcile the two chambers' very different energy bills.
WASHINGTON, July 6, 2016 - A hearing of the House Agriculture Committee explored potential errors in policing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but some Democrats continue to question the motives of the panel's oversight.
WASHINGTON, July 6, 2016 - Cargill Inc. has agreed to sell its 18 ag-retail outlets in the U.S. to Calgary-based Agrium Inc., the largest retail seller of crop inputs in North America. The outlets, located in Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Indiana and Michigan, have annual revenues of over $150 million, Agrium said in a release.
WASHINGTON, July 6, 2016 - Two days after her
highly publicized appearance with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary
Clinton in Ohio, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., delivered a little-noticed
speech that just might restore...
WASHINGTON, July 6, 2016 - The U.S. Senate today
will decide the fate of its landmark biotech disclosure bill. An aide to Senate
Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts says he's (cautiously optimistic) that the
opinion piece published recently on AgriPulse ((2018 Farm Bill - Soil Health))
outlined the importance of the growing interest in improving the health of the
nation's agricultural soils. I want to build upon the article's...
WASHINGTON, July 3, 2016 - The Senate this week will decide the fate of
a landmark compromise on biotech labeling, with food and agriculture looking to
preserve the large bipartisan majority that supported a pivotal procedural move
to bring up the legislation.
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2016 - Today is the day that
many in food and agriculture have been dreading - and that many consumer
activists have been eagerly anticipating. Vermont's mandatory GMO labeling is
now officially in effect.
WASHINGTON, June 29, 2016 - Too much enforcement and not enough assistance. That was the complaint voiced by Republican senators at an oversight hearing on Wednesday focusing on EPA enforcement efforts.
WASHINGTON, June 30, 2016 - There doesn't appear to be any momentum on Capitol Hill on the issue, but that isn't stopping the nation's largest farm group from pointing to the need for reform of the H-2A immigration program.
WASHINGTON, June 30, 2016 - A rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal would go far beyond just causing U.S. exporters to miss out on lower tariffs, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said today. It would also weaken America and hurt the status of the U.S. as an international leader, he said in an address to the CATO Institute in Washington.
This week's Open Mic guest is U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. As the nation's political focus turns to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia this week, the agriculture industry awaits what role farm, trade, nutrition and rural issues will play in the party platform. In this week's interview, Senator Klobuchar challenges suggestions that nutrition programs be separated from the farm bill, discusses the need for global trade and offers specific reasons why the Cuban embargo must be lifted. The Minnesota Democrat is a member of the recently formed Rural Broadband Coalition and has joined other congressional leaders challenging the EPA's preliminary volume obligation targets under the RFS. Senator Klobuchar offers thoughts on the process that brought mandatory biotech disclosure legislation and what role that may play in future debate on Capitol Hill.