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Politics | 7/13/2015 2:38:05 PM
WASHINGTON, July 13, 2015-USDA announced today a proposal to allow homebound seniors and people with disabilities who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to use their benefits for grocery home delivery services.
Politics | 7/10/2015 4:32:56 PM
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2015 - A bill that would block states from requiring the labeling of foods with biotech ingredients will get its first vote next week in a congressional committee.

Politics | 7/10/2015 3:56:18 PM
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2015 - The House passed a bill, 262-167, Thursday that would reform how the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) fund and conduct wildfire suppression and forest management on public lands.
Politics | 7/10/2015 3:52:15 PM
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2015 - The Department of Agriculture released the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) today, projecting mixed returns in the grain sector but increased total meat production for the remainder of 2015 and the start of 2016.
Politics | 7/10/2015 3:06:22 PM
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2015 - USDA announced today that Robert Johansson is selected as the USDA's Chief Economist, effective July 12. He has been serving in the role of USDA's acting chief economist since Jan. 3, 2014, after the retirement of Joe Glauber.
Politics | 7/10/2015 2:12:41 PM
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2015 - The Agriculture Department is trying to track down as many as 10,000 farmers who haven't reported compliance with conservation restrictions, but officials say the actual number of non-compliant farmers is likely much smaller.
Politics | 7/10/2015 9:06:47 AM
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2015 - A new report says that eradicating world hunger in 15 years will require an additional $160 annually for each person living in extreme poverty.
Politics | 7/10/2015
Since its inception, the ethanol industry has had a profoundly positive impact on the U.S. economy - and on rural America.
Politics | 7/9/2015 6:43:34 PM
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - House appropriators have agreed to block imports of fresh beef from regions of Brazil and Argentina until the Agriculture Department does further study on the potential risk from foot and mouth disease.
Politics | 7/9/2015 4:52:34 PM
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2015 - EPA administrator Gina McCarthy was on the hot seat on Capitol Hill Thursday as Republicans on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology peppered her with questions on her agency's regulatory record.
Politics | 7/9/2015 2:23:17 PM
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2015 - A House bill aimed at helping California farmers cope with a four-year drought was favorably reported out of the Natural Resources Committee Thursday.
Politics | 7/9/2015 10:28:38 AM
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2015 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is giving restaurants and other retail food establishments an extra year to comply with the new menu labeling rules the agency finalized last December.
Politics | 7/9/2015 8:14:27 AM
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2015 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says he's (disappointed) that the Obama administration has turned down Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's request for a presidential disaster declaration to help the state's poultry producers recover from losses due to highly pathogenic avian influenza.
Politics | 7/9/2015 5:32:53 AM
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2015 - The United States and Switzerland announced today that beginning July 10, organic products certified in the United States or Switzerland may be sold as organic in either country.
Politics | 7/9/2015
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2015 - A dispute over the Confederate flag brought a halt to House debate on a funding bill that's important to Republican efforts to curb a host of environmental regulations
Politics | 7/8/2015 4:23:30 PM
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - Leaders of the House Agriculture Committee are raising concerns with the Obama administration about its effort to win support from the shipping industry for converting more food aid to cash assistance.
Politics | 7/8/2015 4:03:39 PM
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee heard conflicting expert testimony Wednesday on whether President Barack Obama's promise to cut U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions could be achieved without additional legislation.
Politics | 7/8/2015 3:44:32 PM
WASHINGTON, July 7, 2015 - Calling Tesla not just a car company but an (energy innovation company,) Tesla's founder Elon Musk unveiled his cost-cutting Powerwall and Powerpack battery systems earlier this year, designed to (move the electricity grid off of fossil fuels and towards renewable energy sources.)
Politics | 7/8/2015 3:08:43 PM
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - Proponents of mandatory labeling of food products made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) rolled out a trio of academics Wednesday in a bid to raise public awareness of the public health and environmental costs of herbicides used in the production of genetically engineered crops.
Politics | 7/8/2015 2:29:01 PM
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee heard testimony Wednesday that lifting the ban on U.S. crude oil exports would benefit rural areas, including creating more jobs and potentially lowering gasoline prices.
Politics | 7/8/2015 11:29:37 AM
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - The Agriculture appropriations bill that funds the Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration has long offered a way for critics of farm programs to try to enact changes in policies.
Politics | 7/8/2015 11:25:06 AM
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - A provision in the House Agriculture spending bill to restrict what kind of new recommendations the Obama administration can write into the new dietary guidelines could have a mixed impact on the sweetener business and other sectors, according to a study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington-based advocacy group.
Politics | 7/8/2015 11:21:16 AM
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - After the avian influenza outbreak caused the depopulation of more than 48 million birds, government and poultry industry officials are looking ahead and hoping to prevent another major outbreak in the upcoming fall migration season.
Politics | 7/8/2015 11:14:57 AM
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - The Obama administration, which has been working on a landmark deal with the U.S. shipping industry to win some long-sought changes in the way food aid is delivered, has briefed farm groups as well as NGOs on the discussions.
Politics | 7/8/2015 11:07:37 AM
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - The Renewable Fuel Standard is expected get its first test of support in Congress in quite a while.This week, Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., could offer an amendment to the House Interior-Environment appropriations bill (HR 2822) to stop EPA from implementing the RFS.
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