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Politics | 12/30/2015 5:05:34 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 29, 2015 - The next step in the food industry's challenge to a Vermont law requiring labeling of some foods made from genetically engineered ingredients likely will be a decision by a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City.
Politics | 12/30/2015 1:37:29 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2015 - Additional organic farmers and handlers will be exempt from paying into commodity checkoff programs under a rule being finalized by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service.

Politics | 12/29/2015 7:06:24 PM
WASHINGTON, December 30, 2015 - With national security, terrorism and renewable energy topping their list of election-related concerns, a plurality of Iowa farmers say their preference for president is businessman and self-acclaimed Washington outsider Donald Trump.
Politics | 12/29/2015 11:04:14 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2015 - Twenty-two states and 92 members of Congress - all but one a Republican -- want the Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court decision upholding the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), an EPA-approved plan to reduce nonpoint source pollution flowing into America's largest estuary.
Politics | 12/28/2015 2:53:25 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec, 24, 2015 - USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service is reaching out to U.S. beekeepers and farmers from now through January to gather information on the number and health of honey bee colonies, honey production and stocks, and the cost to farmers of pollination services.
Politics | 12/24/2015 10:37:17 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2015 - USDA today announced a dramatic increase in ethanol exports to China this year, following a USDA-led trade mission to the Asian nation in 2014.
Politics | 12/23/2015 4:32:33 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2015 - A USDA senior research entomologist can proceed with a whistleblower complaint alleging he was punished for publishing research that found neonicotinoid insecticides harm pollinators such as bees and monarch butterflies.
Politics | 12/23/2015 4:23:39 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2015 - Deportations of illegal immigrants fell sharply in fiscal 2015 reflecting a decrease in border crossings as well as the Obama administration's shift in enforcement priorities away from targeting U.S. employers.
Politics | 12/23/2015 4:06:05 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2015 - USDA's new poultry inspection rules, which place more responsibility for examining birds on the processing establishments themselves, have survived their first court challenge.
Politics | 12/23/2015 3:45:45 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2015 - The U.S. hog and pig inventory stood at 63.8 million head as of Dec. 1, USDA said today in a report. That's the highest number since quarterly estimates began in 1988.
Politics | 12/22/2015 5:31:29 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2015 - Five prominent farm groups are asking EPA to withdraw its request to a federal court to vacate the registration of Enlist Duo, a widely used Dow herbicide.
Politics | 12/22/2015 3:28:22 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2015 -- Countries that are members of the World Trade Organization have agreed to end export subsidies for agriculture and set rules for credit assistance and food aid. Some poor countries, however, would be allowed to continue subsidizing transportation costs for years.
Politics | 12/22/2015 1:26:27 PM
Cattlemen and women can rest a little easier as they move into the New Year knowing several policy victories were contained in the Omnibus Appropriations bill.
Politics | 12/21/2015 5:21:25 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2015 - The country-of-origin labeling rules for beef and pork are about to become history, while a lucrative but expired tax break for farmers is about to become permanent under spending and tax legislation that easily cleared Congress.
Politics | 12/21/2015 9:50:12 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2015 - The American Farm Bureau Federation is surveying farmers and ranchers about their experiences with 10 USDA programs administered by three agencies.
Politics | 12/18/2015 3:39:16 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2015 - The Agriculture Department immediately stopped enforcing the country-of-origin labeling requirements for beef and pork after approval of legislation that repeals the rules.
Politics | 12/18/2015 3:15:28 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2015 - Biofuel producers are breathing a sigh of relief that valuable tax subsidies are safe for another year, but they could face a tougher battle to keep them after that.
Politics | 12/18/2015 3:14:31 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2015 - Anhydrous ammonia dealers will soon get relief from some federal safety requirements under the spending and tax legislation approved by Congress.
Politics | 12/18/2015 1:49:27 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2015 - Farmers, ranchers and grain elevator operators who use the commodity futures market to manage risk are getting relief from some record-keeping requirements.
Politics | 12/18/2015 1:37:08 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2015 - Biofuel producers are breathing a sigh of relief that valuable tax subsidies are safe for another year, but they could face a tougher battle to keep them after that.
Politics | 12/17/2015 6:12:46 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2015 - Language included in the omnibus spending bill to repeal parts of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling is sitting well with foreign stakeholders, but that doesn't mean they won't continue efforts to retaliate against the provision.
Politics | 12/17/2015 4:00:38 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2015 - The U.S. Departments of Justice and Labor say they plan to enforce environmental and worker safety laws more vigorously in the coming year, and agriculture is one area the agencies will be looking at closely.
Politics | 12/17/2015 9:40:32 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2015 - National FFA Chief Executive Officer W. Dwight Armstrong has announced he'll step down from the post at the end of June after seven years with the organization.
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