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WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2014 - Senate Agriculture Committee Republicans are asking EPA to withdraw the so-called interpretive rule released with its (Waters of the U.S.) (WOTUS) proposal, saying it could (fundamentally alter interaction between farmers and the federal government.)
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014 - World Food Prize laureate Sanjaya Rajaram told a Washington audience that developing countries can use improvements in seed technology and more modern farming techniques to help feed burgeoning populations.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014 - The National Farmers Union and
the U.S. Cattlemen's Association were joined by an environmental group and a
trade watchdog in calling for the U.S. to appeal a World Trade Organization ruling
that said provisions of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rule
violated international trade regulations.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014 - The Sweeteners Users Association (SUA) says the unfair trade complaints filed by U.S. sugar producers against Mexico sugar imports could end up costing U.S. consumers more than $3 billion in an 18 month period.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014-Responding to the fact that
(some policymakers have proposed repealing or revising the Renewable Fuel
Standard) which requires blending biofuels with gasoline, the nonpartisan
Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported Tuesday that it could be difficult
to comply with the steadily increasing ethanol volumes which the law mandates.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 - The Environmental Protection Agency
today announced a voluntary program aimed at showing applicators which products
should be used to promote drift reduction during pesticide application.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $190.5 million in grants and loans to make improvements in broadband and other advanced communications infrastructure in rural areas. The money will fund 25 projects in 19 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 - Biotechnology barriers erected by China to U.S. grain shipments have left a cloud of uncertainty over the U.S. grain export industry, which is experiencing significant growth in other regions of the world, Tom Sleight, president and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), said Tuesday at Export Exchange 2014, an international trade conference in Seattle.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 - The best indicator of what lies ahead for U.S. energy policies and prospects could be the Nov. 4 verdicts in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas and South Dakota. In those states, as generally true for states with tight races this year, energy is a dividing issue.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 - A report released Tuesday by USDA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) indicates that almost $3 million intended to help small, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers was not used properly.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 - USDA needs to develop and provide information to farmers on the economic costs and returns of taking certain actions in response to climate change, the Government Accountability Office said.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 - Hunters across the country are in the midst of a pheasant hunting season that looks to be the most promising in recent years, but a representative with a wildlife conservation group says that's "not the whole story."
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 - Grower groups and members of Congress commended Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday, after he announced that the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion will be available for selected crops starting in the spring of 2015. Program details will be announced in December 2014.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 - Canadian officials appear ready to
follow through on threats to issue economic retaliations if the U.S. doesn't
fix a country-of-origin labeling law found to be in violation of World Trade
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, will be available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting in the spring of 2015. Program details will be announced in December 2014.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 - A group formed to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard is launching a six-figure ad buy on TV and radio to support the reelection bids of U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, and Representatives Collin Peterson of Minnesota, Gary Peters of Michigan and Lee Terry of Nebraska.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2014 - A World Trade
Organization compliance panel has ruled against the United States and its
amended country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules, raising the specter of retaliatory
tariffs from Canada and Mexico.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2014 - The EPA is awarding $8.6 million to state agencies in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana for projects to help farmers reduce phosphorus runoff that is contributing to harmful algal blooms in western Lake Erie.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2014 -The FCC unanimously voted on Friday to adopt a report and order that it says will promote deployment of the wireless infrastructure
necessary to provide the public with ubiquitous, advanced wireless broadband
services, the commission said.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2014 - A World Trade Organization compliance panel has ruled against the United States and its amended country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules, raising the specter of retaliatory tariffs from Canada and Mexico.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2014 - Food Policy Action, a
group that formed in 2012 "to hold legislators accountable on votes that
have an effect on food and farming," has released its latest scorecard for members of the 113th Congress.
District Representative Adrian Smith outlines a challenging agenda for House members following the Memorial Day break. As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Smith expects a great deal of debate over Trade Promotion Authority, tax reform, and identifying financial resources for the Highway Trust Fund. In this week's feature, Smith shares his support for renewable fuels and his concern over attempts to further define food labeling laws.