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Jan. 28, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts is pledging to
work with the Obama administration to resolve farmers' concerns
about a proposed rule re-defining the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015-- The Environmental Integrity Project and the Humane Society of the United States filed lawsuits in federal court today against the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to respond to requests to regulate farm emissions like methane and ammonia.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - The American Farm Bureau Federation says it is considering whether to appeal a federal court's dismissal of its lawsuit seeking to block the Environmental Protection Agency from releasing personal information of livestock and poultry farmers in response to Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests.
28, 2015 - Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern, one of the House's most
outspoken defenders of federal food assistance, has been named the top
Democrat on the House Agriculture subcommittee assigned to investigate
the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - Step one in the push to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to pump Canadian tar sands oil to Texas refineries worked just as planned: Keystone legislation has been the first bill debated and voted on by the new GOP-run Senate.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015-- Buried in USDA's new microbial standards for poultry safety is the disclosure that the Food Safety and Inspection Service plans in March to start testing raw pork for (pathogens of public concern.)
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - With the latest round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations under way, access for agricultural products to Japan and Canada remain among the unresolved issues, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - A dispute between U.S. West Coast port operators and dockworkers will continue to cost American agricultural exporters millions of dollars a day because their containers, many with perishable products, are waylaid on jam-packed docks where ship loadings are weeks in arrears.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - The budget issue will be coming into sharper focus as Republicans plan how to use their control of both the Senate and House to make deeper cuts in spending. Nutrition assistance and farm programs could potentially be vulnerable to cuts, depending on how far GOP congressional leaders decide to go.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - The organizations representing the farmers who produce America's milk and the companies that turn the milk into cheese and other foods have started preliminary discussions about overhauling the federal marketing order system that regulates milk pricing.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - Although the U.S. remains the world leader in soybean production and exports, it also imports biodiesel and recent decisions by the U.S. EPA and the European Community are making matters worse, according to U.S. soybean growers.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - After three years of often fruitless meetings, a group seeking changes in the beef checkoff could be one step closer to a finished product with a new memo that's being circulated to stakeholder organizations.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - A report released today that tracks the number of global acres planted each year with biotech crops indicates further growth will depend on smaller countries' willingness to adopt genetically engineered crops and new crop varieties.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - Wages and working conditions of the people who harvest, process and serve America's food have a relatively low priority in an elitist "food movement" that's more caught up opposing biotechnology, antibiotics, agricultural chemicals, "factory farming" and new trade deals, according to some of the speakers at the First Annual Food Tank Summit in Washington.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - While imposing new restrictions on oil and gas drilling off northern Alaska, the Obama administration unveiled the next steps in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing program for 2017-2022.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2015 - The National Pork Producers Council and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association are urging Congress to renew the president's Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), as a way to help the Obama administration close trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 - Protestors interrupted a Senate Finance Committee hearing today to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations and efforts to pass Trade Promotion Authority through Congress.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2015 - Key congressional committees start laying the groundwork this week for pushing the Obama administration's trade agenda through Congress with back-to-back meetings with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2015 - Farm programs will cost $18 billion more over the next decade than previously estimated, due to lower commodity prices and a surge in demand for livestock disaster assistance, congressional budget analysts say.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2015 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5N8 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Stanislaus County, California.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2015 - Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District is the top agricultural producing district in the nation, edging out the 4th District of Iowa, according to figures from USDA's 2012 Census of Agriculture.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., today announced several key selections to the panel's senior staff. They include Julian Baer as senior policy adviser for nutrition and Janae Brady, senior professional staff for trade and food aid.
This week's Open Mic features Representative Ron Kind. As a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Wisconsin Democrat supports free trade and explains why it was such a difficult vote for many Democrats, who largely opposed President Obama. Kind shares his thoughts for the Obama administration in the latter stages of the TPP negotiations, especially in regard to his home state’s dairy industry. He also discusses EPA’s proposed waters of the U.S. rule. As a long-time farm bill critic, he also talks about further changes he’d like to see in crop insurance and other farm programs.