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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Todd Van Hoose, CEO and President of the Farm Credit Council. As the Farm Credit System celebrates its centennial this year, Todd Van Hoose says he's humbled by the achievements over the past century and excited about the opportunities in the next 100 years. In this week's interview Van Hoose discusses the troubled spots the industry is facing and says increased demands for government secured loans is a symptom of the challenges some farmers are facing. Van Hoose shares thoughts on the significance of the nation's crop insurance program, CFTC reform, the need for global trade and challenges the Farm Credit System continues to see from the community banking industry.