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WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 - Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and 12 other Democratic senators sent a letter to three government agencies today asking them to provide certainty on
WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 - In a recent congressional hearing, Robert Goldenkoff, the Government Accountability Office's director of strategic issues, warned that "reduced investments in human capital can have lasting, detrimental effects" and that "serious human capital shortfalls are eroding agencies' capacity." He added that high retirement rates throughout the federal government are undermining "institutional knowledge and leadership."
WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 - The White House Council of Economic Advisors released a report Tuesday detailing potential consequences of inaction on climate change and called for action to curb global warming.
WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 - The Washington-based Center for Food Safety (CFS), characterizing itself as "the nation's leading nonprofit working on genetically engineered organisms," and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) are casting doubt on the commitment of the State of Vermont to adequately defend a food industry suit to nullify its biotech food labeling law.
WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 - As U.S. lawmakers consider imposing tougher sanctions on Russia following the downing of Malaysian Flight MH17 and ongoing turmoil in Ukraine, Russia is threatening to ban U.S. chicken imports in what some call a retaliatory action. At press time, Russia was considering a ban on U.S. chicken and some European fruit and was reportedly investigating McDonald's cheese for safety.
WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 - China's recent actions impeding imports of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS), a co-product of dry-milled ethanol production used as a feed ingredient, dominated guest presentations and group discussions during the U.S Grains Council (USGC) 54th Board of Delegates meeting this week in Omaha, Nebraska.
WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 - USDA and rural lender CoBank last week announced the creation of a fund designed to entice some of Wall Street's wealthiest investors to back infrastructure projects in rural America. CoBank pledged $10 billion for the U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund, and USDA is hopeful more investments will follow.
WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 - The Association of Equipment Manufacturers expects Congress will eventually reauthorize the Export Import Bank - despite opposition by some powerful House Republicans -- although the final vote may be very close to Sept. 30, when its present charter expires.
WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 - Following in the footsteps of North Dakota's successful ballot initiative, the latest state effort to protect a farmer's "right to farm" is headed for a vote on Aug. 5 in Missouri. But supporters face strong headwinds from the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), which is attempting to frame the debate as an attack on small family farms, among other things.
WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 - Five of the corduroy jackets worn with pride by members of the National FFA Organization - formerly the Future Farmers of America - will be part of a Smithsonian exhibition devoted to "American Enterprise."
WASHINGTON, JULY 29, 2014 --The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed H.R. 4315, the (Endangered Species Transparency Act,) which would require the government to make public all data it uses to decide whether
Our guest on Open Mic this week is U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Congressional leaders return to Washington this week with an agenda bordered by trade, appropriations and a pushback against overregulation. The Kentucky Republican sees opportunity to work with the Obama administration on Trade Promotion Authority and cyber-security legislation, but expects push back over regulations that GOP leaders will try to repeal through a series of policy riders on appropriations bills.