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WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2015 - USDA announced $30 million in funding for 22 projects aimed at fighting citrus greening disease, which is devastating groves in Florida and threatening the U.S. citrus industry.
Feb. 9, 2015 - Nearly one-third of the Senate is urging the Obama
administration to hurry up and finalize the annual usage mandates for
renewable fuels, saying the delay has slowed production of biodiesel.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2015 - Mississippi Rep. Alan Nunnelee, a member of the House Appropriations subcommittee that writes spending bills for the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration, died Friday after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 56.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2015 - California's three largest dairy cooperatives are asking USDA to allow milk producers in the state to begin operating under a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO), which provides dairy prices for milk based on market prices.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2015 - The Agriculture Department could put critical wildlife habitat at risk across the upper Midwest by changing the way it maps wetlands in four states, according to conservation groups and an association of state wildlife agencies.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2015 - House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan says the U.S. should complete a Trans-Pacific Partnership -- a trade agreement with Pacific Rim nations --without the participation of countries who think U.S. standards in the negotiations are too high.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - Obama administration officials rejected Republican claims that they're seeking free rein to expand the reach of the Clean Water Act, but admitted a proposed rule had led to widespread confusion about what streams, ditches and other features could be regulated.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided an update on implementation of the 2014 farm bill, signed by President Obama almost one year ago, saying that the legislation has provided investments that are creating jobs, driving long-term economic growth and helping rural communities.
BONITA SPRINGS, FLORIDA, Feb. 5, 2014 - President Barack Obama's 2016
budget proposal includes cuts to crop insurance, but for the first time in
several years the focus is on cutting farmer premiums rather than directly
targeting cuts at crop insurance companies.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2015-Dozens of agricultural and food groups sent a letter to every member of Congress today asking them to introduce and approve legislation renewing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - A group representing agricultural employers across the country told Congress on Wednesday that broad legislation addressing the farm labor shortage is needed before implementation of a mandatory E-Verify system.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - U.S. Trade
Representative Michael Froman delivered an upbeat private briefing to members
of the House Agriculture Committee on the status of negotiations over a Pacific
Rim trade agreement, said the panel's chairman, Mike Conaway.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - Higher-than-forecast costs of commodity programs in the new farm bill could attract the attention of congressional budget cutters if Republicans pursue broad reductions in federal spending.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - Congressional Republicans are laying the groundwork for an effort to stop the administration's proposed rule for defining the "waters of the United States" (WOTUS). The big question is, what can Congress do to overcome an almost certain presidential veto of any standalone bill that attempts to block the rule before or after it's finalized?
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - With both sides of Capitol Hill under GOP control, congressional Republicans will likely pursue a two-pronged effort to curb the Obama administration's use of the Endangered Species Act.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - The fourteen new members of the House Committee on Agriculture represent a diverse set of interests and career experiences and hail from all across the U.S. In this special section, Agri-Pulse provides you with a unique look at their backgrounds.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - There's still time left, but USDA officials are cautiously watching the calendar and the signup numbers. It's easy to see why they might fear the worst: hundreds of thousands of farmers waiting until the last minute to make farm program decisions.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - A USDA report says the country's cattle herd is up for the first time since 2007, but an industry expert says growth will have to continue and production will have to become more efficient or the industry risks permanent loss of processing facilities and other infrastructure.
This week’s guest on Open Mic is Iowa U.S. Senator Charles Grassley. With days left before the August Congressional recess, Grassley says leaders face some must pass legislation including highway funding and a final decision on Country-of-Origin Labeling. In this interview, Grassley offers insights into possible tax reform and the final stages of debate in the budget process. Grassley also says Congress needs to take action to protect poultry farmers from the continued threat of avian influenza.