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WASHINGTON, July 10, 2015 - The House passed a bill, 262-167, Thursday that would reform how the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) fund and conduct wildfire suppression and forest management on public lands.
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2015 - The Department of Agriculture released the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) today, projecting mixed returns in the grain sector but increased total meat production for the remainder of 2015 and the start of 2016.
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2015 - USDA announced today that Robert Johansson is selected as the USDA's Chief Economist, effective July 12. He has been serving in the role of USDA's acting chief economist since Jan. 3, 2014, after the retirement of Joe Glauber.
July 10, 2015 - The Agriculture Department is trying to track down as
many as 10,000 farmers who haven't reported compliance with conservation
restrictions, but officials say the actual number of non-compliant
farmers is likely much smaller.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - House appropriators have agreed to block imports of fresh beef from regions of Brazil and Argentina until the Agriculture Department does further study on the potential risk from foot and mouth disease.
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2015 - EPA administrator Gina McCarthy was on the hot seat on Capitol Hill Thursday as Republicans on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology peppered her with questions on her agency's regulatory record.
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2015 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is giving restaurants and other retail food establishments an extra year to comply with the new menu labeling rules the agency finalized last December.
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2015 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says he's (disappointed) that the Obama administration has turned down Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's request for a presidential disaster declaration to help the state's poultry producers recover from losses due to highly pathogenic avian influenza.
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2015 - The United States and Switzerland announced today that beginning July 10, organic products certified in the United States or Switzerland may be sold as organic in either country.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - Leaders of the House Agriculture Committee are raising concerns with the Obama administration about its effort to win support from the shipping industry for converting more food aid to cash assistance.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee heard conflicting expert testimony Wednesday on whether President Barack Obama's promise to cut U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions could be achieved without additional legislation.
WASHINGTON, July 7, 2015 - Calling Tesla not just a car company but an (energy innovation company,) Tesla's founder Elon Musk unveiled his cost-cutting Powerwall and Powerpack battery systems earlier this year, designed to (move the electricity grid off of fossil fuels and towards renewable energy sources.)
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - Proponents of mandatory labeling of food products made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) rolled out a trio of academics Wednesday in a bid to raise public awareness of the public health and environmental costs of herbicides used in the production of genetically engineered crops.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee heard testimony Wednesday that lifting the ban on U.S. crude oil exports would benefit rural areas, including creating more jobs and potentially lowering gasoline prices.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - The Agriculture appropriations bill that funds the Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration has long offered a way for critics of farm programs to try to enact changes in policies.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - A provision in the House Agriculture spending bill to restrict what kind of new recommendations the Obama administration can write into the new dietary guidelines could have a mixed impact on the sweetener business and other sectors, according to a study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington-based advocacy group.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - After the avian influenza outbreak caused the depopulation of more than 48 million birds, government and poultry industry officials are looking ahead and hoping to prevent another major outbreak in the upcoming fall migration season.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - The Obama administration, which has been working on a landmark deal with the U.S. shipping industry to win some long-sought changes in the way food aid is delivered, has briefed farm groups as well as NGOs on the discussions.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - The Renewable Fuel Standard is expected get its first test of support in Congress in quite a while.This week, Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., could offer an amendment to the House Interior-Environment appropriations bill (HR 2822) to stop EPA from implementing the RFS.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 - In a status report for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, EPA indicated it will consider further restrictions on a commonly used insecticide known as chlorpyrifos, which is used to protect a number of agricultural crops, including soybeans, wheat, alfalfa, citrus, and peanuts.
This week’s Open Mic Guest is the new President of the American Farm Bureau Federation Zippy Duvall. As a representative of the nation’s largest general farm organization, Duvall says it’s important for the farm and rural voice to be heard on the national and local level. In this interview Duvall speaks to the industry’s ongoing battle to stop the EPA’s Waters of the US regulations, the need for a national voluntary labeling law and the challenging plight of the cotton industry. Duvall says the AFBF is still evaluating the text of the TPP but is ready to join the fight for greater access to global markets.