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9, 2015 - A senator who has clashed with the agricultural biotech industry has
been named the top Democrat on the Senate
Appropriations panel that writes budgets for the Agriculture Department and
Food and Drug Administration.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2015 - A top lobbyist for food and beverage giant PepsiCo Inc. who was formerly a top aide to Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts is taking over as the panel's chief of staff as it prepares to rewrite federal child nutrition policy.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2015 - A major roadblock to the Keystone XL pipeline was removed today when the Nebraska Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision and upheld a state law that allowed the governor to approve the route of the project within the state.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2015- The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday granted its first exemption allowing commercial use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in agriculture to Advanced Aviation Solutions of Boise, Idaho.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2015 - A bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline is headed to the Senate floor next week after the Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the measure on a near party-line vote, 13-9.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2015 - Sam Kass's former nutrition spot on the White House staff is now filled. The White House announced that Debra (Deb) Eschmeyer will join the White House as the executive director of Let's Move! and senior policy advisor for nutrition policy.
Jan. 8, 2015 - With bipartisan support from some key members of Congress, more
than 30 farm groups and agribusinesses on Thursday officially launched a
coalition to work for the end of the half-century old Cuban embargo.
Jan. 7, 2015 - The new chairman of the Senate
Environment and Public Works Committee is pledging to take on the
Obama administration over the proposed Clean Water Act rule and its enforcement
of the Endangered Species Act.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2015 - Senate Republicans scrambled to secure a veto-proof margin for legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline but said they may have to attach the measure to a must-pass bill later.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2015 - USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack joined with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) chief Jason Weller and Thomas Tidwell, the head of the U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday to mark 2015 as the International Year of Soils (IYS).
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2014 -- The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on its revised assessment of the pesticide chlorpyrifos which the agency said shows some health risk to workers who mix, load and apply the product.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2015 - The U.S. will once again allow importation of Irish beef, ending a 15-year closed-door policy instituted because of worries of spreading bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, to American herds.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2015 -- The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and five other national agribusinesses are urging EPA to rethink its proposed rules related to construction or modification of grain elevators, saying the proposals would cost much more than the agency has estimated and require a burdensome amount of record-keeping.
Jan. 5, 2015 - Special safety labels won't be required for mechanically
tenderized meat until at least 2018 after the Obama administration
failed to finalize the regulation in time for it to take effect earlier.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2014 - It's been an important year for U.S. agriculture with issues affecting farming and ranching making big news day in and day out. Here's a brief look at some of the most important agricultural stories of 2014.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 1, 2015 -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is considering the monarch butterfly for
status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), in response to urging from environmental groups that want
federal protection for the species.
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.