Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, March 26, 2015- Lawmakers expressed general satisfaction with USDA's implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, but also asked pointed questions regarding their concerns about commodity programs and crop insurance during a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing Thursday.
WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 - The U.S. hog and pig inventory totaled 65.9 million head as of March 1, up 7.2 percent from a year earlier when the nation's herd was being devastated by the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). The March 1 figure was down slightly from Dec. 1, 2014, USDA said today in a quarterly report.
WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 - The Food and Drug Administration has announced new steps to formalize definitions and standards of animal feed ingredients to bring them into accordance with federal law and regulations.
WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 - USDA announced today it will provide one additional week for farm owners and producers to choose between programs available to them under the 2014 Farm Bill. The deadline is extended from March 31 to April 7.
WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 - The Senate approved its budget resolution
along party lines early Friday after voting on dozens of non-binding
amendments and setting aside hundreds of others.
WASHINGTON, March 26, 2015 - In a message-sending vote, the
Senate endorsed killing the estate tax, but the Republican majority could
attract the support of just one Democrat.
26, 2015 - A White House strategy for fighting antibiotic resistance
calls for studying the extent of the problem on farms and lays out plans
for developing new drugs that producers can use more safely.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - While interested parties await a ruling from the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the U.S. country-of-origin labeling rule, lawmakers and industry representatives are already concerned about potential retaliation.
WASHINGTON, March 26, 2015 - Republicans are expressing optimism that they can reach a deal with a key Democrat that's critical to wrapping up a Pacific Rim trade agreement.
March 26, 2015 - Bill Gates encouraged members of a Senate Appropriations
subcommittee today to vote in favor of "modest" federal investments in foreign
aid initiatives, including agriculture.
WASHINGTON, March 26, 2015 - With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House today passed legislation that includes a two-year extension of a program that provides assistance for schools, law enforcement, and infrastructure in rural forested communities that lack a tax base to adequately fund such activities.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015
-With some critical Democratic support, the Senate endorsed limiting the
reach of a rule proposed by the Obama administration to re-define what
ditches, ponds and other features are regulated by the Clean Water Act.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - House Judiciary Committee members heard arguments - and made their own - for and against the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) finalized Open Internet Order that reclassifies broadband Internet access service as a public utility service.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015- A House Agriculture subcommittee continued a series of hearings in advance of writing legislation to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which lapsed in September 2013, focusing today on complex rules for international markets.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - Corn ethanol advocate Growth Energy is fighting against the requests of several lawmakers who wrote to the House Appropriations leadership to diminish government support for the ethanol industry.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 -- Expect the Protection Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy that expired in December to be renewed this summer along with other tax breaks - but not until Congress has made its best - and ultimately futile -- effort to agree on comprehensive tax reform.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - Reps. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., introduced a bill today aimed at blocking state GMO labeling laws. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 includes a new provision to regulate and certify foods promoted as non-biotech.
WASHINGTON, March 23, 2015 - USDA announced that it will bring $35 million to the table as it teams up with the White House to increase high speed and wired broadband access in under-served and rural areas.
March 23, 2015 - Budget resolutions will be on the floor this week in both the
House and Senate and, with little or no Democrat support available, Republican
leaders need to keep as many GOP votes as possible.