Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015-- Rural communities will need $140 billion in drinking water and wastewater system upgrades in the coming decades, according to a Government Accountability Office report.
3, 2015 - The House Judiciary Committee has advanced a bill that would
force employers to use the E-Verify system to ensure their workers can
legally work in the Untied States, a requirement that could snag
farmworkers across the country.
WASHINGTON, March 3, 2015 - The Obama administration won't commit to providing lawmakers with recommendations for overhauling the country-of-origin labeling law for meat.
WASHINGTON, March 3, 2015 - The House voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security
through the rest of fiscal 2015, ending an attempt by conservatives to
use the agency's spending bill to block President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
WASHINGTON, March 3, 2015 - Ask just about any farmer leader if they support science and innovation in agriculture and the answer will usually be a resounding yes. But ask them about how to commercialize new seed traits and avoid sending those products to unapproved international markets, there's little consensus.
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 - USDA is awarding $27.6 million to five demonstration projects aimed at ending childhood hunger in America.
March 1, 2015 - School nutrition directors and the Obama administration are
drawing lines for a coming battle over reauthorization of the Healthy,
Hunger-Free Kids Act that raised standards for school meals.
WASHINGTON, March 2 -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not keeping pace with a mandate that requires its overseas offices to inspect foreign food facilities, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 - Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., announced Monday that she will retire at the end of the 114th Congress in 2017, ending the longest congressional career of any woman in history.
March 2, 2015 - Sodium limits for schools would be frozen at their
current limits and a whole grain requirement would be cut in half under
proposed legislation that school nutrition directors will be lobbying
Congress this week to pass.
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 -- The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) today jointly urged Congress to enact new Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, saying it is crucial to securing well-negotiated trade agreements.
March 2, 2015 - Bolthouse Farms is challenging America to shift the
balance of "food porn" and help create a healthier Internet.
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2015 - Does rural America still pack the same political punch it did in years gone by? With fewer farmers, is there a disconnect between them, their city cousins and the legislators who represent the diverse groups?
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 - House ag appropriators expressed support as they heard Jason Weller, chief of the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS), explain the agency's $4.4 billion budget proposal for fiscal 2016.
PHOENIX, Feb. 27, 2015 -- USDA is extending the deadline for producers to update their base yields or reallocate their base acres to March 31, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. The original deadline was today.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - USDA today released data showing how U.S. agriculture could benefit from the successful conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim nations.