Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, May 22, 2015 - With crucial Democratic support, the Senate agreed to give President Obama fast-track negotiating authority to wrap up a 12-nation Pacific Rim agreement and complete a second deal with the European Union.
WASHINGTON, May 22, 2015 -- Walmart, the biggest U.S. grocery retailer, today announced new farm animal welfare policies, joining a long list of food companies taking steps to improve the conditions of the cattle, hogs and poultry in its supply chain.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - For the fourth straight year, the USDA's Inspector General has found the agency failed to comply with mandatory reporting requirements regarding improper payment information. Total improper payments in the 20 high-risk programs for fiscal 2014 came to $6.9 billion, or a 5.5 percent improper payment rate.
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 - The Senate Agriculture Committee today unanimously approved a bill reauthorizing the Grain Standards Act, including provisions that would ensure export grain inspections continue during labor disputes.
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 - The fast-track trade bill cleared another hurdle as the Senate voted to move ahead on the legislation, 62-38, after dramatic floor discussions between GOP leaders and key Democrats.
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 - Dana Brooks, formerly the director of government affairs for Elanco Animal Health, has been hired by Land O'Lakes Inc. as its senior director of state affairs and industry relations.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Critics of biotech foods say that stopping a House bill to preempt state GMO labeling laws would force the food industry to negotiate with labeling proponents.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - USDA released a new Regional Development Priority (RDP) policy Wednesday that details how the agency will support rural economic development by providing loans to small businesses and grants for community infrastructure improvements.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - The administration is expected to release the final waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule in the next week or so. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has been promising to refine the definitions in the proposed rule to address concerns raised by critics.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015-- While the agricultural industry is anticipating more business due to President Barack Obama's actions to normalize relations with Cuba, several members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today questioned the administration's ability to negotiate with a totalitarian communist state known for human rights abuses.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Senate Republican leaders have been working to get the fast-track trade bill to the finish line this week, ahead of the Memorial Day recess. But the debate was dragging amid negotiations over how many amendments would be considered.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - A new, comprehensive discipline in the use of antibiotics for animals will apply to all animal care by the end of next year.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Administration officials could learn in the next few days whether Brazil could challenge the legality of commodity programs created by the 2014 farm bill.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Several witnesses told a Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee that a Republican sponsored bill designed to improve transparency and accountability in the EPA's scientific advisory process would actually add new bureaucratic inefficiencies and present ethical dilemmas.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - As legislation to ease the approval of trade agreements works its way through Capitol Hill, agricultural leaders are wondering how the actions of a key trading partner will impact trade talks across the Atlantic Ocean.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - There's some good news and bad news in the latest report on foodborne illnesses from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has long emphasized providing assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers and once suggested a goal of adding 100,000 new farmers by 2012.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Wind energy already provides nearly 5% of the nation's total electricity generation, but there is tremendous potential to expand production across all 50 states by embracing taller wind turbines, larger rotors, and other technical innovations.
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 - Just two days after the World Trade
Organization (WTO) upheld an earlier decision that a U.S. country-of-origin
labeling (COOL) rule is not compliant with international trade obligations,
House lawmakers officially began the procedural steps necessary to repeal the
WASHINGTON, May 17, 2015 - Trade issues will dominate the attention of farm-state lawmakers as the World Trade Organization releases its final ruling on U.S. country-of-origin labeling, and the Senate resumes debate on its fast-track trade bill.