Farm & rural policy news
is a program that has had no benefit to U.S. beef producers or consumers and it
violates our trade agreements. Regardless of how you measure impact: demand,
price, or consumer trust; COOL fails them all. Four times the WTO has been
abundantly clear, COOL discriminates against our trading partners.
WASHINGTON, July 26, 2015 - With a series of agricultural issues still hanging, the Pacific Rim trade negotiations heat up in Hawaii this week as U.S. negotiators try up to wrap up a deal that they can send to Congress for approval.
Unfortunately, mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) - the popular
consumer food labeling law that identifies the national origin of meat, poultry
and many fruits, vegetables and nuts in the U.S. - is a dead man walking.
CAMANCHE, IOWA, July 26, 2015 - If New Jersey
Governor Chris Christie makes it through the crowded Republican field of GOP
presidential candidates and on to the White House, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
will likely be on his speed dial for all things agricultural.
WASHINGTON, July 24, 2015 - In an effort to get
Americans to cut sugar consumption, the Food and Drug Administration is
proposing to require nutrition labels to disclose the content of added sugars
as a percentage of a recommended daily limit
WASHINGTON, July 26, 2015 - A USDA analysis has determined that the common practice among poultry farms of sharing equipment such as feed trucks and live haul loaders makes farms more vulnerable to the highly pathogenic avian influenza.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 - The food industry's campaign to stop states from requiring labels on genetically engineered products faces an uncertain future in the Senate following a landmark, bipartisan victory in the House.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Committee leaders remain at odds over the path forward for the country-of-origin labeling law for meat, and their debate could get tangled up in a highway bill the Senate is considering.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 - Syngenta's 2015 half-year earnings report released today showed lower earnings and sales from a year ago, but analysts say the results are better than expected in a tough environment of low crop prices.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 - Four of every five hunters and anglers surveyed nationwide approve of the Obama administration's new rule that extends Clean Water Act protections to wetlands and streams.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 -- USDA says it is deregulating Dow AgroSciences' genetically engineered (GE) Enlist cotton trait in the United States. The department has now completed its regulatory review process for all of Dow's Enlist traits - corn, soybeans and cotton.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 - Lawmakers and several witnesses argued today at a House hearing that it may be time to consider adjustments to the Renewable Fuel Standard, the cornerstone policy of the renewable fuels industry and the burr under the saddle of oil companies for the past decade.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 - Building on provisions contained in the 2014 farm bill, USDA plans to expand crop insurance options for fruit and nut producers next year. Both the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) and the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion will be available to cover fresh fruit and nuts in select counties beginning with the 2016 crop year.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 - In a landmark victory for agricultural biotechnology, the House approved a bill, 275-150, to block state GMO labeling laws and to set rules for marketing foods as non-biotech.
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2015 - While raising many questions, President Obama's controversial nuclear agreement with Iran has already resulted in at least one tangible impact: Even before sanctions are eased in perhaps six to eight months, world oil prices are being driven down by the prospect of Iran selling as much as an extra 1 million barrels per day of its stockpiled crude oil into world markets.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 - The government is gearing up to deal with as many as 500 incidents of avian flu this fall, far more than the number that devastated Midwest producers this spring, says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 - A bill that would block state GMO labeling laws and set up a process for marketing foods as non-GMO has advanced in the House, setting up a final votes on the measure on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 -The year is half over but there are some signs of life for those expired tax benefits that are critical to agriculture, including the higher Section 179 expensing allowance and the tax credit that subsidizes biodiesel production.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 - A year ago, none of the students at a K-8 school in Hillsborough County, Florida, had experience with agriculture. But not anymore.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 - With the current highway funding provisions set to expire at the end of the month, House and Senate members find themselves in a game of legislative chicken over which chamber has the best plan to move forward.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 -The effort to block state GMO labeling laws gets its first big test Thursday as the House votes on the Safe and Affordable Food Labeling Act.