Politics | 4/20/2015

 Groups challenge EPA move to expand use of Enlist Duo to six more states

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 - A coalition of environmental, food safety and public health groups filed a motion today challenging EPA's decision to expand the use of Enlist Duo herbicide on genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy crops to nine additional states: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and North Dakota.

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Politics | 4/20/2015 6:00:13 PM

 Washington Week Ahead: Fast-track push begins as internal Democratic fight looms

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2015 - A deal between key lawmakers to fast-track new trade agreements begins to move through Congress this week, increasing pressure on President Obama to win over reluctant Democrats.
Politics | 4/20/2015 5:26:29 PM

Avian flu strikes Iowa egg operation

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 - An Iowa egg operation with more than 5 million hens is the latest poultry farm hit by a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza.

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Politics | 4/20/2015 5:14:53 PM

Kraft to stop using synthetic colors in Mac and Cheese

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 -- Kraft Foods says that starting in January, it will no longer make its Original Macaroni and Cheese with artificial preservatives or synthetic colors, replacing the chemical dyes with colors derived from natural sources like paprika, annatto and turmeric. In Canada, it plans to remove synthetic colors in Kraft Dinner Original by the end of 2016.
Politics | 4/20/2015 4:18:24 PM

Five years later, farmers, ranchers lauded for Gulf recovery effort

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 - USDA is crediting the voluntary efforts of private landowners with helping the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico recover from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which erupted five years ago this week.
Politics | 4/17/2015 1:56:49 PM

APHIS announces new avian flu cases, new reporting regime

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2015 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today a new reporting model to keep up with the rapid spread of high path avian influenza (HPAI) in the nation's chicken and turkey flocks. Six new outbreaks of the disease were announced today alone, bringing the total of confirmed instances of the H5N2 strain of the disease to 49.
Politics | 4/16/2015 8:07:17 PM

US, Mexico, Canada meet to improve monarch habitat

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe said he and his counterparts from Mexico and Canada are seeking new ways to support monarch butterfly habitat during the 20th annual meeting of the Canada/Mexico/United States Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management in San Diego, California.
Politics | 4/16/2015 1:51:18 PM

Lawmakers reach deal on fast-track trade measure

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 - Lawmakers finalized a bipartisan three-year fast-track bill Thursday to smooth the way for negotiating and ratifying trade agreements with the Pacific Rim and European Union.
Politics | 4/16/2015 12:34:38 PM

House votes to repeal estate tax

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 - Brushing aside a veto threat, the Republican-controlled House voted 240-179 to repeal the federal estate tax.
Politics | 4/16/2015 11:17:39 AM

Iowa farmers to curb expenses as farm income drops

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - For the second year in a row, Iowa soybean farmers expect to see a decline in financial returns and will cut back expenses according to the Agri-Pulse Farm Opinion Poll. The poll was conducted this month in partnership with the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA).
Politics | 4/16/2015 10:36:16 AM

Tuskegee's Prakash wins ag science communication award

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 -- C.S. Prakash, director of the Center for Plant Biotechnology Research at Tuskegee University in Alabama, will receive the 2015 Borlaug CAST Communication Award from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Oct. 4 in a World Food Prize ceremony in Iowa.
Politics | 4/16/2015 10:14:02 AM

Report calls on feds, food and ag sectors to work together to battle malnutrition

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 - Thirty public and private leaders from around the world are endorsing a report that calls on the U.S. government to provide leadership on global malnutrition and food insecurity issues by committing to a long-term, globally minded agricultural development and food systems strategy.
Politics | 4/16/2015 9:33:35 AM

Senators on verge of fast-track agreement

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 - Leaders of the Senate Finance Committee announced that they were on the verge of an agreement on Trade Promotion Authority legislation that could be released later Thursday.
Politics | 4/16/2015

Fast-track agreement sets stage for congressional trade battle

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 - The battle is on in Congress to approve a fast-track process for finalizing trade agreements with Pacific Rim nations and the European Union.
Politics | 4/15/2015 6:54:56 PM

Organic Trade Association unveils promising stats on industry growth

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - The head of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) told a sold-out conference Wednesday morning that the results of a recent annual survey show "organic has turned a corner."
Politics | 4/15/2015 4:23:38 PM

Fast-track bill held up amid talks on trade assistance

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - Release of a fast-track trade bill was held up Wednesday as key lawmakers negotiated the terms of a separate package of trade adjustment programs sought by Democrats.
Politics | 4/15/2015 4:17:21 PM

Green groups sue to end pollution-reporting exemptions for animal feeding operations

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit today challenging a Bush administration EPA decision that exempts large animal feeding operations from requirements that they file reports on airborne emissions of hazardous substances.
Politics | 4/15/2015 3:48:08 PM

 Is EPA's Clean Power Plan an opportunity or a threat?

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2015 - In the latest battle over U.S. energy policy, Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky, on Tuesday chaired another in a series of House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearings on EPA's controversial Clean Power Plan 
Politics | 4/15/2015

 Tax Day passing with extenders in limbo

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - Another Tax Day is passing, and the Section 179 expensing allowance and other key tax incentives are once again in limbo - and may continue to be for some time.

 California ag tries to adapt as drought persists

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - Is California's severe drought a total disaster for its farm sector? Not generally. 

 Congress prepares for action on trade bills

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - Get ready for action on trade in Congress after weeks of negotiations. Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch says he wants his committee to vote on a Trade Promotion Authority bill next week as well as some other trade measures.


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Marshall Matz

The Vilsapp: Secretary Vilsack's high tech solution to labeling
A recent Pew poll found that 90% of all scientists believe GMO's are safe but only 37% of the public.


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Growing the global competitiveness of the American agriculture and food sector
The U.S. is a global leader in agriculture and food. In the last 150 years, technological advances and innovations have spurred unprecedented economic growth at home and provided affordable food to billions of people worldwide.
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 event calendar
  National Food Policy Conference
  April 21-22, 2015 Washington, D.C.

  Crop Life America/RISE Spring Conference
  April 22-24, 2015 Washington, D.C.

  Export-Import Bank’s Annual Conference
  April 23-24, 2015 Washington, D.C.

  North American Agricultural Journalists Annual Meeting
  April 26-28, 2015 Washington, D.C.

  American Dairy Products Institute and American Butter Institute’s Annual Conference
  April 26-28, 2015 Chicago, Illinois

  Pacific Northwest Regional Agvocacy Conference
  April 27-28, 2015 Spokane, Washington

  National Association of Farm Broadcasters Washington Watch
  April 27-29, 2015 Washington, D.C.

  National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting
  April 27-30, 2015 La Jolla, California

  Pacific Northwest Regional Agvocacy Conference
  Spokane, Washington April 27-28, 2015

  National Association of Nutrition Professionals Annual Conference & Expo
  April 30-May 3, 2015 St. Paul Minnesota


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