Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 - A group of senators introduced a bill today that would provide an exemption to agricultural service vehicles from hazardous material transportation laws for hauling diesel fuel.
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said he plans a bipartisan overhaul of federal nutrition requirements so that poor or rural school districts as well as wealthy, urban ones can meet the meal standards.
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015- McDonald's, the world's largest fast food chain, today announced that it will only source chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine in all of their 14,000 U.S. restaurants within two years.
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?