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Politics | 12/17/2014 2:41:52 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014 - Agricultural stakeholders looking for signs of progress in the government's effort to set rules for the commercial use of drones - or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) -- in their operations were disappointed last week at a House hearing on the technology.
Politics | 12/10/2014 11:21:53 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec 9, 2014 -- The massive $1 trillion fiscal 2015 spending bill that congressional leaders have agreed on sets the stage for fights next year over the Clean Water Act, school nutrition, the beef checkoff and country-of-origin labeling.

Politics | 12/10/2014 9:23:12 PM
CHICAGO, Dec. 10, 2014 -- The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is planning a three-year consumer campaign to educate people about the value of the seed industry.
Politics | 12/10/2014 8:30:35 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2014 -- Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, the next chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, today named the Republican lawmakers who will lead the panel's subcommittees in the 114th Congress.
Politics | 12/10/2014 6:32:54 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2014 -- The House has approved a bill that would provide the first congressional authorization for the Obama administration's $1-billion-a-year Feed the Future initiative.
Politics | 12/10/2014 4:55:36 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2014 - The Clean Water Act provisions in the massive fiscal 2015 spending agreement are likely to do little to slow an effort by farm groups to kill a proposed rule defining the law's jurisdiction.
Politics | 12/10/2014 3:38:54 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2014 - The Transportation Department's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today granted five regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations to four companies for aerial surveying, construction site monitoring and oil-rig flare stack inspections.
Politics | 12/10/2014 3:18:00 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 - An EPA official refused Wednesday to tell lawmakers when the agency would finally release this year's biofuel usage targets.
Politics | 12/9/2014 10:23:47 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2014 - Midwestern agricultural interests are being left out in the cold in the immigration debate, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs says in a new report
Politics | 12/9/2014 1:17:24 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2014 - The House of Representatives today passed a bill that its Republican backers say would bring some relief to drought-plagued California while Democratic opponents say it would weaken environmental laws and possibly ignite a water war between the northern and southern parts of the state.
Politics | 12/9/2014 12:16:35 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2014 -- Incoming House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway is setting up a separate subcommittee to oversee federal nutrition programs, confirming that food stamps and other feeding programs will be a major focus in the next Congress.
Politics | 12/9/2014 5:16:50 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2014 - Lawmakers are hurrying to wrap up work on spending legislation before the temporary measure that is currently funding the government expires on Thursday.
Politics | 12/8/2014 2:54:07 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2014 - Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, the incoming chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, today named eight new Republican members who will serve on the panel in the 114th Congress.
Politics | 12/8/2014 2:52:50 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2014 - The House is set to pass a bill this week that would provide legal authority for the first time to President Obama's Feed the Future initiative, a $1-billion-a-year effort to increase food production and combat hunger in 19 target countries.
Politics | 12/8/2014 1:50:41 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2014 - Eight states will participate in the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables to increases purchases of locally grown fruits and vegetables in school meal programs.
Politics | 12/8/2014 1:42:51 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2014 - The Department of Agriculture today announced the speaker lineup for the Agricultural Outlook Forum, a two-day conference designed to discuss topics in agriculture's future.
Politics | 12/8/2014 9:03:51 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2014 -- Sam Kass, the personal chef to the first family and the executive director of Michelle Obama's (Let's Move!) initiative, is leaving the White House at the end of the month to live full-time in New York.
Politics | 12/5/2014 10:14:59 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 - High-level leaders in the ag industry, including Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, Trade Ambassador Darci Vetter, and our own Agri-Pulse Editor Sara Wyant will convene in Washington Dec. 10-11 for the 2014 Farm Journal Forum.
Politics | 12/5/2014
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2014 -- The shipping industry is losing a bid to increase the amount of U.S. food aid that must be transported by American carriers, a move that would likely boost the cost of moving the commodities.
Politics | 12/4/2014 9:02:21 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration will provide some help to the agriculture industry, but he says Congressional action is needed to make sure U.S. farmers have the legal workforce they need.
Politics | 12/4/2014 5:21:59 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014- An animal welfare group's video depicting unhealthy conditions at a poultry farm operated by a contract grower for Perdue Farms claims to provide (an unprecedented look at a so-called humane American chicken factory farm.)
Politics | 12/4/2014 4:17:55 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 - Four House Democrats are asking U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to provide details on labor provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before the ambitious trade deal is finalized.
Politics | 12/4/2014 1:44:09 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 -- The Republican-controlled House on Thursday approved legislation aimed at undoing President Obama's executive action on immigration, despite little hope that it would pass in the lame-duck Senate, and in the face of a veto threat from the White House.
Politics | 12/4/2014 11:19:41 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the application deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) will be extended until Dec. 19, 2014.
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