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WASHINGTON, June 29, 2015 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has finalized a rule that will allow regions of Argentina and Brazil to export fresh beef into the U.S., drawing protests from a prominent congressional food safety critic as well as the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA).
WINTERSET, IOWA, June 28, 2015 - Donald Trump says if he were elected president he would negotiate trade on an individual, country-by-country basis, rather than some of the multi-lateral deals currently being negotiated.
WASHINGTON, June 29, 2015 - Lawmakers are raising concerns that the avian influenza outbreak that devastated Midwest poultry producers could threaten supplies of human vaccines and possibly spread to people through swine.
WASHINGTON, June 29, 2015 - President Obama signed into law a trade promotion bill that ensures new agreements can get through Congress without risk of amendment, but he warned that "tough negotiations" were still ahead before the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership is ready for lawmakers to consider.
WASHINGTON, June 25, 2015 - House Republicans today introduced a bill that they say would rebalance the water needs of drought-plagued California between protected fish species and the farm communities and cities and towns that are running dry.
WASHINGTON, June 26, 2015 - An estimated 66.9 million hogs and pigs were being raised in the U.S. on June 1, up 9 percent from a year earlier and up slightly from March 1, USDA said today in a quarterly report, more indication that the U.S. pork industry has recovered from the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv).
WASHINGTON, June 26, 2015 -- A coalition of more than a dozen farm organizations, international development groups and agriculture-related foundations sent a letter today to congressional committees calling for a coordinated approach from the federal government to meeting global food security needs.
WASHINGTON, June 26, 2015 - The Obama administration's new definition of
the "waters of the United States" regulated by the Clean Water Act
will be formally published on Monday and will take effect Aug. 28.
WASHINGTON, June 25, 2015-The chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, says that the success of USDA's marketing programs indicate a proposed non-GMO certification program could be a viable solution for consumers wanting to avoid genetically engineered food products.
WASHINGTON, June 25, 2015 - This congressional struggle over the future of country-of-origin labeling of meat hinges on the same issue it always has: What does it mean to be a product of the United States?
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015 - The Senate has cleared a trade promotion bill that will give President Obama the authority he says he needs to wrap up trade agreements with 11 Pacific Rim nations and the European Union.
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015- The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) asking the agency to review and limit the use of the herbicide glyphosate (to prevent unreasonable adverse effects) to the monarch butterfly.
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015 - Witnesses told a House Education and Workforce subcommittee Wednesday that the school nutrition standards authorized by the Obama administration's Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) are a good recipe for encouraging healthy eating in schools, but could be improved with some new ingredients in the law's reauthorization, due Sept. 30.
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015-- Results from a new survey conducted by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) show that student loan debt is one of the key barriers preventing young people from becoming farmers and ranchers.
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015-AGree, an agricultural think tank with former USDA Secretary Dan Glickman as one of its co-chairs, released a report today on how to improve the food and agricultural research system, and called on Congress to hold hearings on the topic.
Monsanto's $45 billion offer to takeover Syngenta and form a new seed and chemical companybased overseas is turning into a very public "war of words." Industry analysts expect the chargesand counter-charges to only escalate over the coming weeks as Monsanto pursues the deal.
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015 -The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill should be on President Obama's desk within days, with the last major hurdle cleared in the Senate. On Tuesday, the Senate agreed, 60-37, to advance the legislation to a final congressional vote.
This week's Open Mic features Representative Ron Kind. As a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Wisconsin Democrat supports free trade and explains why it was such a difficult vote for many Democrats, who largely opposed President Obama. Kind shares his thoughts for the Obama administration in the latter stages of the TPP negotiations, especially in regard to his home state’s dairy industry. He also discusses EPA’s proposed waters of the U.S. rule. As a long-time farm bill critic, he also talks about further changes he’d like to see in crop insurance and other farm programs.