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WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2015 - The National Pork Producers Council and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association are urging Congress to renew the president's Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), as a way to help the Obama administration close trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2015 - Farm programs will cost $18 billion more over the next decade than previously estimated, due to lower commodity prices and a surge in demand for livestock disaster assistance, congressional budget analysts say.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2015 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5N8 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Stanislaus County, California.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2015 - Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District is the top agricultural producing district in the nation, edging out the 4th District of Iowa, according to figures from USDA's 2012 Census of Agriculture.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., today announced several key selections to the panel's senior staff. They include Julian Baer as senior policy adviser for nutrition and Janae Brady, senior professional staff for trade and food aid.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2015 - The U.S. has formally accepted the World Trade Organization's so-called Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), an accord designed to cut red tape among trading partners and which is projected to generate hundreds of billions of dollars in economic activity.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2015 - Food prices rose by 2.4 percent last year, less than the historical average, despite sharp increases in meat costs and the drought in California, the Agriculture Department says.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2014 - The House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday approved the list of senior staffers who will lead the panel in the 114th Congress. In November, Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, the then-incoming chairman of the committee, had announced his appointments.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2015 - An Auburn University professor says his research shows that U.S. country-of-origin meat labeling rules played no role in the decline in cattle exports to the U.S. from Canada and Mexico.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2015 - The Cuban government is expressing interest in increasing purchases of U.S. agriculture commodities in the wake of President Barack Obama's moves to establish diplomatic relations and also wants to buy some farm equipment, says Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2015 -- U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman went before the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Wednesday to start selling the trade agenda President Obama highlighted in his State of the Union address, an agenda that includes trade agreements that Froman said will provide "premier access to two-thirds of the global economy."
FORT WORTH, TEXAS, Jan. 21, 2015 - An Environmental Protection Agency official says employees of the agency charged with rule making for the Renewable Fuels Standard every year are working hard to implement changes, but the growing complexity of the statute is slowing their progress.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2015-- USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today proposed the first federal standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter testing in ground chicken and turkey products as well as raw chicken breasts, legs and wings.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2015 - President Obama makes the case for his political agenda Tuesday with a State of the Union message that will challenge the GOP congressional majority on tax policy while likely reaching out to Republicans on trade, their one real area of common ground.
20, 2015 -Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, is taking over the chairmanship of
the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that writes spending measures
for the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration.
FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 20, 2015 -- After 17 months of uncertainty surrounding U.S. renewable fuels policy, industry leaders are expressing confidence that this year will provide an opportunity to move ahead into a more definite future.
As Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in the 114th Congress, Mike Conaway has revised the subcommittee structure to allow for closer policy oversight and careful attention to reauthorization of nutrition programs and futures trading. In his first audio interview on ag issues this year, Conaway covers a wide variety of topics. He expects congressional action on immigration policy but isn’t sure tax reform will be a part of the early congressional agenda. The Texas Republican says the budget process will dominate the early days of the new congress and expects budget reconciliation to play a major role in policy reform and debate. Conaway says the government must respect industry investments made within the Renewable Fuels Standard but questions overall volumes.