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WASHINGTON, July 26, 2015 - A USDA analysis has determined that the common practice among poultry farms of sharing equipment such as feed trucks and live haul loaders makes farms more vulnerable to the highly pathogenic avian influenza.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 - The food industry's campaign to stop states from requiring labels on genetically engineered products faces an uncertain future in the Senate following a landmark, bipartisan victory in the House.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Committee leaders remain at odds over the path forward for the country-of-origin labeling law for meat, and their debate could get tangled up in a highway bill the Senate is considering.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 - Syngenta's 2015 half-year earnings report released today showed lower earnings and sales from a year ago, but analysts say the results are better than expected in a tough environment of low crop prices.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 -- USDA says it is deregulating Dow AgroSciences' genetically engineered (GE) Enlist cotton trait in the United States. The department has now completed its regulatory review process for all of Dow's Enlist traits - corn, soybeans and cotton.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 - Lawmakers and several witnesses argued today at a House hearing that it may be time to consider adjustments to the Renewable Fuel Standard, the cornerstone policy of the renewable fuels industry and the burr under the saddle of oil companies for the past decade.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 - Building on provisions contained in the 2014 farm bill, USDA plans to expand crop insurance options for fruit and nut producers next year. Both the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) and the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion will be available to cover fresh fruit and nuts in select counties beginning with the 2016 crop year.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 - In a landmark victory for agricultural biotechnology, the House approved a bill, 275-150, to block state GMO labeling laws and to set rules for marketing foods as non-biotech.
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2015 - While raising many questions, President Obama's controversial nuclear agreement with Iran has already resulted in at least one tangible impact: Even before sanctions are eased in perhaps six to eight months, world oil prices are being driven down by the prospect of Iran selling as much as an extra 1 million barrels per day of its stockpiled crude oil into world markets.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 - The government is gearing up to deal with as many as 500 incidents of avian flu this fall, far more than the number that devastated Midwest producers this spring, says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 - A bill that would block state GMO labeling laws and set up a process for marketing foods as non-GMO has advanced in the House, setting up a final votes on the measure on Thursday.
WEST DES MOINES, IOWA, July 21, 2015 - (I'm not opposed to fast track authority for presidents, Republican or Democrat. I'm opposed to fast track authority for this president,) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said today.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 -The year is half over but there are some signs of life for those expired tax benefits that are critical to agriculture, including the higher Section 179 expensing allowance and the tax credit that subsidizes biodiesel production.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 - With the current highway funding provisions set to expire at the end of the month, House and Senate members find themselves in a game of legislative chicken over which chamber has the best plan to move forward.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 -Negotiators are closer than ever to finalizing the groundbreaking trade agreement called but the trade experts say Congress probably won't get its say on any deal until during the 2016 election year.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 -No more status quo: Experts in water policy and economics say significant changes in how drought-plagued California uses its dwindling water supplies are likely for years to come.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 -Algae and leaf-based oils for food and fuel, meat without slaughter, and healthy sugar are all part of the not-so-distant future envisioned at the Biotechnology Industry Organization's (BIO's) World Congress in Montreal this week.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 -Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said the crowd that gathered on Capitol Hill last week at a hearing to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the designation of the 1890s land grant universities was the biggest he'd ever seen at an Agriculture Committee hearing.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 -As Senate Agriculture Committee leaders work on child nutrition reauthorization, the American Heart Association has published a paper suggesting sodium levels in school meals should continue to be reduced to ensure a healthy diet for children. The paper challenges other recent reports suggesting that diets which are too low in sodium carry their own health risks.
This week’s guest on Open Mic is Iowa U.S. Senator Charles Grassley. With days left before the August Congressional recess, Grassley says leaders face some must pass legislation including highway funding and a final decision on Country-of-Origin Labeling. In this interview, Grassley offers insights into possible tax reform and the final stages of debate in the budget process. Grassley also says Congress needs to take action to protect poultry farmers from the continued threat of avian influenza.