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Politics | 2/26/2015 2:03:54 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - The FNV team, a new collaboration backed by big name corporations and celebrities focused on building demand for fruits and vegetables among teens and moms, today introduced its plan to (take over America's taste buds) through new and improved marketing at the Partnership for a Healthier America's 2015 Summit.
Politics | 2/26/2015 1:42:52 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - After fits and starts, the Agriculture Department is finally on track to overhaul the way it inspects poultry and start the inspection of catfish.

Politics | 2/26/2015 12:34:24 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 -- The Federal Communications Commission today approved Chairman Tom Wheeler's rules designed to preserve an open Internet, or as it's commonly known, Net Neutrality.
Politics | 2/26/2015 11:58:44 AM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 With strong bipartisan support, the House has passed legislation that would give the EPA 90 days to prepare an assessment and propose a management plan for cyanotoxin - the toxic byproducts of algae blooms found in drinking water.
Politics | 2/26/2015
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - The Obama administration on Thursday announced a series of initiatives aimed at helping farms and businesses in rural America access overseas markets, noting that those markets could be dramatically widened by the conclusion of ambitious free trade agreements with Pacific Rim nations and with the European Union.
Politics | 2/25/2015 5:37:43 PM
GRAPEVINE, Texas, Feb. 24, 2015-The U.S. ethanol industry had a spectacular year in 2014. But unless Congress and the driving public recognize the tremendous potential of biofuels and reject Big Oil's continuing attacks, the United States could lose its leadership position.
Politics | 2/25/2015 5:00:50 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - The Senate Finance Committee postponed a trade hearing set for Thursday, a sign that talks are progressing on a bill to provide President Obama with the negotiating authority needed to complete a Pacific Rim trade deal.
Politics | 2/25/2015 4:55:58 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - EPA chief Gina McCarthy had few, if any, definitive answers on the impending Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule today at a House Energy and Commerce Committee's hearing on the agency's budget for fiscal 2016.
Politics | 2/25/2015 3:19:20 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - USDA is proposing changes that could lead to the expansion of crop insurance to additional crops, including many fruit and vegetables.
Politics | 2/25/2015 2:48:43 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack assured lawmakers he would be personally involved in writing the government's new dietary guidelines and indicated he would keep them narrowly focused on nutrition.
Politics | 2/25/2015 1:03:27 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - Special safety labels for mechanically tenderized meat are likely to take effect as soon as 2016, two years earlier than expected, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told lawmakers. He was pushed to deliver recommendations for overhauling the country-of-origin labeling law.
Politics | 2/25/2015 12:28:23 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - In an effort to expand production and consumption of locally-grown foods in schools, lawmakers introduced new legislation today that would enhance USDA's Farm to School program.
Politics | 2/25/2015 12:21:26 PM
As a member of North Dakota's state legislature, I take my constitutional duties seriously. Serving in office requires me to take an oath: I solemnly swear to support the U.S. Constitution, as well as my state's constitution.
Politics | 2/25/2015
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2014 - House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway said today's committee hearing on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is just (the start of a long) review of the largest initiative in the nation's safety net against hunger.
Politics | 2/24/2015 9:35:39 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2015 -- The North American Meat Institute is asking that the comment period for the scientific report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee be extended from 45 days to 120 days.
Politics | 2/24/2015 8:04:13 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today called on county government officials from across the country to support President Obama's request for trade promotion authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.
Politics | 2/24/2015 7:28:44 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2015-- Bee experts at USDA's annual Agricultural Outlook Forum last week said better management of crop chemicals could go a long way toward improving the health of this pollinator that is crucial to agriculture, but researching diseases that plague the insect is the best long-term solution.
Politics | 2/24/2015 5:17:25 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2015 - As trade talks heat up on Capitol Hill and across the globe, the National Pork Producers Council isn't interested in making concessions to speed up a deal.
Politics | 2/24/2015 3:19:27 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2015 - President Barack Obama today kept his promise and vetoed a bill approving the Keystone XL Pipeline. In a message to the Senate, Obama said the bill was an attempt by Congress to "circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest."
Politics | 2/24/2015 1:12:31 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2015 - The top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee is pressing Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to significantly tighten eligibility rules for farm subsidies.
Politics | 2/23/2015 11:55:36 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 - Almost 400 organizations with ties to agriculture, food, conservation and rural America wrote a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Budget Committees, calling on them to reject demands for additional cuts in programs which fall under the jurisdiction of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees.
Politics | 2/23/2015 3:53:05 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2015 - The partisan showdown over funding the Department of Homeland Security comes to a head this week with the looming expiration of a stopgap funding bill.
Politics | 2/23/2015 3:38:23 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 - The Justice Department is requesting an emergency stay of a judge's ruling that halted President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
Politics | 2/23/2015 2:38:57 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 - USDA is planning to give farmers and ranchers an extra two weeks - until March 13 - to sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).
Politics | 2/23/2015 11:56:19 AM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 - Kathleen Merrigan, a former deputy secretary of agriculture, is joining Agree as one of four co-chairs. Merrigan, currently the executive director of sustainability at the George Washington University, will replace Gary Hirshberg, co-founder and chairman of Stonyfield Farm, who is stepping down after four years.
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