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Politics | 4/9/2014 9:05:44 AM

Bill introduced that preempts state GMO labeling efforts

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 -- Reps. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C., both members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, are introducing a bill today that creates
Politics | 4/7/2014 3:03:35 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Lawmakers zooming in on budget, tax reform

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 - Lawmakers will focus this week on discussions about the fiscal year 2015 budget, tax reform, EPA, and nominees for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)

Politics | 4/7/2014 1:23:47 PM

Restaurants more likely to cause foodborne illnesses than home cooking, CSPI says

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 - The Center for Science in the Public Interest says that an analysis of thousands of food poisoning cases over a 10-year period shows that Americans are twice as likely to get sick from food prepared in restaurants than
Politics | 4/7/2014 11:41:11 AM

Sign-up begins April 15 for USDA disaster assistance programs

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 -- Farmers and ranchers can sign-up for livestock disaster assistance programs that were reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 farm bill starting April 15
Politics | 4/6/2014 3:20:28 PM

Vilsack releases farm bill implementation progress report

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released several implementation dates for farm bill programs today, but timing for Commodity Title program
Politics | 4/5/2014 9:07:59 AM

Opinion: It's about the farm, food and the future

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2014 - Finally, a Farm Bill! This is a leading line that says so much here in Missouri's Fifth District. And it says a lot in Washington, as well, where I was
Politics | 4/4/2014 2:00:14 PM

World Food Price Index up in March

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2014 - World food prices were at their highest levels in almost a year in March, after
Politics | 4/4/2014 1:24:26 PM

DC Circuit Court of Appeals will rehear COOL case

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2014 -- The Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit today vacated a March 28 ruling that denied the American Meat Institute's attempt to block USDA's final rule
Politics | 4/4/2014 11:24:39 AM

FDA needs increased funding to implement FSMA

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2014 - The FDA needs increased funding in FY 2015 to completely implement rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
Politics | 4/3/2014 6:15:49 PM

House Budget Committee advances FY 2015 budget plan with SNAP cuts

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 - The House Budget Committee approved, on a 22-16 party-line vote, a fiscal year 2015 budget proposal late Wednesday that aims to reduce
Politics | 4/3/2014 4:45:16 PM

Senate Finance Committee approves tax extenders bill

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 - The Senate Finance Committee approved, by voice vote, legislation Thursday to renew various expired tax provisions, known as
Politics | 4/3/2014 3:52:04 PM

Stabenow appointed to chair of Senate Finance subcommittee

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 - Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., announced today that she has been appointed to serve as
Politics | 4/3/2014 1:59:31 PM

MF Global to make final restitution payments

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014-- The trustee for MF Global announced that the company will begin making final distributions to its customers to restore lost funds of over $1 billion
Politics | 4/3/2014 1:33:10 PM

EPA awards $12.7 million to help small drinking water and wastewater systems

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will award $12.7 million in grants to help small drinking and wastewater systems (serving fewer than 10,000 people) and to private well owners. The grantees will provide
Politics | 4/3/2014 12:30:05 PM

Farm equipment makers report cites industry role in U.S. economy

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 - U.S. farm equipment makers are reminding lawmakers of how important their industry is to the country's economy, and asking them to keep some figures in mind when they consider
Politics | 4/2/2014 6:35:45 PM

House advances legislation to improve severe weather forecasting

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - The House approved by voice vote Tuesday legislation (H.R. 2413) that aims to improve the nation's severe weather
Politics | 4/2/2014 3:51:20 PM

EPA faulted for failing to 'consistently present' risks in pollution studies on humans

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 -- The EPA'S Inspector General is criticizing the agency for failing to consistently represent risks to human volunteers in consent forms for air pollution experiments, including
Politics | 4/2/2014 3:48:10 PM

Georgia lawmakers press for Savannah Harbor funding

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - All of the 14 members of the Georgia House delegation urged a House appropriations panel today to support
Politics | 4/2/2014 10:56:57 AM

Opinion: Clearer protections for clean water support a strong farm economy

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), is taking action to protect
Politics | 4/2/2014

 USDA official pledges to reduce biotech approval backlog

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 - The head of USDA's Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) told a congressional panel yesterday that the department plans to have the backlog of pending petitions for biotechnology products reduced by half

Senators propose new caps on crop insurance premium subsidies

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 - Less than two months after President Barack Obama signed a new farm bill into law, two U.S. senators are already eager to change it
Politics | 4/1/2014 8:02:20 PM

Soybeans planting may soar as farmers follow the money

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2014 - With soybean prices nearly three times those of corn, U.S. farmers are indicating they will plant record
Politics | 3/31/2014 6:19:15 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Lawmakers eyeing USDA, EPA budget requests

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014 - The House is keeping up its aggressive schedule this week through a series of hearings to debate the administration's fiscal year 2015 budget
Politics | 3/31/2014 6:06:55 PM

Dave Camp to retire at end of term

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014— House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., announced he will retire after he completes his last nine months serving
Politics | 3/31/2014 3:14:58 PM

Coalition of governors asks Congressional leaders to extend wind energy tax credits

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014 - The chairman and vice chairman of the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition, as well as two of the coalition's former chairmen, sent a letter to Congressional leadership today urging Congress to approve
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