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WASHINGTON, March 20 2015- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded today that genetically engineered (GE) apples developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits and GE potatoes developed by JR Simplot Company are as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts.
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - Agriculture producers and organizations along with food manufacturers, retailers and their associations contributed over $21.2 million to political campaigns - mostly Republican - during the two-year midterm election cycle that ended Dec. 31, 2014.
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015 -- California Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders in Sacramento today unveiled a $1 billion plan to help the state deal with a devastating drought now moving into its fourth year.
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015-A bill introduced in Maine's legislature today would require all foods distributed in the state to include a (GMO) label if genetically modified organisms were used to produce the final product.
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015-- The House Agriculture Committee today approved the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015, which would clarify congressional intent regarding pesticide regulation near waters of the United States.
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the United States is challenging Indonesia's import restrictions on several classes of agricultural products before the World Trade Organization.
18, 2015 - A leading critic of federal crop insurance subsidies said he's likely to use
next week's planned debate on the Senate budget resolution to test support for
cuts in the program.
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - Legislators and officials from farm groups and agricultural organizations used a House Agriculture Committee hearing to remind each other of a well-known fact - trade can be very good for Ag.
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 -- Leaders from agriculture, education and politics helped Agri-Pulse kick off Ag Day in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, March 17 with a panel discussion on innovation in agriculture and a video tribute celebrating an ag and trade leader.
March 16, 2015 - Members of a House Ways and Means subcommittee vehemently
disagreed in a hearing this morning on whether the estate tax - which opponents
call the death tax - is unreasonably burdensome to farmers and ranchers and if
that burden means the tax should be repealed.
18, 2015 - Farm groups and anti-hunger advocates are well-positioned to
avoid any major cuts in agriculture or nutrition spending under the
long-term budget plans unveiled in the House and Senate.
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 - A coalition of Western counties and ranching, mining, and energy associations is challenging information that federal agencies are using to make Endangered Species Act listing for the greater sage-grouse.
17, 2015 - More than 140 food and agriculture groups are warning House
leaders that legislation requiring employers to use E-Verify to check
the immigration status of workers would have a (devastating impact) on
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 - Farmers and leaders from agriculture and state and local government agencies shared their concerns about the EPA's proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule at a House Agriculture Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee hearing today.
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 - As the budget battle heats up on Capitol Hill, GOP lawmakers used House and Senate appropriations hearings today to examine the Obama administration's nutrition policies and funding priorities.
LINCOLN, Neb., March 17, 2015 - To prepare skilled graduates for in-demand careers in global trade and finance, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has announced the start of a private fundraising initiative to establish an international trade and finance institute at the university.
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2015 - The Obama administration is promising to rewrite its proposed Clean Water Act rule to ensure that farmers have clear guidance about what streams, ditches and ponds will be regulated.
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 - Richard Goodman, a research professor at
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, told a National Research Council panel last
week that genetically-engineered foods should raise no more concerns about food
allergies than other food products.
WASHINGTON, March 15, 2015 -Republicans start moving long-term budget plans this week that will lay out deep, if largely symbolic, proposals to reduce the deficit and set the stage for the appropriations process that the GOP will use to attack President Obama's regulatory agenda.
Our guest on Open Mic this week is Jim Walker, Vice President of Case IH North America Agricultural Division. Ag equipment manufacturers were able to overcome the costs of research and development to meet Tier 4 emission standards during an upswing in crop prices and net farm income. Now with discussion of Tier 5 standards, Walker believes legislators should measure the costs and incremental benefits of even tighter emission standards. Walker says a more predictable tax code and relief from estate taxes would help farmers and the agriculture equipment industry weather the downturn in commodity prices.