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Washington, Nov. 29 - President Obama announces his Afghanistan plans Tuesday evening. Meanwhile Republicans like Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) say that Obama should beef up the war effort not only by sending at least the 40,000 requested but also by postponing other legislative business.
Washington, Nov. 27 - Immediately following President Obama's announcement of domestic targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions Nov. 25, China did the same Nov. 26. This swift succession may indicate that last week's U.S./China talks reached an agreement on joint action.
Washington, Nov. 25 - President Obama's decisions to travel to Copenhagen to take part in the Dec. 7-18 international climate change negotiations and to set targets for U.S. emissions reductions have brought widespread praise from congressional Democrats and from environmental groups - and criticism from climate change skeptics.
Washington, Nov. 25 - President Obama will attend the international climate change negotiations which start Dec. 7th in Copenhagen. As well, Obama will take with him a commitment to pursue “a U.S. emissions reduction target in the range of 17% below 2005 levels in 2020.”
Washington, Nov. 23 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that 41 watersheds in 12 states have been selected to participate in a new $320 million initiative to improve water quality and the overall health of the Mississippi River Basin.
Washington, Nov. 23 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is urging farmers and business owners to apply for grants to add value to the commodities they produce. USDA will award planning grants of up to $100,000 and working capital grants of up to $300,000 to successful applicants.
Washington, Nov. 20 - IIn a major step toward potentially higher grain yields, greater drought and disease resistance, and more efficient nitrogen use, a research consortium has completed high-quality sequencing of the corn (maize) genome.
Washington, Nov. 19 - Catching up with the House, this week Tom Harkin's Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee passed its own comprehensive Food Safety legislation - but the hard part may just be beginning.
Washington, Nov. 19 - USDA confirms that awards will be announced in December for the $4 billion first round of stimulus-bill funding for improving rural broadband service - and that you have until Nov. 30 to send in your comments on how to improve the program.
Washington, Nov. 18 - One Health Summit in Washington DC this week stressed the importance of controlling human diseases at their source - which increasingly has become animals. It's an urgent population- and climate-driven threat calling for an interdisciplinary response.
Washington, Nov. 5 - With all seven Republican members continuing their three-day boycott of markup of the Kerry-Boxer climate change bill, on Thursday Senate Environment & Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) used a procedural loophole to win a Democrats-only 11-1 vote.
Washington, Oct. 29 - American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman warns that if the Senate's Kerry-Boxer climate bill is passed, “Increased input costs will put our farmers and ranchers at a competitive disadvantage with producers in other countries that do not have similar greenhouse gas restrictions.”
Washington, Nov. 3 - Senate Ag Committee Chair Blanche Lincoln outlined her priorities for child nutrition legislation: (1) ensuring that all children eligible for federal nutrition programs are actually receiving benefits; (2) improving the nutritional quality of meals; and (3) modernizing and improving the integrity of the programs.
Washington, Oct. 30 - After three years of revocation procedures, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
announced implementation of the agency's May 2009 final rule revoking tolerances, or residue limits, for the pesticide carbofuran. EPA stated that it “continues to find that dietary exposures to carbofuran from all sources combined are not safe.”
In this week’s Open Mic, Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agriculture Negotiator with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, provides an update on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPA) negotiations, as well as the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks. Vetter says the nation’s agriculture industry cannot afford to be isolated from the other ninety-five percent of the globe’s population or growth in its middle class. Support from farmers and ranchers will be crucial in advancing an ambitious trade agenda, she adds.