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WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - The controversial school lunch standards approved in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 received more scrutiny in Congress Wednesday, with advocates calling for increased flexibility in the rules.
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015-Charity and nonprofit organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry testified Wednesday on how public-private partnerships can help their efforts during a House Agriculture Committee hearing.
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 - A joint venture between a state-owned Saudi Arabian investment company and the agribusiness giant Bunge has purchased a controlling interest in CWB, formerly the Canadian Wheat Board, for C$250 million ($203 million U.S.)
15, 2015 - House committees have approved separate bills to block the Obama
administration from re-defining the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act,
but Democrats made clear that the strategy will face stiff opposition.
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2015 - Will rural areas eventually receive the same type of high-speed Internet access that many of their urban (cousins) enjoy? The answer to the question is still in dispute as service providers and their federal regulators duke it out in the courts over controversial new rules.
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2015 - A group of 4-H members shared their passions about the future of agriculture with the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research today and emphasized why it's more important than ever before to build (bridges) between rural and urban residents.
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2015 - USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has received three alternative proposals for a federal milk marketing order for California, all in response to a request for an FMMO from California Dairies Inc., Dairy Farmers of America and Land O' Lakes.
14, 2015 - A House bill to fund the Army Corps of Engineers for the next
fiscal year would stop the Obama administration from implementing its
revised Clean Water Act rule until the fall of 2016 at the earliest.
13, 2015 - A House committee released a bill Monday that would force
federal agencies to kill and then replace a proposed rule to re-define
what streams, wetlands and other areas are regulated under the Clean
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2015 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released a clarification on previously issued guidelines for animal food safety, explaining to producers the scope and intent of the guidelines.
April 13, 2015--The presence of salmonella resistant to antimicrobials in meat
sold in U.S. grocery stores is continuing to decrease since its peak in 2009,
according to two U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports released today
April 10, 2015 - Usage of medically important antibiotics in food
animals rose 3 percent from 2012 through 2013, the Food and Drug
Administration says in its latest annual report on sales of the drugs.
WASHINGTON, April 10, 2015 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it will issue its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements for 2015 by June 1, and a final rule governing the volumes for 2014 and 2015 by Nov. 30.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 - A new study commissioned by U.S. commodity groups concludes that several so-called "advanced developing countries" have ramped up their subsidies to corn, wheat and rice producers in excess of their commitments to the World Trade Organization, creating unfair conditions for global commerce.
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2015 - The Obama administration released a report today highlighting the importance of trade exports in all 50 states, an effort to drive home the impacts of trade on the middle class as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) talks heat up on Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2015- Cathleen Enright, executive vice president for food and agriculture at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is leaving BIO for the Pet Food Institute where she'll be CEO. She starts the new position on April 27.
April 9, 2015 - USDA announced today it will grant $73 million to rehabilitate
and assess dams in 23 states to protect public health and expand water supplies
in drought affected areas. About 150 projects and assessments are being funded.
WASHINGTON, April, 7, 2015 - If USDA's Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) works out as planned, the results could include up to $88.5 billion in additional economic activity and about 700,000 new jobs by 2023, with most of the new money and jobs flowing to rural America.
Our guest on Open Mic this week is U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Congressional leaders return to Washington this week with an agenda bordered by trade, appropriations and a pushback against overregulation. The Kentucky Republican sees opportunity to work with the Obama administration on Trade Promotion Authority and cyber-security legislation, but expects push back over regulations that GOP leaders will try to repeal through a series of policy riders on appropriations bills.