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Politics | 10/20/2014 11:28:48 AM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2014 - A World Trade Organization compliance panel has ruled against the United States and its amended country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules, raising the specter of retaliatory tariffs from Canada and Mexico.
Politics | 10/14/2014 3:46:41 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014-- Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to the president of the European Commission today asking him to complete the regulatory process for eight biotechnology products pending before the EC.

Politics | 10/10/2014 2:24:50 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2014 -- USDA is once again raising its forecast for the corn and soybean crops to even higher record levels.
Politics | 10/10/2014 11:18:50 AM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2014 - Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel recently sent a crew to a farmer's market to ask customers what GMO stands for.
Politics | 10/10/2014
WHITE HALL, Md., Oct. 9, 2014 - While a combine operator harvests feed corn at Clear Meadow Farm in northern Maryland, he explains that if a problem arises with his equipment, he can make a call directly from his data monitor and grant access to the farm owner or equipment dealer who can then remotely view the combine data system and suggest adjustments
Politics | 10/9/2014 9:12:05 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2014 - A bipartisan group of 32 senators is urging the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee to reject any efforts to weaken or suspend country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules as Congress works on end-of-the-year funding legislation.
Politics | 10/9/2014 2:06:59 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2014 - DuPont Pioneer and Cargill say they will work with farmers near a Cargill soy processing plant in Sidney, Ohio, to grow soybeans with the DuPont Pioneer's Plenish high oleic trait to meet growing demand for healthier soybean oil.
Politics | 10/9/2014
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2014 - The federal Surface Transportation Board is ordering some of the nation's largest rail carriers to report a wide array of data on train movements, a step designed to ease the rail backlog problems in the upper Midwest.
Politics | 10/8/2014 9:10:58 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2014 - Congressional inaction and continued uncertainty about a package of more than 50 tax extenders could complicate the 2015 tax filing season and force the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to postpone the opening on the 2015 filing season.
Politics | 10/8/2014 11:56:54 AM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2014 - The Environmental Defense Fund is launching a new, collaborative initiative to eliminate fertilizer pollution as a major environmental concern in the U.S.
Politics | 10/7/2014 8:38:26 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2014 - USDA today released a comprehensive report synthesizing current literature that explores the opportunities in the emerging bioeconomy.
Politics | 10/7/2014 1:50:00 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2014 - USDA will expand the parameters for eligibility and increase farm lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers, the agency announced today.
Politics | 10/7/2014 1:17:00 PM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2014 - The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is urging the Senate to tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw its proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS) and restore the integrity of the rulemaking process.
Politics | 10/7/2014 8:45:24 AM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he's collaborating with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on the next steps in a dispute with Canada and Mexico over USDA's mandatory country-of-origin labeling rule (COOL).
Politics | 10/7/2014
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2014 -USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday laid out the Obama administration's commitment to the newly formed Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture, saying it's time for the country and the world to get serious about the phenomenon.
Politics | 10/6/2014 10:06:44 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2014 - The latest round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks concluded in Washington last week with the chief negotiator for the U.S. calling for regulations based on science and his counterpart from the European Union reiterating that the trading bloc is not going to change its position on products made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Politics | 10/6/2014 4:20:41 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2014 -- Corn farmers have filed federal class-action lawsuits against Syngenta Corp. in five Midwest states alleging that they were harmed by Syngenta's premature release of genetically-engineered MIR 162 corn seed into the U.S. market before the seed received import approval from China, a key export market.
Politics | 10/6/2014 3:47:46 PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 6, 2014 -- The National Cotton Council (NCC) will hold 25 educational meetings across several cotton-producing states to provide information regarding insurance options for cotton under the 2014 Farm Bill.
Politics | 10/6/2014 9:23:24 AM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2014 - USDA says it will guarantee a $91 million loan to help finance an advanced biofuel plant in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
Politics | 10/5/2014 7:23:03 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2014 -Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced nearly $118 million in grants to strengthen markets for specialty crops in all 50 states. The grants will be provided through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, both authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
Politics | 10/3/2014 4:13:30 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2014 - USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced that a premium subsidy has been established as part of the new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection insurance policy, in order to offer more affordable protection to diversified farms.
Politics | 10/3/2014 11:49:41 AM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2014 - A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by six attorneys general challenging a California law requiring that eggs sold in the Golden State come from hens raised with enough space to stand up, turn around and spread their wings.
Politics | 10/2/2014 4:38:00 PM
CHEVY CHASE, Md., Oct. 1, 2014-- Several agriculture groups reiterated their priorities for removing trade barriers to U.S. goods in the European Union during the seventh round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Politics | 10/2/2014 2:50:42 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2014 - A group representing almost two-thirds of the nation's governors is telling the Obama administration that the EPA's proposed volume cuts in the Renewable Fuels Standard would hurt jobs and increase U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
Politics | 10/2/2014 11:17:38 AM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2014 - Thirty national and state agricultural organizations signed a letter calling on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to reconsider new rules on rail tank cars hauling crude oil and ethanol.
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