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WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2016 - A bipartisan group of 60 lawmakers is urging USDA to delay publishing a proposed rule for inspecting hog-slaughter facilities, saying the plan undermines food safety and worker safety as well as animal welfare.
ALTOONA, Iowa, Jan. 19, 2016 - Seeking an edge in his tight race with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Iowa, Donald Trump assured farmers and the state's biofuel industry that he would work to preserve the federal biofuel mandates that are important to the state's economy.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2016 - President Obama delivered an expected veto of a congressional resolution that would kill the administration's (waters of the United States) rule redefining the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2016 - The
Senate Agriculture Committee begins moving long-awaited legislation this week
that would preserve the broad improvements in school nutrition standards
implemented by the Obama administration.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack applauded a Senate agreement on child nutrition programs, saying the bipartisan deal would (maintain our commitment to science-based nutrition standards.)
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2016 - The outlook for antibiotics resistance in animals and humans and the roles agriculture and the livestock feed industry will play in the related challenges and advances will get a thorough look in Washington, D.C., this week at a forum of experts early Wednesday and in broader summit later Wednesday and on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2015 - A bipartisan Senate agreement to reauthorize child nutrition programs for five years is winning praise from health advocates despite easing standards for whole grains and sodium.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2016 - Congressional Republicans have set the stage for President Obama to issue an election-year veto to preserve his administration's Clean Water Act rule that is widely unpopular with farm groups.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2016 - The new Canadian regime is opposed to any voluntary country-of-origin labeling program in the U.S. now that it's been decided the former U.S. trade law ran afoul, a Canadian official told reporters Thursday.
Jan. 14, 2016 - The Government Accountability Office has issued a report that criticizes USDA's
response to the initial outbreaks of deadly Swine Enteric Coronavirus
Diseases (SECD) in the spring of 2013, outbreaks that eventually killed
millions of pigs.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2016 - Ethanol producers and the U.S. Grains Council say they are disappointed that China has initiated anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations involving U.S. exports of distiller's dried grains (DDGS) to the Asian nation.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2016 - A day after President Obama used his State of the Union speech to urge Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership, his point man on trade was out drumming up support for the agreement in Washington.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2016 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Wednesday it will extend deregulation of the J.R. Simplot Company's Innate Potato to another Simplot genetically engineered (GE) potato with the same traits.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2016 - The Senate Agriculture Committee is set to move a bipartisan bill next week to reauthorize child nutrition programs and provide some permanence to higher school meal standards that the Obama administration implemented.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Sterling Liddell, Senior Vice President for Rabo AgriFinance and Rabobank International in its Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group. Discussion on a new farm bill has begun across the country and in Washington with calls to get an early start on new policy. Some analysts believe the nation is on the verge of another farm crisis. In this interview, Sterling Liddell offers evidence of financial stress he sees growing on crop farms and highlights factors indicating a significant paradigm shift he believes farmers will have to traverse to survive the economic downturn. Liddell believes the Conservation Reserve Program needs to be revised to help manage crop acres and reduce land costs on marginal acres.