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WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2015 - The seed industry is scrambling to head off an effort by a small Mississippi company to use a year-end spending bill to renew its expired, patent-like protection for a variety of ryegrass.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2015 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today that as of Jan. 1, it will require developers of genetically engineered wheat varieties to apply for permits before conducting field trials.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2015 - Key farm and industry stakeholders applauded the House's Thursday passage of a bill to reauthorize the Surface Transportation Board (STB) - the federal railroad regulatory agency.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2015 - The way some multi-generation cotton producers were talking at a congressional hearing on the state of the cotton industry Wednesday, their generation might be the last to raise a cotton crop if changes aren't enacted and prices don't improve.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2015 - USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) said Thursday it will make $40 million in conservation funding available to farmers and ranchers operating within the greater sage grouse's 11-state range in the western U.S.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2015 - Three years after he was ousted from the House Agriculture Committee, Kansas Republican Tim Huelskamp landed a coveted spot on the panel that makes GOP committee assignments.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2015 - Canada and Mexico called on the Senate to eliminate the country-of-origin labeling law for meat, and Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts expressed confidence that a repeal measure would be included in a year-end spending bill.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2015 - Democrats are seeking a long-term extension of wind power subsidies and reauthorization of the lapsed Land and Water Conservation Fund in return for ending the ban on oil exports.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2015 - Demographic changes in the marketplace and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns make it imperative that farmers - and the dealers who supply them - embrace a sustainable approach to farming, a former General Mills executive told an audience of several hundred at the Agricultural Retailers Association annual conference last week in Palm Desert, California.
This week's guest on Open Mic is U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. In this interview, Secretary Vilsack discusses the current cyclical swing in farm income and the policy decision Washington must consider to protect the nation's farms and ranches. Vilsack says congressional leaders must consider "need" over budget when considering the next farm bill. While the Trans-Pacific Partnership remains a priority for the Obama administration, Vilsack discusses options to secure congressional support for the deal and defines the ominous challenge of writing regulations to implement the nation's biotech disclosure law.