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26, 2015 - A White House strategy for fighting antibiotic resistance
calls for studying the extent of the problem on farms and lays out plans
for developing new drugs that producers can use more safely.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - While interested parties await a ruling from the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the U.S. country-of-origin labeling rule, lawmakers and industry representatives are already concerned about potential retaliation.
March 26, 2015 - Bill Gates encouraged members of a Senate Appropriations
subcommittee today to vote in favor of "modest" federal investments in foreign
aid initiatives, including agriculture.
WASHINGTON, March 26, 2015 - With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House today passed legislation that includes a two-year extension of a program that provides assistance for schools, law enforcement, and infrastructure in rural forested communities that lack a tax base to adequately fund such activities.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015
-With some critical Democratic support, the Senate endorsed limiting the
reach of a rule proposed by the Obama administration to re-define what
ditches, ponds and other features are regulated by the Clean Water Act.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - House Judiciary Committee members heard arguments - and made their own - for and against the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) finalized Open Internet Order that reclassifies broadband Internet access service as a public utility service.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015- A House Agriculture subcommittee continued a series of hearings in advance of writing legislation to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which lapsed in September 2013, focusing today on complex rules for international markets.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - Corn ethanol advocate Growth Energy is fighting against the requests of several lawmakers who wrote to the House Appropriations leadership to diminish government support for the ethanol industry.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 -- Expect the Protection Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy that expired in December to be renewed this summer along with other tax breaks - but not until Congress has made its best - and ultimately futile -- effort to agree on comprehensive tax reform.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - Reps. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., introduced a bill today aimed at blocking state GMO labeling laws. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 includes a new provision to regulate and certify foods promoted as non-biotech.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - The Senate's budget resolution is providing an important chance for senators to test support for a number of issues, and no vote may be more interesting than one expected today, Wednesday, on the Obama administration's proposed Clean Water Act rule.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - The signs are pointing to movement on Trade Promotion Authority next month. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he wants the Senate Finance Committee to approve a TPA bill "very quickly after we come back" from the two-week-Easter recess.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee hosted a panel Tuesday that included food manufacturers and farmers who criticized state-by-state laws that mandate labels on foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and supported legislation that would create a voluntary, national labeling system.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - USDA finally announced a proposed rule - authorized in the 2014 farm bill - to limit farm payments to people who are "actively engaged" in farming, potentially closing a loophole in non-family farm businesses that allows some larger joint ventures and general partnerships to receive additional government payments.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - The global organic market is worth an estimated $72 billion, and nearly half of all organic products are sold in the U.S. The 2014 farm bill and four trade equivalency agreements have further positioned this demand-driven market for growth if certain challenges can be overcome.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - Many peanut growers celebrated when they scored a major victory in the 2014 farm bill -- a reference price that jumped from $495 to $535 a ton. But now some are scratching their heads about some of the "unintended consequences."
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - The final report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) has generated quite a bit of controversy with livestock and meat groups pushing back against including the inclusion of sustainability language that targets red meat consumption in a report which was supposedly focused on nutrition advice.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - The world's top sugar exporters are essentially forming a (circular firing squad,) aiming trade distortion accusations at one another, so Phillip Hayes of the American Sugar Alliance argues there is no better time for attempting to eliminate subsidies worldwide.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - Recent bird flu-related bans on U.S poultry are affecting about 14 percent of the country's chicken and turkey exports, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack testified at a Senate hearing last week.
WASHINGTON, March 23, 2015 - USDA announced that it will bring $35 million to the table as it teams up with the White House to increase high speed and wired broadband access in under-served and rural areas.
WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015 - Agricultural groups are fighting against the inclusion of environmental concerns into the scientific report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, but at a public hearing on the report, supporters of the provisions came out in full force calling for sustainability language to ultimately be included in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
March 24, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Committee members know that the proposed
waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule will change - EPA chief Gina McCarthy has said
so - but what they don't know is if those changes will help or hurt U.S.
farmers and ranchers.
WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015-- The House Agriculture Committee is considering reauthorization of the agency that oversees swaps and futures market. During a subcommittee hearing today, Democrats and Republicans on the panel agreed that legislation for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) should allow end-users who are legitimate (commercial market participants) to avoid being inadvertently classified as financial entities because of their commercial activities.
24, 2015 - Republicans and Democrats slammed the Agriculture Department
over allegations of abuse at a livestock research facility in Nebraska
and accused agency officials of stonewalling lawmakers' requests for
Agri-Pulse Open Mic features U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly. The Hoosier Democrat is an outspoken critic of the Environmental Protection Agency’s WOTUS rule. In this week’s interview, Donnelly suggests legislative action may still be possible to thwart the agency’s new regulations. Senator Donnelly shares support for the Export Import Bank, has hopes for child nutrition reform and feels an urgency to resolve COOL laws in light of pending trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico. Like others in Washington and across the country, Donnelly is evaluating the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and shares ideas on what is needed to gain his vote on the measure.