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WASHINGTON, April 18, 2012 -USDA's
own National Organic Standards Board is hoping to push Secretary of Agriculture
Tom Vilsack to side with organic farmers in the debate over coexistence. A six-member
NOSB ad hoc committee wants his help making biotech companies and biotech crop
farmers responsible if organic crops lose value because of the unintended
presence of biotech traits.
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2012 -Organizers
of the effort to persuade FDA to mandate biotech food labels don't rely only on
legal assertions in their 25-page petition. The campaign that collected more than
1 million signatures in support of the petition was calibrated to win public
opinion even if its fails the legal test.
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2012 -After
more than four years of review, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
denied a petition filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) seeking
to cancel use of 2,4-D
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2012 -Some market-watchers were
scratching their heads Tuesday after Agriculture Department forecasters made no
changes to their U.S. corn balance sheet in the April Supply and Demand
report. Private analysts had anticipated as much as a 100 million bushel
reduction in projected year-end stocks of corn
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2012 -Several
large organic food marketers and anti-biotech activists want the Obama
Administration to reverse a 20-year policy of opposing mandatory labeling of
genetically modified food.
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2012 -Honeybee
populations, which faced losses between 30% and 90% of honeybee colonies since
2006, continue to face steady declines while exact causes are yet to be found,
said USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) research entomologist, Jay Evans.
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2012 -Reports
circulating around Washington indicate
that the House Agriculture
Committee will attempt to legislate regulatory certainty for farmers and
ranchers through the next farm bill.
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2012 -One
of the most consistent themes heard during grower meetings and farm bill
hearings over the last year has been the need to protect federal crop insurance
as a viable part of the safety net in the 2012 Farm Bill.
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2012 -The rate at which Brazil
approves genetically engineered plant traits for deregulated status is
increasing due to its recent government commitment, while approval rates in the
United States are lagging due to legal concerns and public awareness.
Congressman Steve King is an outspoken conservative member of the House Agriculture Committee. In this week's Open Mic, the Iowa Republican shares his observations about the farm bill that the committee wrote last week. King put through an egg amendment that may keep states from imposing standards that restrict commerce with other states. He also wants to cut the cost of SNAP and reduce other expenditures as well. King,
who is in line to be chairman when the next farm bill comes up in 2018, also discusses how committee membership has changed.