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WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2014 -- Several major produce industry groups say they are disappointed that Canada has failed to establish a system that would protect U.S. suppliers of fresh produce to Canada if a buyer fails to pay for a shipment.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 -- The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has filed comments with the European Commission challenging what it calls unfair trade duties that have blocked U.S. biodiesel exports to Europe since July 2009.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - The Small Business Administration is calling for EPA to withdraw its proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, drawing praise for its frankness from the biggest American farmers group.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - Two U.S. senators are requesting a
USDA study on the rail backlog in the Upper Midwest and its economic impact on
their states' agriculture, food processing and ethanol industries.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is repeating its plea to get four antibiotic-resistant strains of Salmonella listed as adulterants under federal law - allowing the government to get infected meat and poultry off supermarket shelves before they are linked to illnesses.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - Updated school lunch standards were meant to curb childhood
obesity, but the School Nutrition Association (SNA) says it's really the costs
that will be bloating under the new guidelines.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 -- Brazil has agreed to drop its decade-old complaint before the World Trade Organization that the U.S. is unfairly subsidizing its cotton industry in exchange for a one-time payment of $300 million and other concessions.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called the working group looking to reform the beef checkoff to his office Tuesday afternoon to discuss the stalled process and his own ideas for reform, which may involve setting up another new checkoff fund to generate more investments.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - The first meetings between President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington this week seemed to help forge a bond between the two world leaders and produced a lengthy list of projects in which both countries could cooperate - ranging from national security issues to energy and infrastructure - just to name a few.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - Up against the 10 percent (blend wall) which limits its market, the ethanol industry is screaming for relief. It wants its oil-industry competitors to provide consumers with more choice, allowing drivers to fill up with EPA-approved-for-all E15 (15 percent ethanol) rather than just E10.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - A new study concludes there are no adverse health effects for animals that eat genetically engineered (GE) feed grains or from the products derived those animals. The study, by Alison Van Eenennaam, an extension specialist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, examined 29 years of livestock health data gathered both before and after the introduction of GE crops into animal feed.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - The likelihood of an El Nino event developing over the Pacific Ocean is still up in the air, but if the weather pattern develops, there's little chance it will provide enough rain to end one of the worst droughts in California history.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - As farmers accelerate the 2014 corn and soybean harvest across the country, a key 2015 input is demonstrating some marketplace volatility with potential savings that might not make it all the way to producers.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - Varroa mites and neonicotinoid pesticides are being targeted by opposing groups of legislators and industry stakeholders in the search for the culprit behind pollinator population losses, particularly the honey bee, which the government says adds more than $15 billion in value to agriculture each year.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 - USDA officials announced more than $83 million in funding for several programs designed to encourage healthy, local food options in farmers markets and in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2014 - Attorney General
Eric Holder will leave office after six years with a legacy highlighted by
civil rights and voting rights enforcement but with an antitrust record that
Sept. 26, 2014 - The U.S. hog and pig inventory showed a slight rebound from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), a disease that was
first confirmed in U.S. herds in Iowa in the spring of 2013 and has since
spread to 31 different states.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 - A bipartisan group
of 27 Texas legislators is requesting that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) review the APHIS site-visit review
process after an agency proposal that could allow importation of meat from a region not yet free of foot-and-mouth disease.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has named USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator Al Almanza to a newly created position as deputy undersecretary for food safety, a job he'll share with the present deputy, Brian Ronholm.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 - The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) says the U.S. should conclude a major free trade agreement without Japan if the Asian nation nation continues to insist on protecting its so-called "sacred" agricultural products.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled new
programs and online tools to help farmers in the complex decision-making
process that growers will face in the coming year.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 - U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled new programs and online tools
to help farmers in the complex decision-making process that growers will face
in the coming year.
In this week’s edition of Open Mic, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway discusses what promises to be a frantic start to December as the U.S. Congress faces a deadline to approve omnibus appropriations legislation. Chairman Conaway is intent to see protection from budget cuts for the farm bill and crop insurance. In this interview, Conaway calls for administrative changes in the farm bill to help cotton farmers, discusses how the threat of trade retaliation from COOL is already affecting commerce with Canada, and the committee’s work to review the nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.