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Politics | 5/15/2015 11:34:35 AM
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2015 - A bill to repeal the country-of-origin labeling law for beef and pork could start moving in the House as soon as next week.
Politics | 5/15/2015 10:28:51 AM
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2015 - The House voted to remove the lesser prairie chicken from the list of threatened species to give time for a regional conservation plan to restore the bird's Plains habitat.

Politics | 5/14/2015 10:36:35 PM
WASHINGTON, May 14, 2015 - Some Congressional Democrats are calling on U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to release food safety language of the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership to the public.
Politics | 5/14/2015 5:45:42 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, chairman of the House Agriculture subcommittee on biotechnology, horticulture and research, said lawmakers are concerned about a lack of communication between USDA and EPA, particularly regarding issues on pollinator health.
Politics | 5/14/2015 2:56:47 PM
WASHINGTON, May 14, 2015 - With significant Democratic backing, the Senate moved forward on legislation to fast-track new trade agreements that the Obama administration is negotiating with the Pacific Rim and the European Union.
Politics | 5/14/2015 12:35:11 PM
WASHINGTON, May 14, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee approved a CFTC reauthorization bill that would roll back some Dodd-Frank regulations and seeks to end a dispute with the European Union over U.S. rules, but the panel's top Democrat predicted the measure wouldn't become law.
Politics | 5/14/2015 10:05:42 AM
WASHINGTON, May 14, 2015 - USDA today announced $6.5 million in funding to help farmers and ranchers conserve billions of gallons of water and improve water quality in the Ogallala Aquifer region. Funding will be targeted to seven priority areas to support their primary water source and strengthen rural economies, the department said in a news release.
Politics | 5/14/2015 8:05:24 AM
Ten years after citrus greening was discovered in Florida in 2005, the citrus industry is ready to field test a potential solution. The EPA has approved a permit application to conduct large scale tests of citrus plants with a protein derived from spinach
Politics | 5/13/2015 5:03:38 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., introduced legislation today that would provide USDA mandatory recall authority over contaminated meat and poultry, citing what her office called a "devastating investigation" by PBS' Frontline of the American food safety system.
Politics | 5/13/2015 5:00:34 PM
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2015 -- A Senate committee is gearing up to try to enact the first comprehensive energy bill since the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act.
Politics | 5/13/2015 2:41:07 PM
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2015 - Republicans and Democrats reached agreement to clear the way for likely Senate passage of legislation to fast-track new trade agreements.
Politics | 5/13/2015 1:56:51 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - Republicans have their work cut out for them trying to block the Obama administration's attempt to redefine the (waters of the United States.) The House voted 261-155 Tuesday evening to approve a bill that would kill the WOTUS rule.
Politics | 5/13/2015 1:50:47 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - Senate Republicans are preparing to move a series of bills that would make it harder for the Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) to enforce the Endangered Species Act (ESA) while giving states and local governments a much bigger role in determining protections.
Politics | 5/13/2015 1:46:13 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee is set to mark up a bill Thursday to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and roll back some Dodd-Frank regulations that have frustrated agribusiness companies and other traders.
Politics | 5/13/2015 1:36:26 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - Vermont's effort to identify foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has been billed as a (no-strings attached) labeling law. Simple. Straightforward.
Politics | 5/13/2015 1:29:57 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - College students around the country are graduating this week, and economists say the job market is the best it's been in a decade. For agricultural graduates, the job market has high demand in almost every area, especially agricultural business, food science, agronomy and ag education.
Politics | 5/13/2015 1:18:47 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - A new survey commissioned by the International Food Information Council Foundation indicates that a diverse set of factors - health status, gender, income, education, age - influence Americans' level of priorities regarding their health, food and nutrition.
Politics | 5/13/2015 1:02:07 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - USDA data is revealing a picture of which producers chose which crop insurance policies under the 2014 farm bill. The data show that new programs tailored for Southern crops like cotton may be having trouble getting off the ground due to the vast array of options and policy combinations.
Politics | 5/13/2015 12:57:39 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - Tea Party favorite Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., said last week he's running for the Republican nomination to succeed the retiring Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., in 2016.
Politics | 5/13/2015 12:05:05 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - The Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) this week conditionally approved a revised multi-year Exploration Plan (EP) from Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. for the Chukchi Sea.
Politics | 5/13/2015 10:09:41 AM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - The Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced a final rule for labeling of mechanically tenderized beef and will accelerate its implementation to reduce the chances of further illnesses linked to the product.
Politics | 5/13/2015 4:44:08 AM
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015--If the EPA follows its court-ordered deadline, three years' worth of Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements could be announced June 1, but what lies within that pending announcement is anyone's guess.
Politics | 5/13/2015
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - Fast-track is temporarily on hold in the Senate. In a setback for President Obama, only one Democrat voted Tuesday to open debate on the trade bill that would set up the fast-track process for approving new trade agreements that the administration is negotiating. The motion needed 60 votes, but failed 52-45.
Politics | 5/12/2015 7:45:57 PM
WASHINGTON, May 11, 2015 - USDA celebrated the 80th anniversary of the creation of the Rural Electrification Service today by announcing more than $100 million in loans to build or improve 1,000 miles of rural electric transmission and distribution lines.
Politics | 5/12/2015 6:55:44 PM
WASHINGTON, March 12, 2015 - The House voted to kill the Obama administration's proposed Clean Water Act rule, but the margin was far short of the two-thirds support that would be needed to override a likely presidential veto.
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