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Politics | 1/9/2015 10:25:17 AM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2015 - A top lobbyist for food and beverage giant PepsiCo Inc. who was formerly a top aide to Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts is taking over as the panel's chief of staff as it prepares to rewrite federal child nutrition policy.
Politics | 1/9/2015 10:11:34 AM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2015 - A major roadblock to the Keystone XL pipeline was removed today when the Nebraska Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision and upheld a state law that allowed the governor to approve the route of the project within the state.

Politics | 1/8/2015 5:50:13 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2015- The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday granted its first exemption allowing commercial use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in agriculture to Advanced Aviation Solutions of Boise, Idaho.
Politics | 1/8/2015 4:23:15 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2015 - Pat Roberts officially became chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday, making him the first lawmaker to chair both that panel and its House counterpart.
Politics | 1/8/2015 1:35:28 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2015 - A bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline is headed to the Senate floor next week after the Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the measure on a near party-line vote, 13-9.
Politics | 1/8/2015 1:09:07 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2015 - Sam Kass's former nutrition spot on the White House staff is now filled. The White House announced that Debra (Deb) Eschmeyer will join the White House as the executive director of Let's Move! and senior policy advisor for nutrition policy.
Politics | 1/8/2015
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2015 - With bipartisan support from some key members of Congress, more than 30 farm groups and agribusinesses on Thursday officially launched a coalition to work for the end of the half-century old Cuban embargo.
Politics | 1/7/2015 8:40:46 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2015 - A Colorado state agriculture official and former congressional aide has been selected as the EPA's agriculture liaison.
Politics | 1/7/2015 5:28:15 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2015 - The new chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is pledging to take on the Obama administration over the proposed Clean Water Act rule and its enforcement of the Endangered Species Act.
Politics | 1/7/2015 5:16:13 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2015 - Senate Republicans are promising to move quickly on a bill to give President Obama fast-track trade negotiating authority without protections leading Democrats want.
Politics | 1/7/2015 3:41:09 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2015 - Senate Republicans scrambled to secure a veto-proof margin for legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline but said they may have to attach the measure to a must-pass bill later.
Politics | 1/7/2015 1:07:44 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2015 - A labor dispute that has led to congestion at dozens of West Coast ports will receive federal mediation assistance after a joint request from both workers and employers.
Politics | 1/7/2015 11:10:35 AM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2015 - Former U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns has been elected to serve on the board of directors of agricultural equipment giant Deere & Co.
Politics | 1/7/2015 1:28:43 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2015 - USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack joined with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) chief Jason Weller and Thomas Tidwell, the head of the U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday to mark 2015 as the International Year of Soils (IYS).
Politics | 1/6/2015 5:07:00 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2015 - The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) claims an undercover investigation at a Minnesota poultry processing facility shows inhumane treatment of chickens.
Politics | 1/6/2015
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2014 -- If all goes as planned by the Senate's new GOP leadership, the first legislation to land on the chamber's floor will be the "Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act."
Politics | 1/5/2015 7:10:08 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2014 -- The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on its revised assessment of the pesticide chlorpyrifos which the agency said shows some health risk to workers who mix, load and apply the product.
Politics | 1/5/2015 5:43:54 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2015 - The 114th Congress convenes at noon on Tuesday, putting both houses in Republican hands for the first time in eight years.
Politics | 1/5/2015 12:51:47 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2015 - The U.S. will once again allow importation of Irish beef, ending a 15-year closed-door policy instituted because of worries of spreading bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, to American herds.
Politics | 1/5/2015 12:05:23 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2015 -- The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and five other national agribusinesses are urging EPA to rethink its proposed rules related to construction or modification of grain elevators, saying the proposals would cost much more than the agency has estimated and require a burdensome amount of record-keeping.
Politics | 1/5/2015 10:24:11 AM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2015 - Special safety labels won't be required for mechanically tenderized meat until at least 2018 after the Obama administration failed to finalize the regulation in time for it to take effect earlier.
Politics | 1/2/2015 10:47:24 AM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 2, 2015 -- Elanco has finalized its $5.4 billion acquisition of Novartis Animal Health, after the deal cleared federal anti-trust reviews.
Politics | 1/2/2015 8:39:27 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2014 - It's been an important year for U.S. agriculture with issues affecting farming and ranching making big news day in and day out. Here's a brief look at some of the most important agricultural stories of 2014.
Politics | 1/2/2015
WASHINGTON, Jan. 1, 2015 -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is considering the monarch butterfly for status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), in response to urging from environmental groups that want federal protection for the species.
Politics | 12/31/2014 6:34:15 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2014 - A new subcommittee will spend the next two years keeping an eye on the administration's energy, environmental, and agricultural policies.
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