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Politics | 4/30/2014 9:50:03 AM
WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 - Monsanto is increasing its commitment to sustainability, pledging to boost efficiency in its irrigation efforts and to help curb greenhouse gas emissions by developing seeds and management tools that allow farmers to
Politics | 4/30/2014
WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 -- Just 25 miles from downtown Seattle, Jim Werkhoven and his brother Andy run a 1,100-head dairy farm that uses an anaerobic digester to process cow manure and

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 -- Congress appears to be closing in on passage of legislation aimed at improving the nation's waterways system, according to WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 -- A conflict brewing since last September spilled over Tuesday at the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) semiannual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, where USDA officials heard strident complaints over a change by WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 -- A new report from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) and written by a group of scientists, economists and legal experts shows that estimating the costs of WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seems ready and willing to hear (constructive criticism) on the proposed update to its Agricultural Worker Protection Standards, the head of the WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 -- As the debate emerges over who owns and controls (big data,) there are a host of related issues that also need to be addressed, including WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 -- Idaho is poised to become the latest testing ground for a program to allow state convicts to work on private farms during WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 -- Witnesses at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing Tuesday focused on a parasite called the Varroa mite as the most significant factor impacting bee health, but environmental groups later said WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 -- Two environmental consulting groups released a report they say offers a path to reducing the amount of carbon emissions from the global agriculture and WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 - Disagreements over sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) are delaying
Politics | 4/29/2014 5:03:42 PM
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2014-- USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced resource allocations Tuesday tailored for small and midsized farmers and ranchers. They include $7 million in university research awards, $8.8 million
Politics | 4/29/2014 11:09:13 AM

SAN ANTONIO, April 29, 2014 - The semiannual meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) opened haltingly Tuesday, delayed for 30 minutes by a protest over policy changes and, moments later, a procedural effort to remove the
Politics | 4/29/2014
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2014 - Getting Congress to approve comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to legal status for undocumented farm workers, should be an "easy lift,"
Politics | 4/28/2014 5:41:46 PM
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2014 - Lawmakers return today after a two-week recess and are set to discuss genetically modified crops (GMOs), big data, and
Politics | 4/28/2014 3:23:08 PM
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2014 - Weeks after being caught on video kissing a married staff member, Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., told his home town newspaper that he won't
Politics | 4/28/2014 9:27:57 AM
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2014 - A new report from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) used public polling, food safety and testing data and
Politics | 4/27/2014
WASHINGTON, April 25, 2014 - President Barack Obama's two-day trip to Japan ended yesterday without a breakthrough on the
Politics | 4/25/2014 2:58:03 PM
WASHINGTON, April 25, 2014 - Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., pressed the State Department today to conduct
Politics | 4/25/2014 12:26:58 PM
WASHINGTON, April 25, 2014- A research coalition representing agricultural groups, businesses and universities asked Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.,
Politics | 4/24/2014 10:17:39 AM
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2014 - The food industry is sending signals that it will go to federal court again to overturn a Vermont state law that would require food labels to disclose
Politics | 4/24/2014
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2014 - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urged Japan and the U.S. to take advantage of President Barack Obama's visit to
Politics | 4/23/2014 10:46:36 PM
WASHINGTON, APRIL 23, 2014 -- Advocates for local and healthy foods are hoping new farm bill funding will create a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that encourages
Politics | 4/23/2014 8:46:17 PM
WASHINGTON, DC, April 23, 2014 - In small communities across America, renewable fuels are making a big impact, according to a study conducted by
Politics | 4/23/2014 2:49:25 PM
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 - Stakeholders involved in the effort to expand broadband service in rural America say economic, legal and policy concerns often
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