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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Michel Nischan, CEO and Founder of Wholesome Wave, and an award-winning chef. The USDA announced a second amount of funding for the nonprofit to expand its healthy food initiative into areas of Connecticut and Vermont. The $500,000 was awarded through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program, enabling SNAP program participants to buy more locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. The program means better nutrition for consumers and increased opportunities for local farmers. In this interview, Chef Nischan shares his vision for the power of food to improve personal health, his thoughts on improving diets with fresh as well as frozen vegetables, and his ideas for the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.