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WASHINGTON, June 24, 2014 - USDA on Monday announced the implementation of policy changes and measures authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill designed to help new farmers and ranchers get started in an occupation where
WASHINGTON, June 23, 2014 - With House and Senate action on a USDA spending bill in limbo, many agricultural stakeholders will be focusing on trade issues this week, with Congressional hearings scheduled on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank and on using
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 -- A study contending that U.S. corn production is threatened by climate change, unsustainable water use and inefficient and damaging fertilizer practices fails in its intent (by
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 - Whether government has the authority to require food manufacturers to label products to disclose the presence of ingredients produced with biotechnology is again before the federal courts.
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 - In recent years the California Farm Bureau Federation and the Western Growers Association, along with other farm groups and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have lobbied for policies that make it easier to hire foreign workers from Mexico and elsewhere.
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 - The Coca-Cola Co. wants to develop fully renewable and recyclable plastic bottles, but to do this, Scott Vitters, the general manager of the PlantBottle Innovation Platform at Coke, said investors need confidence in a marketplace that can advance the technology.
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 - It's National Pollinator Week and groups concerned about the decline in the honey bee population are seeking support for a bill in Congress that would encourage state highway departments to develop unused highway right-of-ways for forage for the insect.
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 - A wide-ranging group of food-related organizations is urging the Obama administration to have the FDA take another look at the preliminary determination it made last fall that the "Generally Regarded as Safe" (GRAS) status be removed from partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), often made from soybeans.
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 - The Fair Food Network (FFN) is bringing its much-heralded "double up food bucks" program to a chain of supermarkets in Michigan - the first time the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) strategy will be used in a chain.
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 - Researchers at Texas A and M University say that in addition to being another source of energy, sorghum grown to make biofuel also may offer a significant source of carbon sequestration.
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 - Rob Aukerman, president of U.S. and Canada operations at Elanco Animal Health, says pork producers will have to boost output by about 50 percent by mid-century to provide necessary protein levels for a global population that's expected to surge to 9 billion people from the current 7.2 billion. And he said they must do so sustainably.
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 - The Senate began its consideration of a (minibus) bill that includes agriculture appropriations Tuesday, though lawmakers put off discussion of ag-specific measures until at least Wednesday morning.
This week’s Open Mic features Frank Gasperini, CEO for the National Council for Agricultural Employers. In this interview you will hear the frustration labor intensive agriculture faces each year in finding an adequate hourly workforce to harvest crops and care for livestock and how a coalition has grown challenging Congress to take action. Gasperini defines how some proposals for immigration reform could decimate some facets of the ag industry and threaten our nation’s food security.