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Politics | 6/16/2015 10:26:17 AM
WASHINGTON, June 16, 2015 -- The Food and Drug Administration today finalized a determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) - the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods - are no longer (generally recognized as safe) (GRAS) and gave food manufacturers three years to remove PHOs from their products.
Politics | 6/15/2015 8:40:03 PM
WASHINGTON, June 16, 2015 - Agri-Pulse Communications plans to launch a new series, (The Rural Route to the White House,) designed to cover the 2016 presidential campaign with a special focus on issues important to agriculture and rural America. The American Farm Bureau Federation will be the exclusive sponsor of this project.

Politics | 6/15/2015 4:19:07 PM
WASHINGTON, June 14, 2015 -This week promises more drama on trade as the fast-track trade bill sits in limbo in the House following President Obama's failure to persuade Democrats to support him on a critical vote
Politics | 6/15/2015 3:55:45 PM
WASHINGTON, June 15, 2015 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) says initial indications are that the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) blamed for the deaths of millions of chickens and turkeys since December was being transmitted to new premises in a number of ways, including lapses in biosecurity practices and environmental factors.
Politics | 6/15/2015 1:33:24 PM
WASHINGTON, June 15, 2015-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that eligible producers may now formally enroll in theAgriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015. The enrollment period begins June 17, 2015, and will end Sept. 30, 2015.
Politics | 6/15/2015 11:07:20 AM
WASHINGTON, June 15, 2015 - House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Republicans are (very committed) to enacting a fast-track trade bill, but wouldn't tip his hand as to how they would overcome Democratic resistance that stalled a section of the measure.
Politics | 6/15/2015 10:28:16 AM

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2015 - Sen. Debbie Stabenow, ranking member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, is announcing key changes to the panel's Democratic staff, including the move of Staff Director Chris Adamo to the White House Council on Environmental Quality where he'll be Chief of Staff.
Politics | 6/15/2015 10:23:28 AM

Politics | 6/12/2015 5:54:59 PM
WASHINGTON, June 12, 2015 - The Obama administration today announced new initiatives and investments of more than $110 million to support farmers, ranchers, agricultural workers and rural communities suffering from drought and to combat wildfires in what's forecast to be a busier-than-usual fire season.
Politics | 6/12/2015 5:03:55 PM
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2015 - The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) today ramped up its campaign against the EPA's Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, releasing a detailed analysisof its alleged shortcomings and urging farmers and ranchers to lobby Congress to kill the rule or stop its implementation.
Politics | 6/12/2015 2:28:38 PM
WASHINGTON, June 12, 2015- A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee will review next week an updated version of a food labeling bill that would create a national standard for the voluntary labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).
Politics | 6/12/2015 2:22:46 PM
WASHINGTON, June 12, 2015- A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee will review next week an updated version of a food labeling bill that would create a national standard for the voluntary labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).
Politics | 6/12/2015 12:13:39 PM
WASHINGTON, June 12, 2015--USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced more options for farmers who elected the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) or Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion in their crop insurance plans.
Politics | 6/12/2015
WASHINGTON, June 12, 2015 - Democrats dealt a stunning blow to President Obama's trade agenda by stalling a fast-track bill from passing the House despite his last-minute, personal appeal for help.
Politics | 6/11/2015 6:35:57 PM
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2015 -- Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has scheduled a hearing on July 7 to examine the effects of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) on the U.S. poultry sector.
Politics | 6/11/2015 5:09:17 PM
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2015 - The fast-track trade bill cleared a key hurdle as the House narrowly approved a rule that sets up final votes on the actual legislation Friday.
Politics | 6/11/2015 3:01:41 PM
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2015 - Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., who is taking a lead role in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), makes a case that the Obama administration could have avoided a civil war among Democrats if it had been more willing to accommodate her and others in Congress who sought a voice in the development of negotiating objectives.
Politics | 6/11/2015 1:55:25 PM
Consumers continue to demonstrate their enthusiasm for all things (foodie) - commanding fresh, local foods, the raw authenticity of farmer's markets, farm-to-table restaurant venues and celebrity chefs.
Politics | 6/11/2015 1:07:16 PM
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2015-The House Agriculture Committee continued its review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) today with a hearing that examined the experiences of organizations that work with individuals needing assistance.
Politics | 6/11/2015 5:04:19 AM
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2015 - The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) today named Sally Rockey as its first executive director. Rockey is currently deputy director for extramural research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Politics | 6/10/2015 10:05:36 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 10, 2015- In advance of an expected Friday vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), Ohio farm organizations are investing in a radio campaign to get at least one conservative, Rep. Jim Jordan, to vote "yes."
Politics | 6/10/2015 9:38:19 PM
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2015 - The House of Representatives late Wednesday approved a bill that would repeal country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork, and poultry products sold in the U.S., a move made in hopes of avoiding billions in economic retaliation from two major U.S. trading partners.
Politics | 6/10/2015 3:27:33 PM
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2015 - In an effort to rally support for the reauthorization of higher nutrition standards mandated by the Child Nutrition Act, Democrats used a student cooking event today on Capitol Hill to showcase just how user-friendly those standards are.
Politics | 6/10/2015 3:14:27 PM
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2015 - Senate Energy Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, opened her fourth and final hearing on comprehensive energy legislation Tuesday by promising that ending the 1970s ban on U.S. crude oil exports will create "more jobs, more revenues, more production, more security, and more diplomatic leverage on the international stage."
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