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WASHINGTON, June 26, 2015 - The Obama administration's new definition of
the "waters of the United States" regulated by the Clean Water Act
will be formally published on Monday and will take effect Aug. 28.
WASHINGTON, June 25, 2015-The chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, says that the success of USDA's marketing programs indicate a proposed non-GMO certification program could be a viable solution for consumers wanting to avoid genetically engineered food products.
WASHINGTON, June 25, 2015 - This congressional struggle over the future of country-of-origin labeling of meat hinges on the same issue it always has: What does it mean to be a product of the United States?
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015 - The Senate has cleared a trade promotion bill that will give President Obama the authority he says he needs to wrap up trade agreements with 11 Pacific Rim nations and the European Union.
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015- The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) asking the agency to review and limit the use of the herbicide glyphosate (to prevent unreasonable adverse effects) to the monarch butterfly.
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015 - Witnesses told a House Education and Workforce subcommittee Wednesday that the school nutrition standards authorized by the Obama administration's Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) are a good recipe for encouraging healthy eating in schools, but could be improved with some new ingredients in the law's reauthorization, due Sept. 30.
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015-- Results from a new survey conducted by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) show that student loan debt is one of the key barriers preventing young people from becoming farmers and ranchers.
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015-AGree, an agricultural think tank with former USDA Secretary Dan Glickman as one of its co-chairs, released a report today on how to improve the food and agricultural research system, and called on Congress to hold hearings on the topic.
Monsanto's $45 billion offer to takeover Syngenta and form a new seed and chemical companybased overseas is turning into a very public "war of words." Industry analysts expect the chargesand counter-charges to only escalate over the coming weeks as Monsanto pursues the deal.
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015 -The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill should be on President Obama's desk within days, with the last major hurdle cleared in the Senate. On Tuesday, the Senate agreed, 60-37, to advance the legislation to a final congressional vote.
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015 -The Republican leadership's deal to secure passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) included a commitment to send the president an extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) programs, a renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). Both AGOA and GSP allow for duty-free imports of some products, including farm commodities, from developing countries.
June 24, 2015 -Monsanto's $45 billion offer to takeover
Syngenta and form a new seed and chemical company based overseas is turning
into a very public "war of words." Industry analysts expect the
charges and counter-charges to only escalate over the coming weeks as Monsanto pursues
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015 -The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization, classified the herbicide 2,4-D as (possibly carcinogenic to humans) this week, a rating seized upon by GMO labeling campaigns, but downplayed by industry and agricultural groups who say the classification sounds much worse than it actually is
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015 -The U.S. poultry industry and its customers are starting to emerge from this year's onslaught of a highly pathogenic avian flu that has cost poultry farms 48 million birds- mostly laying hens and turkeys destroyed and buried by animal health teams to arrest the outbreak and decontaminate the 223 sites where the virus has surfaced since late last year.
June 24, 2015 -Members of a Senate subcommittee on regulatory
affairs took issue with the EPA's management of the Renewable Fuel Standard
(RFS) at a hearing last week, saying the agency is misinterpreting a key part
of the program's statutory intent.
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015 -The Supreme
Court has dealt another blow to 80 years of legislative efforts to shore up the
prices of farm commodities, nullifying a provision of the raisin marketing
order that diverts portions of a crop annually to limit the supply of raisins
on the market.
June 24, 2015 -Will
the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan result in a new tax on
consumers? During a Senate Environment
and Public Works subcommittee hearing Tuesday, lawmakers heard testimony from
panelists who ardently disagreed over the answer to that question.
WASHINGTON, June 23, 2015 - During a Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee hearing Tuesday, lawmakers heard testimony from panelists who ardently disagreed over whether the EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP) would or would not lead to a regressive (tax) on energy consumers.
This week's guest on Open Mic is U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. In this interview, Secretary Vilsack discusses the current cyclical swing in farm income and the policy decision Washington must consider to protect the nation's farms and ranches. Vilsack says congressional leaders must consider "need" over budget when considering the next farm bill. While the Trans-Pacific Partnership remains a priority for the Obama administration, Vilsack discusses options to secure congressional support for the deal and defines the ominous challenge of writing regulations to implement the nation's biotech disclosure law.