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DES MOINES, Iowa, August 24, 2015 - Ben Carson says that, despite reports, he has nothing against red meat. The retired neurosurgeon and Republican candidate for president, who reportedly embraced vegetarianism decades ago, denies that's the case and says he actually enjoys a good meat dish now and then.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2015 - Changes to the school lunch program mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 are leaving school lunch programs across the country hungry for money, a new study says.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2015 - A new study from Consumer Reports (CR), the organization known for investigating and rating all sorts of consumer goods from cars to countertops, found high levels of what they deemed (dangerous) strains of bacteria in American ground beef. But federal officials and trade associations deny the danger.
WASHINGTON, August 22, 2015 - One of the most
distinguished scientists in the public policy sphere is warning that "the
increasing vilification of GM foods as a marketing tool by the organic food
industry" may be "the most counterproductive development" in the
effort to increase food production to meet the needs of a population projected
to approach 10 billion in 35 years.
WASHINGTON, August 24, 2015 - The owners of United
Suppliers, Inc. and members of Land O'Lakes, Inc. overwhelmingly approved the
merger of United Suppliers with Land O'Lakes' crop inputs business. The two
organizations announced their intent to merge on June 29.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2015
-- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the government will use "every
available resource" to combat the outbreak of wildfires plaguing the
American West. And he said USDA and the U.S. Forest Service are in mourning for
three Forest Service firefighters killed Wednesday while battling a wildfire in
WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2015 - A group of self-proclaimed (Moms for GMOs) has released a letter they sent to celebrity advocates including Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Michelle Geller urging the actresses to rethink their support for mandatory labeling of products made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 18, 2015 -After losing ground in the presidential polls over the last month, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio tried to reinvigorate his sagging Iowa campaign with stops at the Iowa State fair last night and again today.
DES MOINES, Iowa, August 18, 2015 - After days of back-to-back performances by presidential candidates at the Iowa State Fair, Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday tried to set himself apart from the pack as someone who cares about his fellow man - both here and abroad - and encourages others to do the same.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2015-The Interior Department released a National Seed Strategy to restore wildlife landscapes, especially for land damaged by rangeland fires, as well as invasive species, severe storms and drought.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2015 - Donald Trump, the frontrunner in the Republican presidential race, is calling for mass deportation of illegal immigrants and nationwide use of the E-Verify system to check the legal status of workers.
DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug, 14, 2015 - Jeb Bush is attacking the Obama administration's regulatory agenda, including its new Clean Water Act rule, as he struggles to find a message to shore up his lagging race in Iowa.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2015 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is breathing new life into a previously dismissed lawsuit alleging pork checkoff funds were indirectly used to benefit the lobbying efforts of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2015- A toxic spill caused by workers employed by the Environmental Protection Agency shut down major irrigation sources for farmers in the region, fueling more animosity toward the agency and triggering lawsuits.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2015 - USDA will make another $5 million of Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding available to Ohio, Michigan and Indiana producers who commit to limiting growth of toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Ed Hamberger, President and CEO of the American Association of Railroads. In this week's interview Hamberger discusses the longstanding relationships between agriculture, railroads and feeding the world. But the industry is facing economic and regulatory challenges that could negatively affect the rail industry and its customers. The AAR supports expanded global trade through the Trans-Pacific Partnership and is hopeful a new Congress can bring needed change to corporate tax laws.