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WASHINGTON, July 28, 2015 - A House Ways and Means subcommittee met Tuesday to discuss two Medicare payment requirements that the panel's Republicans called "bureaucratic red tape" for rural hospitals.
WASHINGTON, July 28, 2015-The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee started its markup on a broad energy bill today, only finishing about a third of the 94 amendments that senators submitted for consideration.
WASHINGTON, July 28, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the first round of investments in rural infrastructure projects through the U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund, which was created just over a year ago.
is a program that has had no benefit to U.S. beef producers or consumers and it
violates our trade agreements. Regardless of how you measure impact: demand,
price, or consumer trust; COOL fails them all. Four times the WTO has been
abundantly clear, COOL discriminates against our trading partners.
WASHINGTON, July 26, 2015 - With a series of agricultural issues still hanging, the Pacific Rim trade negotiations heat up in Hawaii this week as U.S. negotiators try up to wrap up a deal that they can send to Congress for approval.
Unfortunately, mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) - the popular
consumer food labeling law that identifies the national origin of meat, poultry
and many fruits, vegetables and nuts in the U.S. - is a dead man walking.
CAMANCHE, IOWA, July 26, 2015 - If New Jersey
Governor Chris Christie makes it through the crowded Republican field of GOP
presidential candidates and on to the White House, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
will likely be on his speed dial for all things agricultural.
WASHINGTON, July 24, 2015 - In an effort to get
Americans to cut sugar consumption, the Food and Drug Administration is
proposing to require nutrition labels to disclose the content of added sugars
as a percentage of a recommended daily limit
WASHINGTON, July 26, 2015 - A USDA analysis has determined that the common practice among poultry farms of sharing equipment such as feed trucks and live haul loaders makes farms more vulnerable to the highly pathogenic avian influenza.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 - The food industry's campaign to stop states from requiring labels on genetically engineered products faces an uncertain future in the Senate following a landmark, bipartisan victory in the House.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Committee leaders remain at odds over the path forward for the country-of-origin labeling law for meat, and their debate could get tangled up in a highway bill the Senate is considering.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 - Syngenta's 2015 half-year earnings report released today showed lower earnings and sales from a year ago, but analysts say the results are better than expected in a tough environment of low crop prices.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 -- USDA says it is deregulating Dow AgroSciences' genetically engineered (GE) Enlist cotton trait in the United States. The department has now completed its regulatory review process for all of Dow's Enlist traits - corn, soybeans and cotton.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 - Lawmakers and several witnesses argued today at a House hearing that it may be time to consider adjustments to the Renewable Fuel Standard, the cornerstone policy of the renewable fuels industry and the burr under the saddle of oil companies for the past decade.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 - Building on provisions contained in the 2014 farm bill, USDA plans to expand crop insurance options for fruit and nut producers next year. Both the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) and the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion will be available to cover fresh fruit and nuts in select counties beginning with the 2016 crop year.
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 - In a landmark victory for agricultural biotechnology, the House approved a bill, 275-150, to block state GMO labeling laws and to set rules for marketing foods as non-biotech.
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2015 - While raising many questions, President Obama's controversial nuclear agreement with Iran has already resulted in at least one tangible impact: Even before sanctions are eased in perhaps six to eight months, world oil prices are being driven down by the prospect of Iran selling as much as an extra 1 million barrels per day of its stockpiled crude oil into world markets.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 - The government is gearing up to deal with as many as 500 incidents of avian flu this fall, far more than the number that devastated Midwest producers this spring, says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 - A bill that would block state GMO labeling laws and set up a process for marketing foods as non-GMO has advanced in the House, setting up a final votes on the measure on Thursday.
WEST DES MOINES, IOWA, July 21, 2015 - (I'm not opposed to fast track authority for presidents, Republican or Democrat. I'm opposed to fast track authority for this president,) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said today.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 -The year is half over but there are some signs of life for those expired tax benefits that are critical to agriculture, including the higher Section 179 expensing allowance and the tax credit that subsidizes biodiesel production.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 - With the current highway funding provisions set to expire at the end of the month, House and Senate members find themselves in a game of legislative chicken over which chamber has the best plan to move forward.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Sterling Liddell, Senior Vice President for Rabo AgriFinance and Rabobank International in its Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group. Discussion on a new farm bill has begun across the country and in Washington with calls to get an early start on new policy. Some analysts believe the nation is on the verge of another farm crisis. In this interview, Sterling Liddell offers evidence of financial stress he sees growing on crop farms and highlights factors indicating a significant paradigm shift he believes farmers will have to traverse to survive the economic downturn. Liddell believes the Conservation Reserve Program needs to be revised to help manage crop acres and reduce land costs on marginal acres.