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Politics | 6/24/2015 9:16:44 PM

DES MOINES, June 24, 2015 - Ohio Governor John Kasich made it clear Wednesday that he does not like subsidies, particularly anything supporting ethanol.
Politics | 6/24/2015 4:36:32 PM
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.

Politics | 6/24/2015 4:25:36 PM
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.
Politics | 6/24/2015 3:43:28 PM
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.
Politics | 6/24/2015 3:26:21 PM
WASHINGTON, June 23, 2015 - The source of your electricity for decades to come - how much from coal, from wind, solar and other renewables - is being decided by Congress.
Politics | 6/24/2015 12:37:39 PM
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.
Politics | 6/24/2015 12:02:35 PM
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015 - Country-of-origin labeling for beef and pork would be converted to a voluntary program, under a draft bill proposed as an alternative to outright repeal of the COOL law.
Politics | 6/24/2015 12:01:56 PM
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.
Politics | 6/24/2015 11:58:44 AM
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015 -Two of the Republicans who are pursuing the presidency voted against Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), including Texas Sen.
Politics | 6/24/2015 11:53:09 AM
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.
Politics | 6/24/2015 11:49:10 AM
WASHINGTON, 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 the deal.
Politics | 6/24/2015 11:36:32 AM
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
Politics | 6/24/2015 11:24:01 AM
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.
Politics | 6/24/2015 11:14:06 AM
WASHINGTON, 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.
Politics | 6/24/2015 10:54:38 AM
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.
Politics | 6/24/2015 10:44:11 AM
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015 -Given the tight spending limits congressional appropriators are facing, it's unusual to find many areas of the budget that would get more money.
Politics | 6/24/2015 10:35:07 AM
WASHINGTON, 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.
Politics | 6/23/2015 6:55:05 PM
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.
Politics | 6/23/2015 6:41:56 PM
WASHINGTON, June 22, 2015 - The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the Agriculture Department's marketing order system by ruling that the agency must compensate farmers who are forced to turn over their crops in order to avoid oversupplies.
Politics | 6/23/2015 10:39:29 AM
WASHINGTON, June 23, 2015 - The trade promotion bill cleared its last major hurdle as the Senate agreed, 60-37, to advance the legislation to a final congressional vote.
Politics | 6/23/2015 8:36:11 AM
WASHINGTON, June23, 2015 - The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) says that after reviewing the latest available scientific literature, it has classified the herbicide 2,4-D as "possibly carcinogenic to humans," based on (limited evidence in experimental animals.)
Politics | 6/22/2015 2:50:33 PM
WASHINGTON, June 22, 2015 - The fast-track trade bill got a key boost with a top Senate Democrat's announcement that he would support advancing the measure to a final congressional vote.
Politics | 6/22/2015 1:49:24 PM
WASHINGTON, June 21, 2015 - Senate Republicans will look to send the fast-track trade bill to President Obama this week, while the House debates a spending measure that would block a wide array of environmental regulations.
Politics | 6/21/2015 11:12:25 AM
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2015 - A bill that would clear the way for President Obama to wrap up a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal could be headed to his desk by the end of next week after bipartisan talks broke a House impasse.
Politics | 6/19/2015 11:22:40 AM
WASHINGTON, June 19, 2015 - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad reached out to President Barack Obama to request a major disaster declaration for four counties in his state facing highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) dealing with 33 million infected birds and growing unemployment.
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