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This year, as last year, the chair of the powerful Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is championing Keystone XL pipeline legislation to end what she calls six years of Obama administration delay and force construction of the controversial project to carry thick Canadian tar sands oil to a Texas refinery for possible export.
14, 2015 - More than 100 conservation projects aimed at protecting water
quality, restoring critical wildlife habitat and addressing other environmental
challenges are getting federal matching funds under a groundbreaking program
authorized by the new farm bill.
14, 2015 - Freshman Rep. David Young, R-Iowa, and Andy Harris, who represents Maryland's Eastern Shore, have been awarded seats on the House Appropriations subcommittee that controls spending for the
Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration.
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Jan. 12, 2015-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says
USDA is aggressively implementing the 2014 farm bill through more than 556
events, 428 demonstrations of web-based tools and over 60,000 direct mail
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2015 - The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) says China's ban on U.S. poultry and egg imports is a (clear violation) of international trade rules and will hurt American poultry and egg producers.
Jan. 12, 2015 - More than half of the nation's dairy farms have signed up for
the new Margin Protection Program that was created in the 2014 farm bill to protect farmer
incomes from spikes in feed costs and collapses in milk prices.
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Jan.11, 2015-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today addressed farmers' concerns about trade, environmental regulations, infrastructure and tax reform, among other topics during the first-ever town hall style meeting at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 96th Annual Convention in San Diego.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2015 Rep Mike Conaway met with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for the first time as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee late last week, a meeting that Conaway spokesman Ted Monoson described as a (get to know each other) session.
SAN DIEGO -- Jan. 11, 2015 - American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said it's time for members of the 114th Congress to show it's not another (do nothing) body of lawmakers and give farmers and ranchers much-needed certainty.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2015 - Senate Republicans are looking this week to increase the pressure on President Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, while House Republicans attempt to block the administration's executive actions on immigration.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 - Meals provided to children and adults in day care would contain more fruits, whole grains and less sugar and fat under new (science-based) nutrition standards in a rule proposed by USDA.
9, 2015 - A senator who has clashed with the agricultural biotech industry has
been named the top Democrat on the Senate
Appropriations panel that writes budgets for the Agriculture Department and
Food and Drug Administration.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2015 - A top lobbyist for food and beverage giant PepsiCo Inc. who was formerly a top aide to Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts is taking over as the panel's chief of staff as it prepares to rewrite federal child nutrition policy.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2015 - A major roadblock to the Keystone XL pipeline was removed today when the Nebraska Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision and upheld a state law that allowed the governor to approve the route of the project within the state.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2015- The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday granted its first exemption allowing commercial use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in agriculture to Advanced Aviation Solutions of Boise, Idaho.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2015 - A bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline is headed to the Senate floor next week after the Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the measure on a near party-line vote, 13-9.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2015 - Sam Kass's former nutrition spot on the White House staff is now filled. The White House announced that Debra (Deb) Eschmeyer will join the White House as the executive director of Let's Move! and senior policy advisor for nutrition policy.
Jan. 8, 2015 - With bipartisan support from some key members of Congress, more
than 30 farm groups and agribusinesses on Thursday officially launched a
coalition to work for the end of the half-century old Cuban embargo.
As Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in the 114th Congress, Mike Conaway has revised the subcommittee structure to allow for closer policy oversight and careful attention to reauthorization of nutrition programs and futures trading. In his first audio interview on ag issues this year, Conaway covers a wide variety of topics. He expects congressional action on immigration policy but isn’t sure tax reform will be a part of the early congressional agenda. The Texas Republican says the budget process will dominate the early days of the new congress and expects budget reconciliation to play a major role in policy reform and debate. Conaway says the government must respect industry investments made within the Renewable Fuels Standard but questions overall volumes.