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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.
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.
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.)
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
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.
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.
This week’s guest on Open Mic is Representative John Shimkus. The Illinois Republican is pleased with the results of the first six months of the 114th Congress but admits difficult votes lie ahead on spending and regulatory overreach. Shimkus supports free trade and believes leadership should withhold opposition to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal until the final rules of the pact are known. As a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Shimkus says Washington needs to act on a GMO labeling rule and believes the retail sector could be the answer to the renewable fuel volume debate.