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WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says
President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration will provide some help to the agriculture industry, but
he says Congressional action is needed to make sure U.S. farmers have the legal
workforce they need.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014- An animal welfare group's video depicting unhealthy conditions at a poultry farm operated by a contract grower for Perdue Farms claims to provide (an unprecedented look at a so-called humane American chicken factory farm.)
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 - Four House Democrats are asking U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to provide details on labor provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before the ambitious trade deal is finalized.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 -- The Republican-controlled House on Thursday approved legislation aimed at undoing President Obama's executive action on immigration, despite little hope that it would pass in the lame-duck Senate, and in the face of a veto threat from the White House.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the application deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) will be extended until Dec. 19, 2014.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2014 -- The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to reinstate for this year a series of expired tax breaks that are important to farmers, landowners, biofuel producers and the wind industry. The package of tax extenders passed 378-16, clearing the way for final passage in the Senate before the lame-duck session ends.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2014-- The mayor of Toledo, Ohio, said toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie that caused a water crisis in his city this summer will occur again if the federal government does not pay more attention to regional water quality.
my past year as President of the NCBA, I have had a rare opportunity to look at
all sides of the beef industry. And I have come to realize, that much like our
country, the cattle industry has individuals and organizations that differ
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2014 - USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says $9.7 million in grants will benefit 62 community-based and non-profit organizations, and educational institutions to conduct training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged (including tribal) and veteran farmers and ranchers.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2014 -- Lawmakers won't address the country-of-origin meat labeling law until the World Trade Organization decides on a U.S. appeal of a World Trade Organization ruling that USDA regulations are unfair to Canadian and Mexican producers, says the next chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Texas Republican Mike Conaway.
Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2014 - As dozens of agricultural research advocates gather in Washington this week to discuss the need for more focus on research funding, USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) says it will provide more than $6.5 million in grants
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 2, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced more than $5 million in grants for 82 projects to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers through the USDA's Farm to School Program.
What should have been a constructive public
policy discussion about a program that is vital to the success of the family
farmers and ranchers who make their living raising cattle has unfortunately
devolved into a whirlwind of innuendo
WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2014 - Lawmakers looking to stop
waste, fraud and abuse at USDA will find plenty of cases - from food stamps to
farm loans - highlighted by the agency's Office of Inspector General (OIG) in
its most recent six-month review.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2014 - Lawmakers return from
their Thanksgiving break with lots of unfinished business before the 113th
Congress goes out of business with the close of the current lame-duck session
WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2014 - The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has decided to appeal a World Trade Organization ruling that found USDA country of origin labeling (COOL) rules for beef and pork were non-compliant with international trade obligations.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2015-- The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, which consists of 37 trade groups including the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Biotechnology Industry Organization, is gearing up to push for a federal labeling bill introduced earlier this year by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2014 - The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed strengthening air quality standards, saying the health benefits of fighting ground-level ozone, or smog, (will significantly outweigh the costs.)
WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2014 - In an effort to further address obesity in America, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will unveil new regulations today, requiring nutrition labels on menus in restaurants, super markets and even that buttery bucket of popcorn in movie theaters.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2014-- In an effort to increase agricultural response to an Environmental Protection Agency analysis that found neonicotinoids have no yield benefit for soybeans, Bayer created an online portal -www.AgVoice4Choice.com - that allows people to send letters to their U.S. Congress representatives.
US Senator Saxby Chambliss is returning to his home in Georgia after two decades of service in Washington. A strong advocate for rural America and agriculture, Chambliss believes challenges will come in the 114th congress to risk management tools approved in the new farm law. Chambliss says urban representation on the agriculture committees and budget constraints will make approving new farm policy even more difficult in the years to come. As a member of the 'Gang of Six', Chambliss says there will be consequences if elected leaders don't address some very difficult fiscal decisions.