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WASHINGTON, May 19, 2015 - The White House today released its National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, calling for the restoration or enhancement of 7 million acres of land for pollinators over the next five years through federal actions and public/private partnerships.
It's hard to look at the global food situation and not feel overwhelmed. World population is expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, requiring us to boost food production by a whopping 50 percent over the next several decades.
WASHINGTON, May 17, 2015 - Trade issues will dominate the attention of farm-state lawmakers as the World Trade Organization releases its final ruling on U.S. country-of-origin labeling, and the Senate resumes debate on its fast-track trade bill.
Last month, Comcast and Time Warner Cable announced their decision to
walk away from the proposed merger that would have created the largest cable and
broadband Internet company by millions of subscribers.
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2015 - USDA today said it will make $21 million in financial and technical assistance available in eight states hit by drought to help farmers and ranchers weather the effects of water scarcity this season and to mitigate water shortages in years to come.
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2015 - The World Trade Organization (WTO) has once again ruled a U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rule for meat non-compliant with international trade obligations, setting in motion the potential for billions in economic retaliation by Canada and Mexico.
May 14, 2015- A new center for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research led by
several land grant universities and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
will help ensure that "this nation continues to lead when it comes to
aviation and aerospace," said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., during a press
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2015 - In the race to avoid an Endangered
Species Act listing for the greater sage-grouse, Colorado Gov. John
Hickenlooper has issued an executive order that gives farmers and ranchers the
opportunity to get paid for their conservation efforts through a habitat
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, chairman of the House Agriculture subcommittee on biotechnology, horticulture and research, said lawmakers are concerned about a lack of communication between USDA and EPA, particularly regarding issues on pollinator health.
WASHINGTON, May 14, 2015 - With significant Democratic backing, the Senate moved forward on legislation to fast-track new trade agreements that the Obama administration is negotiating with the Pacific Rim and the European Union.
WASHINGTON, May 14, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee approved a CFTC reauthorization bill that would roll back some Dodd-Frank regulations and seeks to end a dispute with the European Union over U.S. rules, but the panel's top Democrat predicted the measure wouldn't become law.
WASHINGTON, May 14, 2015 - USDA today announced $6.5 million in funding to help farmers and ranchers conserve billions of gallons of water and improve water quality in the Ogallala Aquifer region. Funding will be targeted to seven priority areas to support their primary water source and strengthen rural economies, the department said in a news release.
years after citrus greening was discovered in Florida in 2005, the citrus
industry is ready to field test a potential solution. The EPA has approved a permit application to conduct large scale tests of citrus plants with a protein derived from spinach
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., introduced legislation today that would provide USDA mandatory recall authority over contaminated meat and poultry, citing what her office called a "devastating investigation" by PBS' Frontline of the American food safety system.
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - Republicans have their work cut out for them trying to block the Obama administration's attempt to redefine the (waters of the United States.) The House voted 261-155 Tuesday evening to approve a bill that would kill the WOTUS rule.
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - Senate Republicans are preparing to move a series of bills that would make it harder for the Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) to enforce the Endangered Species Act (ESA) while giving states and local governments a much bigger role in determining protections.
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee is set to mark up a bill Thursday to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and roll back some Dodd-Frank regulations that have frustrated agribusiness companies and other traders.
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - College students around the country are graduating this week, and economists say the job market is the best it's been in a decade. For agricultural graduates, the job market has high demand in almost every area, especially agricultural business, food science, agronomy and ag education.
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 - A new survey commissioned by the International Food Information Council Foundation indicates that a diverse set of factors - health status, gender, income, education, age - influence Americans' level of priorities regarding their health, food and nutrition.
District Representative Adrian Smith outlines a challenging agenda for House members following the Memorial Day break. As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Smith expects a great deal of debate over Trade Promotion Authority, tax reform, and identifying financial resources for the Highway Trust Fund. In this week's feature, Smith shares his support for renewable fuels and his concern over attempts to further define food labeling laws.