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WASHINGTON, June 10, 2016 - There are signs of
progress in the search for a congressional agreement on biotech
labeling. Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, ranking Democrat Debbie
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2016 - While fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is at an all-time low, Republican lawmakers complained sharply during a three-hour hearing Thursday that USDA needs to do a better job of combating it and said states should get more control over the initiative formerly known as food stamps.
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2016 - Public and private skilled nursing facilities should soon be able to provide more and better telemedical services after the Senate gave final congressional approval to the Rural Health Care Connectivity Act
WASHINGTON, June 9,
2016 - EPA officials heard from all sides of the Renewable Fuel Standard debate
on Thursday, and one thing is certain: No one is content with the most recent
proposal as it is currently written.
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2016 - USDA's efforts to approve China to export processed chicken to the U.S. sets a strong example of how trade should be based on science and international rules, Alexis Taylor, the department's deputy under secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service, said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2016 - Gene drives -- which use genetic information to eliminate undesirable traits in an organism -- hold great promise for solving public health, ecological or agricultural problems. But that doesn't mean society should rush to release them into the environment without fully examining their impacts, a National Academy of Sciences panel has concluded.
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2016 - EPA is taking a
(holistic) approach to managing herbicide-resistant weeds, releasing new
guidance last week that the agency says is (intended to provide herbicide users
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2016 - Hillary Clinton has
made history, becoming the first woman to claim a major party's presidential
nomination. In her victory speech last night, Clinton wasted little time in
setting the tone for her general election campaign.
This week's guest on Open Mic is U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. In this interview, Secretary Vilsack discusses the current cyclical swing in farm income and the policy decision Washington must consider to protect the nation's farms and ranches. Vilsack says congressional leaders must consider "need" over budget when considering the next farm bill. While the Trans-Pacific Partnership remains a priority for the Obama administration, Vilsack discusses options to secure congressional support for the deal and defines the ominous challenge of writing regulations to implement the nation's biotech disclosure law.