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WASHINGTON, July 13, 2016 - The comment period for USDA's proposed organic animal welfare standards expires at midnight July 13, having drawn nearly 6,000 comments since the draft rule was announced in April. The standards touch on all phases of organic animal production, but perhaps no ag sector would be more impacted than poultry and egg production.
WASHINGTON, July 14, 2016 - The House of Representatives today approved a 2017 spending bill for EPA and the Interior Department that would block many of the Obama administration's signature environmental initiatives, such as the Clean Power Plan and the (waters of the U.S.) rule. The measure passed 231-196, with only three Democrats voting yes.
WASHINGTON, July 12, 2016 - Capping years of committee work and weeks of tough House/Senate negotiations on comprehensive energy legislation, the Senate voted 84 to 3 Tuesday afternoon to convene a conference to reconcile competing House and Senate bills.
July 13, 2016 - U.S. and Iraqi officials today signed a memorandum of
understanding to boost U.S. rice sales to the Middle East country over the next
six months, the USA Rice Federation said.
WASHINGTON, July 13, 2016 - The United Kingdom's decision to pull out of the European Union may have major impacts for both the U.K. and the remaining EU members but isn't likely to have significant effects on the United States or other countries, three experts said here today.
WASHINGTON, July 13, 2016 - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission's efforts to regulate algorithmic trading fall short of practical rulemaking, a panel of experts told the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, July 13, 2016 - Passing a farm bill has traditionally
required an urban and rural coalition, and the American Soybean Association
(ASA) doesn't appear to be taking the need for that coalition lightly.
WASHINGTON, July 13, 2016 - Do farm operations
that take part in the federal H-2A program, allowing them to temporarily hire
foreign nationals, have to tell all potential employees - including local
Americans - of the existence of higher-paying jobs...
WASHINGTON, July 13, 2016 - The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) today announced its first major initiative - and it's a doozy: a $100,000 prize to be awarded annually to a mid-career scientist.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Bill Buckner, President and CEO of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and Board Chair for the National Soil Health Institute. In this interview, Buckner outlines a national effort to develop a standardized condition rating and testing for soil health. A standardized numeric value could help producers embrace agronomic practices, technology and cropping systems which could eventually be tied to risk protection plans and crop insurance as well as the overall value of farmland. With a common goal of advancing agriculture Buckner says the National Soil Health Institute is leading a chorus of farmers, scientists, farmers and industry toward better soil health and a stronger agriculture industry.