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10, 2015 - Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch said he wants to have
legislation ready by the beginning April to provide the president with
fast-track trade authority, but he continues to resist some Democratic
demands that would threaten its "workability."
10, 2015 - A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has been
discovered in separate turkey flocks in Missouri, the second and third
discoveries of the virus in the Mississippi flyway.
10, 2015 - An unusual alliance of grain processors, environmental groups
and municipal water utilities wants new enrollments in the Conservation
Reserve Program targeted to practices that will improve water quality
and wildlife habitat.
WASHINGTON, March 9, 2015 - The USDA today announced a moratorium on new animal research projects conducted at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) in southern Nebraska that will remain in place until new procedures ensuring greater accountability for animal welfare are fully implemented.
WASHINGTON, March 9, 2015 - Devry Boughner Vorwerk, the Cargill executive who's leading a coalition of commodity groups and agribusinesses in a campaign to end the Cuban embargo, says Brazil and other U.S. rivals are (eating our lunch) when it comes to investing in trade with the island nation.
WASHINGTON, March 9, 2015 - The new farm programs for grain and oilseed growers will pay them up to $7 billion annually over the next few years, surpassing what they would have received through the old system of direct payments, according to new forecasts released Monday.
DES MOINES, Iowa,
March 7, 2015 - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker closed out an historic forum
for potential presidential candidates by checking off the boxes on
policies important to Midwest farmers, starting with support for federal
DES MOINES, Iowa
March 7, 2015 - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry disappointed an audience
hungry for him to reverse his opposition to ethanol usage mandates and
instead gave a muddled argument for leaving it to states to support
renewable energy development.
DES MOINES, Iowa, March 7, 2015 - Jeb Bush, forced to address two landmines
that face his potential presidential candidacy in Iowa, said ethanol
needs "certainty' from federal policy and called for giving undocumented
workers a path to legal status.
DES MOINES, Iowa,
March 7, 2015 - Kicking off an historic, agriculture-focused test of
presidential candidates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed the
Obama administration's regulatory policy and inaction on biofuel
mandates, key concerns for Iowa agriculture, but he endorsed keeping the
trade embargo on Cuba.
DES MOINES, March 7, 2015 - Most Iowans know that they'll see a lot of presidential (wannabes) running around the Hawkeye state - shaking hands in coffee shops and eating pork chops at the Iowa State Fair - between now and the state's first-in-the-nation caucuses, tentatively set for Feb. 1, 2016. But once they move past Iowa, it's difficult to get answers about where any of them stand on food and agricultural issues.
March 6, 2015 - Mexicans and other foreigners who are imported to
temporarily work on U.S. farms and in the food industry need better
protection from recruiters who charge hefty, prohibited fees and lie
about jobs, investigators say.
5, 2015 - A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has been
confirmed in a commercial turkey flock in Minnesota, marking the first
finding of the H5N2 virus in the Mississippi flyway, the Agriculture
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 - EPA chief Gina McCarthy went before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today to defend her agency's $8.6 billion budget request, an appearance that one senator said she probably thinks of as a "dental appointment."
WASHINGTON, March 5, 2015 - Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is standing
by a proposal to de-list the gray wolf as an endangered species, but
she's coming under pressure from House Democrats to keep the animal
WASHINGTON, March 5, 2015 - The U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization's global Food Price Index fell to a 55-month low in February, dropping 1 percent from January and 14 percent below its level a year earlier. Lower prices for cereals, meat and especially sugar more than offset an increase in milk and palm oil prices.
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 - House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway and two of his subcommittee leaders wrote to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell today expressing concerns about recommendations from a federal panel for the next set of Dietary Guidelines for Americans that Vilsack and Burwell will issue.
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act has been introduced by GOP Congressman Mike Pompeo. On this week's edition of Open Mic, the Kansas 4th District Representative discusses a national voluntary labeling program that balances the consumer's right to know what's in the food they eat with the industry's need to embrace technology to satisfy the world's growing demand for food. He also talks about the EPA's proposed rule on waters of the U.S.