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Politics | 6/30/2014

Study: GMO aversion driving organic sales

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2014 - Parents' desires to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMO) are partially driving the increased sales of organic products, according to
Politics | 6/29/2014 5:56:49 PM

Opinion: Global food and nutrition security and trade: A great irony

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2014 - Facilitating global trade in food and agriculture products over the next four decades will be critical to achieve

Politics | 6/27/2014 3:06:06 PM

Bipartisan lawmakers urge Obama to maintain biodiesel Renewable Fuel Standard

WASHINGTON June 27, 2014 - A bipartisan group of 52 lawmakers wrote President Obama yesterday to encourage biodiesel production by
Politics | 6/27/2014 2:47:21 PM

 U.S. hog inventory plummets on deadly pig virus

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2014 -- The U.S. hog and pig inventory totaled 62.1 million as of June 1, down 5 percent from a year earlier and
Politics | 6/27/2014 10:45:29 AM

Industry groups ask Congress to act if COOL found noncompliant

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2014 - A broad group of agricultural organizations is asking Congress to take action on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule if it
Politics | 6/27/2014

Study shows more information will combat 'food fears'

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2014 - GMO's, high fructose corn syrup, ‘pink slime', fat - stoked by the Internet, water cooler talk and news reports, many consumers have found
Politics | 6/26/2014 3:08:55 PM

Bipartisan bill introduced to expand Summer Meals Program

WASHINGTON June 26, 2014, - A bipartisan bill introduced yesterday by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, would expand the USDA Summer Nutrition Program to reach more
Politics | 6/26/2014 11:49:42 AM

Court blocks New York soda ban

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2014 - The New York Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that New York City's Board of Health exceeded the scope of its regulatory authority in attempting to implement its
Politics | 6/26/2014 9:39:29 AM

USDA and USTR name 19 new members to agricultural trade advisory committees

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced the appointment of 19 additional members to six
Politics | 6/26/2014

Reps. DeLauro, Slaughter urge USDA to declare salmonella an 'adulterant'

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2014 - House food safety stalwarts Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y. yesterday introduced legislation that would give USDA power to recall any
Politics | 6/25/2014 6:58:34 PM

Independent bankers question the 'farm' in Farm Credit System

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014 -Despite the strength of FCS, some panel witnesses wondered if the FCS still considers agriculture its primary client.
Politics | 6/25/2014 5:12:12 PM

 Soybean farmers want U.S. to put 'teeth' in trade talks

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014 -- The American Soybean Association (ASA) is calling on U.S. lawmakers and the Obama administration to take a tougher stance with trading partners including China and the European Union on their resistance to
Politics | 6/25/2014 3:29:27 PM

Fourth of July barbeque costs to reach all time high

NEW YORK, June 24, 2014 - This Fourth of July, Americans will pay more for their backyard barbecues than ever before. The inaugural 2014 Rabobank BBQ Index examines the composition of a ten-person barbecue and how rising commodity prices have impacted
Politics | 6/25/2014 1:18:00 PM

Correction: June 25, 2014 Edition of Agri-Pulse

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014 - Correction: In the June 25, 2014 edition of Agri-Pulse, we quoted the Center for Responsive Politics data which indicated that the American Farm Bureau Federation's Political Action Committee (PAC) donated
Politics | 6/25/2014 10:32:47 AM

NSAC provides USDA with farm bill-related climate change recommendations

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014 - On the one-year anniversary of the President's Climate Action Plan, the National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition (NSAC) announces the availability of its
Politics | 6/25/2014

Report explores 'Risky Business' posed by climate change

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014 -- While a report released Tuesday warns of potential disruptions to the American economy, including the farm sector, from climate change, an agribusiness leader shared how farmers will
Politics | 6/24/2014 6:52:12 PM

 Critics take aim at new Forest Service water plan

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2014 -- EPA's Waters of the U.S. rule had another day under congressional scrutiny Tuesday, but this time the embattled proposal had a partner in the limelight - a Groundwater
Politics | 6/24/2014 6:17:12 PM

 FAA clarifies guidelines for unmanned model aircraft

WASHINGTON June 24, 2014 - The Federal Aviation Administration is clarifying the permitted uses of unmanned model aircraft, citing an increase in
Politics | 6/24/2014 4:12:44 PM

USDA announces new measures to help beginning farmers

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2014 - USDA on Monday announced the implementation of policy changes and measures authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill designed to help new farmers and ranchers get started in an occupation where
Politics | 6/24/2014 2:48:08 PM

House passes bill authorizing CFTC through 2018

The bill was first brought to the floor last Thursday and saw action Monday afternoon as well before Tuesday's final passage
Politics | 6/23/2014 4:27:32 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Focus on trade, immigration

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2014 - With House and Senate action on a USDA spending bill in limbo, many agricultural stakeholders will be focusing on trade issues this week, with Congressional hearings scheduled on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank and on using
Politics | 6/20/2014 12:12:56 PM

Obama creates task force to stem decline in honey bee population

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2014 - President Obama capped off National Pollinator Week Friday by ordering the creation of a federal task force to promote the
Politics | 6/19/2014 7:04:19 PM

Ex-EPA chiefs push for climate change action

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2014 - Four former EPA administrators - who all served during Republican administrations - encouraged the Senate Environment and
Politics | 6/19/2014 4:19:16 PM

GOP senators introduce bill to block 'Waters of the U.S.' rule

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2014 - Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas and 29 other Republican senators today introduced legislation meant to prevent
Politics | 6/18/2014 8:57:29 PM

Agriculture groups back House bill funding CFTC

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014— The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and more than 30 other organizations including groups representing state and national crop and livestock
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