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Politics | 7/19/2015 11:06:44 AM
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2015 - A Senate committee is set to move a two-year extension of popular tax benefits, including wind power and biofuel credits as well as a higher Section 179 expensing allowance widely used by farmers in purchasing new equipment.
Politics | 7/17/2015 3:18:53 PM
WASHINGTON, July 17, 2015- Proponents of a bill that would bar states from requiring the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are attempting to clear away confusion about the intent of the legislation, which is expected on the House floor next week.

Politics | 7/17/2015 12:00:20 PM
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2015 - A ban on horse slaughter would be extended another year and genetically engineered salmon would have to be labeled as GMO under provisions that have been added to a Senate spending bill for the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration.
Politics | 7/16/2015 7:10:52 PM
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2015 - Recent changes to an international agreement on intellectual property will unfairly undermine the U.S. dairy industry's effort to use common food names such as parmesan and feta, say leaders of key congressional committees.
Politics | 7/16/2015 5:03:17 PM
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2015 - Recent changes to an international agreement on intellectual property will unfairly undermine the U.S. dairy industry's effort to use common food names such as parmesan and feta, say leaders of key congressional committees.
Politics | 7/16/2015 4:22:49 PM
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2015 - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy went before a meeting of the nation's corn growers today in an attempt to reassure the farmers about her agency's implementation of the (waters of the United States) rule.
Politics | 7/16/2015 4:14:01 PM
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2015 - A pair of Senate hearings today reviewed 11 separate bills aimed at addressing problems facing the nation's forests, including how to pay for the ever-increasing threat of fire.
Politics | 7/16/2015 1:23:50 PM
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 - More than 300 corn farmers and ethanol industry leaders rallied on Capitol Hill to protest the Obama administration's proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements.
Politics | 7/16/2015 12:30:17 PM
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2015 - House Republicans ignored a White House veto threat and passed a drought relief bill that's sure to face staunch opposition in the Senate. The vote was 245-176 with only five Democrats voting for approval.
Politics | 7/16/2015 11:43:37 AM
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2015 - A bipartisan group of 21 House members is warning Canada that it may not be included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) if it continues to resist increasing access to its dairy market.
Politics | 7/16/2015 11:06:50 AM
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2015 - USDA said it's now accepting applications for funding under a program that supports the production of advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased product manufacturing.
Politics | 7/16/2015
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 - Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock announced his candidacy for president of the American Farm Bureau Federation today.
Politics | 7/15/2015 11:35:55 PM
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 - Four state Farm Bureau presidents have thrown their name in the hat to be considered as the next president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Politics | 7/15/2015 5:27:00 PM
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 - Former U.S. Trade Representative Clayton Yeutter said he thinks chances are (slim) that the U.S. and 11 other nations trying to forge the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will reach agreement during the upcoming negotiations in Hawaii in late July.
Politics | 7/15/2015 4:48:24 PM
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 - Up against a looming July 31 deadline, the House approved a bill that would avoid halting construction projects across the country and give Congress another five months to develop a long-term funding extension.
Politics | 7/15/2015 3:39:13 PM
WASHINGTON, July 14, 2015 - When you're in first place and nearing the finish line, don't let up on the gas. That's the message from renewable energy interests as Congress dithers over renewing a "tax extenders" package of more than 50 tax incentives that expired last year.
Politics | 7/15/2015 3:35:48 PM
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 - The Agriculture Department announced Wednesday that farmers and ranchers interested in enrolling their working grasslands in the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) may submit their applications starting Sept. 1.
Politics | 7/15/2015 12:07:14 PM
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 - A bill to block states from requiring labeling for genetically engineered foods could be on the House floor as soon as next week. The House Agriculture Committee on Tuesday approved the Safe and Affordable Food Labeling Act (HR 1599) on a voice vote after a 15-minute business meeting.
Politics | 7/15/2015 12:03:01 PM
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 - The timing couldn't be better for corn and soybean growers from across the country as they'll use their planned summer legislative conferences in Washington to push for support of Rep. Mike Pompeo's Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 (H.R. 1599).
Politics | 7/15/2015 11:58:06 AM
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 - The Senate version of the fiscal 2016 spending bill for USDA and FDA seeks to ensure that the Obama administration won't use environmental factors in writing the new dietary guidelines.
Politics | 7/15/2015 11:51:37 AM
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 - The spring wave of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) infections appears to be over, so lawmakers and producers are turning their attention to avoiding a similarly devastating outbreak in the fall.
Politics | 7/15/2015 11:46:52 AM
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 - After starting in February, the House Agriculture Committee continues its series of oversight hearings on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program with a session today focused on (evidence-based solutions.) Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, says he's reviewing the program to gather ideas for possible reforms.
Politics | 7/15/2015 11:42:42 AM
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee is raising questions about whether the Obama administration is prepared to carry out a key part of its strategy to reform the Food for Peace program by shifting more aid from U.S.-grown commodities to cash assistance.
Politics | 7/15/2015 11:37:12 AM
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 - President Barack Obama indicated Tuesday he would veto the House Republicans' legislative answer to the four-year drought crippling California's Central Valley.
Politics | 7/15/2015 11:30:26 AM
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 - Despite record market prices that entice North American bison ranchers to sell every animal that's ready for slaughter, they, like cattle operations, are slowing their selloff and retaining more heifers and cows than in several recent years in new efforts to restore shrunken herds.
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