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Politics | 3/10/2015 5:17:32 PM
WASHINGTON, March 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."
Politics | 3/10/2015 4:19:43 PM
WASHINGTON, March 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.

Politics | 3/10/2015 4:04:58 PM
WASHINGTON, March 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.
Politics | 3/10/2015 2:37:22 PM
WASHINGTON, March 10, 2015 - U.S. corn exports will reach 1.8 billion bushels in the 2014-2015 market year, up 50 million bushels from the February forecast, USDA said today in a monthly report.
Politics | 3/9/2015 7:13:50 PM
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.
Politics | 3/9/2015 4:35:28 PM
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.
Politics | 3/9/2015 3:30:00 PM
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.
Politics | 3/8/2015
WASHINGTON, March 8, 2015 - Lawmakers are bracing for a battle over federal spending as House and Senate Republican leaders prepare budget blueprints for reducing the deficit.
Politics | 3/7/2015 4:32:51 PM

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 biofuel policy.
Politics | 3/7/2015 1:34:20 PM
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.
Politics | 3/7/2015 11:52:35 AM
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.
Politics | 3/7/2015 10:11:33 AM

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.
Politics | 3/7/2015 8:41:42 AM
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.
Politics | 3/6/2015 3:57:00 PM
WASHINGTON, March 6, 2015 - Top presidential economic advisers from both parties going back to Gerald Ford are calling on Congress to give President Obama fast-track negotiating authority.
Politics | 3/6/2015 3:14:50 PM
WASHINGTON, 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.
Politics | 3/6/2015 3:09:49 PM
WASHINGTON, March 6, 2015 - The USDA announced today it will grant over $30 million to states so schools can serve healthier meals and snacks to their students.
Politics | 3/5/2015 7:08:54 PM
WASHINGTON, March 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 Department says.
Politics | 3/5/2015 3:53:32 PM
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."
Politics | 3/5/2015 1:40:15 PM
WASHINGTON, March 5, 2015 - The number of farm to school programs in the U.S. increased 430 percent between 2006 and 2012, according to a report released by the National Farm to School Network (NFSN).
Politics | 3/5/2015 1:24:26 PM
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 under protection.
Politics | 3/5/2015 9:58:02 AM
WASHINGTON, March 5, 2015 - A longtime aide to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Matt Paul, is leaving USDA to manage Hillary Clinton's campaign in Iowa.
Politics | 3/5/2015 9:22:17 AM
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.
Politics | 3/5/2015
WASHINGTON, March 5, 2015 -The nation's milk supply is safe and virtually free of drugs, according to a report from the Food and Drug Administration
Politics | 3/4/2015 7:51:48 PM
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.
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