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WASHINGTON, July 12, 2016 - The U.S. Cattlemen's Association has sent a letter to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association asking why the organization lobbied for rules that would have limited Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to checkoff organizations.
WASHINGTON, July 11, 2016 - More than 1,100 organizations and companies are appealing to House leaders to pass legislation that would set national disclosure standards for genetically engineered ingredients.
WASHINGTON, July 11, 2016 - Congress is only
in session for a few more days before it breaks for the August
recess, but all eyes are on the House to see if it follows through and approves
the Senate compromise bill on biotech food labeling.
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2016 - House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway says the Senate-passed GMO disclosure bill is (riddled with ambiguity,) but he declared his support for its passage after the Agriculture Department assured him among other things that the legislation would nullify Vermont's labeling law.
WASHINGTON, July 7, 2016 - The Senate easily approved an historic compromise on GMO disclosure standards late Thursday, setting up final action in the House to shut down Vermont's week-old labeling mandate.
WASHINGTON, July 6, 2016 - In a landmark step for agricultural biotechnology, the Senate advanced a compromise on GMO disclosure that will preempt state labeling mandates and allow digital disclosure of genetically engineered ingredients.
WASHINGTON, July 7, 2016 -SunPower is donating
90 solar panels to the Children's
Discovery Museum of San Jose, California, and Clean Solar is
providing the installation services - with the help of students from...
July 6, 2016 - Blame it on the election season, the heat and humidity, or the
combustible combination of House Republicans and a high-ranking EPA official. Whatever
the reasons, Wednesday's hearing on air regulations was marked by more sharp words than usual, forcing a House subcommittee chairman to gavel the proceedings to order at one point.
WASHINGTON, July 6, 2016 - The Senate could conceivably vote this week to replace ongoing backroom discussions with a formal House/Senate conference to reconcile the two chambers' very different energy bills.
WASHINGTON, July 6, 2016 - A hearing of the House Agriculture Committee explored potential errors in policing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but some Democrats continue to question the motives of the panel's oversight.
This week's Open Mic guest is U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. As the nation's political focus turns to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia this week, the agriculture industry awaits what role farm, trade, nutrition and rural issues will play in the party platform. In this week's interview, Senator Klobuchar challenges suggestions that nutrition programs be separated from the farm bill, discusses the need for global trade and offers specific reasons why the Cuban embargo must be lifted. The Minnesota Democrat is a member of the recently formed Rural Broadband Coalition and has joined other congressional leaders challenging the EPA's preliminary volume obligation targets under the RFS. Senator Klobuchar offers thoughts on the process that brought mandatory biotech disclosure legislation and what role that may play in future debate on Capitol Hill.