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WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2014 - The latest round of Transatlantic Trade and
Investment Partnership talks concluded in
Washington last week with the chief negotiator for the U.S. calling for
regulations based on science and his counterpart from the European Union
reiterating that the trading bloc is not going to change its position on
products made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2014 -- Corn farmers have filed federal class-action lawsuits against Syngenta Corp. in five Midwest states alleging that they were harmed by Syngenta's premature release of genetically-engineered MIR 162 corn seed into the U.S. market before the seed received import approval from China, a key export market.
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 6, 2014 -- The National Cotton Council (NCC) will hold 25 educational meetings across several cotton-producing states to provide information regarding insurance options for cotton under the 2014 Farm Bill.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2014 -Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced nearly $118 million in grants to strengthen markets for specialty crops in all 50 states. The grants will be provided through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, both authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2014 - USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced that a premium subsidy has been established as part of the new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection insurance policy, in order to offer more affordable protection to diversified farms.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2014 - A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by six attorneys general challenging a California law requiring that eggs sold in the Golden State come from hens raised with enough space to stand up, turn around and spread their wings.
CHEVY CHASE, Md., Oct. 1, 2014-- Several agriculture groups reiterated their priorities for removing trade barriers to U.S. goods in the European Union during the seventh round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2014 - A group representing almost two-thirds of the nation's governors is telling the Obama administration that the EPA's proposed volume cuts in the Renewable Fuels Standard would hurt jobs and increase U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2014 - Thirty national and state agricultural organizations signed a letter calling on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to reconsider new rules on rail tank cars hauling crude oil and ethanol.
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2, 2014 - Haven't seen Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll's feature-length documentary, (Farmland,) yet? For the next four weeks, the film is available for streaming exclusively on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2014 -- Several major produce industry groups say they are disappointed that Canada has failed to establish a system that would protect U.S. suppliers of fresh produce to Canada if a buyer fails to pay for a shipment.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 -- The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has filed comments with the European Commission challenging what it calls unfair trade duties that have blocked U.S. biodiesel exports to Europe since July 2009.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - The Small Business Administration is calling for EPA to withdraw its proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, drawing praise for its frankness from the biggest American farmers group.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - Two U.S. senators are requesting a
USDA study on the rail backlog in the Upper Midwest and its economic impact on
their states' agriculture, food processing and ethanol industries.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is repeating its plea to get four antibiotic-resistant strains of Salmonella listed as adulterants under federal law - allowing the government to get infected meat and poultry off supermarket shelves before they are linked to illnesses.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - Updated school lunch standards were meant to curb childhood
obesity, but the School Nutrition Association (SNA) says it's really the costs
that will be bloating under the new guidelines.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 -- Brazil has agreed to drop its decade-old complaint before the World Trade Organization that the U.S. is unfairly subsidizing its cotton industry in exchange for a one-time payment of $300 million and other concessions.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 - USDA officials announced more than $83 million in funding for several programs designed to encourage healthy, local food options in farmers markets and in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2014 - Attorney General
Eric Holder will leave office after six years with a legacy highlighted by
civil rights and voting rights enforcement but with an antitrust record that
Sept. 26, 2014 - The U.S. hog and pig inventory showed a slight rebound from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), a disease that was
first confirmed in U.S. herds in Iowa in the spring of 2013 and has since
spread to 31 different states.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 - A bipartisan group
of 27 Texas legislators is requesting that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) review the APHIS site-visit review
process after an agency proposal that could allow importation of meat from a region not yet free of foot-and-mouth disease.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has named USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator Al Almanza to a newly created position as deputy undersecretary for food safety, a job he'll share with the present deputy, Brian Ronholm.
Challenged to enhance sustainability and increase productivity, the crop industry continues to search for new scientific benchmarks to meet the growing demand for food, fiber and fuel. Jim Blome, President and CEO of Bayer CropScience says the company is heavily invested in discovering new benchmarks in genetics, conventional plant breeding, biologics, and crop protection. Blome says the crop science industry needs consistent and predictable domestic and global regulatory system to give farmers access to new innovations in the industry.