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WASHINGTON, June 18, 2015 - Pope Francis, in an encyclical letter that appeals to the world's leaders to take steps to heal the environmental damage caused by human activity and alleviate the likely impacts of climate change, says (it is right to rejoice) in scientific advances such as robotics and biotechnology but asserts that they must be applied for the common good.
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 - A bipartisan group of 30 lawmakers from the House Agriculture Committee have written the leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to express their support for the latest version of legislation that would preempt state efforts to require labeling of food products that contain genetically modified organisms.
WASHINGTON, June 17,
2015 - More than 50 beekeeper, environmental and consumer groups are marking
National Pollinator Week by sending letters to top garden retailers including
True Value and Ace Hardware, urging them to stop selling neonicotinoid
pesticides, which the groups link to bee deaths.
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 - The U.S. will seek World Trade Organization arbitration over Canada's request for retaliation stemming from a country-of-origin labeling (COOL) dispute, the Canadian government confirmed today in a release.
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 - Industry officials on both sides of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) argument held dueling calls Wednesday afternoon to tell reporters why the EPA's management of the statute has them crying foul.
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee advanced bills that would allow new futures contracts for foreign-produced cotton and accelerate approvals for thinning trees on federal lands.
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 - The House is set to break an impasse over the fast-track trade bill after GOP congressional leaders reached agreement to separately enact an extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance programs.
WASHINGTON, June 16, 2015 -- Addressing the U.S. Energy Association/Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Forum last week, Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado said his role as a Republican, as a conservative is to get people to understand that we shouldn't be afraid of energy efficiency.
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 - An economic impact analysis released Wednesday by the USDA's BioPreferred Program found that U.S. biobased products, such as biofuels and renewable chemicals, contribute $369 billion and 4 million jobs to the country's economy.
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 - Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is stalled in the House after the dramatic events of last week, when Democrats spurned President Obama and voted en masse against the section of the TPA bill extending Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 - The most recent version of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act -- a bill that would create a national standard for the voluntary labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) - was circulated late last week and includes new language clarifying USDA's role in the proposal.
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 - Trade officials from Mexico and Canada and representatives of the U.S. meat industry are escalating pressure on the Senate to follow the House by repealing a 2008 country-of-origin labeling (COOL) bill that has been found to violate World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements. The House last Wednesday passed a COOL repeal bill by a bipartisan 300-131 vote.
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 - U.S. soybean growers say they are prepared to meet demand for healthier oils following the Food and Drug Administration's determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) - the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods - are no longer (generally recognized as safe) (GRAS).
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 - The feds have rolled out the final leg of their broad campaign to choke off farm use of antibiotics important for human health, and it spells varied, mostly moderate, impact for farms, veterinarians and feed merchants.
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 - Since 2010, 50 hospitals in rural areas have closed their doors, leaving many of the 47 million Americans who live in those areas with longer hauls to reach physicians and specialists, and in some cases, no access to healthcare at all.
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 - Instead of farmers or ranchers just turning their livestock into a woodland to graze, experts say they should consider an alternative that's better for the forest, the soil, their livestock's nutrition, and their pocketbook: silvopasture.
June 17, 2015 - The White House on Tuesday announced more than $4 billion in
private sector investor commitments to find climate change solutions, doubling
the Obama administration's initial Clean Energy Investment Initiative goal of $2 billion.
This week's Open Mic features Representative Ron Kind. As a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Wisconsin Democrat supports free trade and explains why it was such a difficult vote for many Democrats, who largely opposed President Obama. Kind shares his thoughts for the Obama administration in the latter stages of the TPP negotiations, especially in regard to his home state’s dairy industry. He also discusses EPA’s proposed waters of the U.S. rule. As a long-time farm bill critic, he also talks about further changes he’d like to see in crop insurance and other farm programs.