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Politics | 2/13/2015 11:59:47 AM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2015 -- USDA today announced its approval of two varieties of apples genetically engineered to resist browning by Canada-based Okanagan Specialty Fruits.
Politics | 2/13/2015 11:27:23 AM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2015 - The House voted to make permanent the expired Section 179 expensing allowance, but the popular tax break is likely headed to another temporary extension until Congress can agree on a broad overhaul of tax policy.

Politics | 2/13/2015 10:37:31 AM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2015 - The Canadian government said a case of mad cow disease has been confirmed in a beef cow in Alberta, but said no part of the animal entered the human or animal food supply.
Politics | 2/13/2015
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2015-- While environmental groups are putting pressure on the EPA to rein in agricultural chemical companies on the production and use of neonicotinoids, agricultural entities are encouraging government agencies to work with beekeepers in providing access to federal- and state-owned land with healthy forage for pollinators.
Politics | 2/12/2015 5:33:48 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2015 - A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to put the House on record urging President Obama to step in and end a labor dispute snarling West Coast ports if there isn't an agreement soon.
Politics | 2/12/2015 3:37:53 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2015 - USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack spent four hours with the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday talking about the state of the rural economy and answering members' questions about a wide range of issues - ranging from the EPA's controversial Waters of the U.S. proposal to country-of-origin labeling to nutrition programs for the poor.
Politics | 2/12/2015 2:56:57 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2015 - House Agriculture Committee members questioned Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Timothy Massad today on the agency's 2015 agenda, including new regulations in the swaps market, end-user protection and cyber security.
Politics | 2/12/2015 2:38:55 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2015 - Outbreaks linked to raw milk have increased sharply as the unpasteurized product has grown in popularity, according to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Politics | 2/12/2015 2:12:28 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2015 - A new study says droughts in the central Plains and the Southwest in the latter half of this century are likely to be more severe than even the decades-long (megadroughts) that hit the Southwest and central Plains during Medieval times - (an unprecedented fundamental climate shift.)
Politics | 2/12/2015 1:13:54 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2015 - A bipartisan group of senators led by Democrat Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota introduced legislation today to lift the half-century old Cuba trade embargo.
Politics | 2/11/2015 7:08:02 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2015 - The chairman of the House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee today told the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) the agency won't be getting the $72 million increase in spending President Obama is asking for.
Politics | 2/11/2015 7:03:53 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2015-Appropriations subcommittees in the House and Senate questioned the Army Corps of Engineers today on President Obama's proposal to reduce spending for the agency in fiscal year 2016, while allocating $5 million for (waters of the United States) implementation.
Politics | 2/11/2015 4:20:49 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2015 - A bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline is headed to President Barack Obama for a certain veto after getting final congressional approval in the House on Thursday.
Politics | 2/11/2015 4:57:50 AM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2015-The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing Tuesday on the Tax Reform Act of 1986 - the most recent major simplification of the tax code -- as members looked to the past for inspiration.
Politics | 2/11/2015
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2015 - Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., is confident the new GOP-run Senate will succeed in reversing the Obama administration's most burdensome and costly regulations. WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2015 - USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack spent four hours with the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday talking about the state of the rural economy and answering members' questions about a wide range of issues - ranging from the EPA's controversial Waters of the U.S. proposal to country-of-origin labeling to nutrition programs for the poor.
Politics | 2/10/2015 7:10:24 PM
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla., Feb. 9, 2015 -- USDA Risk Management Agency Administrator Brandon Willis told the crop insurance industry's annual gathering that more is expected from crop insurance these days, but with those expectations comes greater scrutiny.
Politics | 2/10/2015 7:04:53 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2015 - Leading conservative groups are backing an effort by congressional critics of the crop insurance program to eliminate premium subsidies for the popular harvest-price revenue policies.
Politics | 2/10/2015 5:16:33 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2015 - The White House is threatening to veto a House bill that would make permanent the Section 179 expensing allowance that is widely used by farmers to buy tractors and other agricultural equipment.
Politics | 2/10/2015 5:03:58 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2015 - A labor dispute at West Coast ports is being felt across the country, but a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday examined if the country's current infrastructure is helping exports, even with a fully employed labor force.
Politics | 2/10/2015 11:14:06 AM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2015 - Despite new government subsidies, U.S. farm income will drop by nearly one-third this year because of the plunge in the price of corn, milk and other commodities, the Agriculture Department says.
Politics | 2/9/2015 9:52:46 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. Feb. 9, 2015 - What a difference a year makes for the U.S. sugar industry. When Michael Scuse, USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Services, spoke at the 2014 International Sweetener Colloquium in California, he talked about (re-export swaps,) (sugar for ethanol,) and (high volume of sugar.)
Politics | 2/9/2015 4:50:41 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack heads to Capitol Hill this week to field questions on his implementation of the farm bill at a time when farmers nationwide are struggling over high-stakes decisions about subsidy programs the legislation created.
Politics | 2/9/2015 4:47:33 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2015-- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced today more than $3 million in funding to increase habitat for the monarch butterfly, whose numbers are estimated to have fallen by 90 percent in recent years.
Politics | 2/9/2015 2:56:26 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2015 - A lawsuit waged by opponents of mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) was dropped today after it was defeated in the courts three times.
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