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WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 - The Zika virus
doesn't present a direct threat to agriculture, but several U.S. farm and food
groups are united in their support of combating the disease with genetically
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 - An Army Corps of
Engineers decision to deny a permit for a $700 million export terminal north of
Seattle seems to have angered every stakeholder except the Native American
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 - Farmers and
beekeepers have worked together for generations, but widespread concern over
the health of agriculture's smallest livestock has placed strains on that
relationship and left some beekeepers...
WASHINGTON, May 17, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Forest Service and the Interior Department have "done just about everything we can do" to properly fund the forest management that prevents catastrophic fires - now it's Congress' turn to step up to the plate.
WASHINGTON, May 17, 2016 - USDA announced today that it is allowing an extra 200,000 short tons of cane sugar imports to satisfy the demand of food companies that are shunning beet sugar because it is produced mostly from genetically modified seeds.
WASHINGTON, May 17, 2016 - In a sweeping new study of agricultural biotechnology, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine affirmed the safety of genetically engineered crops that are now on the market, rejecting claims that have linked GMOs to cancer and other maladies.
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2016 - "Glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through the diet," a World Health Organization/Food and Agriculture Organization panel has concluded.
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2016 - Senate appropriators will step up pressure on the Agriculture Department to back off from tightening regulations for convenience stores that accept food stamps, and there also could be a fight this week over proposed new restrictions for organic livestock operations.
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2016 - USDA's National Institute
of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced Monday $130 million in funding will be
made available for education, research and Cooperative Extension projects that
seek to improve plant and animal production systems.
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2016 - As the debate continues over whether or not foods containing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) should be labeled with a federal standard, more and more marketers are trying to promote their products as non-GMO - even if they contain no GMO ingredients or if a GMO version doesn't really exist.
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2016 - House Agriculture Committee leaders want to know why EPA posted - and then removed from its online regulatory dockets - risk assessments on two widely used but controversial herbicides.
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2016 - USDA's proposed rule to overhaul retailer requirements for its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program took a beating today by both Republicans and Democrats at a House Agriculture Committee hearing.
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2016 - USDA is on its way to accomplishing the climate change mitigation goals it set for itself last year, according to a one-year progress report the department released Thursday.
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2016 - Since 2009, the
Agriculture Department (USDA) has helped thousands of small rural businesses, farmers
and ranchers transition from fossil fuel-based energy to renewable energy and
energy efficiency solutions
May 11, 2016 - "Sell by" and "best by" date labels found on
food packaging are confusing to consumers, and may be contributing to food
waste in the United States, says a survey released by the Harvard Food Law and
Policy Clinic (FLPC) and the National Consumers League (NCL).
This week's guest on Open Mic is Bill Buckner, President and CEO of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and Board Chair for the National Soil Health Institute. In this interview, Buckner outlines a national effort to develop a standardized condition rating and testing for soil health. A standardized numeric value could help producers embrace agronomic practices, technology and cropping systems which could eventually be tied to risk protection plans and crop insurance as well as the overall value of farmland. With a common goal of advancing agriculture Buckner says the National Soil Health Institute is leading a chorus of farmers, scientists, farmers and industry toward better soil health and a stronger agriculture industry.