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WASHINGTON, June 8, 2015 - As the House of Representatives readies a vote to repeal mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL), supporters of the controversial rule are making a last-ditch effort to save it from full repeal.
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2015- In anticipation of a close House vote on Trade Promotion Authority, HR 1314, the U.S. Trade Representative is putting on a full court press to let undecided members know that the majority of American agriculture is firmly behind passage of one of President Obama's key initiatives.
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2015 - House Republicans turned up their attack on President Obama's regulatory agenda, releasing a new spending bill that would block the new Clean Water Act as well as proposed greenhouse gas regulations on power plants.
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2015 - As the House of Representatives gears up for floor action on a bill to repeal meat labeling country-of-origin labeling (COOL), supporters are voicing their backing of the bill, hoping to avoid billions in economic sanctions.
D.C., June 8, 2015-American
celebrating 40 years of advocating for agriculture with its (Drive Across
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WASHINGTON, June 4, 2015 - Republicans remain short of votes to pass the fast-track trade bill despite getting additional commitments from conservatives this week and help from President Obama, who personally lobbied Democrats to back the measure.
WASHINGTON, June 5, 2015 - U.S. and South African trade officials have agreed on a framework to provide for renewed market access for U.S. bone-in chicken into the South African market, the two countries said today in a joint release.
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2015 - China, Brazil and India have dramatically increased their spending on farmers, and some lawmakers say it's time for the United States to consider bringing cases against them at the World Trade Organization.
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2015 - Subway announced today it will remove (artificial ingredients) from its menu by 2017, making the sandwich shop the latest fast food chain to commit to menu changes in favor of simpler ingredients.
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2015 - Canada and Mexico are seeking the go-ahead from the World Trade Organization to impose just over $3 billion in tariffs against U.S. exports in retaliation for losses they claim to have suffered because of U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements.
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2015 - An EPA draft assessment finds that hydraulic fracturing activities in the U.S. are carried out in a way that have not resulted in "widespread systemic impacts" on drinking water resources. However, the agency said there are "potential vulnerabilities in the water lifecycle" that could affect drinking water.
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2015-- Dozens of conservation and gardening organizations have joined together to form the National Pollinator Garden Network while issuing a challenge to the nation to plant 1 million additional pollinator gardens by the end of 2016.
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2015-- The World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body announced today that it supports the United States in a trade dispute challenging India's ban on various U.S. agricultural products, particularly poultry.
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2015 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has opted not to allow the emergency use of certain vaccines with the potential to fight highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), citing trade and efficacy issues with available drugs.
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2015 - A House Republican bid to roll back some Dodd-Frank regulations through reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is running into a wall of Democratic opposition.
WASHINGTON, June 2, 2015 -- Hydropower from dams across the country provided a third of the nation's electricity in the 1940s. Today those dams still generate 7 percent of U.S. electricity, enough to power more than 20 million homes. This makes hydropower the largest single source of renewable energy, with wind at 5 percent and solar still just 1 percent.
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2015 -- A disease that's affected almost 45 million of America's chickens, turkeys and wild birds appears to be slowing, leading industry and government officials to discuss steps to prevent a similar outbreak in the fall.
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2015 - Biodiesel came off as a big winner in the Obama administration's proposed biofuel mandates. Corn ethanol, on the other hand, faces constraints through at least 2016 and possibly beyond, analysts say.
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2015 - It's important to remember that the 2015 and 2016 numbers are just proposals for now, and ethanol advocates are encouraging supporters to attend a public hearing in Kansas City on June 21.
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2015 - USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is giving the public an extra 30 days to submit alternative or partial proposals for a new industry-funded promotion, research and information order for organic products - otherwise known as an organic check-off program. The new deadline for submission is July 20.
In this week’s edition of Open Mic, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway discusses what promises to be a frantic start to December as the U.S. Congress faces a deadline to approve omnibus appropriations legislation. Chairman Conaway is intent to see protection from budget cuts for the farm bill and crop insurance. In this interview, Conaway calls for administrative changes in the farm bill to help cotton farmers, discusses how the threat of trade retaliation from COOL is already affecting commerce with Canada, and the committee’s work to review the nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.