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WASHINGTON, July 20, 2016 - Stockholders of Dow Chemical and DuPont have voted to approve a merger of the two companies. The companies said they expect the transaction to close in the second half of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals.
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2016 - While the United
Kingdom's decision to withdraw from the European Union isn't likely to have
much effect on the global food system, over time it could make it more
difficult for the...
WASHINGTON, July 18, 2016 - The Dow-DuPont merger could result in both less - and more - competition in the seed industry, the National Corn Growers Association said in a letter to the Justice Department (DOJ).
WASHINGTON, July 19, 2016 - The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a new cross government partnership - the Clean Energy Savings for All Initiative - to increase access to solar energy and promote energy efficiency across the country, particularly in low- and moderate- income communities.
WASHINGTON, July 19, 2016 - Monsanto Co. has rejected Bayer Ag's latest takeover bid, saying its board views the $125 a share offer as (financially inadequate and insufficient to ensure deal certainty.)
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2016 - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has tapped Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, much to the delight of those who have worked with Pence on ag issues.
WASHINGTON, July 14, 2016 - In a sweeping victory for farm groups, food companies and the biotech industry, the House voted overwhelmingly today to clear legislation that will prevent states from requiring on-package labeling of GMOs.
WASHINGTON, July 13, 2016 - The comment period for USDA's proposed organic animal welfare standards expires at midnight July 13, having drawn nearly 6,000 comments since the draft rule was announced in April. The standards touch on all phases of organic animal production, but perhaps no ag sector would be more impacted than poultry and egg production.
WASHINGTON, July 14, 2016 - The House of Representatives today approved a 2017 spending bill for EPA and the Interior Department that would block many of the Obama administration's signature environmental initiatives, such as the Clean Power Plan and the (waters of the U.S.) rule. The measure passed 231-196, with only three Democrats voting yes.
This week's guest on Open Mic is U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. In this interview, Secretary Vilsack discusses the current cyclical swing in farm income and the policy decision Washington must consider to protect the nation's farms and ranches. Vilsack says congressional leaders must consider "need" over budget when considering the next farm bill. While the Trans-Pacific Partnership remains a priority for the Obama administration, Vilsack discusses options to secure congressional support for the deal and defines the ominous challenge of writing regulations to implement the nation's biotech disclosure law.