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WASHINGTON, May 11, 2015 - Senate Democrats whose votes are critical to passing a fast-track trade bill have been pressing for a last-minute commitment from Republicans to move a separate enforcement measure.
WASHINGTON, May 10, 2015 - Congress is moving closer to securing authority for the president to finalize a multi-lateral trade deal with Asia Pacific countries, only if congressional leaders can secure the necessary votes from a minority party skeptical of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations.
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts said he's intent on enacting a new child nutrition law by Sept. 30, giving schools more flexibility in meeting standards for school meals.
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2015 - Do you wonder how effective the companies providing your food are at managing the use of water? Ceres, a nonprofit sustainability group, has issued a report ranking 37 major U.S. food companies on their use of limited global water resources.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - A ruling on the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rule for meat is expected from the World Trade Organization (WTO) by May 18, and four of agriculture's top lawmakers on Capitol Hill have different ideas on what could come next.
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2015 - A spokeswoman for the Environmental Protection Agency says EPA has submitted its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposals to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for interagency review.
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2015 - Prices for agricultural commodities on world markets continued to fall in April and abundant inventories should offset any pressure from the slight reduction in global harvests expected this year, according to the biannual Food Outlook report released today by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2015 -- The deadline for public
input on the scientific report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
(DGAC) is midnight Friday, giving supporters and opponents of the report just
hours to speak now or forever hold their peace.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden used a State Department forum Wednesday to encourage greater collaboration between farmers and policy makers as they try to deal with climate change.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015-- The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today said it will appeal an April 27 federal court ruling denying the organization's attempt to halt Vermont's mandatory GMO labeling law.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 -- Three Democratic lawmakers are asking the Interior Department to place limits on the unnecessary releases of natural gas from oil and gas wells in light of a new Government Accountability Office report that found that officials have not improved natural gas capture standards despite two previous reports urging reforms.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - EPA's delays in rulemaking for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) over the past two years have resulted in an estimated $13.7 billion shortfall in investment in advanced and cellulosic biofuels, according to the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) analysis released Monday.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - There are signs of life on both sides of the Capitol for an effort to stop states from requiring labeling of biotech foods. The House Energy and Commerce Committee is preparing to move a bill in coming weeks, and a companion version is now in the works in the Senate, Agri-Pulse has learned.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - Republicans are gearing up to use the fiscal 2016 appropriations process to target a long list of issues from the definition of (waters of the United States) (WOTUS) to menu labeling and greenhouse gas regulations.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - A fast-track trade bill appears to have enough support to pass the Senate - the question is when. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who opposes President Obama's trade agenda, is looking to delay a vote, arguing there isn't enough time to deal with the bill before June because the Senate needs to address highway funding and an expiring surveillance law first.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - The future of the Export-Import Bank remains in doubt amid bitter, internal divisions in the House GOP caucus. That uncertainty is a particular concern for agricultural equipment manufacturers, which along with other sectors that relies on Ex-Im financing.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - While the historic bird flu outbreak now afflicting the nation's poultry producers may abate with advent of summer and warmer temperatures, the effects of the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of the virus may be felt in production and markets through Thanksgiving and into next year.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - American Bankers Association (ABA) CEO Frank Keating may not have anticipated negative feedback when he advocated doing away with the Farm Credit System, arguing that FCS threatens small-town banks and poses potential dangers for taxpayers.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - While activist groups and food companies duke it out over labeling GMO foods and public acceptance issues, biotech companies are moving on to new methods of improving crop traits.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - An avian influenza outbreak wreaking havoc on Midwest poultry operations shows no signs of slowing, and now the Office of Management and Budget has authorized $330 million in emergency funding to help producers cope with the disease.
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.