Politics | 3/26/2015

Lawmakers challenge USDA officials on farm bill implementation

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2015- Lawmakers expressed general satisfaction with USDA's implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, but also asked pointed questions regarding their concerns about commodity programs and crop insurance during a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing Thursday.

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Politics | 3/26/2015 10:57:34 PM

Senate votes to kill estate tax, backs state water rights

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2015 - In a message-sending vote, the Senate endorsed killing the estate tax, but majority Republicans could attract the support of just one Democrat.
Politics | 3/26/2015 7:47:40 PM

Obama antibiotics plan calls for monitoring farms, drug usage

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2015 - A White House strategy for fighting antibiotic resistance calls for studying the extent of the problem on farms and lays out plans for developing new drugs that producers can use more safely.

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Politics | 3/26/2015 4:00:42 PM

COOL critics warn of retaliation, broader trade impacts

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - While interested parties await a ruling from the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the U.S. country-of-origin labeling rule, lawmakers and industry representatives are already concerned about potential retaliation.
Politics | 3/26/2015 3:39:11 PM

Ryan claims 'good progress' on congressional trade talks

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2015 - Republicans are expressing optimism that they can reach a deal with a key Democrat that's critical to wrapping up a Pacific Rim trade agreement.
Politics | 3/26/2015 3:12:09 PM

 Gates says foreign aid is solid, relatively inexpensive investment

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2015 - Bill Gates encouraged members of a Senate Appropriations subcommittee today to vote in favor of "modest" federal investments in foreign aid initiatives, including agriculture.
Politics | 3/26/2015 12:45:14 PM

House approves extension of Secure Rural Schools program

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2015 - With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House today passed legislation that includes a two-year extension of a program that provides assistance for schools, law enforcement, and infrastructure in rural forested communities that lack a tax base to adequately fund such activities.
Politics | 3/25/2015 5:26:59 PM

Senate sends message against Clean Water rule with farm-state Democratic support

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 -With some critical Democratic support, the Senate endorsed limiting the reach of a rule proposed by the Obama administration to re-define what ditches, ponds and other features are regulated by the Clean Water Act.
Politics | 3/25/2015 5:07:35 PM

House committee debates FCC's net neutrality rule

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - House Judiciary Committee members heard arguments - and made their own - for and against the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) finalized Open Internet Order that reclassifies broadband Internet access service as a public utility service.
Politics | 3/25/2015 3:40:50 PM

House panel focuses on international market issues in reauthorizing CFTC

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015- A House Agriculture subcommittee continued a series of hearings in advance of writing legislation to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which lapsed in September 2013, focusing today on complex rules for international markets.
Politics | 3/25/2015 3:40:36 PM

Blender pumps fueling appropriations battle

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - Corn ethanol advocate Growth Energy is fighting against the requests of several lawmakers who wrote to the House Appropriations leadership to diminish government support for the ethanol industry.
Politics | 3/25/2015 2:28:19 PM

 Could wind energy boom go bust without renewed tax breaks?

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 -- Expect the Protection Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy that expired in December to be renewed this summer along with other tax breaks - but not until Congress has made its best - and ultimately futile -- effort to agree on comprehensive tax reform.
Politics | 3/25/2015 10:12:40 AM

GMO labeling bill introduced in House

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 - Reps. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., introduced a bill today aimed at blocking state GMO labeling laws. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 includes a new provision to regulate and certify foods promoted as non-biotech.
Politics | 3/24/2015 9:15:09 PM

Administration takes steps to advance rural broadband service

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2015 - USDA announced that it will bring $35 million to the table as it teams up with the White House to increase high speed and wired broadband access in under-served and rural areas.
Politics | 3/24/2015 4:35:17 PM

Sustainability language supported at Dietary Guidelines public hearing

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015 - Agricultural groups are fighting against the inclusion of environmental concerns into the scientific report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, but at a public hearing on the report, supporters of the provisions came out in full force calling for sustainability language to ultimately be included in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Politics | 3/24/2015 4:22:05 PM

Lawmakers, stakeholders clash on proposed WOTUS rule changes

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Committee members know that the proposed waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule will change - EPA chief Gina McCarthy has said so - but what they don't know is if those changes will help or hurt U.S. farmers and ranchers.
Politics | 3/24/2015 3:45:38 PM

House panel aims to clarify CFTC rules for hedgers

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015-- The House Agriculture Committee is considering reauthorization of the agency that oversees swaps and futures market. During a subcommittee hearing today, Democrats and Republicans on the panel agreed that legislation for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) should allow end-users who are legitimate commercial market participants to avoid being inadvertently classified as financial entities because of their commercial activities.
Politics | 3/24/2015 12:52:23 PM

Lawmakers blast USDA handling of meat research center

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015 - Republicans and Democrats slammed the Agriculture Department over allegations of abuse at a livestock research facility in Nebraska and accused agency officials of stonewalling lawmakers' requests for information.
Politics | 3/23/2015 3:31:10 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Budget, biotechnology and WOTUS

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2015 - Budget resolutions will be on the floor this week in both the House and Senate and, with little or no Democrat support available, Republican leaders need to keep as many GOP votes as possible.
Politics | 3/23/2015 1:24:45 PM

Revised biotech labeling bill set for release

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2015 - A revised bill aimed at blocking state GMO labeling laws is expected to be introduced in the House this week with a new provision to regulate foods promoted as non-biotech.
Politics | 3/20/2015 3:19:21 PM

WHO committee claims glyphosate is 'probably' cancerous

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2015-- The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization, announced today it ranked the herbicide glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans," inspiring fierce rebuttal from the agricultural science community.
Politics | 3/20/2015 11:28:16 AM

USDA to grant $200 million for SNAP recipient job training

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2015 - USDA announced today $200 million in funding that will go toward the development and implementation of job training programs for Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) participants in 10 states.


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Growing the global competitiveness of the American agriculture and food sector
The U.S. is a global leader in agriculture and food. In the last 150 years, technological advances and innovations have spurred unprecedented economic growth at home and provided affordable food to billions of people worldwide.


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March Madness: Nutritionists' take on sustainability
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Up your dietary guidelines
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Trade is critical to rural America: Agriculture is key to TPA
Trade policy may present an opportunity for the Obama Administration and the Congress to work together in a bipartisan manner but it is sure not unanimous.


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The best kept secret
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  March 31-April 1, 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada

  Panel Discussion: "Help Wanted: Immigration and the Agriculture Sector"
  March 31, 2015 Washington, D.C.

  American Food Technology & Innovation Summit
  April 14-15, 2015 Chicago, Illinois

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  April 14-16, 2015 Phoenix, Arizona

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  April 15-17-2015 Kansas City, Missouri

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  April 21-22, 2015 Washington, D.C.

  North American Agricultural Journalists Annual Meeting
  April 26-28, 2015 Washington, D.C.

  Pacific Northwest Regional Agvocacy Conference
  April 27-28, 2015 Spokane, Washington

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