Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015- In a letter to House offices today, 373 producer groups, processors, biotech providers, and food companies representing the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, asked Congress members to support a bill that would provide federal food labeling standards for genetically engineered products.
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015 - Tyson Foods Inc. says it expects to end the use of human antibiotics in its U.S. chicken production by September 2017.
BURLINGTON, VT., April 27, 2015 - U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss rejected the food industry's petition to stop Vermont's plan to require labeling on some genetically-modified foods, but has also decided not to dismiss the case - setting the stage for ongoing legal battles.
WASHINGTON, April 26, 2015 - The Trans-Pacific
Partnership trade pact will be high on the agenda as Japanese Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe arrives in Washington this week to meet with President Obama and
speak to a joint session of Congress
April 27, 2015 - USDA announced today that it would provide $285 million,
authorized by the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, to
support local schools and roads in 41 states and Puerto Rico.
WASHINGTON, APRIL 27, 2015 - USDA is proposing to amend the origin-of-livestock requirements under the department's organic regulations.
While bipartisanship can sometimes seem like a rare element in today's political environment, not everything divides along such lines.
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 - The stage is now set for
floor fights over whether to fast-track a pair of new trade agreements.
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2015 - The European Union has announced the approval of 10 new genetically modified seed traits and the renewal of seven others to be used as feed and food imports.
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2015- A group of more than 40 farm groups and companies sent a letter to House and Senate agricultural appropriations leaders supporting increases in the President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget for honey bee research activities. The House will begin consideration of appropriations bills next week.
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2015 - The National Corn Growers Association
(NCGA) today announced it work to boost market demand for corn through some key
staffing changes within the organization.
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman and other national leaders expressed concern today regarding a proposal from the European Union that would allow its member states to opt out of imports of genetically engineered food and feed.
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2105 - New cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found in Iowa and Wisconsin, where yesterday officials declared a state of emergency. Minnesota, which has had the highest number of outbreaks in the country, declared a state of emergency today.
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack presented the details of his agency's new plan to partner with American farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to reduce carbon emissions and bolster carbon sequestration to achieve a combined 120 million metric tons of CO2 mitigation per year by 2025.
April 23, 2015 - The House Foreign Affairs Committee advanced an amended bill
that would provide the first congressional authorization for the Obama
administration's Feed the Future initiative.
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 - U.S. and Peruvian officials held a briefing at USDA headquarters in Washington today to highlight recent agreements that will boost agricultural trade between the two countries.
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 - A bipartisan group of senators is calling on the Department of Agriculture to increase signup efforts in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to keep enrollment near acreage caps established in the 2014 farm bill.
22, 2015 - The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to fast-track
new trade agreements as the panel's leaders fought off bipartisan
efforts to impose restrictions on negotiators, including requirements to prevent currency manipulation.
CHICAGO, April 22, 2015 - Coming next year to a field near you: unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can scout your fields for damages and expedite potential crop insurance claims.