Politics | 11/26/2014

 Coming soon: National GMO label law fight

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2015-- The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, which consists of 37 trade groups including the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Biotechnology Industry Organization, is gearing up to push for a federal labeling bill introduced earlier this year by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan.

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Politics | 11/26/2014 10:06:45 AM

EPA proposes tighter smog limits, citing health concerns

WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2014 - The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed strengthening air quality standards, saying the health benefits of fighting ground-level ozone, or smog, will significantly outweigh the costs.
Politics | 11/25/2014 5:32:25 PM

FDA wants to help consumers count calories in food, beverages away from home

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2014 - In an effort to further address obesity in America, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will unveil new regulations today, requiring nutrition labels on menus in restaurants, super markets and even that buttery bucket of popcorn in movie theaters.

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Politics | 11/24/2014 8:52:33 PM

Online portal encourages action on EPA neonic analysis

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2014-- In an effort to increase agricultural response to an Environmental Protection Agency analysis that found neonicotinoids have no yield benefit for soybeans, Bayer created an online portal -www.AgVoice4Choice.com - that allows people to send letters to their U.S. Congress representatives.
Politics | 11/24/2014 8:30:44 PM

Empowering women key to ending hunger, Bread for the World says

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2014 - Ending discrimination against women - including in the United States - is key in the global battle against hunger, according to a new report from Bread for the World Institute.
Politics | 11/24/2014

Beekeepers in line for biggest share of ELAP disaster aid

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2014 - Almost 2,500 applicants will receive disaster assistance aid through the USDA's Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP), according to the USDA.
Politics | 11/23/2014 9:15:24 PM

Agri-Pulse names Philip Brasher as senior editor

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2014 - Agri-Pulse is pleased to announce the appointment of Philip Brasher as a senior editor, based in Washington, D.C., effective Dec. 1..
Politics | 11/23/2014 12:27:18 PM

Opinion: The ghost of Thanksgiving future

An abundant Thanksgiving 2014 is almost upon us. But like Scrooge, we'll need a dramatic change in our beliefs if we're to have a plenitude of healthful food not just for us, but for all of the 9 or so billion expected at the global dinner table on Thanksgiving 2050.
Politics | 11/21/2014 2:54:31 PM

EPA says it will not act on 2014 RFS until 2015, industry offers mixed reactions

The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it wouldn't finalize a 2014 rule for the Renewable Fuels Standard, saying a glut of comments will push action back into 2015.
Politics | 11/20/2014 8:04:10 PM

House panel approves bill to strengthen Feed the Future program

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 - The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday favorably reported to the full House a bill that supporters say would strengthen President Obama's Feed the Future Initiative as it works to alleviate hunger around the globe.
Politics | 11/20/2014 8:01:34 PM

Senate confirms Holladay, Mensah to USDA posts

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 - The Senate has confirmed Jon Holladay as USDA's chief financial officer and Lisa Afua Serwah Mensah as the department's under secretary for rural development.
Politics | 11/20/2014 3:47:40 PM

Climate change could increase exposure to crop insurance losses, GAO report says

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 - Climate change could make both government and private sector players in the crop insurance program more vulnerable to potential losses, a report released today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said.
Politics | 11/20/2014 3:06:40 PM

Opinion: Why not TPA in lame duck?

President Obama came back from his week of foreign policy meetings in Asia saying he was enthusiastic about promoting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement (FTA) now being negotiated.
Politics | 11/20/2014 12:25:21 PM

Milk producers say WOTUS should be fixed or withdrawn

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 - The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) says EPA's proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule fails to provide the certainty that dairy farmers need and should be changed substantially or withdrawn and rewritten.
Politics | 11/20/2014 4:13:07 AM

AFBF Survey: Cost of Thanksgiving dinner rises, still under $50

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 - The American Farm Bureau Federation's 29th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year's feast for 10 is $49.41, a 37-cent increase from last year's average of $49.04.
Politics | 11/20/2014

Farm groups want new immigration laws, not an executive order

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014- President Barack Obama's executive order regarding undocumented immigrants does little for the agricultural industry, according to several farm group representatives, who say legislative reform through Congress is the way to solve farm labor problems.
Politics | 11/19/2014 9:11:56 PM

Keystone pipeline vote fails in Senate, for now

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2014 - A bill authorizing the go-ahead on the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the Senate Tuesday night by a single vote, saving President Obama from having to decide whether to veto the legislation.
Politics | 11/19/2014 1:56:19 PM

USDA funding to help open, expand export markets for U.S. agriculture

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service has awarded funding to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for American products.
Politics | 11/19/2014 1:08:24 PM

Conaway announces senior House Agriculture Committee staff

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2014 - Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, the chairman-elect of the House Agriculture Committee, announced the appointment of senior staff to lead the committee in the 114th Congress.
Politics | 11/18/2014 9:18:31 PM

USDA, Chevrolet and Ducks Unlimited help ranchers sell carbon credits

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2014- USDA, General Motors and Ducks Unlimited are part of a project unveiled today that creates a market for carbon credits generated on working grasslands
Politics | 11/18/2014 12:01:57 PM

Ag groups push for Section 179 action in lame duck

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2014 - Agricultural organizations and business groups are pushing Congress to act on tax extender legislation before the end of the lame duck session, saying retroactive action in 2015 will be too late for many farmers, ranchers and businesses.
Politics | 11/17/2014 3:38:54 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Focus on Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHNGTON, Nov. 17, 2014 - Much of rural America will be paying close attention to the U.S. Senate this week as lawmakers prepare for a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that would carry heavy crude oil from Canada's Alberta tar sands through the U.S. midsection to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
Politics | 11/14/2014 12:08:30 PM

House passes bill approving Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2014 - The House of Representatives today passed a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline, but the fate of the legislation in the Senate - and in the White House, should it get that far - remains uncertain.


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The Feed the Future initiative is aimed at improving agriculture productivity and economic development around the world.


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