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WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2015 - Leading an entourage of 45 Arkansas agribusiness leaders and state officials to Cuba this week, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson became the first state chief executive to visit the island since President Obama's reopening...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2015 - The International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC), which made far-reaching contributions to help spur development of the global trading system for food and agricultural products for more than 28 years...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2015 -- United Fresh, representing the nation's farmers, processors, shippers, marketers, food services and others in the fruit and vegetables sector, convened here this week, shortly after a mountain of long anticipated food safety rules began pouring from the Food and Drug Administration.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2015 - The EPA announced Monday
it will prohibit children from handling pesticides and require farm workers to
complete pesticide safety training more frequently, bolstering protections for
2 million U.S. farm laborers and their families.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2015 - Despite the turmoil in the House GOP caucus, Republican congressional leaders are ready to pass a stopgap funding bill this week to avoid a government shutdown when the fiscal year ends Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2015 - Americans are paying slightly less for a supermarket basket of 16 staples than they did a year ago, thanks in part to lower prices for dairy, bacon and apples and a drop in energy prices, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual Fall Harvest Marketbasket Survey.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2015 - The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) awarded $3.3 million in Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund grants to help restore up to 33,000 acres of key monarch habitat, propagate over a half-billion milkweed and other nectaring seedings, and create 24 full-time positions for monarch conservation work.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2015 - House Speaker John Boehner abruptly relinquished his leadership amid a growing rebellion in his caucus, throwing into doubt the prospects for getting a agreement on highway funding and on policy issues critical to agriculture.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2015 - The Obama administration has chosen 10 rural communities for a demonstration project where a handful of federal agencies, including USDA, will team up and try out new strategies for bringing families out of poverty.
25, 2015 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is inviting public
comment on a proposed plan to strengthen oversight of field trials for
genetically engineered wheat, following two recent detections of GE wheat where
the plants should not have been growing.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2015 - In a history-making address to Congress, Pope Francis called on lawmakers to put their focus on the "common good" in welcoming immigrants, fighting hunger and poverty and addressing climate change.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2015 - Chief negotiators for the U.S. and 11 other countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership are scheduled to continue their talks in Atlanta on Sept. 26 followed by a meeting of the nations' trade ministers.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2015 - In keeping with his encyclical letter released earlier this year, Pope Francis spoke to a crowd of thousands on the White House South Lawn Wednesday morning on the urgent need to protect "our common home" from pollution and the effects of climate change.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2015 - One year into his job as Farm Service Agency (FSA) administrator, Val Dolcini has made great strides in addressing agency goals, but knows more work lies ahead - especially in areas like information technology (IT).
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2015 - Despite lengthy House Energy Committee staff negotiations in August and September, Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., abruptly postponed action on his North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2015 - Timothy Glenn has been named president of DuPont's Crop Protection business effective Oct. 1, succeeding Rik Miller, who's retiring after 31 years of service to the company.
This week’s Open Mic features Oklahoma State University’s Dr. Jayson Lusk who has conducted extensive research on consumer attitudes toward food safety and acceptance of new technologies. Proposed labeling legislation over foods that contain ingredients from GMO crops has proven to be a polar issue that may see attention in the US Senate. In this interview, Dr. Lusk discusses the consumer cost of mandatory food labels, the social and economic implications on agriculture research and technologies and the retailers reaction to consumer food buying trends.