More than half of the nation's dairy farms have signed up for the Margin Protection Program, created by the new farm bill to protect farmer incomes from spikes in feed costs and collapses in milk prices. The more than 23,000 enrolled farms have about 59 percent of total U.S.
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, who has clashed with the agricultural biotech industry, has been named the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations panel that writes budgets for the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration.
A top lobbyist for food and beverage giant PepsiCo Inc. who was formerly a top aide to Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts is taking over as the panel?s chief of staff as it prepares to rewrite federal child nutrition policy. Joel Leftwich served Roberts as deputy staff director f
Pat Roberts officially became chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, making him the first lawmaker to chair both that panel and its House counterpart.
The Kansas Republican said he will use the position to attack EPA regulations while also working on reauthorizing child nutrition programs a
The new chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is pledging to take on the Obama administration over the proposed Clean Water Act rule and its enforcement of the Endangered Species Act