USDA is working to ensure the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture continue to perform “mission-critical work” during the transition of the two agencies to the Kansas City region, a top-ranking science official told the Senate Agriculture Committee today.
From the Southeast to New England, the Pacific Northwest to the mid-Atlantic, and most places in between, states are embracing hemp as a welcome alternative for growers struggling with low commodity prices.
Fewer than 150 employees of the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture have agreed to move to the Kansas City region, where their agencies are being relocated, according to USDA.
The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the insecticide sulfoxaflor for use on corn, cotton, sorghum and citrus, as well as other crops, the agency announced Friday, saying it had concluded the chemical posed no significant risk to bees and that alternatives to the chemical are worse for the environment.
Advocates of plant-based diets, including several people who claimed they had improved their health significantly by adopting them, showed up in force Thursday to make the case that the federal government should radically modify its nutritional advice.
Despite some harsh words describing Monsanto’s conduct, a federal judge said last week he plans to reduce an $80 million award to a California man who claimed exposure to Roundup caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Glyphosate registrants defended their products as safe to use in comments submitted this week to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, which issued a report in April saying it could not “rule out” an association between exposure to glyphosate-based products and the risk of cancer.
The Environmental Protection Agency needs to examine wastewater discharges from meat and poultry plants to determine whether it should impose new requirements on them, environmental groups said Tuesday.