Senate Agriculture Committee members know that the proposed waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule will change Ð EPA chief Gina McCarthy has said so Ð but what they donÐt know is if those changes will help or hurt U.S. farmers and ranchers.
Agriculture producers and organizations along with food manufacturers, retailers and their associations contributed over $21.2 million to political campaigns Ð mostly Republican -- during the two-year midterm election cycle that ended Dec. 31, 2014.
Members of a House Ways and Means subcommittee vehemently disagreed in a hearing this morning on whether the estate tax Ð which opponents call the death tax Ð is unreasonably burdensome to farmers and ranchers and if that burden means the tax should be repealed.
Republicans on the Senate committee responsible for writing the Food and Drug AdministrationPs (FDA) budget attacked the agencyPs new menu labeling rule, which they claim is overly broad in its regulation of supermarket delis and other non-restaurant food outlets.
The USDA today announced a moratorium on new animal research projects conducted at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) in southern Nebraska that will remain in place until procedures ensuring greater accountability and more humane treatment are fully implemented.
House ag appropriators expressed support as they heard Jason Weller, chief of the USDA0s Natural Resources Conservation Service0s (NRCS), explain the agency0s $4.4 billion budget proposal for fiscal 2016.