Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and FCC chair Ajit Pai joined a coalition of stakeholders on Wednesday to launch a series of listening sessions on the challenges – and opportunities -- in expanding broadband services in rural America.
The House Agriculture Committee approved a group of 15 Republican amendments to the panel’s farm bill that would modify a crop insurance restriction while addressing broadband, biotechnology, organic food standards and other issues.
Republicans expect to advance a farm bill in the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday despite Democratic anger over its reforms to food stamps, but the legislation also would make significant changes in policy and funding across many other sections, including conservation, rural development and horticulture.
Syngenta has received a positive scientific opinion from the European Food Safety Authority for food and feed use of Agrisure Duracade, allowing the corn trait to move to the next step in the process of final grain import approval.
Smithfield Foods Inc. and Florida startup Anuvia Plant Nutrients are partnering to create sustainable fertilizer from renewable biological materials collected from manure treatment systems at Smithfield’s hog farms.