The Food Safety and Inspection Service needs to set up a schedule for revising or developing standards for pathogens in certain beef and pork products, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Wednesday.
Republicans pushed a farm bill through the House Agriculture Committee on a party-line vote Wednesday after angry Democrats variously criticized the legislation’s food stamp reforms as unjustified, unworkable and unfair to the poor.
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.
Brazil, known and often reviled in the U.S. ag sector for its successful World Trade Organization challenge to U.S. cotton support programs, is now suspected breaking WTO rules by subsidizing its rice exports.
U.S. sorghum producers say they are unfairly caught in the middle of a trade fight between the U.S. and China, which on Tuesday accused the U.S. of dumping the grain on its markets and announced plans to impose a fee of 179 percent on U.S. sorghum imports.
When Scott Pruitt appeared last June before House appropriators to discuss the budget proposal for his agency, he made a bold pronouncement: “We will have a final rule that will provide a definition for ‘waters of the United States’ by the fourth quarter of this year, no later than the first quarter of next year, because that’s the job of the agency.”