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USDA Approval of Biotech Apples Likely

Posted December 19, 2013   An apple variety which has been bioengineered to resist browning is likely to be approved by...

EU Commission Proposes Ban on Cloning Farm Animals

Posted December 19, 2013   The European Commission recently proposed a draft rule banning the cloning of farm animals, imports of...

ABC Argues Use of “Pink Slime” in Broadcasts is Protected by the First Amendment

Posted December 19, 2013   On Tuesday, attorneys for ABC and other defendants argued their motions to dismiss in the Beef...

Congressman Suggests Trading Farm Bill for Unemployment Benefits

Posted December 18, 2013   Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) has suggested that House Democrats should not pass the farm bill...

Vilsack, U.S. Grain Officials to Attend Trade Conference in China

Posted December 18, 2013   Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, will lead a team of U.S. officials and leaders of the...

Senator Introduces Bill to Increase Wireless Access in Rural Areas

Posted December 18, 2013   Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has introduced a bill that would provide a program for large wireless...

Judge Orders Attorneys’ Fees for Organic Certification Inspector

Posted December 18, 2013   Evrett Lundquist, an organic certification inspector who was facing a $7.6 million lawsuit, won summary judgment...

Report Says Farm Workers Need Stronger Labor Protection

Posted December 17, 2013   A recent report shows that stronger labor protections and enforcement are needed to improve conditions for...

FBI Arrests Suspects Charged with Stealing Seed Technology

Posted December 17, 2013   In a case of agricultural espionage, federal prosecutors recently announced that the FBI arrested several individuals...

GMA Urges FDA to Act on “Natural” Food Labeling

Posted December 17, 2013   The Grocery Manufacturers Association has called on the FDA to draft a rule defining the term...

Oral Arguments in BPI Defamation Case Scheduled For Tuesday

Posted December 16, 2013   A South Dakota judge will hear oral arguments on a motion to dismiss in the $1.2...

Iowa Ethanol Company Fined $10,000 for Fish Kill

Posted December 16, 2013   Golden Grain Energy, an Iowa ethanol company has been fined $10,000 by the Iowa Department of...

Judge Dismisses Water Quality Trading Lawsuit against EPA

Posted December 16, 2013   A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the use of water quality trading to clean up...

CT Governor Signs GMO Labeling Law

Posted December 16, 2013   Governor of Connecticut, Dannel P. Malloy, recently signed a bill requiring all foods containing genetically modified...

Oregon Appeals Court Limits Agritourism Activities

Posted December 13, 2013 In Greenfield v. Multnomah County, 259 Or. App. 687 (2013), the Oregon Court of Appeals considered state...

Senators Introduce “Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act”

Posted December 13, 2013   On Thursday, Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Tom Coburn (R-OK), and Kay Hagan (D-NC) introduced a bill...

FDA Releases New Guidelines, Proposes Rule on Antibiotic Use in Agriculture

Posted December 13, 2013   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued two major proposals in its effort to...

Rule Extends Permit Length for Accidental Wind Farm Eagle Kills

Posted December 12, 2013   The Department of the Interior recently released a final rule which extends the length of permits...

Fed Official Suggests Farmers Pursue GMO Crop Standards

Posted December 12, 2013   After China rejected U.S. corn shipments, a top U.S. Federal Reserve official suggested that farmers consider...

Crop Insurance, a Certainty in the Next Farm Bill

Posted December 12, 2013   While conferees are still negotiating and some parts of the farm bill are unknown, one certainty...