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Congress Reaches Final Deal on Water Resources Reform and Development Act

Posted May 16, 2014   Lawmakers recently announced a final deal on the $8.2 billion Water Resources Reform and Development Act...

Vilsack Pushes House to Pass Immigration Reform

Posted May 16, 2014   Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, and the White House continue their push for a vote on...

Controversy over School Lunch Program Continues

Posted May 13, 2014   The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture is looking to include language in the fiscal 2015 spending...

NFU Submits Testimony to Congress on Country of Origin Labeling

Posted May 13, 2014   The National Farmers Union (NFU) recently submitted additional testimony to the U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on...

Legislators Urge EPA to Withdraw “Waters of the US” Rule

Posted May 12, 2014   Legislators in the United States Senate and House of Representatives are urging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...

Industry Group to Sue over Vermont’s GMO Food Labeling Law

Posted May 12, 2014   After Vermont’s governor signed the law requiring labeling for foods with genetically modified (GMO) ingredients, the...

Bill Could Damage Foreign Food Aid

  • April 25, 2014

Posted April 25, 2014   A small provision in a Coast Guard bill could have a damaging impact on the federal...

Johanns Urges FDA to Modify Proposed Animal Feed Rule

  • April 21, 2014

Posted April 21, 2014   Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) recently wrote a letter to Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the U.S. Food...

CBO Estimates SNAP Costs Will Drop by $24 Billion

  • April 17, 2014

Posted April 17, 2014   After much political discord over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps,...

Legislators, Appeals Court Question Delay in Ethanol Mandate Implementation

  • April 10, 2014

Posted April 10, 2014   Legislators and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit are asking questions over the...

Senators Propose New Caps on Crop Insurance Subsidies

  • April 9, 2014

Posted April 9, 2014   Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) recently introduced legislation that would cap crop insurance...

EPA Explains Proposed Rule Clarifying “Waters of the U.S.”

  • April 8, 2014

April 8, 2014   U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrators recently acted to explain the proposed rule clarifying the phrase “waters...

Senator Cochran Asks USDA to Designate a Critical Conservation Area

  • April 4, 2014

Posted April 4, 2014   U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) recently suggested that USDA consider designating the Lower Mississippi River Valley...

Vilsack Says No FSA Offices Closing This Year

  • April 3, 2014

Posted April 3, 2014   Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack reassured lawmakers that he does not anticipate any closures of Farm...

Arkansas House Delegation Introduces “Common Sense in Species Protection Act”

  • April 3, 2014

Posted April 3, 2014   The U.S. House delegation from Arkansas recently introduced legislation that would require the U.S. Fish and...

FDA to Finalize Guidance on Voluntary GMO Labeling

  • April 3, 2014

Posted April 3, 2014   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will soon finalize its voluntary guidance on labeling for...

House Passes Water Rights Bill

  • March 17, 2014

Posted March 17, 2014   The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Water Rights Protection Act on a mostly party-line...

Senators Request Disaster Assistance for Small Pork Producers

  • March 17, 2014

Posted March 17, 2014   Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) have asked Agriculture Secretary...

Stabenow, Cochran Sign Resolution Celebrating Extension’s 100th Anniversary

  • March 7, 2014

Posted March 7, 2014   U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, recently announced the introduction...

Farm Bureau, Ag Groups Push House to Act on Immigration

  • February 28, 2014

Posted February 28, 2014   Over 600 groups, including 154 agricultural organizations are calling on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to...