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Comment Period Open for Proposed CAFO Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently accepting public comments on a proposed new rule which could increase the amount...

Vilsack Announces Economic Development Funding to Create Jobs, Economic Opportunity and Strengthen Rural Communities

Yesterday, Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the selection of 35 rural microdevelopment organizations for loans and grants to support rural business...

Statement from Agriculture Secretary on Record Growth of U.S. Agriculture Exports

Today, in a press release, Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement after USDA released its final tally for agricultural...

Christmas tree tax will be sidelined after uproar

The Obama administration has decided to delay implementation of the fee that would have allowed the Christmas tree industry to create...

FDA Denies Citizen Petitions on Animal Antibiotics

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) denied two citizen petitions that asked the Agency to ban certain uses...

George Washington University Seminar on Food

The George Washington University Seminar on Food will take place November 21, 2011. The seminar will address the market concentration of...

Irrigators along a Nebraska river lose appeal

This week, a federal appeals court panel ruled that irrigators along Nebraska’s Niobrara River did not have their property rights violated...

New Economic Research Service Report

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service released a report titled, “The Renewable Identification Number System and U.S. Biofuel...

Senator Voices Concerns with USDA forum

Kansas U.S. Senator Jerry Moran is voicing concern with USDA’s plan to conduct an animal welfare scientific forum.   Moran stated...

Indications USDA is Backing Off Some Proposed GIPSA Rules

There are some reports in Washington that USDA officials are sending a modified version of the GIPSA rule to the Office...

American Soybean Association sends letters to key members of the Senate

The American Soybean Association (ASA) has sent letters to key members of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) and...

U.S. Commerce Sec. Bryson and U.S. Trade Rep. Kirk to convene 22nd Session of U.S.-China Commission and Commerce and Trade

U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk will co-chair the 22nd session of the U.S.-China Joint...

USDA Farm Service Agency Urges Farmers and Ranchers to Vote in County Committee Elections Beginning Today

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Bruce Nelson announced that the 2011 FSA county committee...

Subcommittee Approves Legislation to Provide Certainty to Rural America by Preventing Costly EPA Regulations on Farm Dust

Yesterday, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power approved bipartisan legislation to provide much-needed certainty and regulation relief to...

Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson discusses the burden to States & Rural Communities on EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Model

This week, Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson discussed the burdens facing states, rural communities, and agricultural producers from the Environmental Protection Agency’s...

Sen. Moran Makes Statement on DOL’s 30-Day Extension of Comment Period

Yesterday, in a press release U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) responded to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) 30-day extension of...

Minority Farmer Advisory Committee to Hold Second Meeting

This Thursday and Friday, November 3-4, the members of the USDA Minority Farmer Advisory Committee will meet for the second time...

Global Food Prices Remain High and Volatile Affecting Poorest Countried the Most

Yesterday, a World Bank new release stated that, “Global food prices remain high and volatile, hitting the poorest countries hardest and...

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Highlights the 150th Anniversary of USDA

Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the year-long celebration of USDA’s 150th anniversary in 2012. The announcement took place in the...

FDA Tests Pet Food for Salmonella Contamination

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun a nationwide effort to test pet food for salmonella contamination.   FDA...