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Job Opening: Executive Director for “Field to Market” Agricultural Sustainability NGO

Posted November 21, 2013   Executive Director Position Description   Field to market is hiring an Executive Director to guide the...

Falling Corn Prices a Key Issue in Farm Bill Debate

Posted November 20, 2013   Falling corn prices have become a key issue for the farm bill conference, according to an...

EPA Proposes 2014 RFS, Reduces Biofuel Requirement

Posted November 20, 2013   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its proposed 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS), reducing...

Legislators Postpone Override Vote on NJ Bill to Ban Gestation Crates

Posted November 19, 2013   A vote to override New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s veto of a bill banning gestation crates...

GMO Food Labeling Fight Moves to Statehouses

Posted November 19, 2013   While the results of the Washington state food labeling initiative that would have required labels for...

Amendment to Horse Protection Act would Require More USDA Involvement

Posted November 19, 2013   Congress members and veterinarians recently debated an amendment to the Horse Protection Act that would require...

Special Master Rules in Favor of Nebraska in Water Dispute

Posted November 18, 2013   On Friday, a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a demand that Nebraska...

Report Finds Potential Savings of $130 Billion from Agricultural Programs

Posted November 18, 2013   A report released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shows that Congress could save around $130...

House Names Conferees for Water Resources Bill

Posted November 18, 2013   Leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives have named the legislators who will negotiate and reconcile...

Oregon Appeals Court Dismisses Challenge to “Right to Farm” Law

Posted November 18, 2013   In Hale v. State of Oregon, Or. Ct. App., A150572 (Nov. 14, 2013), the Oregon Court...

Farm Bill Progress Amid Challenges

Posted November 15, 2013   House Agricultural Committee ranking member Collin Peterson (D-MN) said that the conference is making progress toward...

Catfish Inspection Program Creates Hurdle for Trans-Pacific Trade

Posted November 15, 2013   A new catfish inspection program at USDA has created a hurdle for U.S. efforts to reach...

Groups React to EPA Clean Water Act Report

Posted November 14, 2013   Agriculture organizations are raising concerns over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) draft report “Connectivity of...

Ethanol Producers Await EPA Ruling on 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard

Posted November 14, 2013   Biofuel producers and gasoline refiners are anxiously awaiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) release...

USDA: Chinese Poultry Not Allowed for US Import

Posted November 14, 2013   In response to recent statements from lawmakers, the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a...

SC Direct Marketing Guide Now Available

Posted November 13, 2013   A direct marketing guide for South Carolina is now available through the National Agricultural Law Center...

Change to FSMA Import Rule Causes Negative Response

Posted November 13, 2013   In October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the most recent revisions from the...

USDA Invests in Research to Convert Beetle-Killed Trees into Biofuel

Posted November 13, 2013   USDA recently announced an award of almost $10 million to a consortium of academic, industry and...

Country of Origin Labeling Webinar/CLE on Nov. 14

Posted November 12, 2013   The National Agricultural Law Center will host a webinar, “COOL or Not-So-COOL: Overview and Discussion of...

Farm Bill Provision Could Hide Farm Locations from Public

Posted November 12, 2013   The farm bill conference is currently considering a provision that would prohibit the government from disclosing...