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Bird Flu Hits: Just As Eggs Finally Get A Break

On January 28, 2015 egg farmers around the country were overjoyed. In a letter to the U.S. Secretaries of Health and Human Services and Agriculture, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee submitted their scientific findings and recommendations  – which included that cholesterol in the diet “no longer be considered a [...]

Congress to Decide Fate of COOL

By a vote of 38 to 6, the House Agriculture Committee today approved legislation to effectively repeal country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork, and chicken. “This bill is a targeted response that will remove uncertainty...Show More Summary

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines: the saga continues

I am indebted to Pro Politico Morning Agriculture for this tidbit: HOUSE AG COMMITTEE PRIES INTO DGAC COMMENT REVIEW: The chairman and ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee have requested that the USDA and HHS supply an accounting of how they intend to review the more than 29,000 public comments on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s […]

AAEA Announces 2015 Legacy Awards

During the Agricultural Media Summit this July the American Agricultural Editors Association will present legacy awards to two outstanding individuals. The AAEA Legacy Committee has selected Rolland “Pig” Paul as its 2015 Distinguished Service Award recipient and Len Richardson, 1983-84 AAEA president, its Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Show More Summary

Senate Ag Grain Standards Act Hearing

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing Tuesday to review the U.S. Grain Standards Act, which has provisions that expire this year. The act authorizes USDA’s Federal Grain Inspection Service to establish marketing standards for a variety of grains and oilseeds and was last reauthorized in 2005. Show More Summary

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Debbie Stabenow

Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features the Ranking Member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Sen. Debbie Stabenow. The Michigan Democrat says she’s concerned about the budget process and is ready to defend the agriculture policy she and others worked so hard to approve. Show More Summary

Zimfo Bytes

DuPont announced it has agreed to acquire Taxon Biosciences, Inc., a leading microbiome discovery company. The American Soybean Association welcomes the renewed focus from the Senate Agriculture Committee on expanding agricultural trade to Cuba as part of a hearing held on Capitol Hill. Show More Summary

TWO (MILLION) SCOOPS!:   . . .of raisins, taken by the federal Raisin Administrative Committee.  …

TWO (MILLION) SCOOPS!:  ...of raisins, taken by the federal Raisin Administrative Committee.  The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case tomorrow, Horne v. U.S. Dep’t of Agriculture, to decide whether this Committee may constitutionally confiscate–without compensation–raisins grown in excess of a quota established by the Committee.  The case is being […]

Ringtone of the Day: Sen. Pat Roberts’ Phone Plays ‘Let It Go’ During Committee Hearing

last monthHumor / odd : The Daily What

Queen Elsa made an brief cameo at a boring Senate Finance Committee hearing on Thursday. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was trying to speak, when “Let It Go” started blaring from across the room. The culprit turned out to be Republican Sen. Show More Summary

Republicans Have A Split Personality When It Comes To Food Stamps

last monthNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- In March, congressional Republicans unveiled a budget that could kick 11 million Americans off food stamps in future years. On Wednesday, however, Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee, which oversees the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, invited witnesses to testify about the effectiveness of food stamps. Show More Summary

Congresswoman Dishes on Nutrition

As a lifelong Missouri farmer and a former nutritional science teacher, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) has a bone to pick with the 2015 Dietary Guideline’s Advisory Committee’s (DGAC) report. In a recent letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom...Show More Summary

MHP to expand production of feed through acquisition

Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine has issued the approval for poultry producer and agricultural complex MHP to conduct acquire the assets of Agrokultura Company with the target being to purchase 68,700 ha of agricultural land. It is expected that the purchase will let the company expand its production of feed crops: wheat, corn and soy for its poultry farms.

A Hard Rain of Lobbying on Clean Water Act Rules

Representatives of farmers unions, cattle interests and lumber companies, plus municipal representatives from across the country, filed into the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee’s hearing room Tuesday as the panel...Show More Summary

Fighters target vital water plants across Middle East: Red Cross

GENEVA (Reuters) - Fighters are increasingly targeting water and sanitation facilities across the Middle East, exacerbating severe shortages for agriculture and households, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday.

WOTUS Subject of Senate Ag Panel

The proposed ‘Waters of the United States’ (WOTUS) rule was the topic of the day for the Senate Agriculture Committee Tuesday, led by Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) who is concerned about the impact of the regulation on numerous industries. Show More Summary

Witnesses Tell House Agriculture Committee GE Foods are Safe, Don’t Need Labels

All six witnesses at Tuesday’s House Committee on Agriculture hearing argued against mandatory biotechnology labeling laws. Most of their testimony praised the efficiency they believe GE crops provide to farmers and enumerated the costs they say labeling would inflict on farmers, manufacturers and consumers. Show More Summary

Tuesday Morning Update: Policy Issues; and the Ag Economy

Policy Issues Lydia Wheeler and Tim Devaney reported yesterday at The Hill Online that, “The House Agriculture Committee will examine the costs and impacts of mandatory biotechnology labeling laws at a hearing Tuesday morning. “Lawmakers are pushing for a federal law that would require manufacturers to label all genetically engineered foods and any food products that […]

Sunday Update- Budget-Policy; Ag Economy; and, Regulations

Budget- Policy Issues An update on Friday at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) Blog stated that, “This week the House and Senate Budget Committees each passed their Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolutions on party line votes. “Each Committee’s resolution will now go to the floor of the House and Senate for consideration. This will likely […]

House Ag Committee Chair at Ag Day Luncheon

National Agriculture Week was a busy one in Washington DC and with the House Agriculture Committee. Chairman Mike Conaway of Texas spoke at the National Ag Day luncheon on Wednesday. “Production agriculture has a wonderful story to tell,” said Conaway. “Problem is you just have to keep telling it over and over and over.” Conaway stressed the need for agriculture... Read More

United Fresh expresses support for trade authority

Congress should immediately pass Trade Promotion Authority for President Barack Obama, Robert Guenther told the House Agriculture Committee.

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