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Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Rep. Mike Conaway

Agri-Pulse interviewed the new chairman of the House Agriculture Committee on Open Mic this week: As Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in the 114th Congress, Mike Conaway has revised the subcommittee structure to allow for closer policy oversight and careful attention to reauthorization of nutrition programs and futures trading. Show More Summary

Bills to Label Produce for GMOs and Dairy for rBGH Back in Florida

Two Florida Democrats are again trying to pass bills to label some foods containing genetically modified organisms. Similar efforts died last year in the House and Senate agriculture committees House Bill 351 and its companion, Senate Bill 416, would require 25 raw fruits and vegetables to carry labels if they contain GMOs. Show More Summary

Ag Committees Make Assignments

Both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are under new management and Chairmen Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) announced their new subcommittee assignments this week. “I look forward to working with this very talented team of proven leaders,” Conaway said. Show More Summary

Some thoughts about the Revolving Door

Joel Leftwich has left his job as senior director for PepsiCo’s public policy and government affairs team (since March 2013) to become staff director for the Senate Agriculture Committee now led by Pat Roberts (R-Kansas). In some ways, it’s a perfectly logical appointment.  Before joining PepsiCo, Leftwich worked for Roberts as a legislative aide from […]

Policy Issues; Ag Economy; Trade; and, Biofuels- Monday

Policy Issues A recent update at the Red River Farm Network Online indicated that, “Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson, who is the ranking member on the House Agriculture Committee, says the heavy lifting is done for the 2014 farm bill. ‘We’ve got everybody on board now with a position that it is not going to be reopened […]

Video: House Agriculture Committee Organizational Meeting for 114th Congress

From the House Ag Committee- Today, members of the House Committee on Agriculture met to formally organize and adopt the Committee’s rules for the 114th Congress. “We have a very talented team of proven leaders whose impressive and diverse backgrounds will be a great asset in the Committee’s work this Congress,” said Chairman K. Michael […]

American Agri-Women Leader Joins Ag Advisory Committee

Doris Mold, First Vice-President for Resolutions and Vital Issues for American Agri-Women, was recently appointed to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Agricultural Advisory Committee. Mold owns and operates a dairy farm in Wisconsin and an agricultural consulting business. Show More Summary

From agriculture to energy, GOP intent on pushing back in 2015

WASHINGTON — Republican senators poised to lead major committees when the GOP takes charge are intent on pushing back many of President Barack Obama’s policies, setting up potential showdowns over environmental rules, financial regulations...Show More Summary

Appointees Put on Farm Bureau’s New Promotion & Ed Committee

In an effort to develop and centralize resources that inspire and equip Farm Bureau members to convey the significance of agriculture, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has appointed farmer and rancher members to the organization’s new national Promotion & Education Committee. Show More Summary

A new Food Safety Training Center Launched in Lebanon

A center for training workers on food safety measures was launched on Wednesday during a conference at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Beirut’s Hamra district. Several Ministers and Economic Committees attended the event. Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hassan stressed during the conference that his ministry will obligate all factories to register their […]

GOP Senate Ag Committee Members Named

The new Republican majority Senate has made committee assignments for the 114th Congress. For the Agriculture Committee, the new faces are Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Joni Ernst of Iowa, David Perdue of Georgia and Thom Tillis of North Carolina – all newly elected senators. Show More Summary

Georgia Senators Receive Committee Assignments

We’ve received word of committees Georgia Senators have been assigned to in the new Congress: David Perdue: Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Budget Foreign Relations Judiciary Special Committee on Aging Johnny Isakson Finance Foreign...Show More Summary

Baylen Linnekin: Who Can Save Us from the Farm Bill's False Savings?

2 months agoNews : Reason

When the U.S. Senate voted in favor of passage of he 2014 Farm Bill in February, the buzz on Capitol Hill was that he bill would "save" taxpayers lots of money. A giddy press release put out by the Senate Agriculture Committee, hailing the passage of the Farm Bill as it awaited Pres. Show More Summary

Policy Issues; RFS; Immigration; and Ag Economy- Monday

Policy Issues Chris Casteel reported yesterday at The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) Online that, “Rep. Frank Lucas spent several years working his way to the top spot on the House Agriculture Committee. Once he became chairman, in 2011, he fought for three years to get a sweeping farm bill passed; it was arguably the most significant legislation […]

Policy Issues; Tax Extenders; Immigration; Ag Economy; and, Regulations- Friday

Policy Issues Tennille Tracy reported yesterday at the Washington Wire blog (Wall Street Journal) that, “Rep. Mike Conaway (R., Texas), the newly appointed chair of the House Agriculture Committee, is pledging to undertake a ‘thoughtful’ review of food stamps. “Mr. Conaway, a certified public accountant, has been critical of the food stamp program, formally known as […]

House Agriculture Chief Plans ‘Thoughtful’ Look at Food Stamps

Rep. Mike Conaway (R., Texas), the newly appointed chair of the House Agriculture Committee, is pledging to undertake a “thoughtful” review of food stamps.

Policy Issues; Ag Economy; Trade; Tax Extenders; Regs; Biotech; and, Immigration- Thursday

Policy Issues Bill Tomson reported yesterday at Politico that, “‘It’s never too early to start on the next farm bill,’ said Rep. Mike Conaway, the next chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. “The Texas Republican, whose position in the top agriculture post was confirmed Tuesday by the House Republican Steering Committee, told POLITICO in an exclusive […]

Rauner adds 37 to transition team

Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner continued his transition to the state’s top job Wednesday by naming 37 people to serve on 10 policy committees ranging from agriculture to economic development to veterans affairs.

Industry can work with new ag leaders, Guenther believes

The fresh produce industry can work with new Republican leaders of the Senate and House agriculture committees, said Robert Guenther, lobbyist and senior vice president of public policy for United Fresh Produce Association, Washington, D.C.

Policy Issues; Ag Econ; Biotech; Trade; Immigration; CFTC; and Climate- Wednesday

Policy Issues- Farm Bill, Tax Extenders Chase Purdy reported yesterday at Politico that, “‘Kansas Republican Pat Roberts, the likely next chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, says he has no plans to reopen the farm bill to make any substantial changes,’ Pro Agriculture’s Bill Tomson reports this morning. ‘Roberts, who sought far bigger cuts to food […]

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