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

2 days agoHumor / 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

3 days agoNews : 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.

Rep. Lucas on Protecting Ag

Former House Agriculture Committee chairman Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) stopped by the Agri-Pulse Ag Day kickoff event Tuesday evening and commented on the budget plan unveiled by House Republicans would protect 2014 Farm Bill programs.Show More Summary

New Mexico Lawmakers Advance Bill to Create Open Season on Mountain Lions

On Friday, the New Mexico House Agriculture, Water, and Wildlife Committee advanced a bill that would effectively treat the state's mountain lions as nuisance animals. According to The New Mexican, the bill would overturn a regulations that currently...

Committee weighs in GE food labeling, plant breeding, West Coast ports

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Addressing labeling of genetically engineered food, invasive pests, farm labor, West Coast ports and child nutrition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee concluded its March 10-11 meeting with a flurry of recommendations to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Clarity Sought in USDA Wetland Determinations- Sen. Heitkamp

A news release on Monday from Senate Ag Committee member Heidi Heitkamp (D., N.D.) stated that, “[Sen. Heitkamp] today called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to clarify how it is making offsite wetland determinations on farmers’ land in North Dakota and across the country, and improve certainty for farmers and their operations for the upcoming […]

Oregon’s Ban on Raw Milk Advertising Could be Headed for the History Books

Oregon’s ban on advertising raw milk, which is no longer enforced, will likely be removed from the law books entirely after a 9-0 vote Thursday by the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. The favorable committee vote moves House Bill 2446 as written to the floor without any amendments. It now appears likely that the... Continue Reading

Thursday Morning Update: Policy; Ag Economy; Trade; Regs; and, Political Notes

Policy Issues A House Ag Committee news release yesterday stated that, “Today, Chairman of the Agriculture Committee K. Michael Conaway (TX-11), Nutrition Subcommittee Chairwoman Jackie Walorski (IN-2), and Livestock and Foreign Agriculture...Show More Summary

Dietary Guidelines Discussed at House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture- FDA Budget Hearing

Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture heard budget related testimony from the Food and Drug Administration. Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R., Ky.) noted at today’s hearing that, “Like many, I am concerned about obstacles created by the Chinese government to our inspection of foreign food and drug products. While the safety of American consumers […]

So That Happened: Obama, Warren Team Up To Save Older America

2 months agoNews : Huffington Post

So, that happened. This week, the Republican-led House Agriculture Committee began what they termed a "top to bottom" review of the federal food stamp program. In a surprising twist, the committee's new management struck a soft and empathetic...Show More Summary

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