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Louisiana raw milk bill dies in House agriculture committee

A bill to allow the sales of raw milk by a farmer to a consumer, which passed the Senate on a 23-to-12 vote, has died in a Louisiana House committee. The Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture and Rural Development killed the bill on a 8-7 vote. It is the third consecutive legislative session that failed... Continue Reading

Senate Ag Committee Urges T-TIP

The 13th round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) beings today in New York. In preparation for the new round of talks U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, along with 26 other Senators, set a letter to the U.S. Show More Summary

Vermont bill would extend on-farm slaughter exemption

A bill to extend on-farm slaughter privileges for small farmers in Vermont is set for discussion and a possible vote in the state Senate’s Agriculture Committee next week. Proponents include small farmers and fans of local food. They say allowing small animal farm operations to slaughter on site is better for the animals, the farmers... Continue Reading

Washington State Billboard Causing Uproar

The chairmen of two Senate committees are calling for an investigation into billboards in Washington state that blame agriculture for polluting waterways because they apparently were funded by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. Show More Summary

The Legal Ramifications of the 'Natural' Food Label Fight and What It Means for You

While it is impossible to predict with any certainty what this year will bring, 2016 is shaping up to be a pretty active year in the food labeling world. Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee voted on legislation that would limit the labeling of foods made through genetic modification. Show More Summary

House Ag Committee Holds Hearings to Review USDA Agencies (SNAP, Crop Insurance)

On Thursday and Friday, the House Agriculture Committee held hearings “examining USDA organization and program administration.” A Committee news release on Thursday noted that, “USDA officials from the Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (FNCS), Food Safety (FS), and Rural Development (RD) mission areas served as witnesses. Show More Summary

Disappointment Over Senate GMO Labeling Vote

Despite the best efforts of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Bill in a 48-49 vote today, blocking advancement of the legislation that would create a voluntary federal standard for labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients. Show More Summary

Senate Begins Debate on Food Labeling Bill

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, (R-KS), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, has announced that the Senate has proceeded to floor debate on his proposed food labeling bill.  The bill was created to set a national standard for providing consumers with information about biotechnology. Show More Summary

GMO labeling debate puts food industry on defensive

The labeling issue appears to be coming to a head in Congress. Earlier this month, a Senate bill that would establish a "national voluntary standard" for GMO labeling was voted out of the Agriculture Committee. Sponsored by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., the bill would pre-empt state laws, such as Vermont's. Show More Summary

AFBF Urges Congress Not to Reduce Farm Programs

During the last farm bill the House and Senate Agriculture committees did their part to reduce government spending by drastically cutting funding for agriculture.  Now the American Farm Bureau Federation and 254 other ag groups are calling for Congress to reject further cuts to farm programs. Show More Summary

House Ag Committee Discusses SNAP (Food Stamp) Issues

A news release yesterday from the House Ag Committee indicated that, “Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to review the various options available to states when implementing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Members heard from a panel of witnesses who shared the current options available to states when implementing the program and […]

GMO Labeling Issues Percolate in the Senate

Michal Addady reported yesterday at Fortune Online that, “Want to know if your food contains genetically modified organisms? Hope that food companies feel like telling you. “In a 14-6 vote, the Senate Committee on Agriculture approved a bill that makes GMO labeling voluntary, preempting any state or local initiatives that would have made it mandatory. […]

The Federal Government Is One Step Closer to Blocking Mandatory GMO Labeling

This could potentially shut down a number of efforts for food transparency The battle over GMO labeling continues: Today the Senate Agriculture Committee voted to pass what's called the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (SAFE), the SF Gate reports. Show More Summary

School Food Fight: My Interview with Senator Debbie Stabenow

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, has consistently been a strong advocate for federal child nutrition programs. Along with Senate Agriculture Committee chairman PatShow More Summary

Bill to block state labeling of genetically modified foods

The Senate Agriculture Committee voted 14-6 Tuesday to prevent the labeling on packages of foods that include genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Committee chairman Pat Roberts said a patchwork of state laws would be a "wrecking ball" that could be costly for agriculture, food companies and ultimately consumers.

Senate Ag Passes GMO Labeling Bill

The Senate Agriculture Committee today held a business meeting where the Chairman’s Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions was favorably reported with a bipartisan vote of 14-6. The legislation, which creates a voluntary national labeling law for genetically modified products, now heads to the full Senate for consideration. Show More Summary

Backgrounder: Cotton oilseed and the 2014 Farm Bill

In December of last year, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R., Tex.), along with 100 of his colleagues, made a formal request to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to “use legal authority provided under the 2014 Farm Bill” to provide additional federal assistance to struggling cotton farmers. The depression in cotton prices was highlighted […]

Senate Ag Labeling Bill Meeting Rescheduled

A meeting by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry to consider the Chairman’s Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions has been rescheduled for Tuesday March 1 at 10 am Eastern. The committee meeting had been scheduled...Show More Summary

New York Times Against Food Labeling Bill

Recall that the Senate Agriculture Committee was scheduled to consider a bill today, “that would prevent states from requiring labels on genetically modified foods.” The Committee subsequently delayed the scheduled hearing, but The New York Times editorial board offered an opinion on the topic in today’s paper. The Times stated that, “The Senate could soon join […]

GMO Labeling Bill Mark Up Delayed

A meeting by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry to consider the Chairman’s Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions has been postponed until next week. The committee meeting was scheduled for today but is being...Show More Summary

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