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Fruit and vegetable committee rechartered through 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee has been rechartered through 2017.

Tax Bill to Help Ag, Other Small Businesses

The Senate Finance Committee has moved forward legislation seen as important to agriculture and other small businesses. Farm Bureau is praising committee passage of the measure to extend important tax provisions through 2016. The legislation...Show More Summary

Dear Congress: Give Consumers What They Want -- GMO Food Labeling

There's a bill making its way through Congress with one of those Orwellian names, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. The House Agriculture Committee has just approved it, and it's headed for a vote by the House shortly. It started...Show More Summary

Dear Congress: Give Consumers What They Want -- GMO Food Labeling

There's a bill making its way through Congress with one of those Orwellian names, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. The House Agriculture Committee has just approved it, and it's headed for a vote by the House shortly. It started...Show More Summary

Dear Congress: Give Consumers What They Want -- GMO Food Labeling

There's a bill making its way through Congress with one of those Orwellian names, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. The House Agriculture Committee has just approved it, and it's headed for a vote by the House shortly. It started...Show More Summary

Durbin Amendment to Increase FSMA Funding Fails in Committee

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the agriculture appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016 on Thursday after discussing a handful of amendments. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) proposed an amendment to increase the funding allocated for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), but it was ultimately voted down. Show More Summary

Appropriations bill plays waiting game

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2016 funding bill for agriculture and food safety programs but partisan disagreements over federal funding levels could leave that legislation and other appropriation bills in limbo.

Bill Banning State GMO-Labeling Laws Moves to House Floor

The U.S. House Agriculture Committee has approved a bill that would put an end to state-level laws regulating the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. The bill, H.R. 1599, or the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, would require a national standard for labeling laws related to GMOs — one that did... Continue Reading

Manufacturers Applaud Committee Action to Advance Food Labeling Bill

On July 14, the House Agriculture Committee approved by voice vote the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599),Read the Rest...

Senate Ag Appropriations Bill Heads to Full Committee

The Senate’s FY 2016 agriculture appropriations bill has received subcommittee approval and will be considered by the full appropriations committee on Thursday. The bill includes a $45-million increase for the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety activities. Show More Summary

Food Disaster: Republicans Stomp on GMO Labeling

If passed, a new bill will only escalate the assault on our health, and the health of Planet Earth. With no debate and only a voice vote, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture today (July 14, 2015) passed out of committee H.R. Show More Summary

Congress Moves To Stop States From Requiring GMO Labeling

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Congress took the first step Tuesday to ban states such as Vermont from requiring companies to label whether foods contain genetically modified organisms, advancing a House Agriculture Committee bill that would pre-empt such laws. Show More Summary

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Rep. Cheri Bustos

Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features Rep. Cheri Bustos. As a member of the House committees on Agriculture as well as Transportation and Infrastructure, the Illinois Democrat is positioned to cast important votes for farmers and rural America. Show More Summary

Food Safety Plays Minimal Role in House Appropriations Markup

Food safety was not a significant part of discussions Wednesday during the House Appropriations Committee markup of the agriculture funding bill. Nutrition policies, the Food for Peace program and FDA pre-market review of e-cigarettes were some of the major topics of debate. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) praised the inclusion of language in the Manager’s Amendment... Continue Reading

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced the appointment of 130 private-sector members to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATACs). Show More Summary

USDA names produce industry members to trade, policy groups

The fresh fruit and vegetable industry is represented on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee and one of six agricultural technical advisory committees announced June 30 by the USDA.

Senate Agriculture Committee Mulls Options on COOL

The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing Thursday to discuss country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for meat, which requires that packages sold in the U.S. indicate the country, or countries, where animals were born, raised and slaughtered. Show More Summary

The Passing of the 2014 Farm Bill

Here’s an interesting mini documentary of the passing of the Agricultural Act of 2014. It features the work of Rep. Frank Lucas, Agricultural Committee Chairman. Every few years a farm bill must be passed to ensure the state of American agriculture. Farmers like Danny Davis of Oklahoma rely on the provisions granted in the legislation to maintain their farms, and... Read More

Michigan Senator Offers Voluntary COOL Draft for Discussion Purposes

The Senate Agriculture Committee hearing Wednesday on country-of-origin labeling (COOL) and trade retaliation got something new to chew on. On the eve of the first Senate action since the House of Representatives voted to repeal COOL, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the ranking minority member on the committee, circulated a draft bill for voluntary COOL. The Michigan... Continue Reading

Let’s stop Congress from interfering with the dietary guidelines, please

Politico Morning Agriculture reports today on an unprecedented move by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).  The committee sent a letter to members of Congress to protest legislative interference with its scientific process. Show More Summary

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