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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

Letter From the Editor: Agriculture’s Most Popular Man

I spent a couple of hours last week watching Thomas James (Tom) Vilsack wrap the House Education and Workforce Committee around his little finger. It came on his 2,338th day as United States Secretary of Agriculture. He is the boss of 85,000 USDA employees. Those who promote the narratives for such events said the Secretary... Continue Reading

House Votes To Change Law Due To Trade Agreement, While Insisting That Trade Agreements Don't Change Laws

2 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Two weeks ago, the House Agriculture Committee voted 38-6 to repeal country-of-origin-labeling. (COOL), and now it's the full House's turn. In a 300-131 vote yesterday the "country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act" (HR 2393) passed with the support of a significant number of Democrats as well as the majority of Republicans. Show More Summary

U.S. Senate committee to examine worst-ever bird flu outbreak

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on the nation's worst-ever outbreak of bird flu in poultry, a notice issued on Thursday said.

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

2 months 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 months 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

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