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Mitch McConnell gets $22,500 in donations days after taking Delta Airlines executive to breakfast

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday, explaining why he doesn't bother going to Senate Agriculture Committee hearings on issues important to his home state of Kentucky: "If you’re the leader of one of the parties, honestly...Show More Summary

Big changes at ComAgri

With the extension of co-decision to agricultural policy by the Lisbon Treaty, the European Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Development Committee has become a much more important player in the decision-making process. It has tended...Show More Summary

Farmers Markets and Urban Agriculture -- Sharing the Bounty

As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight and Nutrition, I have been consistently engaged in efforts to promote healthier eating habits and better nutrition for Americans. Show More Summary

What's To Be Afraid of? Congress Talks GMOs with Biotechnology Proponents

Earlier this month, a motley group of witnesses were called to testify before the members of the House Committee on Agriculture: a behavioral economist, an agricultural science professor, a Vermont dairy farmer, and an international development expert. Show More Summary

And another thing: solve the immigration crisis, Mr. Vilsack

After a lapse of better than three years, it was good to see the reemergence of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee.

USDA names Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee

After a more than three-year absence, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee is back in business.

Canada: Recommendations to advance ag sector innovation

The Agri-Innovators Committee’s final report was presented to federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) Agricultural Ministers during their annual meeting. The report outlines recommendations to help the sector realise its full growth potential by maximising its innovation capacity along the entire value chain.

Robot Congressman From Oklahoma?

2 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

Was the chair of the House Agriculture Committee murdered in Ukraine and replaced with a robot body double? Probably not, but that isn't stopping the guy who lost a primary to him from making that claim.

USDA and USTR name trade advisory committees

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman have named seven members to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Fruits and Vegetables.

UNESCO group votes to protect ancient Palestinian terraces from Israel’s wall

The south Jerusalem village of Battir is targeted by Israel for construction of the separation wall. It is renowned for its agricultural terraces, ancient olive trees, and springs. Today the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, meeting in Qatar, voted to declare the village a world heritage site in danger.

Progress for Orcas, but Horses Still at Risk

The House started in on the annual agriculture spending bill yesterday, and began debate on a number of amendments. The appropriations bill already includes a provision, approved by a bipartisan vote in committee, preventing the useShow More Summary

Appropriators Team Up to Help Animals

The Senate and House Appropriations Committees have each produced their agriculture spending bills for Fiscal Year 2015, and both bills contain good news for animals. While the House and Senate will need to reconcile their differences to arrive at a...       Related Stories Top 10 (So Far) in 2014 Don’t Muzzle Vet Care 2013 the Year of Chimps and Horses in Congress  

Chinese Chicken, Horse Slaughter Amendments Added to House Ag Appropriations Bill

School nutrition standards were the central focus of Thursday’s House Appropriations Committee markup. Democrats attempted to remove a provision from the agriculture appropriations bill that will give certain schools a waiver on compliance with nutrition standards. Show More Summary

Horse Sense, Not Slaughter

Late this morning, the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment, offered by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., to the 2015 agriculture spending bill, to bar U.S. Department of Agriculture funding of horse slaughter plants in the United...Show More Summary

Historic! First Lady and President actively support school nutrition standards

Today, the House Appropriations Committee will discuss the annual spending bill for the Agriculture Department, meaning that it will consider proposals to weaken nutrition standards for school meals. In what has to be a groundbreaking move, First Lady Michelle Obama has an Op-Ed in today’s New York Times. Yet some members of the House of Representatives […]

Appropriations- Nutrition; Ag Economy; Farm Bill; Biofuels; Regs; and, Immigration- Thursday

Appropriations- Nutrition Issues The House Appropriations Committee will markup the FY15 Agriculture spending bill this morning, the bill is available here, while the Committee draft report can be found here. In part, the draft report states that, “The Committee is concerned about the challenges and costs that local schools face in implementing the various regulations […]

Legislative fight centers on fresh produce in school meals

The eve of the May 29 hearing of the House Appropriations Committee’s fiscal year 2015 agriculture funding bill brought a flurry of press conferences and opposing views on possible Congressional changes to child nutrition standards.

“New Era in Conservation” Launch

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) this week launched “a new era in American conservation efforts with an historic focus on public-private partnership.” Vilsack and Stabenow announced the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Tuesday … Continue reading ?

Agriculture Appropriations; Drought Legislation; Regulations; and, Food Prices- Monday

Agriculture Appropriations, Farm Bill  The House Appropriations Committee will meet on Thursday this week to markup the FY 2015 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Last week the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee approved spending...Show More Summary

Sen. Thad Cochran Cracks Whip On Tea Party Tactics

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, Argh-Mississippi, has made his seat in Washington a comfortable one. He’s now in his sixth term and chairs the Senate’s Agriculture Committee. From that perch, you can launch one helluva storm in the direction of the parties who, say, sneak into your 72-year-old dying wife’s nursing home room to take her

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