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Senate Vote on #GMO Labeling Expected This Week

The Senate is scheduled to vote to limit debate on the GMO labeling compromise from Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow this week and agricultural organizations are urging their members to contact their senators about it. Show More Summary

Industry Pleased with #GMO Labeling Compromise

Leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee Thursday announced a bipartisan compromise on GMO labeling legislation in advance of the pending implementation of a state law in Vermont. “Our marketplace – both consumers and producers...Show More Summary

For GMO Labeling Advocates It Doesn't Get Much Darker Than This

News Thursday that Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and the committee's ranking Senate Democrat Debbie Stabenow had finally sewn up a deal on nationwide GMO labeling left the food industry celebrating - but GMO labeling...Show More Summary

Senators reach deal on genetically modified food labeling

The deal announced Thursday by the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee would require labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, in packaged foods nationwide. Legislation passed by the House would make the labeling voluntary, but that measure stalled in the Senate last year. [...]Show More Summary

Senators reach deal on GMO labeling

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday announced legislation to pre-empt Vermont's law and give food companies more flexibility with the labels. Instead of text that says the item was produced with genetic engineering, companies could instead use a symbol or an electronic label accessed by smartphone.

Brazil AG Minister Opposes Proposed Farm Export Tax

Brazil's Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Thursday before the Senate's Agriculture Committee that he would oppose a government proposal to tax farm exports

Senate Committee to Vote on Plant Genetics Treaty

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be voting today on one of the the American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) top legislative priorities – the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. ASTA is urging the Committee to vote in favor of the Treaty to move it forward to the full Senate for ratification. ASTA president and... Read More

This is JUST What America Needs To Improve! [Meme]

Via Sela T.: Good grief.. Bipartisan legislation was released on Monday by the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee. Allowing them to finally bring a partial END to past years of frustration

BREAKING: Congress STICKS IT to Michelle Obama – She’s Furious

Good grief.. Bipartisan legislation was released on Monday by the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee. Allowing them to finally bring a partial END to past years of frustration over what American

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

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

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

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