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New Senate Ag Committee Members Include AG Nominee

One of the new members of the Senate Agriculture Committee may be a short-timer. “I welcome Senators Steve Daines from Montana and Jeff Sessions from Alabama to the Agriculture Committee,” said Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) who was selected to continue as chairman of the committee. Show More Summary

Bill Would Help Grow Urban Farming

Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) this week introduced the Urban Agriculture Act of 2016 to “addresses the unique needs of urban farmers by investing new resources and increasing flexibility through existing programs administered by the U.S. Show More Summary

‘GMO-Friendly’ Stabenow Introduces Federal Urban Farming Bill, But Should We Trust It?

On Monday, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced a new federal urban farming bill that her office says will “create new economic opportunities in cities and towns across Michigan...Show More Summary

Sec. Vilsack Discusses Farm Economy at Senate Ag Committee Hearing

Yesterday, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified before the Senate Ag Committee at a hearing titled, “The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Current State of the Farm Economy.” In his prepared testimony, Sec. Vilsack pointed out that, “Even as commodity prices have weakened and farm incomes have decreased, the rural economy remains strong. Our […]

Sec. Vilsack Points to Positives in “Rural America”- While Senate Ag Committee set to Focus on “Farm Economy”

Tomorrow, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will provide testimony before the Senate Agriculture Committee at a hearing titled, “The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Current State of the Farm Economy.” In perhaps would could be a precursor to some of the points Sec. Vilsack may highlight tomorrow, he penned a brief opinion item that […]

Chairman Conaway on Farm Policy and Food Prices, Related ERS Update

Recall that over the weekend, Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R., Kans.) and House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R., Tex.) discussed a variety of current issues impacting the U.S. agricultural economy and farm policy at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. In particular, before embarking on changes to federal agricultural policies, Chairman Conaway […]

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

10 months agoIndustries / Agriculture : AgWired

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

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