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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  

“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 ?

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

Senate Committee Approves Amendments Banning Horse Slaughter, Labeling GE Salmon

Two amendments added to the Senate agriculture appropriations bill on Thursday deal with horse slaughter and genetically modified salmon. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) introduced an amendment during the full committee markup that would ban horse slaughter, calling it both a health and a budget issue. “We should not be stretching already tight budgets …... Continue Reading

Senate committee upholds nutrition standards

Two days after the House of Representatives subcommittee on agricultural appropriations created a way for schools to opt out of recently revised school nutrition standards, their counterparts on the Senate appropriations committee voted to uphold the requirement that schools serve at least one half-cup of fruits and vegetables in school meals.

Trade; WRDA; Ag Economy; Farm Bill; Regs; and, Biotech Labels- Friday

Trade The Senate Finance Committee considered five executive branch nominees yesterday, including Darci Vetter, who has been nominated to be Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D, Ore.) indicated at yesterday’s hearing that, “If confirmed, Ms. Show More Summary

Senate Panel Approves C.F.T.C. Nominations

The Senate Agriculture Committee approved the nomination of Timothy G. Massad, a former corporate lawyer, as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the nominations of Sharon Y. Bowen and J. Christopher Giancarlo as commissioners.

Grassley Mocked as Farmer From IA as Dems and GOP Honor Famed IA Agricultural Scientist

New video posted online by a GOP research firm America Rising shows Iowa Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley laughing at the idea that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) could be the next Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee if Republicans took back the Senate. Show More Summary

Idaho House Committee Recommends Passage of ‘Ag-Gag’ Bill

The Idaho House is now ready for a floor vote that will likely send Senate Bill 1337 to Republican Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter for his signature. It would make trespassing and filming agricultural operations without permission of the owner illegal. After three-and-a-half hours of testimony on Thursday, the House Agriculture Affairs Committee sent the Agriculture... Continue Reading

Idaho ‘Ag-Gag’ Bill Clears State Senate, Heads to House Committee

The quick-moving “Agriculture Production Interference” act goes before the Idaho House Agriculture Affairs Committee today, which could be the bill’s last stop before getting the second affirmative floor vote it needs before landing on Republican Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s desk. The bill cleared the Idaho Senate only last Friday, and it’s moving fast enough to... Continue Reading

Fast-Moving ‘Agricultural Security’ Bill Moves to Floor of Idaho Senate

A legislative committee on Tuesday sent a bill to the floor of the Idaho Senate for a vote over whether to jail and fine anyone found guilty of a new crime of interference with agricultural production. After some bill shuffling, the Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee sent Senate Bill 1337, just introduced Monday, straight to the... Continue Reading

Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Immigration; CFTC; and, Food Safety- Tuesday

Farm Bill A news release yesterday from National Crop Insurance Services indicated that, “On the heels of the 2014 Farm Bill becoming law, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) addressed the crop insurance industry yesterday and noted that crop insurance is now the centerpiece of U.S. farm policy. “‘Today, crop insurance is the foundation of […]

President to Sign Farm Bill Today

President Obama will sign the Agricultural Act of 2014 today at Michigan State University, the alma mater of Senate Agriculture Committee chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). “This is a very exciting day and I welcome that the president is committed to … Continue reading ?

2014 Farm Bill: A Timeline

President Barack Obama is expected to sign the 2014 Farm Bill on Friday in East Lansing, Michigan. Here are some key dates that preceded Friday’s event: April 26, 2012- The Senate Agriculture Committee passes a Farm Bill. June 21, 2012- The Senate passes a Farm Bill. July 12, 2012- The House Agriculture Committee passes a […]

Newsmakers with Senator Debbie Stabenow

From C-SPAN Online Jan. 30- “Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chair of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, talked about the five-year farm bill” on the most recent edition of Newsmakers. Washington Post national correspondent Ed O’Keefe and Bloomberg writer Alan Bjerga participated in the discussion. The House passed the Farm Bill conference report last week. […]

Farm Bill Conference Agreement a Victory for Conservation According to Mule Deer Foundation

The Mule Deer Foundation lauded the final, bipartisan agreement on the Farm Bill today as a tremendous victory for conservation. The bill released by House and Senate Agriculture Committee leadership shows the determination of both parties to reach a c...

Farm Bill Reform vs. Corporate Greed

By John Crabtree on January 27, 2014 - 3:03pm Last weekend, lead Farm Bill negotiators – the two chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees - rejected bipartisan farm subsidy reform included in farm bills passed in both House and Senate. Show More Summary

Finally, a Farm Bill

Congressional negotiators finally reached agreement on a new Farm Bill on Monday evening. A press release issued by the office of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, hailed the agreement as a bipartisan, bicameral agreement. Show More Summary

Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Food Safety; and, CFTC- Friday

Farm Bill In a radio interview earlier this week with Mick Kjar (Ag News 890, Terry Loomis, Farm Director (Fargo, ND)), Senate Agriculture Committee member John Hoeven (R., N.D.) discussed several Farm Bill issues. In part, Sen. Hoeven indicated that, “I think that the conference committee really has the parameters for an agreement, people just […]

Republican Congressman/Senate Hopeful: Poor Kids Should Sweep Floors For Food

Georgia Congressman Jack Kingston, who is seeking to replace retiring Senator Saxby Chambliss, says poor kids who get a free meal at school should either pay something or sweep floors. “I’m on the Agriculture Committee, we have jurisdiction over the school lunch,” Rep. Jack Kingston explained to the Jackson County Republican Party in a clip […]

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