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Rural reactions to Obamacare ruling predictably partisan


June 26, 2015 | Reactions from rural and agricultural leaders Thursday to the Supreme Court’s decision that federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act are legal were as partisan as those in the rest of the country. ..

Heitkamp praises Supreme Court gay marriage decision


June 26, 2015 | Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.,a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today praised the Supreme Court ruling giving all couples the right to marry in the United States. …

Roberts: Senate Ag Committee must come to agreement on COOL in July


June 26, 2015 | The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing Thursday on how to handle the World Trade Organization decision that the U.S. country-of-origin labeling program for beef and pork discriminates against Canadian and Mexican producers, but the defenders of labeling and the critics are still in almost opposite corners about what should be done. …

House Ag, Ways and Means subcommittees hold hearing on SNAP and work


June 26, 2015 | The House Agriculture Nutrition Subcommittee and the House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee held a hearing on the food stamp program Thursday at which Republican leaders said they are interested in the ways food stamps — now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — intersects with other federal programs. …

House Ag subcommittee holds biotech labeling hearing


June 26, 2015 | The House Agriculture Committee Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Subcommittee held a hearing Thursday that was described as a review of Agriculture Department marketing programs, but that was clearly intended to emphasize the role that USDA can play in biotech labeling, a question that now is in the hands of the Food and Drug Administration. …

Ethanol, diesel producers present differing testimony at EPA hearing


June 26, 2015 | Ethanol producers and soybean farmers presented differing testimony Thursday when the Environmental Protection Agency held a hearing in Kansas City, Kan., on its proposals for volumetric standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard. …

Farm groups want USDA, land grant involved in food security


June 26, 2015 | The Agriculture Department, the U.S. land grant university system, farm organizations and agribusiness should be more prominent in international agricultural development efforts, working with development and humanitarian programs administered by the U.S. Agency for International Development, a coalition of farm and international development organizations and foundations has written to the leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees and and foreign affairs committees. …

Lucas portrait unveiled in House


June 26, 2015 | The official portrait of former House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., was unveiled Tuesday at a reception in the House Agriculture Committee hearing room. …