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Estimate: Executive order on immigration may apply to 450,000 farmworkers


November 24, 2014 | President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration may relieve as many as 450,000 farmworkers and more spouses from fear of deportation — close to twice the original estimate, Farmworker Justice said today. …

Biofuel leaders to congressional staff: Don’t intervene on the Renewable Fuel Standard


November 24, 2014 | A coalition of renewable fuels leaders told congressional staff today that even though the Environmental Protection Agency did not issue volumetric requirements for renewable fuels in 2014, Congress should not change the law. …

Morrison to be White House pastry chef and bee tender


November 24, 2014 | The White House announced Friday that Susan “Susie” Morrison will serve as the next executive pastry chef — and that she will tend to the beehives next to First Lady Michelle Obama’s kitchen garden. …

National Milk: Immigration executive order won’t help


November 21, 2014 | National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jim Mulhern said today that the executive action on immigration announced late Thursday by President Barack Obama “will not solve the current or future needs of dairy farmers.” …

Oregon GMO ballot issues heads to recount


November 21, 2014 | The vote on the Oregon ballot initiative requiring the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients is being recounted, The Oregonian reported today. …

Congress schedules calendars for 2015


November 21, 2014 | House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have released calendars showing their schedule for 2015. …

Crop Life America hires Janet Collins


November 21, 2014 | Crop Life America has hired Janet Collins as senior vice president of science and regulatory affairs, effective January 5. …

Homeland Security, Immigration Service release executive order documents


November 21, 2014 | The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration Service have released documents providing more information on President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration announced late Thursday. …

Vetter: U.S.-India agreement will help ag with border problems


November 21, 2014 | The recent trade facilitation agreement between the United States and India to end their impasse in the World Trade Organization over India’s public stocks of food will help American farmers because it will allow the agreement to improve border procedures to go forward, Darci Vetter, the U.S. chief agricultural trade negotiator said this week. …

API, chain restaurants, EWG ask Congress to change RFS; while farmers thank EPA for pulling back


November 21, 2014 | Following the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that it will not issue volumetric requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard this year, the American Petroleum Institute, the National Council of Chain Restaurants and the Environmental Working Group today called on Congress to change or repeal the RFS, while farm groups thanked EPA for not finalizing its proposal, and members of Congress called for certainty. …

EPA won’t finalize 2014 volumetric standards this year


November 21, 2014 | The Environmental Protection Agency announced today it would not finalize the long-awaited 2014 volumetric standards before the end of the year. …

Obama immigration speech: Business reacts more cautiously than agriculture


November 20, 2014 | President Barack Obama tonight delivered a nationally televised speech on his executive action on immigration that included a brief reference to farm workers. …

Stabenow: Senate confirms Mensah and Holladay at USDA


November 20, 2014 | The Senate today confirmed Lisa Mensah as the Agriculture undersecretary for rural development and Jon Holladay as the USDA chief financial officer, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. announced late in the day. …

WTD: Azevêdo wants to postpone post-Bali work agenda until July


November 20, 2014 | World Trade Organization Director General Roberto Azevêdo wants to extend consultations on drawing-up a post-Bali work program until next July, Washington Trade Daily reported late today. …

Vilsack: Unification will help immigrant farm workers; Nassif, Conner: Executive action imperfect


November 20, 2014 | As President Barack Obama prepares to address the nation this evening on his executive action on immigration reform, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said it is the family unification program that will help farm workers find relief from deportation. …

AGree reaches consensus on many issues, but not GMOs


November 20, 2014 | AGree, the foundation-financed collaborative initiative on agriculture that includes all types of agricultural leaders, has reached consensus to tackle four key policy areas but on genetic modification has concluded it can only be a forum for discussion. …

Stabenow asks AGree, National Geographic audience to help with child nutrition program reauthorization


November 20, 2014 | In what appeared to be the start of the debate over reauthorization of the child nutrition programs next year, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., asked a group of agricultural leaders of all types assembled at the National Geographic Society this week to help continue policies toward healthier eating. …

Vilsack promotes ACA to rural America


November 20, 2014 | In observance of National Rural Health Day, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $10 million in USDA rural health grants and urged rural Americans who have not signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act to do so before the December 15 deadline. …

Pelosi announces Peterson as ranking member on House Ag, along with other ranking members


November 20, 2014 | Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced Wednesday that the Democratic Caucus has approved 18 ranking members for the 114th Congress. …

House Foreign Affairs marks up Feed the Future bill


November 20, 2014 | The House Foreign Affairs Committee today marked up a bill to make some changes to the Feed the Future program at the U.S. Agency for International Development. …

UFW: Obama immigration plan to protect 250,000 farm workers from deportation


November 19, 2014 | United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez met with President Barack Obama today and afterward announced that Obama had told him that his executive action on immigration will protect 250,000 workers, half of them in California. …

National Journal: Obama to tout immigration plan in Las Vegas


November 19, 2014 | President Barack Obama will travel to Las Vegas on Friday to promote the immigration executive order that he will announce in a speech to the American public on Thursday at 8 p.m., National Journal reported today. ...

UFW holds White House rally on farm workers as Obama plans to announce executive order


November 19, 2014 | Hours before President Barack Obama announced that he will speak to the nation Thursday evening on his executive order on immigration, the United Farm Workers held a rally in front of the White House to remind Americans that undocumented workers provide most of their Thanksgiving Day food and to call on Obama to make sure farm workers are covered in the executive order. …

National Journal: Brazil dietary guideline attacks junk food


November 19, 2014 | IThe new Brazilian dietary guidelines urging its citizens to avoid “ultra-processed food” may be bolder than the U.S. dietary guidelines now under development, Jerry Hagstrom writes in his National Journal column today. …

CFTC to hold open ag meeting


November 19, 2014 | IThe Commodity Futures Trading Commission will convene a meeting of the Agricultural Advisory Committee on Tuesday, December 9 at 10 a.m., at its headquarters at 1155 21st St. NW in Washington. …

CRS: Data shows obesity rate stabilized


November 19, 2014 | IThe Congress Research Service has issued a data brief that says child and adolescent obesity rates have stabilized over the past decade, but almost 32 percent of U.S. children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 19 are overweight, and more than half of those children are considered obese. …

Conaway announces House Ag staff


November 19, 2014 | Incoming House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, today announced the appointment of key senior staff on the committee for the 114th Congress. …

Republicans choose Conaway as House Ag chairman


November 18, 2014 | The House Republican Steering Committee today selected Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, as the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in the next Congress. …

Boehner announces all new committee chairs


November 18, 2014 | House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced that the House Republican Steering Committee today recommended the following committee chairs in the 114th Congress…

House Foreign Affairs to mark up Feed the Future


November 18, 2014 | The House Foreign Affairs Committee will mark up a bill on Thursday to make the Feed the Future program at the U.S. Agency for International Development permanent, the committee announced today. …

Sugar growers, users say agreement not good enough


November 18, 2014 | The American Sugar Alliance told the Commerce Department today that the draft agreements with Mexico to suspend pending trade cases against Mexico's sugar industry cannot be effectively enforced. …

FSIS: Tenderized meat rule on agenda


November 18, 2014 | An Agriculture Department spokesperson said today that the Food Safety and Inspection Service is planning to finish a rule on labeling tenderized meat by the end of the year, as consumer groups asked in a letter on Monday. …