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McCarthy promises to finish clean water rule, won’t ‘overextend into agriculture’

Despite congressional opposition, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said today that the Obama administration will finish the clean water rule that EPA sent to the Office of Management and Budget on Friday. Read More...

Vilsack to speak at CFA

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will speak at the Consumer Federation of America’s National Food Policy Conference scheduled for April 21 and 22 in Washington.
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USDA Farmers Market to open May 1

The Agriculture Department will open an expanded summer farmers market on Friday, May 1, it announced last week, and for the first time will have evening hours once a month. Read More...

Obama to appoint food journalist to fellowship commission

President Barack Obama today announced his intent to appoint Amanda Hesser to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.
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Senate Ag to hold Cuba hearing

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has rescheduled a postponed hearing on agricultural trade with Cuba to Tuesday, April 21.
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NACD names Peters CEO

The National Association of Conservation Districts on Friday named Jeremy Peters, its chief operations officer, as its new chief executive officer.
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House Ag schedules three hearings this week

The House Agriculture Committee has scheduled two subcommittee and one full committee hearing this week.
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FDA releases reports on microbial resistance

The Food and Drug Administration today released two reports on certain bacteria isolated from raw meat and poultry that the agency said showed “encouraging trends.” Read More...

The Clintonites’ recommended restaurants in Des Moines

The official announcement of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign means that reporters and others will be traveling to Des Moines, searching for where Clinton operatives may be hanging out Read More...

Clinton announces presidential run, campaign stop at Iowa fruit distributor this week

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced today that she is running for president and that she will hold an event at Capital City Fruit, a family-owned distribution company, in Norwalk, Iowa, on Wednesday. Read More...

EPA announces RFS schedule

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced plans to release the proposed volumetric requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2015 by June 1, and the final requirements for 2014 and 2015 by November 30. Read More...

White House Easter Egg Roll celebrates fifth birthday of Let’s Move

The 2015 White House Easter Egg Roll today turned into a fifth birthday celebration for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign against childhood obesity.
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Clean Water Rule sent to OMB

The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed that the agency sent the Clean Water Rule, formerly known as the Waters of the United States, to the Office of Management and Budget on Friday, and that it will post a blog explaining its actions today. Read More...

French Embassy celebrates UNESCO listing for French gastronomy

Jerry Hagstrom was invited to the residence of the French Ambassador to the United States on March 19 for the Goût de France celebration of French gastronomy. He recounts the evening and notes that the celebration had a connection to someone he met early in his career in Washington. Read More...