The Hagstrom Report

Agriculture News As It Happens

Navigation

Novozymes joins GHI, gets board seat

Novozymes has joined the Global Harvest Initiative, a private-sector group focused on global food security, and Colin Bletsky, vice president of Novozymes BioAg, will serve on the board of directors, GHI announced today. Read More...

World Farmers’ Organization grows global voice

MILAN — In four years of existence, the World Farmers’ Organization’s membership has grown to 70 farm groups and related organizations and it has achieved accredited status at a number of international organizations, Marco Marzano de Marinis, the executive director, told the WFO General Assembly here last week. Read More...

Vilsack attends trade bill signing

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was present, along with other Cabinet officers, when President Barack Obama signed two bills involving international trade on Monday.
Read More...

World Farmers’ Organization airs farmer concerns at Expo Milano

MILAN — Delegates to the World Farmers’ Organization including members of the National Farmers Union last week adopted a pronouncement to make sure that the farmers’ perspective would be heard at Expo Milano 2015, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” a six-month, universal exhibition focused on feeding the planet in 2050. Read More...

Groups publish report on corporate attacks on organic foods

Friends of the Earth, the Real Food Media Project and U.S. Right to Know today published a report on food and agrochemical companies' spending on criticism of the organic food sector and defense of conventional agriculture. Read More...

WFO elects Zambian vet its president at Expo Milano

MILAN — The World Farmers’ Organization, a coalition of farm groups including the National Farmers Union of the United States, last week elected Evelyn Nguleka, a Zambian veterinarian, as its president while meeting on the sidelines of the Expo Milano, a universal exhibition devoted to the question of how to how to feed a world population of 9 billion people in the year 2050 Read More...

NFU, USCA disappointed with APHIS decision on importing Argentine, Brazilian beef

As President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff continued meeting today, the National Farmers Union and the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association expressed disappointment that the Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has decided fresh and chilled beef from some regions of northern Argentina and Brazil can be imported safely into the United States. Read More...

EPA, Army Corps issue final Clean Water Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today published the final rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act. Read More...

President signs TPA bill

President Barack Obama today signed the bill granting him and his successor trade promotion authority for six years. The bill, which Congress passed last week before leaving for the July 4 recess, will give U.S. negotiators the ability to work with trade officials in other countries with the knowledge that Congress will only vote up or down on an agreement, not try to amend it. Read More...

Supreme Court strikes down EPA regulation over economic impact

In a decision that could have implications for other EPA regulations, a divided Supreme Court today struck down a rule regulating mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. Read More...

APHIS to allow imports of beef from Argentina, Brazil

On the same day that Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is meeting with President Barack Obama, the Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced it would allow fresh beef to be imported from northern Argentina and 14 Brazilian states. Read More...

France’s Ag minister visits Washington

French Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry Minister Stéphane Le Foll visited Washington last week, participating in a conference at the World Bank on the topic of climate change and mitigation in agriculture and meeting with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Read More...

Vilsack headed to Expo Milano for July 4

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Milan this week to attend ExpoMilano: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, a universal exhibition focused on food and energy in the year 2050. Read More...

Chelsea Clinton to speak at childhood obesity conference

Chelsea Clinton, the vice chair of the Clinton Foundation and the daughter of President Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, will make opening remarks Tuesday at the Alliance for Healthier Generation's 8th biennial childhood obesity conference in San Diego. Read More...

FAPRI issues farm costs report

The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri today revised its estimates of farm program costs based on the Agriculture Department's Farm Service Agency's recent release of farmers' choices between the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. Read More...

ERS releases new international food security assessment

The number of food-insecure people in 76 low- and middle-income countries is projected to fall 9 percent, from 521 million in 2014 to 475 million in 2015, according to a report released today by the Agriculture Department's Economic Research Service. Read More...

Roberts resigns as NCBA CEO

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association CEO Forrest Roberts has announced his resignation after six years in the position, the organization announced today in a news release. Read More...

ERS: Foundation grants to rural America small in comparison with population

Private foundations grants to rural-based organizations totaled only 6 to 7 percent of the value of all foundation grants, the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service found in a study released today. Read More...

Harden announces dairy protection program enrollment

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that starting July 1, dairy farmers can enroll in the Agriculture Department’s Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016. Read More...

USDA names new communications officials

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed a new deputy communications director and a new press secretary starting today, Matt Herrick, Vilsack's communications director, announced today. Read More...

Rural reactions to Obamacare ruling predictably partisan

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. Read More...

Heitkamp praises Supreme Court gay marriage decision

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.
Read More...

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

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. Read More...

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

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. Read More...

House Ag subcommittee holds biotech labeling hearing

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. Read More...

Ethanol, diesel producers present differing testimony at EPA hearing

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. Read More...

Farm groups want USDA, land grant involved in food security

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. Read More...

Lucas portrait unveiled in House

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.
Read More...

House approves TAA

The House today approved the trade preferences bill to reauthorize adjustment assistance and the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act by a vote of 286 to 138.
Read More...

House adopts rule on TAA

The House has voted 251 to 176 to adopt the rule on the bill to reauthorize trade adjustment assistance and the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act.
Read More...

USDA releases innovations report including allergen-free peanuts

The Agriculture Department on Wednesday released a report on discoveries by USDA researchers that have led to new patents and inventions with the potential for commercial application and potential economic growth. Read More...

Conaway, Peterson show little interest in more changes to food aid

Two Obama administration officials on Wednesday made the case to the House Agriculture Committee for further changes to food aid to allow more purchases in areas where the food aid is used. But House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, and House Agriculture ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., expressed skepticism that changes beyond those made in the 2014 farm bill are needed. Read More...

AGree releases report on food and ag research

AGree, a foundation-funded organization focused on long-term agricultural issues, Wednesday released a report with nine recommendations to strengthen the impact of public research dollars. Read More...

House to vote on TAA today; House Ag changes hearing time

The long battle over trade legislation is expected to come to an end today as the House of Representatives votes on a bill that would renew trade adjustment assistance for workers whose jobs are displaced by trade. Read More...

Roberts introduces bonus depreciation bill

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., on Wednesday introduced legislation to make permanent a 50 percent depreciation bonus on new equipment and property purchases. Read More...

House Ed & Workforce subcommittee holds school meals hearing

The House Education and the Workforce Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee held a hearing Wednesday entitled “Child Nutrition Assistance: Looking at the Cost of Compliance for States and Schools.” Read More...

Senate approves TPA and TAA bills

The Senate today gave final approval to the trade promotion authority bill by a vote of 60 to 38, then proceeded to invoke cloture on the trade adjustment assistance bill by a vote of 76 to 22 and pass that bill by voice vote. Read More...

Conaway criticizes Stabenow COOL bill, NFU praises it

Within an hour of the release of a bill by Senate Agriculture Committee ranking Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., to address the World Trade Organization decision on the U.S. program of country-of origin labeling for beef and pork, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, criticized it, while the National Farmers Union, one of the strongest advocates for labeling, praised it. Read More...

Stabenow releases COOL proposal

Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today released a proposal to deal with the World Trade Organization decision against U.S. Labeling for beef and pork on the grounds it discriminates against Canadian and Mexican producers. Read More...

Battles over COOL, TPA leave bitter aftertaste

Free-trade advocates are winning the battles over country-of-origin labeling and trade promotion authority, but the example of Coca-Cola raises questions about how universal industrial agriculture products can be, Jerry Hagstrom writes in his National Journal column today. Read More...

House Ag Approps markup postponed

The House Appropriations Committee has postponed a markup scheduled for Thursday on the fiscal year 2016 Agriculture appropriations bill.
Read More...

Center: EPA to analyze impact of atrazine, glyphosate

The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to analyze the impacts of atrazine and glyphosate — the two most commonly used pesticides in the United States — on 1,500 endangered plants and animals in the United States under the terms of a settlement reached today with the Center for Biological Diversity, the center announced late today in a news release.
Read More...

Senate invokes cloture on TPA as TAA speculation continues

The Senate today voted 60 to 37 to invoke cloture on the trade promotion authority bill, paving the way for a final vote on Wednesday.
Read More...

USDA announces Pine Ridge community center

The Agriculture Department announced Monday that that it and other groups have provided $1.97 million to the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation for a community center serving the Ogalala Lakota community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Read More...

Roberts lists COOL witnesses

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., on Monday released the names of the witnesses for the committee hearing on country-of-origin labeling for beef and pork on Thursday. Read More...

Microsoft demos farm data, obesity-measuring technology

Microsoft last week showed off a farm data dashboard and a program using computer-generated images to calculate waist size and body mass index that may some day make it easier for people to use Agriculture Department data, and to help health professionals to do their work. Read More...

Obama administration promotes summer meals in rural, tribal areas

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Education Secretary Arne Duncan today posted a blog about summer meals in rural areas and tribal areas as the Agriculture Department released a fact sheet on the effort. Read More...

NYT: Supreme Court sides with grower in raisin marketing order case

The Supreme Court said today that the Agriculture Department had illegally taken the property of a California grower in a case involving the raisin marketing order, The New York Times reported. Read More...

Administration proposes elimination of review of non-federally funded marijuana research

The Health and Human Service Department intends to publish a Federal Register notice today of its intention to eliminate the Public Health Service review of non-federally funded marijuana research. Read More...

Corn growers plan rally at EPA hearing on RFS in Kansas

Members of the National Corn Growers Association from several states are planning to attend the Environmental Protection Agency’s hearing Thursday in Kansas City, Kan., on the agency’s proposal for the volumetric requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard, NCBA said in a news release. Read More...

Key Senate trade votes expected today, Wednesday

The Senate is expected to vote today to invoke cloture on a bill to provide trade promotion authority to President Barack Obama, and to vote Wednesday on a bill to provide trade adjustment assistance to workers who have lost jobs due to trade. Read More...

Kelly joins House Agriculture Committee

Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Miss., has joined the House Agriculture Committee, Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, announced Friday.
Read More...

Ag minister named president of African Development Bank

Akinwumi Adesina, a Purdue University-educated scientist and Nigeria's minister of agriculture and rural development, will become president of the African Development Bank, a multilateral institution, on September 1. Read More...

Texas ag commissioner reverses school deeper-fryer, soft drink ban

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has reversed the state's ban on deep fryers in school lunch kitchens and rolled back a restriction on soft drinks, the Associated Press reported. Read More...

Trade tops last Hill week before July 4

More votes on trade issues will top the Senate and House agendas this week, but there will also be a House vote on cotton futures, regulation, likely House Appropriations Committee action on the fiscal 2016 Agriculture bill, and agriculture hearings in both chambers before Congress leaves Friday for a one-week break over the July 4 holiday. Read More...

Obama to visit African Union, key USAID partner

As part of a trip to Ethiopia and Kenya in late July, President Barack Obama will visit the Addis Ababa headquarters of the African Union, which has been a key partner with the U.S. Agency for International Development in its Feed the Future program, the White House announced Friday. Read More...

Turkson spoke at 2013 World Food Prize

Cardinal Peter Turkson, who has emerged as a key participant in the development of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment and climate change, gave a lengthy address at the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogues in 2013. Read More...

Peterson: Lucas farm bill may last 20 years

House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said recently that the 2014 farm bill written when Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., chaired the committee, may last 20 years — but would not if Lucas had won his campaign to replace the 1949 and 1938 laws with the 2014 law.
Read More...

First lady tours Milan pavilions; Eschmeyer leads discussion

First Lady Michelle Obama today toured the U.S. and Italian pavilions at the Milan Expo 2015.
Read More...

NFU: Pope’s message has ‘big implications;’ cardinal criticizes Bush statement

Pope Francis’ papal encyclical on environmental concerns, Laudato Sí, was published Thursday and has “big implications for farming and food production,” the National Farmers Union said today, as a cardinal who will speak at an NFU-linked conference in Rome criticized Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush’s statement on the pope’s teaching document. Read More...

Pingree, Stabenow, Humane Society, NSAC, United Fresh weigh in on Ag Approps

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., the Humane Society of the United States, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and the United Fresh Produce Association all issued statements Thursday on the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee’s approval of the fiscal year 2016 Agriculture appropriations bill. Read More...

House Ag schedules three hearings next week

The House Agriculture Committee will hold three hearings next week.
Read More...

House subcommittee holds GMO labeling hearing

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on Thursday held a hearing on the bill introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C., to make labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients a federal responsibility and to make state labels illegal. Read More...

ERS reports on Cuba sales prospects

In the 1950s, Cuba was the ninth leading destination for U.S. agricultural exports and the second leading supplier of U.S. agricultural imports, and renewed trade with Cuba could grow substantially, the Agriculture Department's Economic Research Service wrote in a paper released today. Read More...

House repasses TPA

The House passed today — for a second time — a bill to provide President Barack Obama with trade promotion authority.
Read More...

Pork producers to key TPA vote, explain why

The National Pork Producers Council said Wednesday it would score the votes today on the procedural rule to set parameters on debate and consideration of the bill to grant President Barack Obama and his successor trade promotion authority and on final passage of TPA, because overseas sales have become so important to pork producers. Read More...

White House: Obama won’t sign TPA without TAA

The House is expected to vote today on a bill that would grant President Barack Obama trade promotion authority but that does not have the failed trade adjustment assistance legislation attached, but a White House official said Obama’s won’t sign TPA without TAA. Read More...

BIO to change its name

The Biotechnology Industry Organization is changing its name to the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, the group announced today at its international convention in Philadelphia.
Read More...

First Lady takes antiobesity campaign to Expo Milano

First Lady Michelle Obama today took her Let’s Move campaign about childhood obesity to the Milan Expo on food and agriculture in 2050, speaking about the issue and cooking a meal with children from a nearby American School. Read More...

House Ag approves cotton futures, forestry bills

The House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday approved bills to allow for the development of new cotton futures and to give the U.S. Forest Service more authority to deal with lawsuits. Read More...

House subcommittee to hold school meals hearing

The House Education & the Workforce Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee will hold a hearing Wednesday entitled “Child Nutrition Assistance: Looking at the Cost of Compliance for States and Schools.” Read More...

National Farmers Union to participate in farm event on papal climate change encyclical

Several presidents of state chapters of the National Farmers Union will participate next week in a symposium in Milan, Italy, that will focus on Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment and how it relates to contemporary challenges in agriculture and food production, NFU announced Wednesday. Read More...

USDA: Biobased industry creates millions of job

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Wednesday released a report showing that biobased industries contributed 4 million jobs and $369 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013. Read More...

House to act on TPA again

The House Rules Committee approved this afternoon a new rule to bring up trade promotion authority legislation to the full House, Washington Trade Daily reported.
Read More...

Senate Ag to hold COOL hearing

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing next Thursday, June 25, on the World Trade Organization’s decision that the U.S. country-of-origin labeling system for beef and pork discriminates against Canada and Mexico and how to resolve the dispute, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., announced today. Read More...

House Ag Approps bill would continue school meal restrictions

House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., today released a fiscal year 2016 Agriculture appropriations bill that the subcommittee is expected to consider Thursday. Read More...

House passes rule on continuation of TPA-TAA

The House today passed a rule that includes a provision to allow the House to hold a second vote on trade adjustment assistance by July 31.
Read More...

Iowa group praises Clinton on advanced biofuels policy, invites her on ethanol plant tour

The Democratic co-chair of America’s Renewable Fuel, a bipartisan pro-renewable fuels group which is monitoring presidential candidates on their positions, has praised Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on her statement on advanced biofuels on Saturday and invited her on an ethanol plant tour. Read More...

USDA to hold pollinator festival and night walk Friday

In celebration of National Pollinator Week, the Agriculture Department will hold a pollinator festival Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a nighttime pollinator walk.
Read More...

Canada, Mexico to take COOL retaliation to WTO today

The Canadian and Mexican governments are expected to take their requests to retaliate against the United States over country-of-origin labeling for beef and pork to the World Trade Organization in Geneva today. Read More...

FERN: ARC enrollment higher than expected

More farmers have chosen the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program than expected, including 66 percent of wheat farmers, Chuck Abbott wrote in an analysis in the Food & Environment Reporting Network released Tuesday. Read More...

Grassley asks for U.S. rules on biotech imports

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked Food and Drug Administration Acting Commissioner Stephen Ostroff to explain U.S. biotech import policies.
Read More...

Vilsack defends school meal rules, as Republicans criticize them

The never-ending conflict between the Obama administration and House Republicans over the school meals rules under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act were evident Tuesday when Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack testified before the House Education & Workforce Committee on reauthorization of child nutrition programs. Read More...

APHIS: Sharing equipment may spread bird flu

Sharing equipment among closely clustered farms may spread bird flu, the Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said in a report released Monday.
Read More...

NSAC praises some changes in Clean Water blog

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has praised some changes to the Clean Water Rule, formerly known as the Waters of the United States rule, in a blog posted Tuesday. Read More...

FDA to publish trans fat rule today in Federal Register

Agriculture groups have had complicated reactions to the long-awaited trans fat rule to be published today in the Federal Register.
Read More...

RFA names Jackson communications director

The Renewable Fuels Association has named Tony Jackson the organization’s communications director.
Read More...

Students cook healthy school meals on Capitol Hill

Students from eight public school systems around the country who have won the Cooking Up Change National Healthy Cooking Contest came to the Capitol last week to prove to the Senate that they could prepare healthy — and tasty — meals within a school lunch budget. Read More...

FRAC honors Hassink, New Yorkers after releasing summer food report

The Food Research & Action Center last week presented its distinguished service award to American Academy of Pediatrics President Sandra Hassink and honored two New York anti-hunger leaders a short time after releasing its report on kids' summer food needs. Read More...

House moves to keep TPA, TAA alive until July 30

The House Rules Committee on Monday passed a rule that would allow a revote on the failed trade adjustment assistance bill through July 30, a move that would keep legislation to grant President Barack Obama trade promotion authority alive until that time.
Read More...

SNA members brief congressional staff

Six members of the School Nutrition Association came to Washington last week to brief House and Senate staff on SNA’s agenda for changes to school meals under the reauthorization of child nutrition programs. Read More...

Ag member TPA, TAA votes largely follow party lines

For members of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, the votes on the bills to grant President Barack Obama trade promotion authority and to renew trade adjustment assistance largely followed party lines. Read More...

Vilsack names Herrick communications director, Kiel senior communications adviser

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Friday announced the appointment of Matt Herrick as USDA communications director and Alyn Kiel as senior adviser for strategic communications in USDA’s Office of Communications. Read More...

Farmers must now enroll in ARC, PLC

Farmers who elected to take the new farm safety net programs — Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) — must return to their county Farm Service Agency offices to enroll in those programs for 2014 and 2015, the Agriculture Department announced today. Read More...

Clinton to Obama: Follow Pelosi on trade

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Sunday in Iowa that President Barack Obama should follow House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in making sure that trade agreements have more benefits for workers, National Journal reported. Read More...

USDA to expand crop insurance, livestock, food stamp assistance in drought areas

The Agriculture Department’s Risk Management Agency announced Friday that the supplemental coverage option (SCO) and the actual production history (APH) yield exclusion are available for additional crops as part of a White House effort to support drought-stricken communities across the western United States. Read More...

Schwarz leaves USDA for Boston

Cullen Schwarz, the press secretary to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, left USDA on Friday to go into business in Boston.
Read More...

Farm groups urge House to vote for TAA

After the House of Representatives on Friday voted down a bill to renew trade adjustment assistance, which puts the bill to grant trade promotion authority to President Barack Obama on hold, a wide range of farm groups urged the House to vote for TAA during a possible revote this week, even though the record shows that few members of the House Agriculture Committee and House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee voted for it. Read More...

EPA posts new Clean Water Rule blog

The Environmental Protection Agency has posted a new blog post about the Clean Water Rule, previously known as the Waters of the United States rule, that the agency says “addresses some misinformation that’s been out there.” Read More...

House Ag Approps markup Thursday

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee will mark up the fiscal year 2016 Agriculture appropriations bill on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
Read More...

Adamo to Council of Environmental Quality, Shultz, Cordone, Schneider to lead Stabenow staff

Chris Adamo, the Senate Agriculture Committee staff director when Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., chaired the committee during the 2014 farm bill and currently the minority staff director of the committee, is leaving to become the chief of staff at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and other staffers are being promoted to lead the minority staff, Stabenow announced today. Read More...

TAA revote uncertain

On Friday President Barack Obama and Republican House leaders were confident about a revote this week on the trade adjustment assistance bill, but the prospects for a revote appear very uncertain today. Read More...

House Energy & Commerce subcommittee to hold hearing on GMO bill

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing Thursday on the bill introduced by Reps. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., on labeling of foods derived from genetically engineered crops. Read More...

USDA: States leave millions in school meals administrative funds on table

As Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack prepared to testify on the school meals program before the House Education and Workforce Committee on Tuesday, USDA has revealed that state agencies that oversee school meals have left $29 million in administrative funds unclaimed. Read More...