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Rep. Moran to introduce exotic animals in captivity bill

The use of exotic and wild animals would be restricted under a bill that Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., is scheduled to unveil today, according to a news release from Animal Defenders International. Read More...

Organic farmers seek more mandatory spending

Congress should increase mandatory spending on organic farming in the next farm bill to $185 million over five years to encourage the already-expanding industry, the Organic Farming Research Foundation said at a news conference Monday. Read More...

APHIS seeks comments on proposed livestock tracing rule

The long-awaited and long-feared proposed rule requiring animal identification for the purposes of tracing back incidences of disease will be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today. Comments on the rule will be accepted until November 9. Read More...

UCS concerned with APHIS decisions on GE bluegrass

A July 1 news release from the Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service regarding the regulation of genetically-engineered Kentucky bluegrass “could drastically reduce the number [of] genetically engineered plants subject to regulatory oversight,” the Union of Concerned Scientists said today. Read More...

New administrator at Animal and Plant Health Inspection

Dr. Gregory Parham has been named the new administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, succeeding Cindy Smith, who will become an adviser on government, academia, and industry partnerships. Read More...

Battle begins over deregulation of amylase corn

The Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today its decision to deregulate corn genetically engineered to produce a common enzyme called alpha-amylase that breaks down starch into sugar. It is used in ethanol production. Read More...

USDA partially deregulates GMO sugar beets

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service today partially deregulated genetically modified sugar beet seed for planting. The decision will allow farmers to move ahead with planting while USDA works on its environmental analysis of the crop. Read More...

Vilsack: Genetically engineered alfalfa can be grown without restrictions

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has granted genetically engineered Roundup Ready alfalfa seed non-regulated status, which means it can be planted anywhere without barriers or geographic restrictions. Read More...