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Bills Dealing With Labeling Being Introduce in the House and Senate

A bill that would make GMO labeling voluntary passed the U.S. House last Thursday. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would require developers of genetically engineered plants to obtain FDA safety clearance on all new plant varieties before those foods are introduced into commerce; uphold FDA’s authority to specify special labeling if it finds a health or safety risk is posed by such a variety; create a legal framework governing the use of label claims regarding either the absence or presence of GMOs in a food product and require the FDA to define the term ‘natural’ on food labels...

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Canada Standing Firm on Trans-Pacific Partnership; Improvement in Sustainable Beef

The Canadian government says it will not be bullied in Trans-Pacific Partnership talks. The response comes as the United States ratchets up pressure on Canada’s heavily protected dairy sector ahead of what could be the final round of talks for the TPP deal...

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High Gas Prices Have Rental Car Companies Going Green
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Work Continues on Food Labeling; Priming the Pump on Ethanol Fuel

As the U.S. House works this week on the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, a coalition has pledged their support for the bill. The Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, an industry group that supports the bill, said 475 groups are backing it...

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Reports Claims California Leads The Nation In The Green Tech Field
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Increase Proposed Volumes of Bio-diesel; Farm Groups Wanting a Quick Pass to Exporting to Cuba

A bipartisan group of 36 senators are urging the EPA to increase the proposed volumes set for biodiesel production under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard...

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2016 Agricultural Spending Bill Approved; Monsanto Emerge Seen as a Risk for Farmers

The Senate appropriations Committee approved the fiscal 2016 agricultural spending bill on a vote of 28-2. The measure includes $143.8 billion in discretionary and mandatory funding, $24 billion below the president’s budget request and $3...

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Soaking Rains Bring Relief To Drought Stricken West
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This Year’s El Nino Could be the Strongest in 50 Years; Partnership Between USDA and NASA Expanded

El Nino has strengthened steadily during the past month, approaching the “strong category”. El Nino is so strong this go round that it could wind up be the strongest El Nino event in 50 years...

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Brazilian Farmers Looking to Gain Foothold in US; Farmers and Ranchers Can Apply for Financial Assistance

China’s ban on poultry imports from the U.S., where flocks have been ravaged by bird flu, could give more Brazilian farmers a foot in the door of the biggest import market...

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Government Proposes Improving Nutrition Facts Labeling On Food Products
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Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Closer to Approval; AFBF President Not Seeking Re-election

The House Agriculture Committee sent the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 one step closer to consideration by the full House. By a voice vote, the committee passed the SAFE act, which now awaits the same action by the House Energy and Commerce Committee before it can be considered by the full chamber...

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Food Prices Continue To Rise At Alarming Rate
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Improving Groceries Access to Homebound Seniors; USDA Reports Crop Maturity Trails Five Year Average

USDA is proposing to improve access to groceries for homebound seniors and people with disabilities who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP...

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Stocks Close Sharply Lower As Oil Prices Continue Decline
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Ag Subcommittee Approve Ban on Brazilian and Argentine Beef; Oil Prices May Fall Further

The House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee approved an amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations bill banning imports of Brazilian and Argentine Beef...

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Switzerland Expanding Market Access for Organic Farmers;Global Food Prices Hits New Five Year Low

USDA says a new agreement with Switzerland will expand market access for organic farmers. As of Thursday, organic products certified in the United States or Switzerland may be sold as organic in either country...

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You Have 3 Weeks To Buy Gas Before Washington State Has 2nd Highest Fuel Tax In US

The most recent session of the Washington State Legislature has just wrapped up, and one of the biggest bills that was passed was a $16 BILLION transportation package. How will this be paid for? By increasing the gasoline tax, of course!

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