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WTO Rules Against Origin Labeling; USDA With Ag Producers on Water Issues

The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body ruled against Country-of-Origin Labeling on Monday. House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway says he expected this decision - and as retaliation by Canada and Mexico becomes a reality - it is more important now than ever to act quickly to avoid a protracted trade war with the United States’ two largest trade partners. House Ag Commit

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American Food Safety System Failing; U.S. to Projected to Produce 30 Percent of World Corn

Last week - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation that would give the USDA mandatory recall authority over contaminated meat and poultry. Gillibrand says the American food safety system is failing to protect Americans - leaving thousands of people hospitalized every year with preventable illnesses. She says poultr

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Debate on Trade Promotion Authority Moves Forward; 6.5 Million Dollars to Be Invested in Water Conservation and Water Quality

The Senate passed a motion by a vote of 65 to 33 last week to move forward with debate on trade promotion authority. The Senate also voted to pass the trade preference bill by a vote of 97 to 1 and the customs bill by a vote of 78 to 20. California Farm

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Public Hearing Held in Pollinators Importance In Ag.; Organic Trade Association Petitioned USDA

The House Agriculture Biotechnology Subcommittee held a public hearing Wednesday to review the federal coordination and response regarding pollinator health. Subcommittee Chair Rodney Davis says pollinators play an important role in ag production. Last year - Pre

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22,000 Producers Received BQA Certification; Wheat Supplies Up 6 percent

More than 21-hundred producers across the U.S. became certified for free through the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program this year. Throughout the program’s four-years - nearly 22,000 producers have received free BQA certification. Iowa producer S

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Creativity Improves the Bottom Line on the Farm; June 1st Deadline for Hazard Communication Standard

Farmers and ranchers are creative people who can put that creativity to work and improve the bottom line for their operations - according to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. Vilsack says Value-Added Producer Grants enable them to develop new product lines to grow their businesses and expand their contributions to the nation’s economy. USDA is making

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Historic Drought Cripples Ranches And Farms In American West
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Get a Move On.com Launched; Farmers Seeking Federal Crop Insurance Subsidies

The American Farm Bureau launched Get a Move On dot FB dot org Wednesday - an advocacy website that gives farmers and ranchers a simple way to take action regarding GMOs. AFBF President Bob Stallman says now is the time for farmers and ranchers to take action in support of innovation in agriculture. Biotechnology i

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Generic Mandatory Labeling Concerns; Potato Council and Pheasant Forever Team Up to Better Habitat

House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway rejected the most recent recommendation to establish a generic mandatory label option if the U.S. loses its WTO appeal regarding COOL. The WTO’s deadline for its decision is May 18th. A generic manda

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Bipartisan Legislation Wants to Repeal Waters of U.S. Rule; House Ag Committee at Review at Grain Standard Act

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced to repeal EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. This legislation would require EPA and the Army Corps to withdraw the rule and re-write their proposal. It also require

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Poultry and Egg Producers to Receive Aid; Gray Wolf to Be Delisted

Four top ag ranking members have sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget calling for emergency assistance to be released to poultry and egg producers suffering flock losses from H5N2 avian influenza infections. The leaders rec

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Nanotechnology Used to Secure Healthy Food Supply; USDA Extends Public Comments on Ag. Easements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced more than 3.8-million dollars through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative yesterday to support grants focused on using nanotechnology to find solutions to societal challenges. NIFA Director S

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17 GMO Products Approved by European Commission; FDA Presented Food Safety Modernization Act

Last week - the European Commission approved 17 different genetically modified agricultural products for food and feed through careful, scientific analysis. However - with the announcement - the American Farm Bureau says the EC also undermined its principled position by recommending individual states be permitted to opt out of importation or use of the products within their own borders. Farm Bureau say

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