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Rural Lawmakers May be Pivotal on TPP By: 11/23/2015 @ 5:26pm

Farm-state lawmakers will play an outsize role in deciding ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bloc covering nations that buy 42% of U.S. agricultural…

USDA Investing $8 Million in Ogallala Aquifer Initiative By: 11/09/2015 @ 5:39pm

The USDA announced Monday that it will invest $8 million in the nation’s largest aquifer—the Ogallala Aquifer. This…

From the Kitchen to Halls of Power By: 09/29/2015 @ 5:29pm

When James Beard died at 81 in 1985, he had sown the seeds of America’s field to table food movement that nourishes…

FDA Refuses to Require GMO Labeling By: 11/19/2015 @ 4:40pm

The Food and Drug Administration has refused to consider requiring the labeling of biotech foods, affirming its longstanding policy that there's no legal basis for mandating such disclosure on products…

Lawmakers Eye Another End-of-Year Renewal of Tax Incentives By: 11/12/2015 @ 8:57am

Key lawmakers are considering renewing dozens of expired tax incentives, including the expanded Section 179 expensing allowance, for this year and extending them through 2016.December 31 is fast approaching…

Lawmakers Propose New Cuts in Crop Insurance By: 11/05/2015 @ 6:26am

Critics of federal crop insurance are proposing to cut about $24 billion from the program, far more than what was included in a congressional budget agreement. Bills being introduced in the House and Senate…

Livestock Trucking Amendment Falls Short of Approval By: 11/04/2015 @ 2:53pm

An amendment to the House highway bill that would have allowed heavier loads of livestock on the nation's highways failed to receive congressional approval Wednesday after another truck weight limit…

Crop Insurers Saved in Last-Minute House Deal By: 10/28/2015 @ 5:03pm

The crop insurance industry narrowly averted a $3 billion cut when House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway struck a deal with Republican leaders shortly before a final vote on a two-year budget…

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