Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:49 AM CST The Food and Drug Administration set a precedent on Thursday by officially approving the sale of the first genetically engineered animal for food production with approval of Atlantic salmon for commercial sale. Almost immediately, groups declared they would sue FDA over the decision.
Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:10 PM CST Sen. Ted Cruz, an aggressive campaigner against government programs, was largely seen as taking a shot and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida on Tuesday night's GOP debate when Cruz offered a brief commentary on sugar policy. Nonetheless, Cruz was a little off in his statement.
Mon Nov 9, 2015 03:56 PM CST Permanent tax extender possibilities remain a priority for top congressional Republicans, including new House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
Wed Nov 4, 2015 06:45 AM CST Actual debate on the highway bill kicked off late Tuesday for HR 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015. That included a floor vote rejecting plans to raise truck weight limits on interstates for six-axle trailers.
Tue Nov 3, 2015 04:34 PM CST Actual debate on the highway bill should kick off Wednesday for HR 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015. That will include a floor debate over whether to raise truck weight limits on interstates for six-axle trailers.
Mon Nov 2, 2015 11:18 AM CST U.S. senators on Tuesday will get to have a daylong floor debate on EPA/Army Corps of Engineers rule redefining the waters of the United States. They will need 60 votes to pass it.
Thu Oct 29, 2015 03:04 PM CDT I was in D.C. this week ant got to spend some time with some farmer leaders who were recognized as champions for sustainable agriculture. One of the topics of conversation throughout that nearly daylong event was beginning farmers.
Wed Oct 28, 2015 04:02 PM CDT Plans to make some $3 billion in cuts to the federal crop insurance program in the next eight years were reversed after members of the House Agriculture Committee announced Wednesday an agreement had been made with House leadership to leave the program alone as part of a two-year budget deal.
Mon Oct 26, 2015 07:59 AM CDT Headlines came out early Monday. "Processed Meat Causes Cancer; Red Meat Probably Does, Too." "Hot dogs, bacon and other processed meats cause cancer, World Health Organization declares."
Thu Oct 22, 2015 09:06 AM CDT Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters on a conference call Thursday that he is continuing to press the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The secretary said he was set up to meet Thursday with people involved with USDA's trade advisory group to educate them on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and then talk to more lawmakers about the trade deal.
Mon Oct 19, 2015 07:54 PM CDT Everyone is going to have to register their drones, unmanned aerial systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, whatever you want to call them. The FAA announced plans to demand that even hobbyists must register their mechanical birds.
Mon Oct 19, 2015 06:01 AM CDT Amid all the saber rattling over debt ceilings and budgets and such like, there was a little "prison menu dance" last week that pretty much amazed everybody. The Washington Post said that the federal Bureau of Prisons, which is responsible for over 200,000 inmates, was outed by the Fort Worth Star Telegram for its plan to pull roast pork from its menus, the sole remaining pork item offered. The reason given was "surveys of prisoners' food preferences showed it wasn't a very popular menu item." Plus, they blamed the rising cost of pork.
Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:45 AM CDT Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, wrote a letter Friday to USDA wanting to know when exactly farm-program checks will start going out to farmers.
Fri Oct 9, 2015 01:59 PM CDT Clearly the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Friday to issue a stay on the waters of the United States rule isn't the last court action we'll see on the rule. Ag groups and members of Congress who have been fighting the rule tooth and nail, however, hailed the stay as a victory. Conservation groups weren't so happy.
Wed Oct 7, 2015 10:25 AM CDT Farmers will take a 6.8% cut in their farm-program payments because of federal sequestration rules, according to information from USDA on Wednesday. A statement on the sequester cuts was made at a House Agriculture Committee hearing on dietary guidelines.