Jerry Hagstrom, Special to Agweek
Sen. John Hoeven, D-N.D., announced Thursday that the fiscal year Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill passed out of committee, including a provision that prohibits the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from imposing new restrictions on fertilizer sales and forcing agriculture retailers to comply with the same chemical storage requirements as wholesale facilities.
There’s an old saying that success has 100 or even 1,000 fathers, but failure is an orphan.
DES MOINES, Iowa — A major campaign by the ethanol industry did not stop Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, the most vigorous opponent of the Renewable Fuel Standard, from winning the...
WASHINGTON - Both Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said on February 3 they don’t think the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement will be considered before the lame-duck session after the election. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the stage ag commissioners that each year TPP is not passed, the United States loses $77 billion in opportunities to export products.
The World Trade Organization Dec. 7 said Canada and Mexico could impose $1.01 billion per year in retaliatory tariffs over the U.S. country-of-origin labeling program for beef and pork if it stays in place, and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., called for repeal of the program.
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Agriculture Committee on Sept. 17 unanimously approved a combined bill to reauthorize the Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting Act, the U.S. Grain Standards Act and the National Forest Foundation Act. Livestock producers and grain groups said the bill is important to maintain those programs, which are scheduled to expire on Sept. 30.
The Obama administration implemented the Clean Water Rule Aug. 28, as scheduled everywhere but in the 13 states that won an injunction against it Aug. 27. “Under the order issued by the District Court of North Dakota, the parties that obtained the preliminary injunction are not subject to the new rule, and instead continue to be subject to the prior regulation,” the Environmental Protection Agency said.
Secretary of State John Kerry formally reopened the U.S. embassy in Havana this morning. Three retired U.S. Marines who lowered the flag when the embassy closed in 1961 handed the flag to the team of Marines who raised it. In his speech, Kerry noted the U.S. embargo on trade with Cuba remains in place and only Congress can lift it. U.S. agricultural and food products are exempted from the embargo, but farm groups have noted there would be more demand for food if the embargo is lifted and economic activity increases.
An Environmental Protection Agency official on July 30 personally accepted more than 200,000 comments on the Renewable Fuels Standard from Fuels America, a coalition that wants the agency to raise the required levels of usage higher than in the proposal.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. needs a disaster program for the poultry and turkey industries, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, as House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., praised the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s and the state of Minnesota’s response to the crisis Peterson added there can still be improvements.