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Congressional Action on Food Labeling Needed | Commentary

Voters in Colorado and Oregon have spoken with a firm voice in opposition to mandatory labeling of foods that contain ingredients produced via agricultural biotechnology. After closely examining the facts, voters decided they wanted no part of a system that would have provided them incomplete, inaccurate information and led to higher grocery prices for families. They join voters in Washington and California who rejected similar proposals in recent years.

Agriculture Is Seeking Middle Ground Between Organic and Conventional Farming

As the Agriculture Department and farmers have watched the organics industry boom, the agency is working to find a middle ground between the needs of conventional and organic farmers.

'Organic' Label Rules Attacked by Watchdog Groups

The average consumer faces a bewildering array of food labels and symbols in the grocery store aisle. Some of these are sanctioned or overseen by government regulators. Some bear the mark of voluntary, industry-led initiatives. Some come from third-party groups. Others occupy a gray area, making marketing claims that sound good but sometimes mean very little.

Agricultural Runoff Issues Will Contribute to Future of America's Water Quality Regulations

The Lake Erie algae bloom that forced Toledo officials to issue a do-not-drink advisory for local water in August highlighted the impact that agriculture can have on water quality.

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Administration and Farmers Clash Over More Precise Clean Water Act Regulations

The Obama administration has found itself in a public brawl with farmers over a proposed rule that would more precisely define what land the Clean Water Act regulates.

Changes on Nutrition Labels Will Complicate Life for Food Manufacturers

Among the proposed changes in the more than 500 pages of regulations for the revised Nutrition Facts label are adjustments in the daily values, or reference daily intakes, of a range of nutrients such as sodium and calcium. The daily value for calcium, based on a 2,000- calorie diet, would go up from 1,000 milligrams to 1,300 milligrams, for example, and for potassium, from 3,500 milligrams to 4,700 milligrams. The reference intake for fiber would increase from 25 grams to 28 grams.

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Nutrition Facts Label May Take a Hard Line on Sugar

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration unveiled a revamped Nutrition Facts label for food packages, proposing changes to the iconic white box for the first time since it was adopted 20 years ago.

Debate Over School Lunch Nutrition Standards Delays Agriculture Spending Bill

Nutrition standards for school lunches have turned into one of the most contentious issues in this years appropriations debate.

Cutting Through the Bee Buzz: Pollinator Numbers Are Up | Commentary

For some time now, the media has been issuing dire warnings of the coming bee- pocalypse. Time magazine ran a cover story titled, A World Without Bees. A headline in the London Telegraph proclaimed Honey bees in US facing extinction. CBS warned of the drastic threat to our food supply if these essential pollinators are lost. Yet reports of bees catastrophic demise are greatly exaggerated.

NFL Gives NIH $30 Million for Health Research

Supporters of the new agriculture research foundation created by this years farm bill often point to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health as a model.

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Agriculture Research Board Faces Full Slate of Issues

Agriculture officials will soon name a board of directors for the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research that Congress created in this years farm bill and launch a program they hope will draw more money into the kind of basic scientific study that made the United States an agriculture powerhouse.

Have You Heard the Buzz on Bees? | Commentary

In June, we recognize National Pollinator Week. Some may wonder why.

Time for Congress to Correct Abuses in the National Organic Program | Commentary

Deceptive marketing supported by the government funded National Organic Program costs American consumers hundreds of billions of dollars and harms non-organic family farmers. It is time to end rampant abuses of the USDA Organic Seal and taxpayer-funded organic marketing program.

House Work on Spending Bills Slows Amid Leadership Turmoil

As Senate floor action on appropriations begins to pick up, House consideration may be slowing down.

Pesticide Ban Is Just One Piece of Honeybee Puzzle

Neonicotinoids were first introduced in the 1990s, and are now the most used synthetic pesticides in the world.

Ducks Unlimited Says Tax Break Made Donation a Viable Financial Consideration

Ducks Unlimited, as its name suggests, is all about ducks and other waterfowl.

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Landowners Want to See Expired Tax Breaks for Land Conservation Reinstated and Made Permanent

Supporters of a generous federal tax deduction for landowners who, in essence, donate property for conservation or preservation are trying to persuade Congress to make the tax break permanent. First, though, they have to get it back on the books; it expired at the end of 2013.

WGDB: Beer Taxes, Regs a Bipartisan Issue

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Why Congress Should Care About the Beepocalypse | Commentary

This year, food security is set to suffer another big setback, and the culprit could not be cuter: honeybees. Last winter, Americas beekeeping industry lost nearly half of all its bee colonies. And the numbers keep falling. Last summer, in the largest bee kill on record, more than 50,000 bumblebees were killed in Oregon as a direct result of exposure to an insecticide applied to trees for cosmetic purposes.

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