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USDA Struggles to Spark Youth Interest in Farming

Farmersí markets have spread across the country, and supermarkets and even chain restaurants are vying to lure customers with locally grown foods.

Women Key to Ending Global Hunger | Commentary

Too many women, men, and children are needlessly suffering from chronic hunger around the world. The United Nationís Food and Agriculture Organization says the number is as high as 840 million ó nearly three times the entire population of the United States.

Merchant Marine Says Food Aid Keeps Them Afloat

Shipping companies and sailors united to fight the Obama administrationís proposal to nearly halve the amount the federal government spends on transporting food aid from the United States to regions in need.

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Despite Tug-of-War, USAID Gains Leeway on Food Aid

The Obama administration gained some ground during this Congress in its bid to change the way the United States buys and delivers emergency food aid to hungry people around the globe.

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Will Water-Trading Credits Help Reduce Pollution?

The concept sounds familiar: Polluters looking to meet certain emissions targets buy credits from other entities that have some leftover credits to spare. Itís a cap-and-trade program.

A Better Way Forward for Food and Agriculture | Commentary

Passage of the 2014 farm bill ends a frustrating two-year legislative journey, largely driven by a search for significant budget reductions, and often fueled by polarizing rhetoric on how to make those cuts a reality.

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Farm Bill Is Latest Breakthrough for Congress

A Congress known for epic dysfunction and expected to be a foil for President Barack Obamaís State of the Union address is starting to creak to life ó this time with an agreement on a five-year farm bill announced Monday.

As Data Meets Farm Fields, Concerns Begin to Grow

Farmers no longer just have to worry about whether it will rain too much or too little, or whether prices for their crops will be high enough to cover their costs. Now, growers increasingly are on edge about big data.

Farm Groups Sue to Stop Data Disclosure

Even as they raise concerns about corporate use of farm data, farm groups are turning to Congress to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from releasing information that it compiles on agricultural operations it regulates.

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Cochran Baits Primary Hook With Catfish Fight

Just a couple of months ago, Republicans viewed Thad Cochran as the most likely senator to retire in 2014. But now that heís seeking a seventh term, the Mississippi senator has more work to do than any other Republican in his chamber.

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Lawmakers Will Tackle Packed Agenda Before Recess

In what has become a familiar scenario, the House and Senate have a full legislative plate and only until Jan. 18 to clean it, with a potential government shutdown on the line.

Restoring Scientific Integrity to Government Decision-Making | Commentary

The aim of scientific research is to increase our understanding beyond what is already known. When scientific research is used to shape government policy, it assumes a special obligation ó it becomes the glue of a contract between the public, the research community and government.

What Beyonce and Jay-Z Can Teach Us About the Farm Bill | Commentary

The superstar duo of Beyonce and Jay-Z is on to something, and Washington should be paying attention: Their new plant-based diet can teach us about revamping our health and, believe it or not, repairing the broken farm bill.

Panel Puts Focus on Obesity Causes, Consequences

America is a nation struggling with the issue of weight and the consequences of obesity.

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Searching for Solutions to America's Weight Problem

The United States recently hit the pause button on rising obesity levels among adults after nearly a generation of ever-expanding waistlines, research indicates.

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Congress Wrestles With Laws on GMO Labeling

Just a few weeks before Election Day in Washington state this year, polls showed voters were solidly behind a measure calling for labels on genetically modified food. Proponents, from state farming coalitions to D.C.-based advocacy groups, felt optimistic.

Will FDA Salmon Ruling Lead to Labeling Law?

As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration prepares to release its final ruling on whether a genetically engineered salmon will end up in grocery stores, a handful of northwestern lawmakers are watching especially closely.

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Farm Bill 'Not Quite' Ready Yet

The principal farm bill negotiators conceded Tuesday that there wonít be a final bill ready for either chamber before the new year ó and the chambers appear split on whether there needs to be an extension of existing farm programs.

Farm Bill Talks Show Promise for 2014 Passage

Despite a rocky journey thatís taken more than two years, the principal negotiators in a farm bill conference showed new signs of optimism Wednesday ó but not for passing a final bill before January.

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Congress Looks to Ease Fee Increases for National Forest Cabin Owners

Wading into a dispute over federal land use that dates back to the days of homesteaders and miners, Congress is looking to overhaul the process of assessing fees for private vacation cabins and houses on national forest land.

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