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Agriculture officials will soon name a board of directors for the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research that Congress created in this yearís 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.
In June, we recognize National Pollinator Week. Some may wonder why.
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.
As Senate floor action on appropriations begins to pick up, House consideration may be slowing down.
Neonicotinoids were first introduced in the 1990s, and are now the most used synthetic pesticides in the world.
Ducks Unlimited, as its name suggests, is all about ducks and other waterfowl.
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.
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This year, food security is set to suffer another big setback, and the culprit could not be cuter: honeybees. Last winter, Americaís 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.
Among the proposed changes in the more than 500 pages revising the Nutrition Facts label are tweaks to the daily values, or reference daily intakes, of a range of nutrients.
When the Food and Drug Administration unveiled its revision of the iconic Nutrition Facts label that appears on processed foods and beverages earlier this year, nutritionists and consumer groups applauded the changes. Even the food industry, which resisted the labels in the first place, greeted the news with a display of muted enthusiasm.
When leaders of the House and Senate gather in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to dedicate a statue of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, they will honor an American whose innovative agricultural research is credited with saving more than a billion people from starvation. Through his development of high-yield, disease-resistant wheat varieties, along with the advancement of irrigation, fertilization and pest control prevention techniques, Borlaugís breakthroughs rapidly bolstered food supplies in undeveloped parts of the world in whatís known as the Green Revolution.
Large-scale farming and agribusiness, derisively dubbed Big Ag by critics, look to polish their image this week with a Statuary Hall ceremony for a hero in the field and a screening of a documentary about young farmers and ranchers.
Nebraskaís success in recruiting new farmers and ranchers could point the way for other states and Congress to reverse the decline in the number of new producers.
Farmersí markets have spread across the country, and supermarkets and even chain restaurants are vying to lure customers with locally grown foods.
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.
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.
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.
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.