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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 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 wont be a final bill ready for either chamber before the new year 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 thats taken more than two years, the principal negotiators in a farm bill conference showed new signs of optimism Wednesday 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.

Milestones in the Recreation Residence Program

Here are some of the milestones in development of the Forest Services recreation residence program, which allows private cabins on forest lands:

Growing Support for Renewable Packaging and Green Chemistry | Commentary

During a time when partisan politics rule the day, it is sometimes hard for pragmatic bipartisan efforts to cut through the clutter and get the attention they deserve. American workers in the emerging field of renewable chemicals are seeking a level playing field in federal policy, and theyre getting backing from a Democrat from New Jersey and a Republican from Texas.

Farm Bill Should Link Conservation Compliance to Crop Insurance | Commentary

Hugh Hammond Bennett, the father of the modern soil conservation movement, wrote in 1943: Conservation farming put first things first by attending to the needs of the soil by seeing to it that the starting-off place, the base, is put into sound health and kept that way. Any other approach, no matter what it may be, always has and always must lead eventually to agricultural disaster.

It's Time to Rein In the Growth of Food Stamps | Commentary

You recall the great American famine of 2010, dont you? Neither do I, but the outcry surrounding proposals by House Republicans to cut spending on food stamps back to slightly higher than 2010 levels suggests that there surely must have been one.

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Cutting Back on Food Waste Could Have Economic, Environmental Benefits

Clean your plate. It could save the planet.

U.N. Food Waste Stats Show Environmental Impact

The scale of the global food waste problem is almost as hard to grasp is it is to address.

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Can Congress Get Back to Governing?

Two pivotal conference committees could test the post-shutdown theory that now is the time for both parties and chambers to finally come to the table and resolve their differences.

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Lawmakers, Advocates Raise Concerns as SNAP Benefits Shrink

Millions of low-income people will see their purchasing power fall Nov. 1, regardless of the outcome of a larger fight between Democrats and Republicans over future policies and spending levels for the nations largest domestic food aid program.

SNAP Debate Likely to Grow Contentious

More than 20 percent of the population in seven states and the District of Columbia received some form of food aid in 2013 under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, according to a recent Department of Agriculture report.

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Obama Wants Immigration, Farm, Budget Deals

President Barack Obama scolded congressional Republicans on Thursday morning for shutting down the government and flirting with default, while hoping that the end to the episode would lead to budget, immigration and farm bills by the end of the year.

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Cranberry Growers Seek Visibility in Farm Bill, Dietary Guideline Debates

Cranberry farmers turned part of Union Station into a bog Tuesday in a bid by a growers cooperative to draw congressional attention to the tart fruit.

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