| May 20, 2013, 2:20 p.m.
As the Agriculture committees in the House and Senate turn their attention to considering and reporting out a five-year farm bill this month, it’s important to consider how many Americans have felt the negative effects of not having a comprehensive bill.
| May 17, 2013, 2:25 p.m.
Last year, Congress reauthorized the Food and Drug Administration’s user fee system for drugs and devices made to address human needs, and this year lawmakers are working on similar legislation for the growing industry of animal pharmaceuticals.
| May 17, 2013, 1:40 p.m.
The Food and Drug Administration is able to do its work in part because of a symbiotic relationship with the industries it regulates. But recently that relationship has been knocked off balance.
| May 17, 2013, 5 a.m.
The nation’s largest domestic food aid program should not be the item that sinks the House farm bill when it reaches the floor in June, Agriculture Committee leaders say.
| May 3, 2013, 2:14 p.m.
Admittedly, opponents of farm policy attract more headlines than the men and women who put food on our tables and clothes on our backs.
| May 3, 2013, 1:21 p.m.
A House panel’s decision to look back at mandates set in the 2007 renewable-energy law could be a pivotal moment for industries hoping to slow down growth in the ethanol industry.
| May 3, 2013, 1:19 p.m.
The Renewable Fuel Standard underscores the difficulties of trying to plan for the future.
| May 3, 2013, 1:07 p.m.
Livestock groups, alarmed by the prospect that the Senate farm bill may include national standards for the treatment of egg-laying hens, are trying to pressure Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow to abandon the idea.
| April 24, 2013, 2:54 p.m.
When somebody else pays for their drinks, most partygoers find they want and need more than a modest amount to drink because at an open bar, the cost of a drink is the time spent waiting in line for service. At a cash bar, lines are shorter because most people find they just don’t need that much to drink when they have to pay for it.
| April 20, 2013, 1:48 p.m.
Mississippi’s Thad Cochran, the new ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, could be the wild card among the congressional players involved in writing a farm bill that could have a chance of being signed into law this year.
| April 12, 2013, 6:12 p.m.
Food exemptions aren’t just an issue with the proposed produce standards. The question has now come up as to whether all food producers should conduct record keeping that could make it easier for investigators to track products from farm to fork.
| April 12, 2013, 6:11 p.m.
FOWLER, Calif. — The oranges floating through the chlorine solution in the Bee Sweet Citrus Inc. packing plant will soon be packed in boxes stamped with name brands such as Dole and then shipped off to supermarkets across the country or to destinations in Japan, South Korea and other foreign points.
| April 10, 2013, 6:26 p.m.
President Barack Obama unveiled his $3.77 trillion budget Wednesday, and a survey of CQ Roll Call beat writers turned up the following choice nuggets:
| April 9, 2013, 6:34 p.m.
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| March 15, 2013, 5:56 p.m.
The National School Lunch Program was created in 1946 when leaders, alarmed by the poor health and malnutrition of World War II conscripts, thought a feeding program seemed a good way to raise healthier Americans and to provide another market for farmers for surplus commodity crops and foods.
| March 15, 2013, 5:53 p.m.
Senators pursuing a legislative fix to a new school meal nutrition standard say they are not out to undermine efforts to combat child obesity but that they do believe the Agriculture Department erred in setting limits on the amount of grains and proteins cafeterias could serve students.
| March 14, 2013, 6:39 p.m.
The management of the Environmental Protection Agency and how it interacts with industries it regulates is in need of a major overhaul. The U.S. Pork Industry believes that Gina McCarthy, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the agency’s new administrator, is poised to make that happen.
| March 13, 2013, 5:07 p.m.
Meat packers could be forced to close one day a week under the Agriculture Department’s unfolding plan to address the sequester’s budget cuts.
| March 1, 2013, 7:02 p.m.
Not many agricultural economists get asked to be on a TV comedy show, and not many would probably dare go on, if asked. But Iowa State University’s Bruce Babcock, one of the crop insurance system’s most prominent critics, showed up on “The Colbert Report” last year in the middle of the drought that devastated the Midwest corn crop.
| March 1, 2013, 6:03 p.m.
When Congress overhauled the federal crop insurance system 13 years ago, lawmakers hoped it would reduce the need for rescuing farmers through multibillion-dollar bailouts.