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Ellyn Ferguson

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Ellyn Ferguson reports on agriculture and food issues for CQ Roll Call. For nearly 20 years she worked as a Washington-based reporter for Gannett covering the overhaul of federal welfare programs and the writing of several farm policy bills, including the 1996 overhaul. She is a member of the North American Agricultural Journalists and the National Press Club and is former president of the Regional Reporters Association. Ellyn graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville with a degree in journalism.

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Stories by Ellyn Ferguson:

Farmer's Use of Modified Seeds Reaches Supreme Court

Feb. 8, 2013

By developing and inserting a glyphosate- resistant gene into plant DNA, Monsanto Co. has created premium seeds of soybean, canola and cotton able to withstand its Roundup herbicides and similar weed killers.

Kaptur Bill Would Protect Seed Patents, Farmers

Feb. 8, 2013

An Ohio lawmaker says her legislation could provide a middle ground for companies such as Monsanto Co. that want to protect their patented seed from infringement and farmers who want to save and plant genetically engineered seed without fear of a conglomerate suing them.

Farm Bill Extension Is Added to Fiscal Agreement

Dec. 31, 2012

The package worked out between Senate leaders and the White House to avert the fiscal cliff includes provisions to extend current farm law for the rest of fiscal 2013, avoiding a scenario that could lead to a doubling of milk prices.

House Sets Up Three Options to Extend Farm Programs

Dec. 30, 2012

The Congressional Budget Office estimates it would cost $986 million to renew and extend the 2008 farm law for the rest of fiscal 2013, according to a document issued Sunday night.

Rural Co-Op Is Chance for Emerson to Solve Issues

Dec. 16, 2012

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson easily won a ninth term as a GOP member of the House last month, receiving 72 percent of the vote in her southeast Missouri district. And sheís the chairwoman of the Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee, a seat she could expect to retain in the 113th Congress.

One Cow at a Time: Fighting Drug-Resistant Pathogens

Nov. 15, 2012

Antibiotic-resistant super bacteria: It sounds like the makings of a science fiction plot. But itís a real concern for some, and itís the reason the livestock and drug industries are united in a fight on Capitol Hill against efforts to regulate the use of antibiotics in animal feed.

Congress' Microbiologist Refuses to Give Up Antibiotic Fight

Nov. 15, 2012

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter is not a runner, but she shares a marathonerís philosophy when it comes to legislation: Sheís in it for the long haul.

Boehner, Cantor Say House Will Address Farm Bill

Nov. 12, 2012

The unfinished farm bill is on Speaker John A. Boehnerís legislative to-do list, and by the end of the week, Republican leaders may announce how they will proceed.

Farm Bill Politics May Impede Passage of Livestock Disaster Bill

Nov. 2, 2012

As powerful as the storm called Sandy proved to be, it may not be forceful enough to push a stand-alone disaster bill for the livestock industry through Congress.

Farm Bill Chances Still Considered Slim Despite Cantor Remarks

Oct. 26, 2012

The chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee is citing comments by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor as evidence of hope that Congress can produce a final farm bill in this yearís postelection session.

Education Committee Republicans Criticize New School Nutrition Standards

Oct. 19, 2012

The chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee joined GOP critics of new school meal nutrition standards that target obesity, accusing the Agriculture Department of pursuing a ďone-size-fits-all policy that ties the hands of local school lunch providers.Ē

Farm Bill Impasse Wonít Hurt Cotton Agreement with Brazil, Official Says

Sept. 26, 2012

U.S. officials say stalled congressional action on a new farm bill should not unravel an agreement with Brazil that has kept the country from levying nearly $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs on American goods because of subsidies in the cotton program.

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