Congress to Decide Fate of COOL

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By a vote of 38 to 6, the House Agriculture Committee today approved legislation to effectively repeal country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork, and chicken. “This bill is a targeted response that will remove uncertainty and restore stability for the United States by bringing us back into compliance,” Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) said. “We will continue …

Audio, Government, Trade

Industry Pleased with White House Pollinator Plan

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Last June, President Obama called for an interagency Task Force to create a Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. Tuesday, the Task Force released its strategy, under the joint leadership of EPA and USDA. Industry reaction to the plan, which outlines actions to be taken by more than a dozen other federal agencies and departments, …

ARA, Bayer, Bees, Environment, EPA, Government, NCGA, pesticides, pollinators

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Heidi Heitkamp

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Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp. The North Dakota Democrat was instrumental in crafting the 2014 farm bill and now has proposed legislation to address uncertainty over renewable fuels and waters of the US as well as expanding trade with Cuba. In this interview Senator Heitkamp shares her thoughts on food labeling and outlines senate debate …

Agri-Pulse, Audio, Government

Final WTO COOL Ruling Goes Against U.S.

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As expected, the World Trade Organization today issued a final ruling against the United States over Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for livestock and meat products. The final ruling maintained previous conclusions that “the amended COOL measure increases the record-keeping burden for imported livestock entailed by the original COOL measure.” The Appellate Body agreed with the panel that the recordkeeping …

Government, Livestock, Trade

Nationwide Efforts of Protect the Harvest

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Protect the Harvest is an advocacy group that started in Missouri five years ago to fight back against animal activists groups. During the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, policies impacting the future of animal agriculture was an important issue discussed. Brian Klippenstein, Executive Director, Protect the Harvest, spoke on how they are helping farmers and ranchers nationwide provide for a …

Ag Group, Animal Activists, Animal Agriculture, Government

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Collin Peterson

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Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features the House Ag Committee Ranking Member Rep. Collin Peterson. The Minnesota Democrat discusses his position on Trade Promotion Authority for the Obama administration and the dangers of change to the nation’s crop insurance program. He also believes environmentalists have control of the White House and favors congressional action to thwart implementation of the new …

Agri-Pulse, Audio, Government

New Holland Exec Testifies in PA

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New Holland North America Vice President Abe Hughes testified this week before the Pennsylvania House Majority Policy Committee to provide insight into the company’s view of the economy and business climate in the state, specifically regarding agriculture. During his testimony, Abe Hughes shared his perspective on topics such as property tax relief for farmers, farm labor, and New Holland’s support …

Agribusiness, Government, New Holland

Senate Ag Grain Standards Act Hearing

Cindy Zimmerman

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing Tuesday to review the U.S. Grain Standards Act, which has provisions that expire this year. The act authorizes USDA’s Federal Grain Inspection Service to establish marketing standards for a variety of grains and oilseeds and was last reauthorized in 2005. “Predictability and transparency are key to maintaining a global …

ASA, Government, Grains, Soybean

UAS Pathfinder Program Includes Ag

Cindy Zimmerman

At the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems international conference in Atlanta on Wednesday, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced new partnerships with industries, including agriculture, to explore the next steps in unmanned aircraft operations. “We’re calling it the Pathfinder Program,” said Huerta. “We’re partnering with three leading U.S. companies who have committed extensive resources to perform research that …

aerial, Audio, Government, Precision Agriculture, UAV

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Debbie Stabenow

John Davis

Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features the Ranking Member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Sen. Debbie Stabenow. The Michigan Democrat says she’s concerned about the budget process and is ready to defend the agriculture policy she and others worked so hard to approve. Stabenow says she wants to export products not jobs. In this interview, she shares her reservations about …

Agri-Pulse, Government