The bill, H.R. 3189, introduced in early October by Scott Tipton (R-CO), gained bipartisan support early on and received strong support from a broad coalition of local, state and national stakeholders concerned with recent federal attempts to hijack privately held water rights.
“This is further evidence that a growing biodiesel industry and a strong Renewable Fuel Standard are good for the economy,” said Anne Steckel, Vice President of Federal Affairs at the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced its final rule to complete efforts to modernize the agency’s import regulations for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), demonstrating to the international community that the United States is committed to bas ing.
beef products containing finely textured beef should be clearly labeled,” said John Keating, Cargill Beef president. “We’ve listened to the public, as well as our customers, and that is why today we are declaring our commitment to labeling finely textured beef.
The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), along with project partners Ducks Unlimited (DU), The Climate Trust (TCT) and The Nature Conservancy, announced positive results from their joint collaboration — an innovative Avoided Grassland Conversion carbon project.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it has awarded nearly $10 million to a consortium of academic, industry and government organizations led by Colorado State University (CSU) and their partners to research using insectkilled trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for bioenergy.
Last Wednesday, Congressman David Valadao (R-CA) joined two other Republicans in his support of H.R. 15, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, legislation aimed at reforming the United States immigration system..
“I hope we are keenly aware of our responsibility to put policy in place that is good for our farmers, ranchers, consumers and those who have hit difficult times. This takes place despite considering a complicated bill in an environment where the political battles can be loud and unhelpful.
The Senate passed its comprehensive farm bill in the early summer, while the House passed its farm policy and food aid proposals in two separate measures. Now the two will see if an agreement can be reached by Jan. 1, the latest deadline before parts of federal agricultural policy could revert back to 1940s-era laws and price.
On Oct. 18, 2013 Canada and the European Union (EU) came to an agreement and signing, at least in principle, on the Canada-EU: Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). While negotiations and drafting of the final text will continue over the coming months, the signing indicates that all major issues between the parties have been settled.