Senators urge EPA to raise RFS volumes

A bipartisan group of more than three dozen US Senators has urged the EPA to raise final blending targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2017. Growth Energy says the letter to the EPA outlines the need to keep progress in biofuels production “intact” and urges the agency to put the RFS program back on… Read more »

Sit-in could stand in way of national GMO label

The ranking member of the House Ag Committee says a Democratic sit in protesting guns might stand in the way of a national GMO labeling standard. Congressman Collin Peterson of Minnesota tells Brownfield the outcome of the sit in could be that nothing gets done in the House the remainder of the year. “The other problem… Read more »

ASA fully supports Senate GMO labeling bill

The American Soybean Association (ASA) fully supports the Senate Ag Committee’s compromise GMO labeling bill. ASA first vice president Ron Moore of Illinois says the legislation is long-overdue. “We’ve been working on this bill for over a year because it gives certainty to food manufacturing companies, so they don’t have to reformulate everything.  And it… Read more »

Lucas grills McCarthy on glyphosate memo

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told lawmakers at a House Science committee hearing that it was an unfortunate mistake when EPA published a memo on glyphosate in late April. The report, from the EPA’s Cancer Assessment Review committee, said glyphosate was not likely a carcinogen as was determined by the International Agency for Research on Cancer…. Read more »

Food and ag groups react to GMO compromise

The food and ag industry is generally pleased with Senate Ag Committee leaders’ compromise GMO labeling bill. The bipartisan agreement, released Thursday, would create a national, mandatory GMO labeling system.  The legislation closes the gap on defining genetic engineering and exempts gene editing from the standards.  The measure also exempts meat, dairy and egg products… Read more »

Peterson reacts to Senate GMO labeling bill

The ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee says the Senate GMO labeling bill brings the U.S. closer to clear labeling guidelines for genetically engineered crops. Collin Peterson of Minnesota issued a statement after Senate Ag Committee leaders announced a compromise agreement Thursday. Peterson says a patchwork of labeling laws across state lines is not… Read more »

GMO labeling compromise reached

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A bipartisan agreement on a national GMO labeling standard has been reached. Senators Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow, leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee, have been working to come up with a compromise that could garner enough votes in the Senate to pass before July first. The House GMO labeling bill passed last year that… Read more »

Farmers Union remains opposed to TPP

A Minnesota Farmers Union leader says U.S. agriculture would lose more than it would gain from the Trans Pacific Partnership. MFU Vice President Gary Wertish says trade deals like the TPP can result in currency manipulation. “You’ve got all these countries that can do it; Vietnam devalued their currency last spring for a short time. … Read more »

Amendment keeps meat on the menu for troops

  The Defense Department appropriations bill passed by the U.S. House includes an amendment blocking any attempt to bring “Meatless Mondays” into the U.S. military. The Meatless Mondays campaign is an effort by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to reduce overall meat consumption by removing meat from the menu one day each… Read more »

Senate bill contains rider blocking WOTUS

The fiscal 2017 Interior-Environment spending bill approved Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee contains a rider blocking the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule, also referred to as the Clean Water Act rule. The WOTUS provision would prevent the EPA from enforcing the rule in the event court stays are lifted. Other riders on the… Read more »