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21 May 2015 - House Moves Quickly to Repeal COOL after WTO Ruling

The House Agriculture Chairman, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), introduced legislation repealing the controversial Country of Origin Labeling requirements after the WTO ruled against the U.S.

 

21 May 2015 - White House Tasks Force Releases Pollinator Report

The White House Task Force released its National Strategy to Promote Pollinator Health and its Pollinator Research Action Plan.

 

21 May 2015 - Drought Emergency Declared in Washington State

With mountain snowpack at 16 percent of average totals, Governor Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency for the state of Washington.

 

21 May 2015 - California Farmers Pitch a Deal

A group of Sacramento and San Joaquin river delta farmers offered to relinquish 25 percent of their water rights so long as the state guarantees that it will not restrict the remaining 75 percent in the future, no matter if the drought continues.

 

21 May 2015 - Good Idea or Shaky Investment?

The Svalbard seed bank, is located within an Arctic mountainside which contains the world’s most prized crops.

 

21 May 2015 - Federally Backed GMO-Free Label

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack outlined a proposal to develop a certification process and label for companies wishing to market their products as GMO-free.

 

21 May 2015 - Farmers May Soon Get the Green Light to Fly Drones

With current government restrictions and regulations on drone technology developing, some farmers can’t wait and are willing to break the law and risk paying tens of thousands of dollars.

 

Federal Policy Updates

Updated May 21, 2015 4:30 PM ET

         U.S. Congress

Legislation - Repeal COOL on Beef, Pork, and Chicken

       Federal Register

EPA - Stone Fruit, Onions, Cabbage, Squash, and more Pesticide Petitions
EPA - Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Revisions
EPA - Pesticide Tolerance Exemption
NOP - National Organic Standards Board Nominations

Agency Announcements

AMS - USDA Cites Several Businesses for PACA Violations (1)
AMS - Honey Order Referendum Results
AMS - Proposals on New Organic Promotion Order
AMS - $11.9 Million to Assist with Organic Certification Costs
NIFA - Funding to Agriculture Science at Non-Land-Grant Colleges and Universities
NRCS - Environmental Benefits of Organic Systems
PTO - New Plant Patents (2)
USDA - Expand Investment in Water Conservation, Resilience across Drought-Stricken States

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (7)

Agency Reports

ERS - Economic Burden of Major Foodborne Illnesses
ERS - U.S. Production of Sweet Potatoes Continues to Grow
ERS - Farm Production Cost Rise to 10.5 cents per U.S. Dollar
NASS - Crop Production
RMA - Federal Crop Insurance Corp Business Report

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