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Republicans force Obama to veto anti-WOTUS measure

From Agri-Pulse Congressional Republicans have set the stage for President Obama to issue an election-year veto to preserve his administration’s Clean Water Act rule that is widely unpopular with farm groups. In a largely symbolic gesture, the House on Wednesday gave final congressional approval to a disapproval resolution that would eliminate the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. Obama ... Read More »

USTR’s Vetter says delays in considering TPP may cost U.S. farmers

From Agri-Pulse Darci Vetter, the top agricultural negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, says the longer Congress waits to take action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the greater the potential loss for U.S. exporters and for the country’s farmers and ranchers. During a press conference Sunday at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Orlando, Fla., a reporter noted ... Read More »

Unhealthy Fixation

The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud. Labeling them will not make you safer. From Slate Is genetically engineered food dangerous? Many people seem to think it is. In the past five years, companies have submitted more than 27,000 products to the Non-GMO Project, which certifies goods that are free of genetically modified organisms. ... Read More »

CFTC gives farmers, elevators break on record keeping

From Agri-Pulse Farmers, ranchers and grain elevator operators who use the commodity futures market to manage risk are getting relief from some record-keeping requirements. Under a final rule approved today by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, certain participants in the commodities markets will not have keep written pre-trade communications or records transmitted via text messages regarding transactions that lead to the execution of ... Read More »

GMO labeling fight set to rekindle in January

From Agri-Pulse Lawmakers are pledging to re-double efforts to pass legislation early next year to block state GMO labeling laws and set national disclosure standards. The industry wanted to get a bill attached to the must-pass fiscal 2016 spending agreement that congressional leaders reached on Tuesday, but talks stalled and Senate Democrats stopped even a temporary preemption measure from being included.   ... Read More »

EPA broke law by using web to promote WOTUS, GAO finds

From Agri-Pulse EPA violated restrictions on using appropriations for grassroots lobbying when it employed social media to promote the proposed Clean Water Rule, the Government Accountability Office said in a legal opinion Application of the rule, also known as “WOTUS” for “waters of the United States,” has been stayed by federal courts, and language prohibiting the rule’s implementation has become an ... Read More »

Supreme Court to resolve Clean Water Act confusion

From the Capital Press The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide if landowners can legally challenge whether their properties are subject to the federal Clean Water Act. The nation’s highest court will review a case about whether a landowner can fight in court against a “jurisdictional determination” by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that a property is subject ... Read More »

USDA to require permit for GE wheat field trials

From Agri-Pulse USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today that as of Jan. 1, it will require developers of genetically engineered wheat varieties to apply for permits before conducting field trials. The agency told stakeholders its decision to employ a “more stringent permit process” – over the current notification process – “will provide added protection that GE wheat ... Read More »

House votes to reauthorize Surface Transportation Board

From Agri-Pulse Key farm and industry stakeholders applauded the House’s Thursday passage of a bill to reauthorize the Surface Transportation Board (STB) – the federal railroad regulatory agency. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, introduced the bill (S 808) to “help address the uncertainty encountered by businesses and agriculture producers who are ... Read More »

GMO labeling fix to be top priority in January, Stabenow says

From Agri-Pulse With chances for a year-end deal on GMO labeling all but gone, the top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee said it would be a top priority early next year.   “I think it will be the first thing we have to work on in January,” Debbie Stabenow of Michigan told Agri-Pulse on recently. Read the rest of the story ... Read More »