Afternoon Ag

As of today, there are only seven days left for Congress to come to a compromise on national GMO labeling, ahead of the Vermont law coming into effect July 1, 2016. Negotiations continue between the U.S. Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking member Debbie Stabenow.

At the same time, two sets are sitting firm on their positions: The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food is open to a legislative deal that would make GMO disclosure mandatory, so long as other disclosure methods could e used. However, the Center for Food Safety, the Orgnaic Consumers Association and other groups are refusing to budge, firm on their position that on-farm language is necessary, as it will be in the looming Vermont labeling law.

Tune in this Thursday as we catch up with prominent leaders within the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food to get their views.

Senators Seek Transparency on ARC

In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst requested more information from the United States Department of Agriculture regarding the methodology for determining county yields for the Agriculture Risk Coverage or ARC County program.

National Ag Week (Mar 13-19)

It's National Ag Week March 13-19, 2016! This is a time when producers, ag businesses, schools, government agencies, and others gather nationwide to recognize and celebrate the role agriculture plays in our communities. Help celebrate the value of agriculture in our daily lives and spread the news of how agriculture continues to fuel America!

Senate Ag Committee Passes Bill to Preempt State GMO Labeling Laws

Yesterday, in a vote of 14-6, the Senate Agriculture Committee moved to approve a bill that would stop states from requiring GMO labeling. More specifically, the bill would create new voluntary labels for companies that want to use them on food packages that contain genetically modified ingredients. It would also block a first-time labeling requirement that is set to take effect in Vermont in July.