FOOD SAFETY: FDA and USDA Should Strengthen Pesticide Residue Monitoring Programs and Further Disclose Monitoring Limitations

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) most recent data from 2008 through 2012 show that pesticide residue violation rates in 10 selected fruits and vegetables were low, but FDA’s approach to monitoring for violations, which targets commodities it has identified as high risk, has limitations. Among other things, GAO found that FDA tests relatively few […]

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Support the bipartisan global food security bill

Dear Colleague:
Every night, more than 800 million people around the world go to bed hungry. Approximately 165 million children under age five – or 1 in 4 – are stunted, leading to lifelong conditions of poor health, impaired cognitive and physical development and diminished productivity.

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Cosponsor the Agricultural Conservation Flexibility Act — Join a Bipartisan Majority of the House Agriculture Committee

From: The Honorable Reid J. Ribble Sent By: paul.bleiberg@mail.house.gov Bill: H.R. 5071 Date: 10/27/2014 Cosponsor the Agricultural Conservation Flexibility Act Join a Bipartisan Majority of the House Agriculture Committee Cosponsors (67):  Benishek, Bishop (GA), Braley, Bridenstine, Byrne, Coble, Cole, Collins (NY), Collins (GA), Conaway, Costa, Cramer, Crawford, Daines, R. Davis (IL), DelBene, Denham, Duffy, Enyart, […]

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S. 2484, South Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on September 17, 2014 S. 2484 would implement the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean (Convention). CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would cost less than $500,000 a year over the 2015-2019 period, […]

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TODAY: DOE and EIA House Staff Briefing on Winter Fuels Outlook

From: The Honorable Robert E. Latta Sent By: Mandy.Gunasekara@mail.house.gov Date: 10/20/2014 Dear Colleague, Please join us for a bipartisan staff briefing with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Energy Information Administration (EIA) to discuss the winter fuels outlook. The briefing will be held Today, Monday, October 20th at 3:30 pm in 2123 Rayburn HOB. […]

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Cosponsor the Agricultural Conservation Flexibility Act — Join a Bipartisan Majority of the House Agriculture Committee

Dear Colleague,

This spring, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issued an Interpretive Rule (IR) with the intent of clarifying the scope of the normal farming, ranching, and silvicultural exemptions under Section 404(f)(1)(A) of the Clean Water Act. The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to review the IR and hear the concerns of impacted stakeholders. While the agencies have asserted that the IR would broaden the scope of the existing agricultural exemptions, it has since become clear that nothing could be further from the truth.

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Dear Colleague – Briefing on School Nutrition Standards

From: The Committee on Education and The Workforce – Minority Staff Sent By: scott.groginsky@mail.house.gov Date: 10/3/2014 Dear Colleague, Children’s health is significantly affected by nutrition, including the food kids eat at school, where they consume as much as half of their daily calories. With new federal school food standards taking effect this year and others […]

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Lunch Briefing: Soy 101

From: The Honorable Adrian Smith Sent By: ansley.mick@mail.house.gov Date: 9/30/2014 Dear Colleague: Please join the Modern Ag Caucus and the American Soybean Association for a lunch briefing today, Tuesday, September 30th at 11:30am as soybean farmers explain modern farming practices and answer your questions about key issues impacting the industry. What: Lunch Briefing: Soy 101 […]

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