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Lucas to kick off Farm Bill field hearings next week
Today, Chairman Frank Lucas announced a series of field hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill to take place throughout March and April. The first one is scheduled for upstate New York with other stops slated for Illinois, Arkansas and Kansas. The hearings will give Members of the House Agriculture Committee the opportunity to hear firsthand how U.S. farm policy is working for farmers and ranchers in advance of writing legislation.
H.R. 1837 passes a House vote
The bill, authored by Rep. Devin Nunes of Calif., aims to restore 800,000 acre-feet of water to San Joaquin Valley farmers, and fulfill an agreement from a previous settlement in 1994.
California table grape growers offer new scholarships for agricultural degrees
Four $20,000 scholarships available for first time ever in 2012
California table grape growers are now offering four $20,000 four- year scholarships to students residing in the Coachella or San Joaquin valleys who are planning to study agricultural business, science, technology or a related field. The scholarships are available to seniors graduating in 2012 or to high school graduates.
USDA Unveils the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass
Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan unveiled theKnow Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass, an interactive web-based document and map highlighting USDA support for local and regional food projects and successful producer, business and community case studies. While hosting a live webinar to highlight USDA's work over the past three years, the Secretaries emphasized how local and regional food systems across the country create additional economic opportunities for farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs, expand healthy food access and meet growing customer demand.
Rep. Nunes releases a list of H.R. 1837 supporters
Rep. Nunes released a list of supporters of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act.
Congress is scheduled to considered the bill later today. Rep. Nunes has encourage the public to contact your elected officials and express your support of the bill as well as extend your thanks to those who have publicly endorsed H.R. 1837.
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2012 Agriculture Stakeholder Conference: pests, pathways, and partnerships
The purpose of this two day conference is to discuss the future of Agricultural Quarantine Inspection (AQI) initiatives and to garner input on how CBP and APHIS can better serve stakeholder needs.
Inaugural Global Food Policy Report synthesizes food policy actions and events in 2011 and provides outlook for 2012
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) launched the inaugural Global Food Policy Report, the first in a new annual series.
U.S.-EU Organic Trade Partnership
Organic industry representatives provide their comments