Dec 11 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators announced new guidelines
that call on global pharmaceutical companies to phase out the
use of some antibiotics meant to enhance growth in animals used
for food, hoping to stem a growing tide of bacterial resistance
to the same drugs when they are prescribed for humans.
In guidance issued on Wednesday, the Food and Drug
Administration asked global drugmakers and animal health
companies including Eli Lilly & Co and Zoetis to
voluntarily revise labels of medically-important antibiotics to
remove references to use in animal production.
WASHINGTON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – The four top negotiators for
the new U.S. farm bill, already a year behind schedule, said on
Tuesday they would not complete work until January on the
legislation to cut food stamps for the poor and expand crop
insurance for farmers.
After an hour-long meeting, the leaders said the farm bill,
which covers issues from crop subsidies to farm exports and food
aid, would not be ready for action before Congress adjourns for
WASHINGTON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Lower prices created
resurgent demand for U.S. corn at home and abroad, including in
the ethanol market, the U.S. government forecast on Tuesday,
resulting in smaller, but still ample, stocks at the end of this
U.S. soybean stocks for 2013/14 were forecast down sharply
from a month ago, but projected wheat stocks in the United
States and globally were higher, largely reflecting a record
crop in Canada, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Speaker John Boehner, in his gloomiest assessment yet, lamented the lack of “real progress” toward a compromise $500 billion farm bill and said on Thursday the House would try to head off a potential doubling of milk prices in January.
Congress is more than a year behind schedule in overhauling U.S. farm law, hobbled by a disagreement over cuts in food stamps for the poor. House Republicans have proposed tighter rules that would disqualify 8 percent of recipients – too steep a cut for Democrats to accept.
WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. government in recent
years has not needed to prop up grain farmers’ income with
subsidies, but those payments could come roaring back if the
lower ethanol mandate proposed this month drives corn prices
lower, as many analysts expect.
The likely change to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) comes
as lawmakers are in the final stages of deliberations on a new
five-year farm bill.
WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (Reuters) – The four key negotiators on
the new farm bill are miles apart on the paramount issue – the
level of cuts in the major U.S. anti-hunger program – with no
sign of compromise as time runs down for legislative action
before the end of the year.
Four hours of face-to-face meetings on Wednesday and
Thursday failed to produce an agreement. House Agriculture
chairman Frank Lucas told reporters on Thursday that no more
meetings were planned this week.
WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Time is quickly running out
to write a new $500 billion U.S. farm policy this year and one
of the biggest problems facing the four key negotiators on the
project is how much to cut spending on food stamps for the poor.
Without an agreement by the end of this week it may be
impossible to enact a new farm law this year. Congress is more
than a year behind schedule in replacing the now-expired 2008
law; it adjourns for the year in mid-December.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Wall Street’s top U.S. derivatives regulator could soon be left with a leadership vacuum after a key U.S. senator said Tuesday she does not expect her committee to vote on President Barack Obama’s nominees to replace its departing commissioners until the new year.
“We are talking about doing this after the first of the year,” Senate Agriculture Chairman Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Democrat, told reporters in the hallway of a Capitol Hill office building.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A congressional agreement to tighten U.S. farm subsidy rules for the benefit of small and family farmers is under attack in the final negotiations over a new, overdue farm bill, two senators said on Tuesday, with time running short.
Leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture committees face an informal deadline at the end of this week to strike an agreement on a $500 billion compromise, if they hope to pass a bill this year. Congress could adjourn for the year in mid-December.
WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Lawmakers writing the final
version of the new U.S. farm bill should reject the “hatchet”
cuts that House Republicans want to make to food stamps for the
poor, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday.
Food stamps, which account for the bulk of spending in the
$500 billion bill, are the make-or-break issue for the farm
bill, which is already more than a year overdue.