WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican budget-cutters joined with Democratic defenders of food stamps on Thursday to deal a shocking defeat to the proposed $500 billion, five-year farm bill backed by Republican leaders, undermining hopes of enacting such legislation before the current stop-gap law expires.
“Today’s failure leaves the entire food and agriculture sector in the lurch,” the American Soybean Association, a group which represents growers, said in a statement.
WASHINGTON, June 19 (Reuters) – An executive with Monsanto
Co and two other pioneers in agricultural biotechnology
said their selection as winners of the $250,000 World Food Prize
on Wednesday should encourage the wider use of genetically
The Iowa foundation that administers the prize, created by
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug, said genetically
modified crops offer higher yields and more resistance to pests,
plant disease and harsh weather.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The unapproved genetically modified wheat that was discovered sprouting in Oregon appears to have been “a single isolated incident,” U.S. agricultural officials said on Friday in their most detailed description yet of their ongoing investigation.
The Department of Agriculture said in a statement it had found no genetically modified seeds in any field it investigated beyond the original site, and “all information collected so far shows no indication” any biotech wheat was in the food chain.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the U.S. House of Representatives gets ready to debate a $500 billion, five-year farm bill, environmentalists and fiscal hawks warn the legislation could leave taxpayers on the hook for expensive new subsidies to growers if crop prices fall.
House Speaker John Boehner this week said he would vote for the bill, despite misgivings over dairy subsidies, and that a majority of House Republicans would support the bill.
WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) – The Democratic-run U.S.
Senate passed a $500 billion, five-year farm bill on Monday that
expands a taxpayer-subsidized crop insurance program and rejects
sweeping cuts in food stamps for the poor being pursued in the
House of Representatives.
The bill passed easily, 66 to 27, and now goes to the
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives panel in charge of agricultural funding rejected on Wednesday the Obama administration’s request for a sweeping change to food aid programs that have been in place since the Cold War.
It was the second defeat in three days for the White House budget proposal to use up to 45 percent of funding for “Food for Peace,” the major U.S. food aid program, to buy food from nations near hunger zones instead of American-grown food.
WASHINGTON, June 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. government is
working with private companies to develop a rapid test for
genetically modified wheat in response to fears about an
unapproved wheat strain, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
Buyers in Asia and Europe have shunned U.S. wheat since USDA
announced last week that a strain of wheat, modified by Monsanto
Co for herbicide tolerance, was found in an Oregon
field. Genetically modified wheat is not approved for
cultivation anywhere in the world.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate voted on Monday to make only a minor change in the main U.S. global food aid program, rebuffing President Barack Obama’s call for the biggest reform of the hunger relief program since the Cold War.
Senators agreed in a voice vote to allocate only $60 million a year for the purchase of food aid under the Food for Peace program in or near the country for which it is destined.
WASHINGTON, SEOUL June 3 (Reuters) – The United States has
expanded its search team in Oregon as it hunts for the source of
unapproved genetically modified wheat found growing wild on a
farm there in April.
An Agriculture Department spokesman told Reuters on Monday
that a team of 15 is now collecting evidence and information,
versus nine investigators on the ground last week. He said there
are “no indications that there is any GE (genetically
engineered) wheat in commerce.”
WASHINGTON/SEOUL, May 31 (Reuters) – Two days after news
that genetically modified wheat had been found growing in
Oregon, U.S. officials said they were no closer to knowing how
it appeared, while South Korea joined Japan in suspending some
U.S. wheat purchases.
A top official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture said
Friday that investigators were “pursuing many avenues” to
determine how the wheat – which carries a gene making it
resistant to herbicide – popped up in late April.