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Agriculture Nominee Vilsack Splits the Organic Community

Article: Agriculture Nominee Vilsack Splits the Organic Community

WASHINGTON, DC, January 14, 2009 (ENS) – Agriculture Secretary nominee Tom Vilsack had no problem winning over both Democrat and Republican members of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee during his confirmation hearing today, but he has not done as well with the growers and consumers of organic foods. A trial lawyer and two-term…

500 Year Flood Submerges Iowa

Article: 500 Year Flood Submerges Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa, June 16, 2008 (ENS) – “Nearly one third of Iowa is already under water and water levels continue to rise,” said U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, urging federal financial assistance for his state. Waters are still rising in many parts of the state and the president responded. On Sunday, after touring…

Congress Approves Farm Bill With Veto-Proof Majorities

Article: Congress Approves Farm Bill With Veto-Proof Majorities

WASHINGTON, DC, May 19, 2008 (ENS) – The farm bill that passed both houses of Congress last week with veto-proof majorities invests in improved nutrition, conservation, renewable energy and farm programs and includes significant reforms, proponents say. The bill goes Tuesday to President George W. Bush, who is expected to veto the measure. With the…

Senate Passes Farm Bill Strong on Bioenergy, Conservation

Article: Senate Passes Farm Bill Strong on Bioenergy, Conservation

Switchgrass can yield almost twice as much ethanol as corn, estimates geneticist Ken Vogel. (Photo by Brett Hampton courtesy USDA) WASHINGTON, DC, December 17, 2007 (ENS) – The U.S. Senate Friday approved a $286 billion farm bill shepherded through by Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, who chairs the Agriculture Committee. The measure improves farm income…