Public Meetings, Congressional Hearings, Calls for Comments


  • Congress has adjourned for the August Recess and is scheduled to return on September 8, 2015. 


  • Chairman Conaway pleased with federal judge's WOTUS block. House Agriculture Committee
  • Dems to FDA: Help small farmers comply with new food safety rules. The Hill
  • When Congress returns from vacation, budget fight looms. Reuters
  • Congressional staffers get ground-level look at agriculture. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Will Senate move on COOL before next WTO action? Agri-Pulse
  • Why President Obama and Congress turned their backs on food safety. Politico




  • Statement from Secretary Tom Vilsack on Updated 2015 U.S. Farm Income Forecast. USDA
  • USDA unveils new strategy to conserve Sage Grouse habitat on private lands. USDA
  • Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the passing of Amelia Boynton Robinson. USDA
  • USDA expands farm safety net, offers greater flexibility for beginning, organic and fruit and vegetable growers. USDA
  • Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on updated forecast for U.S. agricultural exports. USDA
  • USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to give key remarks on child nutrition at Center for American Progress. USDA
  • Consumer Reports points to bacteria in ground beef, while USDA and other groups deny danger. Agri-Pulse
  • USDA offers back-to-school food safety tips for parents. Food Safety News
  • USDA is being sued for withholding information about GMOs. Business Insider
  • Former USDA Chief of Staff Brian Baenig to head BIO's Food and Agriculture Section. Agri-Pulse
  • Agriculture chief promises more sage grouse spending in West as bird becomes political issue. Newser
  • Ag exports to drop slightly from FY 2015 but still strong, USDA says. Agri-Pulse


  • Clinton lays out four-part plan for rural America. Agri-Pulse
  • Candidates on display at Iowa State Fair. Roll Call
  • U.S. Secretary of Agriculture endorses Hillary Clinton. Politico
  • White House won't rule out Obama primary endorsement. The Hill
  • President Obama would face impossible choice between Biden, Clinton. The Hill
  • Republicans worry Donald Trump will hurt their Senate chances. The Hill
  • Open Governor's race could lure Senator Heidi Heitkamp home to North Dakota. Roll Call
  • Ben Carson likes his burgers - and his bees. Agri-Pulse
  • Christie, Jindal draw protests at Iowa State Fair. Agri-Pulse
  • Cruz pledges to curb 'locust' regulators. Agri-Pulse
  • Clinton angling to President Obama's left on climate. The Hill
  • Biden checking 'emotional fuel' as he considers a presidential run. Wall Street Journal
  • Biden more competitive than Clinton against leading Republicans: Poll. Bloomberg Politics
  • Rand Paul in for the 'Long Haul' - but can he make it that far? Roll Call
  • What Hillary didn't say in ag speech - West Virginia court says NO(TUS) to WOTUS injunction - Preventive controls countdown. Politico
  • Agriculture gets the attention of Hillary Clinton. Agri-Pulse


  • Judge blocks WOTUS rule one day before scheduled implementation. Agri-Pulse
  • Scientist: 'Vilification' of biotechnology risks food security. Agri-Pulse
  • EPA knew of 'blowout' risk for tainted water at gold mine. Washington Post
  • Officials, farmers preparing for fall bird flu outbreak amid ongoing mystery. Iowa Public Radio


  • Germany starts move to ban GMO crops - ministry letter. Reuters
  • Number of Ethiopians needing food aid surges to 4.5 million after failed rains. Reuters
  • Major business group halts fundraisers over Ex-Im fight. The Hill


  • Navajo farmers reject use of water after mine spill. Washington Post
  • Schools struggling with costlier meals, survey says. Agri-Pulse
  • (Opinion) The FDA is making a big change to nutrition labels, and it's probably a mistake. Washington Post
  • US (NM): Chile industry wants new guest worker program. Fresh Plaza


Notice of Intent To Request an Early Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently approved information collection, the Bee and Honey Survey.
DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by October 23, 2015 to be assured of consideration.

Pesticide Product Registrations; Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products.
DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 24, 2015.

Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
ACTION: Notice of filing of petitions and request for comment.
SUMMARY: This document announces EPA's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 25, 2015.


Pesticides; Certification of Pesticide Applicators
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: EPA is proposing changes to the existing regulation concerning the certification of applicators of restricted use pesticides (RUPs) in response to extensive stakeholder review of the regulation and its implementation since 1974. 
DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 23, 2015.

Call for Comments

IFT calls for comments on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  For details please refer to