Ag Groups Support Non-GMO Label Bill

From: AgWired

Cindy Zimmerman

Agricultural organizations are voicing support for the bi-partisan Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act introduced in the U.S. House Wednesday by Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G. K. Butterfield (D-NC).

The bill includes a new provision to allow those who wish to label their products as GMO-free to do so by through an accredited certification process. “Our goal for this legislation remains to provide clarity and transparency in food labeling, support innovation, and keep food affordable,” said Pompeo.

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New technologies reduce physical strain for farmers

From: The Country Today

By Karyn Eckert, Regional Editor

MARSHFIELD — In­no­va­tions in farm equip­ment are al­low­ing farm­ers to keep the life they love, even af­ter a life-threat­en­ing in­jury.

Hor­tonville farmer Keith Pos­selt said his life changed Jan. 31, 1997. While chang­ing a silo door, he slipped and fell 35 feet down a silo chute. Pos­selt said he never lost con­scious­ness but laid at the bot­tom of the silo un­til a neigh­bor found him.

Pos­selt shat­tered his T7 ver­te­brae and learned he would never walk again.

“Be­fore I left the hos­pi­tal, I de­cided I wanted to con­tinue farm­ing,” he said.

EPA’s McCarthy pledges to make Wotus rule ‘reasonable’

Editor’s Note: Cross-posted from OIRA Watch

From: Agri-Pulse

By Philip Brasher

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2015 – The Obama administration is promising to rewrite its proposed Clean Water Act rule to ensure that farmers have clear guidance about what streams, ditches and ponds will be regulated.

Speaking to the National Farmers Union annual convention in Wichita, Kansas, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the final rule is being prepared for White House review, and that the administration still intends to complete it this spring.

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Bill introduced to exempt agribusiness from regulatory burden

From: The Ripon Advance

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On Wednesday, legislation supported by the agricultural industry that would eliminate a problematic regulation was introduced by Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Jerry Moran (R-KS).

The bipartisan bill would remove – for qualifying agricultural professionals – the current requirement to obtain a hazardous material endorsement before transporting diesel fuel, which is necessary for many farming and ranching operations.

MPs call for reform of EU’s ‘flawed’ rules on GM crops

Editor’s Note: See CRE’s discussion of the Parliamentary report on the “precautionary principle” here.

From: BBC

By Helen Briggs, Environment correspondent

Europe’s approval system for genetically modified (GM) crops is “fundamentally flawed”, say MPs.

The process assumes GM plants pose greater risks than conventional plants, which is not backed by scientific evidence, the parliamentary Science and Technology Committee report says.

It calls for GM crops to be regulated on the basis of their characteristics not the method used to produce them.

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