ASTA Witness to Testify at Senate Ag Committee Hearing on Farm Bill Research Programs

  • On November 30, 2022

On Tuesday, December 6, Dr. Katy Rainey, Associate Professor, Agronomy, Purdue University, will testify on behalf of ASTA at...

ASTA Supports Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Access to Rural Broadband

  • On November 30, 2022

On November 29, Chairman and ranking member, Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and John Thune (R-SD)  of the Senate Committee...

Rail Unions Make Demands Ahead of Possible Nationwide Rail Strike

  • On November 30, 2022

Several rail unions have rejected the tentative contract agreement offered by the Biden administration in September. If no agreement...

USDA Releases Nationwide Farmer, Rancher and Forest Manager Prospective Customer Survey

  • On November 30, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a nationwide survey seeking feedback from farmers, ranchers and forest managers....

USDA Extends Comment Period for Organic Rule

  • On October 12, 2022

On October 7, USDA announced an extension to the public comment period for the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking...

Biden Issues Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation

  • On October 12, 2022

On September 12, the White House issued an Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable,...

Court Issues Decision on Challenge to USDA Bioengineered Food Disclosure Rule

  • On October 12, 2022

On September 13, the U.S. District Court of Northern California issued its decision on the lawsuit filed against USDA...

APHIS Publishes Three Regulatory Status Reviews

  • On October 12, 2022

In September, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued the first three regulatory status review responses under...

Taylor Nomination Advances out of Committee

  • On September 28, 2022

On September 27, the Senate Agriculture Committee voted to advance the nomination of Alexis Taylor as the Under Secretary...

ASTA Provides Written Testimony for Congressional Conservation Hearing

  • On September 28, 2022

On September 20, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to review and gain stakeholder perspective on Farm Bill...

USDA Announces Delay of Germplasm Deposit Requirement for Asexually Reproduced Varieties Protected by PVPO

  • On September 14, 2022

On August 31, USDA announced the delay of the germplasm deposit requirement for asexually reproduced varieties protected by the...

APHIS Announces New Microbes Q&A and Updated Confirmation Request Guidance

  • On September 14, 2022

On September 1, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) released two resources to answer stakeholder questions regarding...

USDA Approves First Product Under New Review Process for Genetically Engineered Plants

  • On September 14, 2022

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently released a Regulatory Status Review (RSR) of a nutritionally-enhanced purple...

McKalip Nomination Advances out of Committee

  • On September 14, 2022

On September 8, the Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously to approve Doug McKalip, Senior USDA Advisor, to be the...

Senate Finance Committee to Vote on USTR Ag Nominee

  • On August 31, 2022

On September 7, the Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote to send the nomination of USDA adviser Doug...

Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 Signed into Law

  • On August 18, 2022

Last week, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, with both chambers...

Applications Open for USDA Conservation Innovation Grants Classic Program

  • On August 18, 2022

USDA will invest $15 million this year for the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Classic program. This year’s funding priorities...

USDA Proposes Updates to Bioengineered Foods List

  • On August 3, 2022

USDA Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking comments on proposed updates to the list of bioengineered foods. AMS proposed...

EPA Publishes Consent Decree Regarding Treated Seed

  • On July 19, 2022

Earlier this month, EPA published a consent decree regarding the Center for Food Safety’s (CFS) petition on treated seed,...

State of the States

  • On July 7, 2022

Sometimes in the world of governmental affairs, it’s what doesn’t happen that is most significant.  This past year was...