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Trump Signs $867 Billion Farm Bill

Overall, the bill reauthorizes a host of agriculture and nutrition programs through fiscal year 2023 (Sept. 30, 2023) and has an estimated price tag of $867 billion over a decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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Rural Americans More Likely to Die from Preventable Causes

To bring awareness to the unique needs of America's rural and frontier communities, National Rural Health Day is recognized today, and every third Thursday of November.

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Energy, Agriculture Actions in 2018 Unified Agenda

A host of energy and agricultural regulatory actions encompassing bioengineered food, clothes dryers, offshore oil drilling, fuel efficiency and much more were announced when the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) released the Fall 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.

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Biggest Growth Sector in the Rural Economy Is ...

Can you guess the biggest growth industry in Rural America? Its not oil, not natural gas. It's not agriculture. It's definitely not manufacturing.

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Key Environmental, Agricultural Issues in Omnibus Bill

Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, more commonly referred to as the FY 2018 omnibus. NCSL staff compiled summaries covering environmental and agricultural issues. 

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What's In the Omnibus Bill for Transportation and Energy

NCSL Natural Resource and Infrastructure Committee staff compiled summaries covering transportation, energy and health and human services in the 2018 Omnibus bill. Other federal departments will be covered in a subsequent post.

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What Happens Now to WOTUS?

In National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense the Supreme Court held unanimously that a legal challenge to the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) must begin in a federal district court, and not a federal court of appeals. What this ruling means for the 2015 WOTUS definitional rule is unclear.

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Senate Approves Mandatory GMO Labeling Bill; Pre-empts State Authority

The Senate has approved a bill requiring mandatory labeling of certain bioengineered products while also preempting any existing or future state labeling requirements.

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Regulating GMO Labelling at State and Federal Levels

The first state law requiring certain genetically modified food to be labeled as such goes into effect tomorrow, July 1. 

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Keeping America's Food Supply Safe

Americans enjoy the safest food in the world. Keeping it that way, however, presents a daunting challenge.

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