Senate spending bill sets aside $25M for office moves
The Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee yesterday approved a $23.1 billion spending bill for the next fiscal year that includes $25 million to help the Department of Agriculture relocate two research agencies from Washington, D.C., to the Kansas City area.
Enviros sue over logging in Rim Fire-damaged area
Environmental groups are suing the Forest Service over a logging project in areas damaged by the Rim Fire in California in 2013.
Senators press Trump for new refinery waiver
Eight Republican senators urged President Trump yesterday to endorse a new type of biofuel blending waiver for oil refineries, if the administration backs an increase in annual volumes of the alternative fuel.
USDA wants nonmoving researchers to keep working
The Department of Agriculture is asking research agency employees who've declined to relocate to Kansas City to keep working in Washington for months longer than they anticipated.
Lawmakers seek to increase research funding
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced legislation this week to boost agricultural research by 5% a year, a proposal that advocates said could help make up for years of flat spending.