Walden to Chair House Energy and Commerce Committee

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) was named as the new House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman. The nine-term congressman and former radio station owner currently chairs the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Walden for the past four years served as chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee. He will succeed outgoing committee chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.),[…]

Russia’s Krasnodar Region Restricts Movement of Live Pigs Over Swine Fever

Russia’s southern Krasnodar region has imposed restrictions on the movement of live pigs, setting up police checkpoints in a bid to stop the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), the regional agriculture ministry said. There were 10 outbreaks of ASF, a highly contagious fever among pigs, in Krasnodar last month, according to Russia’s agriculture safety[…]

Georgia Suspends Chicken Price for First Time in Over 40 Years

The Georgia Dock chicken-price index, an industry benchmark whose reliability has been questioned in recent months, will not be published this week because of a lack of data from participating producers, the Georgia Department of Agriculture said. The department, which has compiled the index since 1972, had a “significant reduction” in participants after new reporting[…]

EPA Outlines Actions to Improve Safety and Reliability of Nation’s Drinking Water

EPA released a plan that serves as a national call to action, urging all levels of government, utilities, community organizations, and other stakeholders to work together to increase the safety and reliability of drinking water. The plan includes six priority actions: strengthen source water protection; reduce lead risks; educate the public on drinking water safety,[…]