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WASHINGTON, June 5, 2016 -The food and agriculture industry's hopes for blocking Vermont's first-in-the-nation GMO labeling requirements are hanging on Senate negotiations that suddenly became serious late last week.
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2016 - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration should go through a public rulemaking process before imposing new Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations on fertilizer dealers who handle anhydrous ammonia, a committee report accompanying a Senate appropriations bill says.
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2016 - The U.S. will export 1.9 billion bushels of corn in the year starting Sept. 1, up 50 million bushels from the May forecast, USDA said today in a monthly report, as late-season heat has damaged the crop in Brazil and Argentina's harvest has suffered from delays.
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2016 - There are signs of
progress in the search for a congressional agreement on biotech
labeling. Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, ranking Democrat Debbie
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2016 - While fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is at an all-time low, Republican lawmakers complained sharply during a three-hour hearing Thursday that USDA needs to do a better job of combating it and said states should get more control over the initiative formerly known as food stamps.
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2016 - Public and private skilled nursing facilities should soon be able to provide more and better telemedical services after the Senate gave final congressional approval to the Rural Health Care Connectivity Act
WASHINGTON, June 9,
2016 - EPA officials heard from all sides of the Renewable Fuel Standard debate
on Thursday, and one thing is certain: No one is content with the most recent
proposal as it is currently written.
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2016 - USDA's efforts to approve China to export processed chicken to the U.S. sets a strong example of how trade should be based on science and international rules, Alexis Taylor, the department's deputy under secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service, said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2016 - Gene drives -- which use genetic information to eliminate undesirable traits in an organism -- hold great promise for solving public health, ecological or agricultural problems. But that doesn't mean society should rush to release them into the environment without fully examining their impacts, a National Academy of Sciences panel has concluded.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Michel Nischan, CEO and Founder of Wholesome Wave, and an award-winning chef. The USDA announced a second amount of funding for the nonprofit to expand its healthy food initiative into areas of Connecticut and Vermont. The $500,000 was awarded through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program, enabling SNAP program participants to buy more locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. The program means better nutrition for consumers and increased opportunities for local farmers. In this interview, Chef Nischan shares his vision for the power of food to improve personal health, his thoughts on improving diets with fresh as well as frozen vegetables, and his ideas for the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.