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WASHINGTON, March 18, 2016 - With lawmakers struggling to agree on national GMO disclosure standards, General Mills Inc. announced that it will start labeling its products for biotech ingredients as required by a Vermont law set to take effect this summer.
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2016 - A House
Appropriations subcommittee hearing turned into a sparring match Thursday over
the Obama administration's proposal to cut spending on foreign food aid and
transition some of the physical food donations into cash assistance.
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2016 - USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is asking for comments on a proposal to eliminate what it says are (redundant trichinae control requirements for pork and pork products.)
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2016 - On cue at a national conference of fellow scientists, regulators and industry experts in the animal health sector here Thursday, an Elanco Animal Health expert garnished his comments with descriptions of a new alternative anti-mastitis treatment for milk cows hours before Elanco itself announced its product.
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2016 - Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee took on Kevin Concannon, USDA's under secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, over a proposed rule that would change healthy food stocking requirements for convenience stores and gas stations that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2016 - A bill that would preempt state GMO labeling laws was blocked in the Senate as key Democrats demanded more concessions from the food industry on proposed new disclosure requirements for biotech ingredients.
WASHINGTON, Mar. 17, 2016 - EPA and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission today announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at improving regulation of the Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) market.
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2016 - Whole Foods said Thursday it plans to be the first major food business in the U.S. to source slower-growing chicken breeds, instead of the conventional, faster-growing breeds that produce 98 percent of all commercially available chicken meat in North America.
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2016 - The FDA today issued a rule finalizing three previously-issued interim final rules designed to reduce the potential risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, in human food.
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2016 - The leaders of USDA's research agencies told lawmakers on the House Agriculture Appropriations panel Wednesday why federal investment in agricultural research is critical to protecting the national food system and supporting American producers.
WASHINGTON, March 15, 2016 - Two of the four remaining GOP candidates for the presidency voiced different views on climate change in their final debate before Tuesday's crucial winner-take-all Republican primaries in Florida and Ohio.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Sterling Liddell, Senior Vice President for Rabo AgriFinance and Rabobank International in its Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group. Discussion on a new farm bill has begun across the country and in Washington with calls to get an early start on new policy. Some analysts believe the nation is on the verge of another farm crisis. In this interview, Sterling Liddell offers evidence of financial stress he sees growing on crop farms and highlights factors indicating a significant paradigm shift he believes farmers will have to traverse to survive the economic downturn. Liddell believes the Conservation Reserve Program needs to be revised to help manage crop acres and reduce land costs on marginal acres.