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Bill Introduced to Thwart State Efforts to Require GMO Labeling

April 11, 2014

The issue of labeling products that contain genetically modified (GMO) material is contentious and has faced strong opposition from many industry groups but has been backed aggressively by consumer advocacy groups.  It is estimated that 80 percent of food in the United States contains at least one genetically engineered ingredient, and polls have indicated that […]

Conservation and Consumer Interests Again Excluded from Ag Research Advisory Board

April 9, 2014

After a lengthy nomination process, USDA announced yesterday the appointment of eight new members to serve on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board. The NAREEE Advisory Board advises the Secretary of Agriculture, USDA’s research agencies, and land-grant colleges and universities on agricultural research, extension, education, and economics policies and priorities. […]

New Local Food Procurement Guide for School Nutrition Programs

April 7, 2014

Last week, the Farm to School Program of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published Procuring Local Food for Child Nutrition Programs, a guide to help K-12 schools operating one or more Child Nutrition Programs with identifying and procuring locally grown and produced food for use at school cafeterias. Using examples from school districts, State agencies, […]

Senators Speak Up for Conservation Funding in 2015

April 7, 2014

On Friday, April 4, 26 Senators delivered a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees urging them to oppose cuts to conservation programs in fiscal year (FY) 2015 appropriations legislation.  Senator Chris Coon (D-DE) led the letter.  Among the many other signers were Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) […]

More 2015 Funding Hearings – Food Safety, Rural Development, and Marketing Programs

April 4, 2014

This week, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee held hearings on the Obama Administration’s FY 2015 funding requests for three USDA mission areas – Food Safety, Rural Development, and Marketing and Regulatory Programs, which includes the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).  The Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee also held […]

Secretary Vilsack Reports to House Agriculture Committee on Farm Bill Implementation

April 4, 2014

At a hearing of the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed questions concerning the department’s implementation of key farm bill provisions and role in supporting rural economies.  That same day, USDA released a Farm Bill Implementation Progress Report outlining the actions that the agency has taken since enactment of the law, and […]

Groups Urge Congress to Protect Conservation Funding

April 4, 2014

On Thursday, April 3, NSAC and 28 other national organizations delivered a letter to members of the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees urging them to oppose cuts to conservation programs in fiscal year (FY) 2015 appropriations legislation. The letter was delivered as the Subcommittees are considering the President’s FY 2015 Budget Request, funding requests from […]

Big Week for Animal Food Safety

April 4, 2014

As part of the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released proposed regulations for facilities that process animal food last fall.  The draft regulations propose to establish Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls (HARPC) requirements for animal food facilities.  The public comment […]

House Budget Resolution Moves Ahead

April 3, 2014

Budget Resolution Overview On Tuesday,  Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the House GOP’s Fiscal Year 2015 House budget Resolution  as a symbolic representation of party priorities and fiscal austerity.  It is likely to squeak through passage on the House floor, but that is as far as it will go.  The Senate is not planning to […]

Senate Bill Would Limit Crop Insurance Premium Subsidies

April 3, 2014

Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) have introduced a bill (S. 2201) that would place a hard limit on crop insurance premium subsidies.  The bipartisan bill would limit payments to $70,000 per farm per year and is estimated to save over $1 billion over the next ten years. Crop insurance premium subsidies are […]

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