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Talking Agriculture to Democrats

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse Look at a map of the 2012 election results by county and you quickly see the urban-rural divide in America. The vast swath of the heartland, much of the West and most of the South are red, while the u… Read More
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A Reality Check for Organic Food Dreamers

Modern farming methods offer the best hope to feed the world’s billions By John R. Block I grew up on a farm in Knox County, Ill., and I still farm the family land. We grow corn, soybeans and wheat, and we raise hogs. A generation ago, we lost… Read More
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What Should an Establishment Consider in Controlling Pathogenic STECs?

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) begins to conduct Food Safety Assessments (FSA) at beef slaughter establishments to verify controls for Pathogenic Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli (STEC), establishme… Read More
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GIPSA Investigation of Lamb Industry Could Be Tip of Iceberg

In October, at the request of a trade association representing sheep producers, eight Senators sent a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture requesting that the USDA’s Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) investigate a rec… Read More
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FTC Releases Final COPPA Rule

Today, the FTC adopted final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule to increase privacy protections and give greater parental control over the personal information that websites and online services may collect from… Read More
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New Bill would Authorize Voluntary “Carcinogen-Free” Labeling of Food and Consumer Goods

By Mark L. Itzkoff A new bill introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives last month could eventually result in new labeling for food and other consumer products.  H.R. 6601, The Carcinogen-Free Label Act of 2012 (CFLA) introduced last month… Read More
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Humane Society’s Middlegame: HSUS Files Complaint With USDA Inspector General Over Pork Board’s Use of Checkoff Dollars

It’s safe to say there is no love lost between the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).  HSUS is the so-called animal rights organization devoted to ending modern animal agriculture. The NPPC i… Read More
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PCAST Report

Today, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released its Report to the President on Agricultural Preparedness and the Agriculture Research Enterprise.  The report outlines the importance of agricultural research as… Read More
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The First Americans Are Last

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse The first Americans are still last in America, especially in the Northern Great Plains, where the disparity is the greatest. The unemployment rate on Indian reservations in the Dakotas, Montana and Wyo… Read More
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New CDC Study of Calories from Alcohol Supports Alcohol Beverage Label Reform

Alcohol accounts for a large portion of the daily calories consumed by many American adults, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study concludes. The study found 19 percent of men and 6 percent of women take in more than 300 calori… Read More
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