AG/FDA Blog

John Block: Perdue’s Agenda

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block It’s only been a week since confirmation, but Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has hit the ground running.  He has ordered that schools be given more flexibility in their school lunch programs, more local c… Read More
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Senate Agriculture Committee Approves the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016

They did it.  Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) have completed their personal work on the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016, and got it… Read More
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Food Policy: Lots to Do with a Limited Number of Legislative Days

Policy wonks could say that they have been thrilled these past two weeks.  Congress spent a great deal of time dealing with specific issues related to nutrition standards, and finished with a historic joint committee hearing that focused on the inte… Read More
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FNS Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule Establishing Stronger Requirements for Local School Wellness Policies; Rule Also Proposes to Limit Marketing of Foods in Schools

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) today published its proposed rule regarding Local School Wellness Policy under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (the proposed rule) in the Federal Register.    The proposed rule is a result of Section… Read More
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National Commission on Hunger

As a part of the 2014 Appropriations Bill, the Congress has created a National Commission on Hunger.   Section 743 of the new Bill establishes a National Commission on Hunger composed of ten (10) members to advise Congress and the Agriculture Secre… Read More
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FNS Permanently Eliminates Grain and Protein Maximums; Allows Sugar to Process Frozen Fruit in School Nutrition Programs

According to an advance copy of the rule made public earlier today, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service will be making permanent the elimination of weekly maximums on grains and meat/meat alternates, and the allowance of processing frozen frui… Read More
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The Development of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Begins

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced today that the first meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) will be held on June 13, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. –… Read More
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School Nutrition Update

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse School nutrition is front and center these days. At the USDA Outlook Conference, Secretary Vilsack proudly pointed out the many improvements USDA has made to school nutrition programs as well as other… Read More
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Competitive Foods Rule

On February 8, 2013, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a proposed rule entitled “Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 20… Read More
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Block Grants: Over Sold - Under Thought

By Marshall L. Matz and Roger R. Szemraj, as published in Agri-Pulse There has been a lot of discussion lately about converting various food assistance programs from their current status as entitlement programs into a block grant.   This is not… Read More
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