AG/FDA Blog

USDA is Right on Carrageenan

Kudos to Secretary Vilsack and USDA for basing their regulatory decisions on sound science. Another recent example is the Proposed Rule published on May 3rd that would re-list carrageenan as appropriate for use in organic food products. The USDA deci… Read More
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Bowman v. Monsanto: Supreme Court Confirms That Soybeans Do Not Grow Themselves, Affirms Seed Biotech Patent Rights

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a patent holder’s rights in biotech seeds extend to subsequent generations of crops grown by farmers. Widely viewed as a victory for biotech seed producers and American farmers, the Court’… Read More
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Data.gov Launches New Ag & Food Community

In conjunction with the opening of the G-8 Open Data for Agriculture conference on April 29, USDA Secretary Vilsack announced the newest “Community” on the government’s data access point data.gov: the Food, Agriculture and Rural Community. Coin… Read More
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New Obama Budget Includes Cuts for Federal Crop Insurance

Few Washington government programs escape un-cut in the new 2014 budget unveiled today by President Obama’s administration, and Federal crop insurance is no exception. 2012 saw Federal crop insurance emerge as the premier Federal backstop for Ameri… Read More
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2012 Federal Crop Insurance Saved 20,900 Local Jobs in Four States

If anyone doubted the huge role that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Federal crop insurance program is playing this year in protecting rural America from economic disaster following last summer’s historic drought, a new study… Read More
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Congress Clears Final Agriculture/FDA Spending Measure for FY 2013

The House of Representatives and Senate have now given final approval to the FY 2013 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill (the Bill) as part of a combined multi-Department omnibus meas… Read More
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New AMS Proposed Rule for COOL Drives Meat Industry Mad

While most people are filling out their brackets for March Madness®, producers of muscle cuts of meat are dealing with a different type of “March Madness.” On March 12, 2013, in response to a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that th… 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 n… Read More
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USDA Ag Outlook Forum Tomorrow

Don’t miss our very own Ken Ackerman at the 2013 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum tomorrow, February 21, moderating the panel discussion on Managing Financial Risk in Agriculture. Appearing with Ken will be: Juan Garcia, Administrator, Farm Serv… 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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