AG/FDA Blog

The Budget Agreement and Some Thoughts About Next Steps

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) announced a two-year budget agreement that, in their words, “reduces the deficit—without raising taxes…it cuts spending in a smarter w… Read More
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AMS Issues Final COOL Amendment

On May 23, 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) issued a final rule to amend the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations (which became effective March 16, 2009). The final rule provide… Read More
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Categories: USDA

FSIS Notification Rule – One year later

A little over a year ago, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a final rule requiring inspected meat and poultry establishments to notify their FSIS District Office within 24 hours of learning or determining that misbranded or adulter… Read More
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Categories: USDA

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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Ag Portion of FY 2013 CR: Explanatory Statement

Click here for the explanatory statement accompanying the agriculture portion of the Senate’s Continuing Resolution (CR), which was released Monday night and includes the Agriculture appropriations bill. It contains language similar to a Confer… Read More
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Federal Budget Process Outline and Outlook

Congress did not complete three significant budget matters in 2012: an alternative to sequestration, full federal fiscal year appropriations legislation, and a budget resolution. Each of these items is interrelated, and expected to be taken up over t… Read More
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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 urb… 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 a new i… Read More
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2012 Elections Report; Updated Dec. 11

The 2012 election leaves Washington with little change. Barack Obama retains the Presidency, while the Democrats actually improve their Senate majority, and the Republicans retain a somewhat smaller House majority. This posting is intended to provide… Read More
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OFW Law's John Block Participates in Panel of Former USDA Secretaries

By John R. Block, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1981-1985 Recently, I had the pleasure of joining three other former Secretaries of Agriculture at the University of Nebraska for a lively and informational discussion to celebrat… Read More
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Categories: OFW Law News

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