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A Career of Service: Matz Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by Congressional Hunger Center

This evening, the Congressional Hunger Center will present its 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award to Marshall Matz.  However, if you were to ask him, Marsh would tell you that receiving a “Lifetime Achievement Award” does not mean he’s done advoc… Read More
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Dietary Guidelines 2020

By Marshall Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse The drafting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) has started….and it’s a good start. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)… 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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Speaker Ryan Suggests SNAP May Be On the 2016 Agenda

New House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is getting a lot of attention for a speech he made on December 3 outlining his 2016 goal for a pro-growth agenda – creating jobs, raising wages, fixing the tax code, trade agreements, and national security. … 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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Political Science or Sound Science – Is the White House Dictating Nutrition Labeling Reform?

The White House’s role with USDA’s regulations for school foods and the WIC feeding program has been widely reported.  Lesser known is the White House involvement in FDA food labeling policy. To commemorate the anniversary of the Let’s Move! c… Read More
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Senate Ag Appropriations Subcommittee Reports FY 2015 Bill Without Amendments--Discretionary Spending Allocation Lower than Amount Provided to House

The Senate Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee also voted today by voice vote to approve its draft FY 2015 bill and report it to the full Senate Appropriations Committee.  The… Read More
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House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Reports FY 2015 Bill Without Any Amendments

The House Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee today voted  by voice vote to approve its draft FY 2015 bill and report it to the full House Appropriations Committee.  The full… Read More
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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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A Farm Bill by the Boot Straps

After two years of not passing a Farm Bill out of the House, it should be obvious to everyone that Farm Bills, as we have known and passed them, are over.  This time around, a majority wanted to end direct payments; the Farm Bill did that.  Most Me… Read More
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