The Hagstrom Report

Agriculture News As It Happens

Navigation

HAGSTROM REPORT HEADLINES
The Hagstrom Report is a daily newsletter, emailed to subscribers.

Here are the most recent stories sent EXCLUSIVELY to our subscribers.
Full stories are posted the following week in our News Archives.


Don’t miss “ag news as it happens.”
SUBSCRIBE NOW!


COOL advocates call for WTO decision appeal


October 23, 2014 | Leaders of four groups that have campaigned for country-of-origin labeling for red meat said today that the U.S. government should appeal the World Trade Organization decision this week that the current U.S. labeling regime discriminates against Canada and Mexico and causes damages to their producers. ...

European Parliament elects new commission including Irish ag commissioner


October 23, 2014 | The European Parliament on Wednesday elected a new European Commission to be headed by Jean-Claude Juncker, the former prime minister of Luxembourg, with Phil Hogan of Ireland as agriculture commissioner. ...

Growers call for winter wheat APH change; groups praise implementation for 2015 spring crops


October 23, 2014 | Wheat growers said Wednesday they still believe the Agriculture Department should be able to allow winter wheat farmers to adjust their Actual Production History (APH) for their 2015 crops as farmers can for spring-planted crops, even though Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that would create market chaos. ...

SDA celebrates WIC’s 40th anniversary


October 23, 2014 | The Agriculture Department’s Food and Nutrition Service celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants and Children on Wednesday, as advocates said that the WIC program still needs to raise the number of women who breastfeed and fend off critics. ...

USDA concern about Ebola is food aid as WFP, World Bank scale up


October 22, 2014 | Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday that the Agriculture Department’s main concern about the Ebola crisis is USDA’s ability to feed people in Africa through food assistance programs. ...

USDA publishes co-op report


October 22, 2014 | The Agriculture Department last week published its annual report on the nation's top 100 agricultural cooperatives. ...

White House harvests Virginia peanuts, sweet potatoes and figs


October 22, 2014 | Virginia peanuts were the highlight of the White House kitchen garden harvest last week, followed by sweet potatoes and figs, Obama Foodorama has reported. ...

White House kitchen garden attracts crowds


October 22, 2014 | Thousands of people toured the White House kitchen garden on Saturday and Sunday during the fall public tour of the White House gardens and grounds. ...

USDA to allow APH changes for spring 2015 crops after all


October 21, 2014 | After saying for months that the Agriculture Department’s Risk Management Agency could not possibly allow farmers to take bad years out of their actual production history for 2015 crops, and receiving relentless criticism from Republicans over the issue, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that farmers will be allowed to exclude years for most spring crops for the coming year. ...

USDA: FSIS already implementing GAO poultry recommendations


October 21, 2014 | The Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is already implementing the steps that the Government Accountability Office recommended Monday to reduce bacteria on poultry, a department spokeswoman told The Hagstrom Report today.

World Food Prize laureate to speak at National Geographic


October 21, 2014 | Sanjaya Rajaram, the wheat scientist who was awarded the World Food Prize last week in Des Moines, will speak in Washington Wednesday at “Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth — Family Farming in the 21st Century,” a program sponsored by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the National Geographic Society. ...

CBPP: Some schools hesitant on community eligibility


October 21, 2014 | Some schools are hesitant to adopt community eligibility, which allows high-poverty schools to feed all students breakfast and lunch at no charge because they fear losing the ability to collect income data, but the Education Department has other ways to get that data, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities said last week. ...

WTO releases COOL ruling


October 20, 2014 | The World Trade Organization has made public the ruling in the country-or-origin labeling for red meat case brought by Canada and Mexico against the U.S. labeling program. ...

USTR considering all options on COOL


October 20, 2014 | A spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said today USTR is considering all options in reaction to the ruling for red meat by the World Trade Organization that the revised country-of-origin labeling regime has not satisfied issues raised earlier by Canada. ...

Ritz calls for repeal of COOL law, but expects appeal


October 20, 2014 | Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today called on the U.S. Congress to repeal the entire country-of-origin labeling law for beef and pork, but said he expects the Obama administration to appeal the World Trade Organization decision announced earlier today. ...

Ritz appears to call for repeal of all COOL, but Canadian government says no


October 20, 2014 | Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz appeared to signal today that he wanted the U.S. Congress to repeal country-of-origin labeling law for all covered products, but his spokesman later clarified that the Canadian government is calling only for a repeal of the beef and pork provisions in the law, and that any further change would be up to Congress. ...

USDA, lawmakers comment on COOL ruling


October 20, 2014 | The Agriculture Department emphasized its obligation to comply with the law that Congress wrote, rather than its role in complying with the World Trade Organization ruling that the U.S. country-of-origin labeling regimes violates U.S. trade obligations and hurts Mexican and Canadian cattle and hog producers, a spokesman for Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today. ...

National Farmers Union says USDA can handle ruling


October 20, 2014 | The National Farmers Union said today that the World Trade Organization ruling on U.S. country-of-origin labeling for red meat can be handled by the Agriculture Department, and that there has been strong support among the public and in rural America for the labeling law. ...

COOL Coalition: Act to avoid retaliation


October 20, 2014 | A coalition of business and agriculture groups said in a telephone and web news conference Congress should act immediately to avoid retaliation — or the impact of retaliation before it goes into effect. ...