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U.S. to appeal WTO ruling against COOL


November 28, 2014 | The U.S. government has decided to appeal the World Trade Organization ruling against the U.S. program of country-of-origin labeling for red meat. …

WTO allows developing countries to hold food


November 28, 2014 | The World Trade Organization General Council on Wednesday approved measures to enable full implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement by allowing developing countries to continue to hold stocks of food. …

Obama pardons Ohio turkey named ‘Cheese’


November 26, 2014 | President Barack Obama today pardoned an Ohio-bred turkey named Cheese today in a ceremony in the grand foyer of the White House — snow and sleet prevented the ceremony from being held outdoors. …

USDA to take Thanksgiving Day calls on food safety


November 26, 2014 | The Agriculture Department has released an infographic on how to prepare a turkey safely and has also announced that its helpline will be open on Thanksgiving Day to take calls. …

Boehner publishes turkey brine, spinach recipes


November 26, 2014 | House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has a released a video about his turkey brine recipe and also posted the recipe and his grandmother’s creamed spinach recipes on his website. …

USDA: Livestock, honeybee, fish producers to get disaster assistance


November 26, 2014 | The Agriculture Department announced this week that nearly 2,500 applicants will receive disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2013. …

Media reports: Obama would veto tax extenders bill without changes


November 26, 2014 | President Barack Obama would veto the tax extenders bill that Congress is writing because it does not include tax breaks for the middle class, National Journal, DTN/The Progressive Farmer and The New York Times reported on Tuesday. …

Senate Ag to hold hearing on water conservation


November 26, 2014 | The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing next Wednesday on “Farmers and Fresh Water: Voluntary Conservation to Protect our Land and Waters,'”Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., has announced. …

Presidential turkeys meet the public


November 25, 2014 | The National Turkey Federation today unveiled the turkeys that will be pardoned at the White House on Wednesday by President Barack Obama. …

FDA publishes final menu labeling rule


November 25, 2014 | The Food and Drug Administration announced today it has finalized the long-awaited final rules on menu labeling in restaurants and other establishments and that they will be published in the Federal Register on Monday. …

ERS: Farm income down but assets retain value


November 25, 2014 | Net farm income is forecast to fall by more than 22 percent this year compared to 2013, but will still be about $16 billion above the previous 10-year average, the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service said in a report issued today. …

Estimate: Executive order on immigration may apply to 450,000 farmworkers


November 24, 2014 | President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration may relieve as many as 450,000 farmworkers and more spouses from fear of deportation — close to twice the original estimate, Farmworker Justice said today. …

Biofuel leaders to congressional staff: Don’t intervene on the Renewable Fuel Standard


November 24, 2014 | A coalition of renewable fuels leaders told congressional staff today that even though the Environmental Protection Agency did not issue volumetric requirements for renewable fuels in 2014, Congress should not change the law. …

Morrison to be White House pastry chef and bee tender


November 24, 2014 | The White House announced Friday that Susan “Susie” Morrison will serve as the next executive pastry chef — and that she will tend to the beehives next to First Lady Michelle Obama’s kitchen garden. …