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Clinton-Heart Association alliance: Healthy food sales to schools grow


September 12, 2014 | Food companies that signed agreements with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in 2011 to develop healthier school foods at competitive prices have seen substantial and continual increases in sales, according to data released early today by the alliance, a joint project of the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association. …

CDC: Children eat too much sodium


September 12, 2014 | In a report with implications for changes to the school meals program, the Centers for Disease Control reported this week that 90 percent of Americans between the ages of 6 and 18 eat substantially too much sodium. …

Food & Water Watch sues USDA over poultry rule


September 12, 2014 | IFood & Water Watch on Thursday filed suit in federal court against the Agriculture Department to stop the implementation of the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) rules. …

Politico: Farm bill foes face trouble


September 12, 2014 | IRepublican senators Pat Roberts of Kansas and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., who slowed down the farm bill over food stamps, are facing trouble in their re-election campaigns over their farm bill stances, Politico reported this week. …

Allen: Establish urban agriculture office in Washington


September 12, 2014 | IWill Allen, a Milwaukee-based urban agriculture advocate, said late last week he wants to establish an urban agriculture office in Washington to urge Congress to put more money into sustainable agriculture in the next farm bill. …

House CR to be voted next week


September 11, 2014 | The House of Representatives will vote as early as Tuesday on a continuing resolution to fund the government through December 11, the House Daily Gallery advised reporters today. …

FDA’s Taylor: No extensions on food comment periods


September 11, 2014 | Stakeholders in the remaining Food and Drug Administration rules to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 should not expect any extensions of the comment periods once they are released by the Office of Management and Budget, Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner for Food Michael Taylor said Wednesday. …

Rail problems not confined to Midwest


September 11, 2014 | The problems on the railroads — shortages of cars, delays and high prices — are much broader than what is happening in the Upper Plains, where there are fears this year's crop won’t get moved, witnesses told the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Wednesday. …

USDA wrote STB on rail car problems


September 11, 2014 | Agriculture Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Affairs Ed Avalos wrote the Surface Transportation Board in August asking that it focus on the performance of the Canadian Pacific Railways and Company and in a separate document suggested mediation and arbitration over rail rates. …

Stabenow: Mensah to be confirmed ASAP


September 11, 2014 | After a confirmation hearing Wednesday on Lisa Afua Serwah Mensah to become Agriculture undersecretary for rural development, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said that she hopes to move the nomination to the Senate floor as soon as possible, maybe before the Senate leaves on September 23 until after the November 4 elections. …

WFP USA presents award to Stabenow


September 11, 2014 | Vice President Joe Biden presents Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., with the World Food Program USA’s McGovern-Dole Leadership Award on Wednesday evening in the Columbus Room of Union Station. …

Massad to ‘sponsor’ CFTC ag advisory committee


September 11, 2014 | Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Tim Massad has decided to “sponsor” the CFTC’s agricultural advisory committee, which advises the commission on matters involving the trading of agricultural commodity futures, options and swaps, and facilitates communications among the CFTC, the agricultural community, and agriculture-related organizations. …