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Feinstein vows to protect GMO labeling through appropriations


July 7, 2016 | With the final vote on passage of the bill on labeling genetically modified foods expected today, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who voted Wednesday for the measure to limit debate, issued a news release pointing out that the battle now moves to the Agriculture Department, with a role left for members of the appropriations committees. …

Obama praises passage of Global Food Security Act


July 7, 2016 | President Barack Obama late Wednesday praised House passage of the Global Food Security Act. …

Vilsack: Meat, poultry, egg illnesses down 12 percent during Obama years


July 7, 2016 | Foodborne illnesses associated with the meat, poultry and processed egg products inspected by the Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service dropped 12 percent between 2009 and 2015 as a result of “some of the most significant updates to our country’s food safety system since the 1950s,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a news release this week. …

Military leaders: Maintain agriculture, help more overseas


July 7, 2016 | The United States needs to maintain a strong agriculture sector in this country, but should do more to help develop agriculture in war-torn countries, former military leaders said today at a House Agriculture Committee hearing. …

FDA expects ‘judicious use’ of antimicrobials to meet deadline


July 7, 2016 | The Food and Drug Administration last week issued a progress report on the judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals, and said it expects the process to be completed by the end of this year. …

FDA extends deadline for comment on raw manure as fertilizer for produce


July 7, 2016 | The Food and Drug Administration has extended the deadline for comments on the use of raw manure as a fertilizer for produce until July 19 because the federal rulemaking portal underwent maintenance from July 1 to 5. …

USDA announces more than $40 million in wetland enhancement projects


July 7, 2016 | Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is awarding $44.6 million through its Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership to support 10 wetland enhancement projects on private and tribal agricultural lands in 12 states. …

Bug eating festival in Austin next week


July 7, 2016 | Little Herds, an Austin, Texas, group that promotes the use of insects for food and feed as an environmentally sound and economically viable source of nutrition, will hold “Part II” of its 9th Annual Bug (Eating) Festival next Wednesday. (The initial festival on June 4 was dampened by heavy rains.) …

Scobey to assume duties as Cocoa Foundation president


July 7, 2016 | Richard Scobey will begin his duties as president of the World Cocoa Foundation on Monday, Tim McCoy, the outgoing acting president said in an email today. …