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White House kitchen garden tagged ‘organic farming’


April 22, 1014 | The Easter Egg Roll used to be one of the simplest, crowd-pleasing occasions at the White House, but today’s 136th event is likely to cause controversy in many parts of the food and agriculture industries. There was a sign on the kitchen garden reading “organic farming” and First Lady Michelle Obama participated in a cooking demonstration for kids that promoted salads and smoothies, dissed high-fructose corn syrup, iodized salt and ranch dressing, and encouraged families to eat less in restaurants and cook more at home. …

White House garden open to visitors this weekend


April 22, 1014 | The White House will open its gardens and grounds including First Lady Michelle Obama’s kitchen garden to the public this coming Saturday and Sunday. …

‘Chavez,’ ‘Farmland’ films don’t stand up against Hollywood classics


April 14, 1014 | HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — It’s hard to make good films about farming and agriculture, especially in competition with Hollywood classics such as “Oklahoma!,” “Gone with the Wind,” “The Wizard of Oz” and even “The Great Gatsby.” …

USTR to focus on agriculture this week


April 14, 1014 | In another apparent attempt to keep the troubled Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership talks going, Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler will meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Washington with Ambassador Hiroshi Oe and Ambassador Takeo Mori of Japan for TPP negotiations, focusing on agriculture market access and motor vehicle issues. …

U.S. urges countries to donate more to ag fund


April 14, 1014 | Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Secretary of State John Kerry have urged nations around the world to expand their support for the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) …

Vilsack reappoints members to FCIC board


April 14, 1014 | Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week reappointed two members to the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) board of directors. …

STB holds hearing on ag rail issues


April 14, 1014 | Northern Plains farmers and grain shippers complained to the federal Surface Transportation Board about protracted shipping delays due to perceived railroad favoritism for shipping oil versus grain, but disagreed over whether the STB should use it powers to force railroads to ship grain, DTN/The Progressive Farmer reported Friday. …