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E.coli Bacterium in Humans Found; Federal and State Response to Avian Flu

Scientists with the US Department of Agriculture have found the bacterium that causes E.coli in humans, is more likely to contaminate lettuce when downy mildew is already present. Microbiologist Maria Brandl has been investigating why so many E. coli outbreaks

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USDA is Teaming Up With Microsoft; July Has Been Busy House Agriculture Committee

USDA will partner with Microsoft to launch the "Innovation Challenge," a contest designed to explore how climate change will impact the United States' food system. The challenge invites entrants to develop and publish new applications and tools that can analyze multiple sources of information about the nation's food supply, including key USDA data sets that are now hosted on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft's cloud-computing platform. The challenge o

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Government Proposes Improving Nutrition Facts Labeling On Food Products
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Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Closer to Approval; AFBF President Not Seeking Re-election

The House Agriculture Committee sent the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 one step closer to consideration by the full House. By a voice vote, the committee passed the SAFE act, which now awaits the same action by the House Energy and Commerce Committee before it can be considered by the full chamber. The legislation

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U.S. House Passed Trade Adjustment Assistance; Mexico and Canada Looking to Repeal Country or Origin Labeling

The U.S. House has passed Trade Adjustment Assistance, clearing the way for Trade Promotion Authority. President Obama had said he would not sign the TPA bill without TAA. The bills did not survive the legislative process as a package, but TPA was passed as a standalone bill while TAA was attached to another popular trade bill. The TPA and TAA

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National Labeling Law getting Support; Agricultural Spending Bill Win Approval

More lawmakers are showing support for a national labeling law. A House hearing last week by the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health reviewed a labeling bill introduced by Kansas Representative Mike Pompeo and North Carolina Democrat G.K. Butterfield.

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Waters of the U.S. Findings Worse Than the Original Proposal; Conservation Programs in Farm Bill Working Successfully

The American Farm Bureau’s analysis of the Waters of the U.S. rule finds the final rule to be worse than EPA’s original proposal. American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman said the conclusions “are sobering.” The rule wou

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Country of Origin Labeling Challenged by U.S. House; Committee of Environment and Public Works to Rewrite “Waters of the U.S.”

The U.S. House has sent a bill that would repeal Country of Origin Labeling on to the Senate. The bill passed the House 300-131 Wednesday night. House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway told House members “repeal is the only viable option before us to avoid this retaliation.” Canada and M

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USDA Releases Veterinary Feed Directive; Foreign Ag Subsidies Under Review

During the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship on Tuesday - the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its final Veterinary Feed Directive rule - a major component of FDA’s plan to promote judicious use of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals. The regulations

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Uninsured Family Of Farmers Plans To Opt Out Of Affordable Health Care Act
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150 Food Companies Joined in a White House Forum; Net Farm Income Decreases Since 2013

The Obama Administration hosted the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship on Tuesday - bringing together more than 150 food companies, retailers and human and animal health stakeholders to highlight commitments to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. President Barac

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Bill Approved for Agri-Marketing and Country of Origin Labeling

The House Agriculture Committee Wednesday approved a bill to amend the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946 and repeal the Country of Origin Labeling law for beef, pork and chicken - while leaving requirements for other covered commodities intact. Chairman Mike C

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