STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT A crowded, and important, ag intersection
One of the many interesting things about covering agriculture is surveying the intersection of nutrition, food policy and commodity group influence. View differ, often greatly, on what Americans shoul... Posted on 3/6/15 at 3:11 PM
PRAIRIE FARE How’s Your Iron Intake?
Mom, did you know that chocolate milk has 4 percent iron and white milk doesnt have any? My friend has white milk and I have chocolate milk for lunch at school. Yeah! Chocolate milk is healt... Posted on 5/30/14 at 12:58 PM
THIS WOMAN WRITES Yesterday's Absurdity Is Tomorrow's Mandate
One of the perks of homeschooling is that the lunches you eat are generally hot, and they don't taste like anything you remember from public school kitchens of your childhood.
This, and the good me... Posted on 11/21/13 at 2:40 PM
AMY'S RANCH SLANTS Accurate Source for Meat Safety Information
One of the things about the media that bothers me the most is how much inaccurate information is being shared so freely with peoplemost especially about our livelihood and the industry we work hard fo... Posted on 1/29/12 at 8:00 PM
WASHINGTON — Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and ranking member Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, recently released a farm bill proposal and announced that the committee will begin consideration of the bill on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON — The four leaders of the congressional agriculture committees presented a united front that they will work together to pass a new farm bill this year when they met with agricultural journalists on April 17.
WASHINGTON — Healthy eating advocates and anti-hunger groups are mounting vigorous campaigns to maintain food stamp benefits and programs to increase access to fruits and vegetables and other nutritious foods in the farm bill, but they differ on whether quality of foods or benefit levels should be the highest priority.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Cooperation with southern Republican senators representing peanut, cotton and rice growers will be a key to whether a Revenue Loss Assistance Program can be passed in the Senate, said officials gathered for a roundtable on the 2012 farm bill.
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said March 20 he will review how farm groups that reacted negatively to President Barack Obama’s proposed budget cuts in farm programs react to the $30 billion cut over 10 years that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., proposed, while House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., said he would be careful about “reading too much” into either Obama or Ryan’s budgets.
WASHINGTON — Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said March 21 that the budget proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would cut the Agriculture Department budget by $180 billion over 10 years and hurt programs important to North Dakota while other Democrats and farm leaders also criticized the Ryan proposal.
WASHINGTON — The issue of whether proposed farm bill commodity programs would work in the Northern Plains remain to be resolved in Senate Agriculture Committee negotiations, Jim Miller, a former Agriculture Secretary for farm and foreign agricultural services and key aide to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said March 13 in an interview with Agweek.
The U.S, potato industry enjoyed a lot of success in 2011, including rising consumption and a big win on a controversial proposal that would have limited spuds in school cafeterias, potato boosters say.
NAIROBI, Kenya — Gene White, a former director of child nutrition for California, and Namanga Ngongi, president of the agriculture development effort in Nairobi, Kenya, an undertaking started by the Seattle
-based Gates Foundation, come from different worlds, but they have a dream in common: that every child in Africa will be offered a school lunch and that as much of the food as possible will be produced by local farmers.
WASHINGTON — School meals can shift toward healthier foods that will involve changes in school food purchasing patterns as early as next fall under a proposed rule to update the nutrition standards for meals served through the national school lunch and breakfast programs that the Agriculture Department published in the Federal Register on Jan. 13.
WASHINGTON — More children would eat lunches and dinners at school under legislation passed Thursday by the House and sent to the president, part of first lady Michelle Obama's campaign to end childhood hunger and fight childhood obesity.
WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives failed to reauthorize the child nutrition programs with a big increase in funding for school lunch programs before leaving for a recess, but a key House Democratic aide said Sept. 29 that House leadership “will push hard for a vote in the lame duck” session after the election and a spokesman for Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack also said the Obama administration would push Congress to finish the bill.
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