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Landmark Child Nutrition Bill Clears Senate

The Senate unanimously approved child nutrition reauthorization yesterday, a big step forward for a bill fighting for time amidst a busy legislative agenda. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act reauthorizes federal child nutrition programs, sets nutritional standards for all food sold in schools, and increases the reimbursement rate for the first time in over three decades,… Continue Reading

Sen. Lincoln Leads Charge on Child Nutrition Bill

Standing alongside key lawmakers, child nutrition advocates, and elementary students dressed as grapes, apples, carrots, and bananas, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) yesterday urged the Senate to pass the pending child nutrition reauthorization bill. With time running out before August recess, Sen. Lincoln has turned up the heat on Senate leaders to get… Continue Reading

Lincoln Survives Heated Primary Runoff

Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) defeated labor-backed Arkansas Lt. Governor Bill Halter in a heated Democratic primary runoff Tuesday, bucking the notion that Lincoln might be the third Senate incumbent casualty of strong anti-Washington sentiment this year. Lincoln, a conservative Democrat, pulled ahead of Halter, a progressive, Moveon.org-supported candidate, winning 52… Continue Reading

Group Asks USDA, FDA to Move on Catfish

In another act of the ongoing catfish regulatory drama, the advocacy group Food and Water Watch sent a letter yesterday to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius recommending they work together to get catfish inspections rolling as soon as possible. The 2008 farm bill mandated that the U.S Department of Agriculture… Continue Reading

Will USDA’s Food Safety Agency Ever Have a Leader?

Food Safety News reported that there is no timetable for moving the nomination of Elisabeth Hagen to the Senate floor. Hagen, currently the chief medical officer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is the nominee to lead the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the USDA agency responsible for ensuring the safety of meat… Continue Reading

No Timeline for USDA Food Safety Nominee

Though the Senate Agriculture Committee recently held a hearing to consider Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, the Obama Administration’s nominee for Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the timeline for Hagen’s expected confirmation by the full Senate remains unclear. According to Ag Committee sources, there is currently no timeline to hold… Continue Reading

Lincoln Pushes for USDA Catfish Inspections

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) is again pressing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to begin regulating catfish, an issue of great importance to catfish farmers in Arkansas struggling to compete with a flux of imports from Southeast Asia. Yesterday during a hearing to consider a number of nominees for USDA posts, including… Continue Reading

Ag Committee to Consider USDA Food Safety Nominee

Today the Senate Agriculture Committee will take the first step in the confirmation process for Under Secretary for Food Safety, a post at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that has been vacant for 19 months.  The Committee is holding a nomination hearing this morning to consider President Obama’s pick for the job, Dr. Elisabeth… Continue Reading