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Agencies Reach Catfish Inspection Agreement Required by Farm Bill

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After the 2008 Farm Bill moved the responsibility for catfish inspection from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the two agencies did not play nice with one another. Before long, USDA catfish inspection turned into a poster child for government duplication and wasteful spending. Millions… Continue Reading

‘Historic Wins’ for Organic Industry in New Farm Bill

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“Like being thrown under the bus” was how organic farmers and others in the industry described their fate a little more than a year ago when Congress failed to agree on a new farm bill and instead extended the 2008 version. Gone were some previously funded programs — among them research, marketing, certification cost-share and data-collection… Continue Reading

Farm Bill 2014: FSIS Inspection Must Satisfy FDA Requirements?

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I am betting your response to the headline was the same as when I read the news: HUH? The proposed Farm Bill has finally gathered the bicameral and bipartisan support of a conference committee. Food Safety News recently reported that the Farm Bill would require that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection… Continue Reading

U.S. Catfish Farmers Emerge As Big Winners in 2014 Farm Bill

They Get USDA Inspection and Crop Insurance Coverage

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The USDA catfish inspection program, first authorized in 2008, is continued in the 2014 farm bill, which also includes a first-of-its-kind “crop insurance” program for catfish farmers. Most of the so-called political experts were predicting it would go the other way. One paid prognosticator went so far as to suggest that “Southern catfish farmers” were… Continue Reading

Farm Bill: No Repeal of Country-of-Origin Labeling

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Livestock groups are expressing disappointment that “a fix” to country-of-origin labeling (COOL) was not included in the final farm bill and warning that they plan to actively oppose its passage through Congress. “COOL is a broken program that has only added costs to our industries without any measurable benefit for America’s livestock producers,” read a… Continue Reading

Finally, a Farm Bill

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Congressional negotiators finally reached agreement on a new farm bill on Monday evening. A press release issued by the office of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, hailed the agreement as a bipartisan, bicameral agreement. Stabenow said the five-year farm bill would reduce the deficit and help farmers and business… Continue Reading

Congress Might Vote Next Week on Much-Delayed Farm Bill

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A U.S. House of Representatives vote on what was once going to be the 2012 Farm Bill might occur as early as Wednesday. The much-delayed bill may finally get to the floor as a conference report, according to the schedule for next week produced by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA). Conference committee members have… Continue Reading

Advocates Ask Congress Not to Change Origin Labeling in Farm Bill

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As the farm bill conference wears on, various Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) advocates are calling on Congress not to make changes to the rule that would limit source information. On Wednesday, 96 farm, ranch, consumer, rural, labor and faith-based groups sent a letter to conferees expressing opposition to a recent proposal that the “born, raised and slaughtered”… Continue Reading

Looking Ahead to 2014: State Budget Growth Might Finally Restore Some Local Health Department Jobs

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In 2014, we’ll hear precious little about food safety from the federal government that will truly be new. For sure the White House has decisions to make on everything from poultry inspections to whom to nominate as the next Under Secretary for Food Safety. Congress, paid to make decisions it rarely seems to get around… Continue Reading