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Food pantry serves struggling military personnel

May 25, 2018 — SAN DIEGO — For anyone who wonders if military families could need food assistance, a visit to the Hand Up Food Pantry in Murphy Canyon near Camp Pendleton is a sobering lesson. Here, about 50 families — sometimes women alone with their children, some accompanied

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Celebration of life set for trade lobbyist Robert Vastine

May 24, 2018 — A celebration of life has been scheduled for the late Robert Vastine, a services trade lobbyist, on June 18 at the Cosmos Club in Washington. Vastine, who died March 30 after a six-month illness, was president of the Coalition of Service Industries from 1996 to

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NFU, NSAC, SNAP advocates praise farm bill failure, others say pass it

May 21, 2018 — The National Farmers Union, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, nutrition advocates and environmental groups on Friday praised the House for rejecting the Republican-only farm bill, while some farm groups called for its quick passage. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson — "The rejection of the

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Peterson willing to help fix farm bill, but Conaway has to come to him

May 18, 2018 — After the House failed to pass the farm bill May 18, House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., told reporters that he has ideas to fix the food stamp section of the bill so enough Democrats would support it to pass it, but that

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House fails to pass sugar amendment to farm bill

May 17, 2018 — The House has voted 278 to 137 against an amendment to the farm bill changing the U.S. sugar program. The Sugar Policy Modernization Act was sponsored by Reps. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., and Danny Davis D-Ill. It is the most controversial amendment the House Rules Committee

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House considers farm bill amendments

May 17, 2018 — After passing a rule to consider more amendments on the farm bill, the House is engaging in that debate this afternoon. The House has just finished debating the sugar amendment by Reps. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., and Danny Davis, D-Ill. A series of votes on amendments

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USDA publishes management memo

May 17, 2018 — The Agriculture Department on Monday published an internal management memo in the Federal Register formally making several organizational changes that the Trump administration has implemented. The changes: » Establish the new undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs as authorized by Congress under the Agricultural

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Civil rights group urges ‘no’ vote on farm bill, will score it

May 15, 2018 — The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Monday urged House members on Monday to vote against the farm bill. In a letter to House members, the coalition, which is composed of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect American civil and human

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Blumenauer wants long-term farm bill debate this week

May 15, 2018 — Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., a perennial farm bill critic and the sponsor or co-sponsor of 10 amendments filed on this year's bill, wants a chance for debate over long-term farm policy if the bill comes to the House floor this week. In a telephone interview

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Court rules government must release SNAP sales data

May 10, 2018 — A federal appeals court in St. Paul has ruled that the government must release sales data for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Argus Leader, a South Dakota newspaper, reported. The effort to get the data released was started by the Argus Leader. "It's been

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AMS announces shift in seed division administration

May 10, 2018 — The Agriculture Department's Agricultural Marketing Service announced last Friday the administration of the Seed Regulatory & Testing Division has shifted from the Livestock, Poultry & Seed Program to the Science & Technology Program. The Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program will become the Livestock and Poultry

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Union leader opposes sugar amendment

May 10, 2018 — Robert Martinez, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, has written Congress in opposition to an amendment to change the sugar program that is expected to be offered if the farm bill comes to the House floor. Martinez said the amendment developed

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Two Koch-linked groups oppose farm bill

May 8, 2018 — Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, on Thursday published a letter saying they oppose the farm bill recently passed by the House Agriculture Committee. Both groups have funding ties to conservative funders David and Charles Koch. "While the bill includes some positive

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OTA releases statement on GMO/BE labeling, spars with NGFA

May 8, 2018 — The Organic Trade Association over the weekend said it is still evaluating the rule that the Agriculture Department released last week for labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients, which USDA calls "bioengineered" or BE. But OTA also took objection to the way the National

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Cook Report puts Fischer, Cruz on ‘watch list’ as farmers fret over Trump

May 8, 2018 — The Cook Political Report has put Republican Sens. Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Ted Cruz of Texas on a "watch list," meaning that the likelihood of their winning re-election has gone down. Jennifer Duffy, the Cook senior editor in charge of Senate races, told The

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CBO publishes detailed farm bill analysis

May 8, 2018 — The Congressional Budget Office has published a detailed analysis of each title of the farm bill the House Agriculture Committee passed with Republican-only votes. In its analysis of the controversial nutrition title, CBO "estimates that this provision would reduce spending on benefits by $9.2 billion

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AEI economists say farmers have ‘beef’ with Trump

May 7, 2018 — Two prominent economists associated with the American Enterprise Institute said Thursday that farmers have reason to be upset with President Donald Trump over his trade policies. "Soybean producers have a legitimate beef with the Trump administration," said Vincent Smith, the Montana State University professor who

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Peterson says no Dem amendments as conservatives demand farm program cuts

May 3, 2018 — Last week, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, told radio host Mike Adams that he would ask the House Rules Committee to issue a rule that would forbid House members who did not pledge to vote for the final farm bill to offer amendments

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Common Names group asks Trump to act on ‘GI abuses’

May 2, 2018 — The Consortium for Common Food Names, a group that has strong backing from the U.S. dairy industry, said today that it appreciates the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative including the issue of geographical indicators (GIs) in its Friday report on intellectual property problems, but

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Reuters: Icahn got RFS waiver

May 1, 2018 — The Environmental Protection Agency has granted a financial hardship waiver to an oil refinery owned by billionaire Carl Icahn, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, exempting the Oklahoma facility from requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standards, Reuters reported today. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor

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