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Study: School meals improve under post-2010 standards
Study: School meals improve under post-2010 standards

April 24, 2019

The nutritional quality of school meals served in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program has improved significantly, and concentrations of refined grains, empty calories, and sodium have decreased since 2012, when...

FAS: Taiwan trade mission not part of China negotiations
FAS: Taiwan trade mission not part of China negotiations

April 24, 2019

The current Agriculture Department trade mission to Taiwan is not connected to U.S. trade negotiations with the People’s Republic of China, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Ken Isley told reporters today in a call from...

USDA accepts funding requests for ReConnect Rural Broadband pilot

April 23, 2019

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that USDA is accepting online applications for funding through the new ReConnect Rural Broadband Pilot Program. “These funds will enable the federal government to partner with the private sector...

Farm groups analyze Census of Agriculture data

April 23, 2019

A range of farm groups have presented their initial analyses of the 2017 Census of Agriculture that was released last week. The American Farm Bureau Federation analyzed the large-scale numbers and pointed out that the...

Oregon man justified in shooting of wolf

April 22, 2019

The Baker County (Oregon) District Attorney’s office has determined that Lawrence Aguilar was justified in lethally shooting a wolf on March 12, 2019. Aguilar shot the wolf on his property in Halfway, Ore., because it...

ITC U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement analysis out

April 19, 2019

The U.S. International Trade Commission today released its long-anticipated analysis of the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The ITC concluded it will have a limited but positive effect on the U.S. economy. The report contains detailed analyses...

USDA announces February income over feed cost margin triggers

April 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, — USDA’s Farm Service Agency announced that the February 2019 income over feed cost margin was $8.22 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the second payment for dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage...

USTR, USDA: US wins WTO case on China grain tariff rate quotas

April 18, 2019

Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that a World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel found that China has administered its tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for wheat, corn, and rice inconsistently with its...

Japan ag negotiations won’t go beyond TPP

April 17, 2019

Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said late Tuesday that he and Japanese Economic Revitalization Minister Toshimitsu Motegi had reaffirmed “their shared goal of achieving substantive results on trade in furtherance of the joint statement issued by...

EU says no to ag talks, Grassley, Trump keep up pressure

April 16, 2019

The European Union Council on Monday approved a mandate for the European Commission to exclude agriculture from trade talks with the United States, but Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and President Donald Trump...

Crapo, Stabenow introduce bill to relieve veterinarian shortage

April 15, 2019

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. late last week reintroduced bipartisan legislation they say would address the veterinarian shortage in rural areas. The bill would provide an exemption...