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OPINION: Labelling of non-GMO products ignores reality

The Guardian | Posted onMarch 13, 2017 in Food News

I've worked in agricultural marketing for 25 years and have done a lot of work on branding, including developing logos. Logos have a great deal of power and there are many good ones — think Tim Hortons.  But one logo seen on some food products infuriates me — that of the Non-GMO Project. According to their website, “The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building the non-GMO food supply, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.

California growers assess damage amid storms, flooding

Capital Press | Posted onMarch 13, 2017 in Agriculture News

Storms in California combined with already high river and creek levels and saturated ground to cause widespread flooding, waterlogging field crops and interfering with the almond blossom.

Pilgrim’s Pride sued by environmentalists in Florida

Meatingplace (free registration required) | Posted onMarch 12, 2017 in News

An environmental advocacy group in Florida filed a lawsuit in federal court today alleging that a Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. chicken processing plant is polluting the Suwannee River.

Calling Out The Anti-Science Denialists

Civil Beat | Posted onMarch 12, 2017 in Agriculture News

The future of Hawaii agriculture hangs in the balance this legislative session.  Having lost in the courts the battle over whether county governments even have the jurisdiction to regulate genetically modified crops, anti-science advocates have moved to state government, hoping there to revive the “genetic modification (sic)” Salem Witch Trials.

Oregon bill would regulate dairy air emissions

Statesman Journal | Posted onMarch 12, 2017 in SARL Members and Alumni News

Should air contaminant emissions from large dairies be tracked and regulated in Oregon? A legislative task force concluded in July 2008 that they should.The Legislature didn't implement the recommendation, and dairy industry officials say voluntary actions are better than regulations. Buta proposal for a new mega-dairy in Eastern Oregon has prompted legislators to take a second look.

1 in 4 Ohio hospitals could close under GOP Obamacare replacement, Ohio Hospitals Association chief says

Biz Journals | Posted onMarch 12, 2017 in Rural News

One in four Ohio hospitals could close if an Affordable Care Act replacement rescinds Medicaid expansion without a new revenue source, Ohio Hospital Association CEO Mike Abrams said, one of a growing chorus of Ohioans speaking up about the GOP health-care proposal.

Maryland Senate OKs extension of energy efficiency program

The Baltimore Sun | Posted onMarch 12, 2017 in SARL Members and Alumni News

The Maryland state Senate passed a bill extending the EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency program, following similar action in the House of Delegates. Senators voted, 32-14, to extend the program, which was created in 2008 to require utility companies to reduce per capita electricity use by 10 percent by 2015. The law didn't require the program to continue past 2015, although the state's Public Service Commission has supported the program and asked utilities to lay out plans to invest more in energy efficiency.

National Milk Producers recommends changes to margin protection program to make it viable

KTIC Radio | Posted onMarch 12, 2017 in Federal News

The National Milk Producers Federation Board of Directors today unanimously approved a series of recommended changes to the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) that will restore several key elements first proposed by NMPF during development of the 2014 Farm Bill. These changes to the MPP will ensure an effective safety net for the nation’s dairy farmers – if the recommendations are adopted by Congress. The recommendations range from changing the way dairy feed costs are calculated, to providing farmers greater flexibility in signing up for coverage and using other risk management tools.

Federal agencies need to prepare for greater quantity, range of biotechnology products

EurekAlert | Posted onMarch 12, 2017 in Agriculture News

A profusion of biotechnology products is expected over the next five to 10 years, and the number and diversity of new products has the potential to overwhelm the U.S. regulatory system, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S.

Deadly listeria outbreak linked to raw milk cheese

Atlanta Journal Constitution | Posted onMarch 12, 2017 in Food News

Vulto Creamery, based in New York has recalled all of its soft, raw milk cheeses in response to a listeria outbreak that has led to six hospitalizations and two deaths nationwide. All lots of Vulto Creamery's Ouleout, Miranda, Heinennellie, and Willowemoc soft wash-rind raw milk cheeses  are included in the recall. The products were distributed nationwide, including at retail locations in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, California, Chicago, Portland and Washington, DC.