Public Meetings, Congressional Hearings, Calls for Comments

CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS 

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FOOD & AGRICULTURE HEADLINES 

  • State Legislatures pass on adopting GMO-labeling policies this year. Food Safety News
  • Food supplier sues egg farm alleging breach of contract. The Washington Post
  • U.S. Plains flooding refills soil moisture, farmers' wallets. Reuters
  • Five-star dining on leftover scraps? The Wall Street Journal
  • Craft beer in Iowa has room to grow, study finds. The Des Moines Register
  • Lamb with jellyfish gene 'may have been deliberately sent to abattoir'. The Guardian
  • U.S. May turkey slaughter drops as bird flu decimates flocks: USDA. Reuters
  • Flag smut disease detected in Kansas wheat for first time. SF Gate
  • Where America's worst roads are - and how much they're costing us. The Washington Post
  • Can Aussie Wine Rule Again? Wall Street Journal
  • Troubled delta system is California's water battleground. NY Times
  • Court: Farm, ranch laborers eligible for workers' comp. Albuquerque Journal
  • Sugar substitute in some nut butter products toxic to dogs. Food Safety News
  • GMO dilemma: swaying a wary public. NY Times
  • Organic industry wants biotechnology regulated by process, not product. Food Safety News
  • Making room for the human element in food safety advertising. Food Safety News
  • Local food is still a niche. Can it grow beyond that? NPR
  • Americans are drinking less coffee, one K-Cup at a time. Reuters
  • The real reason General Mills will cut fake flavors from cereals like Trix and Lucky Charms. The Washington Post
  • Farmers market program doubles the fresh goods for food aid recipients. Santa Fe New Mexican

TRADE NEWS

  • U.S. Senate approves fast-track, sending trade bill to White House. The Hill
  • House Sends Trade Adjustment Assistance to President's Desk. Roll Call
  • Ex-Im bank braces for end of charter. The Hill
  • Ex-Im bank could hitch ride on highway bill. Roll Call
  • U.S. trade negotiator poised to close on pacific trade pact. Reuters
  • (Opinion) U.S.-China meetings offer access for agriculture. The Des Moines Register
  • When helping 'the Cuban people' means bankrolling the Castros. Wall Street Journal
  • Mississippi trade mission to Central America. WJTV
  • Colleges see opportunity in US-Cuba opening. Chicago Tribune
  • Demand grows in China for Kansas sorghum. The Kansas City Star

USDA NEWS & REPORTS

  • Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announces $150 million, new partnership to support water quality and quantity in drought-stricken California. USDA
  • Allergen-free peanuts lead USDA report highlighting new innovations in Ag. USDA
  • SNAP benefit redemption through farmers and farmer's markets show sharp increase. USDA
  • Secretary Vilsack appoints new members to National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. USDA
  • USDA announces new tool to monitor damns, keep communities safe. USDA
  • USDA updates department policy for climate change adaptation. USDA
  • USDA announces $1.97 million for new community center on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. USDA
  • USDA Seeks partner proposals to protect and restore critical wetlands. USDA
  • USDA restricts PACA violators in Massachusetts and Tennessee from operating int he produce industry. USDA

WHITE HOUSE NEWS

  • President Obama signs Arkansas disaster declaration. White House
  • President Obama signs Nebraska disaster declaration. White House
  • Janet Garvin McCabe's nomination as Assistant Administrator of the EPA was sent to the Senate. White House
  • Kenneth Kopocis's nomination as Assistant Adminstrator of the EPA was sent to the Senate. White House
  • Louisiana Governer Bobby Jindal announces his 2016 bid for President. The Hill

CONGRESS NEWS

FOOD SAFETY RULES
August 24, 2015
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 
Petition To Amend the Reporting Requirements for Research Facilities Under the Animal Welfare Act Regulations 
SUMMARY: We are notifying the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has received a petition requesting that we amend the regulations to require that research facilities include information about the uses of animals in the annual report they submit to APHIS.
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-24/html/2015-15499.htm

August 25, 2015
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 
Notice of Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; PPQ Form 816, Contract Pilot and Aircraft Acceptance 
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request an extension of approval of an information collection associated with the use of contract pilots and aircraft in Plant Protection and Quarantine domestic, emergency, and biological control programs.
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-26/html/2015-15739.htm

OTHER

July 31, 2015
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 
Office of the Secretary Notice of Solicitation of Members to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board 
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., the United States Department of Agriculture announces solicitation for nominations to fill 9 vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-22/html/2015-15206.htm

August 24, 2015
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Food and Nutrition Service Request for Information: SNAP and WIC Seeking Input Regarding Procurement and Implementation of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Services
SUMMARY: The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is interested in identifying ways to stimulate increased competition in the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) marketplace and identify procurement or systems features that are barriers to new entrants.
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-23/html/2015-15336.htm

Call for Comments

IFT calls for comments on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  For details please refer to http://www.ift.org/public-policy-and-regulations/advocacy/ift-comments/call-for-comments.aspx.