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CONGRESS NEWS

  • Anti-WOTUS measure fails in Senate. Agri-Pulse
  • House members join the fray on EPA's anti-farmer billboard. Agri-Pulse
  • House panel approves agriculture, energy spending bills. The Hill
  • Top Republican takes aim at EPA rules at budget hearing. The Hill
  • House Agriculture Subcommittee examines credit conditions in farm country. HAG
  • Five things Congress could get done before the elections. The Hill

USDA REPORTS & NEWS

Reports

News

  • USDA invetss $22 million in fight to stamp out citrus greening. Agri-Pulse
  • USDA officials diagnose rural America's needs. Agri-Pulse
  • Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement. USDA
  • USDA announces $4.7 million available in grants for food safety training, outreach, and technical assistance. USDA

WHITE HOUSE NEWS

  • Obama warns GOP against blocking water rule. The Hill

2016 CAMPAIGN NEWS

  • House primaries to watch on Tuesday. The Hill
  • Who might Hillary Clinton's running mate be if she's the nominee? NY Times
  • Team Clinton to Sanders: It's over. The Hill
  • Priebus slams Never Trump movement, calls for GOP unity. The Hill
  • Firestorm brewing over GOP convention rules. The Hill
  • Trump terrifies world leaders. Politico

TRADE NEWS

  • EPA's actions put U.S. commitment to rule of law under scrutiny. The Hill
  • Kerry to sign Paris climate deal on Friday. The Hill
  • Cuba trade, the TPP, rice and legislature expectations. Delta Farm Press

IN OTHER NEWS

  • For agriculture, Every day is earth day. HAG
  • Agricultural research is the farmer's ultimate antacid. The Hill
  • Court appears divided, signaling trouble for Obama on immigration. The Hill

RULES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE 
Amendment to the Definition of ``Condition'' and Prerequisite Requirement for Shell Eggs Eligible for Grading and Certification Stated in the Regulations Governing the Voluntary Grading of Shell Eggs 
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes to amend the Regulations Governing the Voluntary Grading of Shell Eggs to clarify the definition of ``condition'' and revise the prerequisite requirement for shell eggs eligible for voluntary USDA grading and certification. The proposed revision to the prerequisite requirement will prohibit the use of Salmonella Enteritidis-adulterated or recalled shell eggs from being presented to USDA for grading and certification. AMS is proposing to revise the definition of ``condition'' to remove any food safety implications resulting from the use of the term ``wholesomeness'' and clarify that AMS' role in grading and certification of shell eggs is solely for a quality determination. 
DATES: Comments must be received by June 20, 2016.
LINK: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-20/html/2016-09139.htm

Call for Comments

Use of the Term “Natural” in Food Labeling

The Food and Drug Administration is requesting information and comments on the use of the term “natural” in the labeling of human food products, including foods that are genetically engineered or contain ingredients produced through the use of genetic engineering. IFT is considering submitting comments, and welcomes information, suggestions, and comments for consideration. Please respond to Farida Mohamedshah by Wednesday, March 2nd.   The Fed. Reg. notice is available here.