For the first time in years, the agriculture appropriations bill does not contain a provision prohibiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration from issuing certain regulations to ensure fairness in the marketing of livestock and poultry.
Delegates to the World Farmers’ Organization, including members of the National Farmers Union, adopted a pronouncement to make sure the farmers’ perspective would be heard at Expo Milano 2015, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” a six-month, universal exhibition focused on feeding the planet in 2050.
The Organic Trade Association on May 12 formally petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to begin the process of setting up an organic checkoff that it said would collect money for research and promotion to allow the industry to grow and clear up consumer confusion about organic products.
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