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MEMBERS OF 2020 DIETARY GUIDELINES ADVISORY COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED

To ensure America’s dietary guidance reflects the latest science, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Thursday the appointment of 20 nationally recognized scientists to serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. These scientists will review scientific evidence on key nutrition topics to inform the… read more

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TRUMP EASES OFF HARD DEADLINE FOR CHINA TARIFFS –

TRUMP EASES OFF HARD DEADLINE FOR CHINA TARIFFS – President Trump gave his firmest indication yet that the U.S. may not increase tariffs on Chinese goods on March 1, as scheduled, despite statements by his top official that the U.S. should stick to a firm deadline. Trump and his advisers have said they are considering… read more

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AS SHUTDOWN DRAGS ON, SCIENTISTS SCRAMBLE TO KEEP INSECTS, PLANTS AND MICROBES ALIVE –

AS SHUTDOWN DRAGS ON, SCIENTISTS SCRAMBLE TO KEEP INSECTS, PLANTS AND MICROBES ALIVE – Three days a week, entomologist Don Weber shows up to work at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s empty campus in Maryland. As the partial government shutdown continues, he has to perform an important task: feeding the hundreds of insects he raises… read more

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SCHOOL LUNCHES GET A HELPING OF MILK

The USDA is throwing out Obama-era school nutrition standards and, in the process, throwing a lifeline to the dairy industry. Rolled back by the Trump Administration and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act will no longer limit milk to skim and will allow additional dairy products back on school lunch menus. Critics… read more

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INDUSTRIAL HEMP RULES PROPOSED –

INDUSTRIAL HEMP RULES PROPOSED – The IDOA Dec. 28 announced its proposed rules for production of industrial hemp. According to Jeff Cox, chief of the Bureau of Medical Plants at IDOA, said the state has been working intensely to post the rules since Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the law in August. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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FARMERS: GET THE FARM BILL DONE –

FARMERS: GET THE FARM BILL DONE – As Congress returns Tuesday for the lame-duck session, farmers have one priority on lawmakers’ to-do list: Get a farm bill done before the end of the year. Lawmakers have said passing the legislation is their highest priority as it would provide some stability to farmers who have been… read more

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KAVANAUGH CLEARS SENATE HURDLE

Judge Brett Kavanaugh Friday cleared a major hurdle in his effort to become a Supreme Court justice as the Senate narrowly voted to cut off debate on his nomination and move to a final vote. The vote could come as early as Saturday, with GOP lawmakers scrambling to ensure they have enough votes to confirm… read more

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KAVANAUGH CLEARS SENATE HURDLE

Judge Brett Kavanaugh Friday cleared a major hurdle in his effort to become a Supreme Court justice as the Senate narrowly voted to cut off debate on his nomination and move to a final vote. The vote could come as early as Saturday, with GOP lawmakers scrambling to ensure they have enough votes to confirm… read more

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KAVANAUGH CLEARS SENATE HURDLE

Judge Brett Kavanaugh Friday cleared a major hurdle in his effort to become a Supreme Court justice as the Senate narrowly voted to cut off debate on his nomination and move to a final vote. The vote could come as early as Saturday, with GOP lawmakers scrambling to ensure they have enough votes to confirm… read more

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ILLINOIS OVER-ISSUED FOOD STAMPS –

ILLINOIS OVER-ISSUED FOOD STAMPS – Illinois has been warned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the state has significantly over-issued food assistance to individuals who didn’t qualify and may face a large fine as a result; Illinois has denied the over-payment. Illinois had about 1.8 million resident receiving SNAP benefits in 2017, or about… read more

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