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Stabenow stresses risk management, reform in farm bill hearing
Insurance News Net
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said strengthening crop insurance and reforming farm programs are top priorities for her as the committee works to develop strong risk management tools for farmers.

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    ATA, TCA outline legal objections to hours-of-service rule
    Truckinginfo
    The American Trucking Associations and the Truckload Carriers Association each filed motions to intervene with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in litigation challenging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's recently published hours-of-service regulations. ATA identified four areas where it thinks the recent hours-of-service rule falls short of legal standards for regulatory changes. More
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    CBO: Obama budget adds $3.5 trillion in deficits through 2022
    The Hill
    President Barack Obama's 2013 budget would add $3.5 trillion to annual deficits through 2022, according to a new estimate from the Congressional Budget Office. More
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    Santorum becomes a leading conservative voice
    The Washington Post
    In what is perhaps the most astonishing turnaround of the 2012 political season, Rick Santorum has, after 10 weeks of contests, all but claimed the title of leader of the conservative wing of the GOP — someone who deserves the right, at a minimum, to be a major player at the Republican National Convention and perhaps to be considered as a vice presidential nominee. More
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    White House moves into full re-election mode
    The Washington Post
    The Obama White House moved fully into re-election mode this week, leaving aside any pretense of being above the fray and beginning an unabashed political effort to lay the groundwork for what polls suggest could be eight difficult months of campaigning ahead. More
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    Liberals to president: Tap emergency oil reserves
    The Hill
    Three liberal House Democrats are circulating a letter urging President Barack Obama to tap the country's emergency oil reserves quickly in an effort to lower soaring oil and gasoline prices. More
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    House aide: No House transport bill until mid-April
    POLITICO
    The House won't take up a transportation bill until after the two-week Easter recess, transportation committee aides said Thursday. Members return April 16, the earliest a bill would come up. In the meantime, leaders will rally for a five-year bill that maintains dedicated transit funding, while a short-term extension should hit the floor the week of March 26, staffers said. More
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    Taiwan set to tighten beef import inspections next week
    Focus Taiwan
    A task force established to handle the latest food safety crisis in Taiwan determined in its first meeting Friday to tighten border inspections of beef products entering the country. Beginning next week, beef from companies previously discovered to have imported products containing banned leanness-enhancing drugs will be examined by customs, shipment by shipment, at a rate of 100 percent, said Vice Premier Jiang Yi-huah, who heads the task force. More
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    States' food freedom bills defeated again
    Food Safety News
    Tagged as "inexpedient to legislate" in New Hampshire and shelved in Utah, state food freedom bills got little traction for a second straight year. More
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    FSMA: Better safe than sorry
    BakingBusiness.com
    As an international food safety consultant, Rebeca Lopez-Garcia, Ph.D., has been bombarded with questions about the upcoming challenges in the regulatory environment. Principal of Logre International Food Science Consulting, Lopez-Garcia offers advice for dealing with some of the issues stemming from the Food Safety Modernization Act. More
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    Officials: Media foodborne illness outbreak communication needs work
    Food Navigator-USA
    Effective media communication can be crucial to prevent the spread of foodborne illness outbreaks and to avoid misinformation, global government officials said at a meeting to discuss lessons learned from recent outbreaks. More
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    FPSA expands Process Expo 2013, changes date
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    The Food Processing Suppliers Association is expanding the show floor for Process Expo 2013 to include both the North and South Halls of McCormick Place in Chicago. As part of this change, FPSA is moving the dates for the show to Nov. 3-6, 2013. More
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    'Occupy Monsanto' protest being organized
    USAgNet
    On Friday, a group calling themselves Occupy Monsanto will tell Congress they are agents of change with the Genetic Crimes Unit, a group that aims to "protect America from genetically modified foods." More
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    Dole Food sees improvements in fourth quarter
    Business Wire
    Dole Food Co. has posted fourth-quarter earnings results, noting an improvement in fruit and vegetable segments while managing higher packaged food expenses. More
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    3M offers molecular detection system for foodborne pathogens
    Food Processing
    The 3M Molecular Detection System helps spot a number of foodborne pathogens at once, using a combination of technologies involving isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection. More
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    Survey: Global 'green buying' trend shows up in food labeling
    Business Wire
    The growing emphasis on food safety and environmental issues means terms such as "green," "organic," "locally sourced," "free range" and "fair trade" have begun to feature increasingly on the labels and ingredient lists of an array of consumer goods, according to a new market report by Euromonitor International. More
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    International Food Safety Training Lab to grow global network
    The Diamondback
    Just six months after the University of Maryland launched the International Food Safety Training Lab, plans are underway to create a network of similar labs in Australia, China, Europe and India. Each country will operate and fund the labs independently, following the model of the Maryland facility — the first of its kind — which is a formal partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. More
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