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General Mills looks to put a fresh face on its Green Giant brand
Star Tribune
In a candid moment, the Jolly Green Giant may possibly be saying "ho-ho-hum" these days. Frozen and canned vegetable sales are falling. Green Giant's robust suit — frozen veggies packed in sauce — has been specifically hard hit. There's even speculation that General Mills Inc., Green Giant's owner, may sell the venerable brand with deep Minnesota roots.
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McDonald's to test all-day breakfast soon
CNBC
Fast food giant McDonald's is making an early step toward extending breakfast hours to all day long. The chain plans to test all-day breakfast in one U.S. market within the next month or two, according to a note on Monday from Janney Capital Markets, citing industry sources.
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More kids are skipping lunch
Science Codes
A new analysis of data from the 2009-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that 3 percent of younger children and 17 percent of 9- to 13-year-olds skip lunch on a given school day — and 23 percent of 9- to 13-year-olds skip lunch on the weekends.
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POLITICS


GOP's competing priorities exposed in budget brawl
The Hill
Republicans have long liked to say they're hawkish on both defending the nation and balancing budgets. But that sentiment faced its biggest test in years over the past couple weeks, as GOP lawmakers sparred over a comparatively small sliver of war funding in congressional budget debates.
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10 Senate seats considered most likely to switch parties in 2016
The Washington Post
It would be easy to conclude that Democrats are in better shape to hold the Senate seat from Nevada in 2016 after Sen. Harry M. Reid's decision, announced Friday, not to run for another term. Yet, the most fundamental truth of politics is that it's very hard to beat an incumbent.
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Reid leaves a parting gift for his party: A quiet and bloodless succession
The Washington Post
In his eight years as the Senate's Democratic leader, Harry M. Reid earned a reputation for legislative sorcery epitomized by the way in which he muscled President Barack Obama's health care reform bill through the Senate. So it may be fitting that his retirement announcement came Friday accompanied by an almost magical development: a quiet and bloodless succession.

Related: Inside Chuck Schumer's 24-hour campaign for leader (Politico)

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POLICY


GMO bill intensifies federal food fight
The Hill
The fight over the labeling of genetically engineered food is heating up on Capitol Hill, as safety advocates mount a campaign to beat back industry-backed legislation that would leave the nation without a mandatory labeling standard.

Related: Editorial: We don't need labels on genetically modified foods (The Washington Post)

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Elizabeth Warren plays Ted Cruz card with House Democrats
The Hill
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is meeting with House Democrats in an effort to push back against President Barack Obama's trade agenda.
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Vilsack: A half-baked GOP plan for food stamps
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
There are smart ideas to get more Americans working and off food aid. Block grants to states isn't one of them. The House Republican proposal to block grant the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is ill-timed and ill-advised.
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US plans to dig deeper on antibiotics given to livestock
Reuters
The U.S. government next year plans to begin collecting more detailed data on antibiotics used on farms in a potential precursor to set targets for reduced use of the drugs in animals.
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USDA awards grants for the prevention of childhood obesity
Food Engineering
USDA announced $9 million in grants, funded through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, to help develop childhood obesity intervention programs through colleges and universities in 12 states and Puerto Rico.
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Advocacy group to USDA: Protect unbiased scientific research
Lincoln Journal Star
A public employee advocacy group says USDA needs to beef up its rules to protect department scientists from political and industry pressure to suppress or alter research.
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DeCosters will face victims and possible jail time at sentencing
Food Safety News
His sentencing in two weeks in a federal courtroom in Sioux City, Iowa, won't be the first time that Austin "Jack" DeCoster has had to pay up for his legal misdeeds. DeCoster has paid millions in fines before, but in two weeks, the 79-year-old DeCoster and his 51-year-old son, Peter DeCoster, will face both possible jail sentences and some victims of the Salmonella outbreak caused by their Iowa egg farms in 2010.
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OTA: Organic check off could bring more farmers into the fold, clarify claims
Food Navigator-USA
Demand for organic in the U.S. is soaring, with more than 80 percent of families buying some organic products, pushing sales up to an expected $40 billion last year, according to the Organic Trade Association.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Guess what makes the cut as a 'Smart Snack' in schools?
NPR
Flamin' Hot Cheetos might conjure a lot of descriptors: spicy, crunchy, unnaturally fiery red. But it's a good bet that "healthy" didn't exactly spring to mind. Yet it turns out those fiery Cheetos beloved by schoolchildren actually qualify as a "Smart Snack" under revised federal nutrition guidelines for schools.
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Why Kraft-Heinz merger could herald more deals
just-food
In the wake of the Heinz-Kraft merger last week, the market almost immediately started to ponder the which deals could be next — by both the 3G/Buffett partnership and by other companies in the industry.
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Waste not want not: Food companies capitalize on 'leftovers'
Modern Farmer
As the public learns more about America's monumental food waste, and the move to reduce it gathers steam, new edibles made from ingredients that used to end up in compost piles are emerging from pioneering companies.
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Jamie Oliver gears up for new health campaign
Pars Herald
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has launched a new campaign in the form of a petition on change.org to try to improve food education in schools throughout the world.
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Flock of 40,000 turkeys in Minnesota to be euthanized
West Central Tribune
A commercial turkey flock in Stearns County, Minnesota, has become the third in the state to be infected by the highly pathogenic avian influenza.
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ConAgra Foods: Struggles continue with no quick fix in sight
Seeking Alpha
ConAgra Foods continues to struggle with poor growth, margin pressure, and a high debt load following the acquisition of Ralcorp, announced over two years ago.
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Soybeans and corn locked in food fight
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
U.S. farmers increasingly are eschewing "King Corn" in favor of planting soybeans, a dramatic shift that is shaking up futures markets and rippling through the broader agricultural economy.
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