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Schools struggling to meet lunch rules
Schools are having a difficult time meeting new federal requirements for leaner student lunches championed by first lady Michelle Obama and in some cases are adding less healthy foods to meet calorie limits, investigators have found.
Related: USDA to include cranberries in school lunch programs (USAgNet)
Employer health insurance mandate delayed by 1 year
The New York Times
In a significant setback for President Barack Obama's signature domestic initiative, the administration has abruptly announced a one-year delay, until 2015, in his healthcare law's mandate that larger employers provide coverage for their workers or pay penalties. The decision postpones the effective date beyond next year's midterm elections.
Related: 6 questions about the Obamacare mandate (Politico)
Key summit set in genetically modified food label fight
Major players in the food industry have scheduled a crucial meeting for next week that could become a turning point in the regulatory battle over genetically modified foods.
What's the problem with GMOs? (Dr. Georgene Collins)
Hawaii GMO hearing packs in hundreds to testify (Big Island Video News)
Illinois senate subcommittee hears testimony on GMO labeling (Prairie Advocate)
Oregon's debate over GMO food labeling initiative heats up (KPLU)
Obama hands off push on immigration
President Barack Obama has no plans to launch an aggressive public push to pressure House Republicans to move on immigration reform, even though a win on the issue is seen as critical to the success of his second term.
No pressure on House GOP to tackle immigration reform (The Hill)
A pro-growth reform (The Wall Street Journal)
How Obama's job approval isn't influenced by likability
The Washington Post
So how does the public go about deciding whether they approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing? Here's a hint: It's not about whether or not they think he is likable.
Senate Conservatives Fund vs. Mitch McConnell
The Washington Post
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has done everything he can to court the tea party in the run-up to his 2014 re-election campaign. But for one leading tea party-aligned group, it's still not enough.
Related: When did Alison Lundergan Grimes decide to run? (Politico)
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Farm bill defeat shows agriculture's waning power
The New York Times
The startling failure of the farm bill last month reflects the declining clout of the farm lobby and the once-powerful committees that have jurisdiction over agriculture policy, economists and political scientists said this week.
Ag, forestry, energy interests urge Boehner to keep farm bill intact (Politico)
Ag coalition urges Boehner to bring farm bill back to House floor (Food Chemical News)
Supreme Court agrees to hear NLRB recess appointments case
The Supreme Court last week agreed to hear a case involving the National Labor Relations Board that raises fundamental questions about the authority of the U.S. president to make appointments without Senate approval. The case will be heard during the court's next term in October.
Japan may remove tariffs from pork, beef as TPP consideration
Japan, the world's largest pork importer and Asia's biggest buyer of beef, may agree to remove duties on meat after joining U.S.-led trade talks this month, a former adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.
Why healthy eaters fall for fries
The New York Times
Such is the puzzle of the food industry: American consumers, even otherwise healthy ones, keep choosing caloric indulgences rather than healthy foods at fast food restaurants.
Exports down, trade deficit up 12 percent
The Associated Press via USA Today
As U.S. consumers break all-time records for buying imported autos and other nonpetroleum products, the country's trade deficit worsened to $45 billion in May — the biggest gap since November, according to a Commerce Department report released Wednesday.
Trademark ruling will keep Cracker Barrel out of grocery stores — for now
Agreeing with Kraft Foods' trademark infringement claim, a federal judge temporarily blocked Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. from selling packaged meats and other food products in grocery stores, potentially derailing the restaurant chain's brand-expansion plans.
State-of-the-art cold storage warehouse attracting interest in Florida
At least two companies — Nordic Cold Storage and Logistec Corp. — have expressed an interest in a partnership to build a new, state-of-the-art cold storage warehouse at Port Manatee, Fla., a port official said Monday.
Seafood freezer, storage facility proposed in Maine
Central Maine Cold Storage wants to expand into Bucksport by constructing a 15,000-square-foot blast freezer and storage unit.
Nebraska development board rejects new processing plant plans
The Twin Cities Development Board has rejected a proposed beef processing plant that has raised controversy in recent months over a prospective workforce that may include Korean-Americans from outside of the community.
Food expansion at Starbucks, 7-Eleven lift Greencore
Greencore Group Plc, the world's largest sandwich maker, is boosting sales with Starbucks Corp. in the U.S. even as prospects have improved in the U.K., Chief Executive Officer Patrick Coveney said.
GreenLite set for US gluten-free brand launch
Israeli gluten-free specialists GreenLite are set to launch new branded bread products in the U.S. market next month, with a European roll out on the horizon as well.
3 practical tips for documenting essential job responsibilities
Ahhh, summer: Time to head to the beach or nearest pool, fire up the grill and enjoy some time away from the office. But wait — what happens to your work responsibilities when you go on vacation?
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