Category: Policy

Farm Bill Overview by TheFERN.org
June 14, 2018June 14, 2018
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Farm Bill Overview by TheFERN.org

The Food & Environment Reporting Network released this short video on June 12 that does a superb job explaining the Farm Bill.  With today’s Senate panel approval, both houses of Congress now have a version of the farm bill in the public domain, although the House version failed in a May 18 vote.  As explained...

Action Alert: GMO food labeling rule
May 31, 2018May 31, 2018
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Action Alert: GMO food labeling rule

On May 3rd the USDA released its proposed regulations for the mandatory disclosure of foods produced using GMO or GE methods. These rules establish more detail on how disclosures will be implemented following the 2016 federal law requiring disclosure. The rules are the final step to securing GE food labeling in the United States at...

Letter from Secretary Fisher Regarding Ag Labor Housing
May 18, 2018May 18, 2018
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Letter from Secretary Fisher Regarding Ag Labor Housing

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has asked members of the ag community to distribute the attached communications throughout the ag community. The letter from NJDCA concerns farm-labor housing, especially any agricultural buildings that previously served other purposes but have been converted to farm-labor housing. It also emphasizes a phased-in approach to helping farms, if...

House Farm Bill Vote Approaching, Please Read!
May 16, 2018May 16, 2018
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House Farm Bill Vote Approaching, Please Read!

The House Agriculture Committee has approved a Farm Bill that the House will vote on, likely this Friday, that further tips the playing field toward subsidizing large commodity farmers, away from small and mid-size fruit and vegetable growers. This bill fails to address the needs of our farmers and will increase hunger in New Jersey....

Stand With Family Farmers and Rural Communities
May 2, 2018May 18, 2018
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Stand With Family Farmers and Rural Communities

The House Agricultural Committee has voted to send a version of the Farm Bill including an amendment introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to be considered by the rest of House. H.R. 4879/3599, the “Protect Interstate Commerce Act” seeks to negate most state and local laws regarding agricultural production, limits consumer choice, negate the ability...

USDA abandons animal welfare rule in organic program
March 22, 2018April 2, 2018
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USDA abandons animal welfare rule in organic program

Last year, the USDA decided to scrap the Obama-era rule overseeing animal welfare regulations in the organic program.  In order to be certified under the organic seal, meat and poultry must meet a set of feeding, housing, and treatment standards.  Some media reports claim that large-scale organic operations are lax on these standards and animals...

National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring 2018 Meeting Materials Published
March 9, 2018March 9, 2018
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National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring 2018 Meeting Materials Published

From the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) has posted meeting materials for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring meeting, to be held in Tuscon, AZ, April 25-27, 2018. Documents are posted on the Spring 2018 NOSB meeting webpage. Posted materials include a tentative Meeting Agenda and Proposals...