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October 21, 2014

Video: USDA Reports Say Climate Change Will Affect Agriculture, Forests

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Feb. 14, “Two USDA reports say U.S. agriculture and forest management will have to adapt to climate change and that some of those efforts are already underway.”

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Rep. McGovern’s 2nd ‘End Hunger Now’ speech- Thursday

Categories: Farm Bill

House Agriculture Committee Member Jim McGovern (D., Mass.) spoke on the House floor today about hunger issues in the United States.

In part, Rep. McGovern noted that, “Over 50 million people are hungry in America – more than 50 million who struggle to put food their tables. Many of these are hard-working people whose jobs just do not pay enough to feed their families. We need to use every opportunity we have to talk about it, to shine a light on the plight of the hungry, to take hunger out of the shadows and rededicate ourselves to the need to End Hunger Now.”

Rep. McGovern also “called for a White House Conference on Food and Nutrition.”

He stated that, “Over the years, there have been citywide, countywide and statewide hunger summits. Food banks, hospitals, colleges and universities have all held these events. But there hasn’t been one nationwide hunger summit, convened by the White House, since President Nixon hosted such a summit in 1969 – over 44 years ago!”

Rep. McGovern also spoke about U.S. hunger issues back on February 5.

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Policy Issues- Budget; Trade; Biofuels; Regulations; and, Immigration

Policy Issues- Budget- Farm Bill

DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday (link requires subscription) that, “The Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will have to furlough meat, poultry and egg product inspectors if sequestration goes into effect, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wrote the American Meat Institute on Tuesday. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association also raised concerns about the furlough.

“AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle had written Vilsack and President Barack Obama that USDA has a ‘statutory obligation’ to keep FSIS inspectors on the job.”

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