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Dec 19, 2013

‘Superbug’ bacteria widespread in U.S. chicken: consumer group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – About half of the raw chicken breasts in a nationwide sampling carried antibiotic-resistant “superbug” bacteria, a U.S. consumer group said on Thursday, calling for stricter limits on use of the medicines on livestock.

It could be more difficult to treat people if they became ill after eating chicken with the antibiotic-resistant bacteria, said Consumer Reports, which describes itself as the world’s largest independent product-testing organization.

Dec 18, 2013

Ag issues on agenda as China corn rejections roil market

WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – The United States could raise
the issue of China’s recent rejection of several U.S. corn
cargoes at trade talks this week, an official said on Wednesday.

A full range of agricultural trade issues for the two
countries is expected to be on the agenda at the high-level
talks, but the corn issue has emerged as perhaps the most
pressing.

Dec 12, 2013

New U.S. rules aim to cut antibiotic use in farm animals

Dec 11 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators announced new guidelines
on Wednesday to phase out the use of antibiotics as a growth
enhancer in livestock, in an effort to stem a surge in human
resistance to these drugs.

The Food and Drug Administration said the antibiotics could
still be used to treat illnesses in animals raised for meat, but
should otherwise be pared back over the next three years under a
program to keep them out of the human food supply.

Dec 11, 2013

U.S. FDA to phase out some antibiotic use in animal production

Dec 11 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators announced new guidelines
that call on global pharmaceutical companies to phase out the
use of some antibiotics meant to enhance growth in animals used
for food, hoping to stem a growing tide of bacterial resistance
to the same drugs when they are prescribed for humans.

In guidance issued on Wednesday, the Food and Drug
Administration asked global drugmakers and animal health
companies including Eli Lilly & Co and Zoetis to
voluntarily revise labels of medically-important antibiotics to
remove references to use in animal production.

Dec 10, 2013

Top negotiators say U.S. farm bill delayed to January

WASHINGTON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – The four top negotiators for
the new U.S. farm bill, already a year behind schedule, said on
Tuesday they would not complete work until January on the
legislation to cut food stamps for the poor and expand crop
insurance for farmers.

After an hour-long meeting, the leaders said the farm bill,
which covers issues from crop subsidies to farm exports and food
aid, would not be ready for action before Congress adjourns for
the year.

Dec 10, 2013

Strong demand trims U.S. corn, soy stocks -USDA

WASHINGTON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Lower prices created
resurgent demand for U.S. corn at home and abroad, including in
the ethanol market, the U.S. government forecast on Tuesday,
resulting in smaller, but still ample, stocks at the end of this
marketing year.

U.S. soybean stocks for 2013/14 were forecast down sharply
from a month ago, but projected wheat stocks in the United
States and globally were higher, largely reflecting a record
crop in Canada, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

Dec 5, 2013

Boehner blasts lack of farm-bill progress, supports extension

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Speaker John Boehner, in his gloomiest assessment yet, lamented the lack of “real progress” toward a compromise $500 billion farm bill and said on Thursday the House would try to head off a potential doubling of milk prices in January.

Congress is more than a year behind schedule in overhauling U.S. farm law, hobbled by a disagreement over cuts in food stamps for the poor. House Republicans have proposed tighter rules that would disqualify 8 percent of recipients – too steep a cut for Democrats to accept.

Nov 29, 2013

Ethanol cut may drive down U.S. corn prices, drive up subsidies

WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. government in recent
years has not needed to prop up grain farmers’ income with
subsidies, but those payments could come roaring back if the
lower ethanol mandate proposed this month drives corn prices
lower, as many analysts expect.

The likely change to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) comes
as lawmakers are in the final stages of deliberations on a new
five-year farm bill.

Nov 21, 2013

US farm bill talks stall, sides far apart on food stamps

WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (Reuters) – The four key negotiators on
the new farm bill are miles apart on the paramount issue – the
level of cuts in the major U.S. anti-hunger program – with no
sign of compromise as time runs down for legislative action
before the end of the year.

Four hours of face-to-face meetings on Wednesday and
Thursday failed to produce an agreement. House Agriculture
chairman Frank Lucas told reporters on Thursday that no more
meetings were planned this week.

Nov 21, 2013

Food stamps, subsidies knotty issues as U.S. farm talks drag on

WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Time is quickly running out
to write a new $500 billion U.S. farm policy this year and one
of the biggest problems facing the four key negotiators on the
project is how much to cut spending on food stamps for the poor.

Without an agreement by the end of this week it may be
impossible to enact a new farm law this year. Congress is more
than a year behind schedule in replacing the now-expired 2008
law; it adjourns for the year in mid-December.