WASHINGTON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – First Lady Michelle Obama
asked television and food company executives at a White House
gathering on Wednesday to sell youngsters on healthy food with
the pitch: “If anyone can make our kids eat their vegetables,
it’s all of you.”
Mrs. Obama cited the power of advertising, now a torrent
touting salty, fatty and sugary goodies, in calling for a switch
to marketing, “foods that have real nutritional value, foods
that are fortified with real fruit and vegetables, whole grains
and low-fat dairy.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Wednesday threatened to veto a Republican-written bill nearing a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives that would cut food stamps for the poor by $40 billion over a decade and end benefits for an estimated 4 million people.
Representatives are likely to vote on the bill on Thursday. A close vote is expected. The White House threat capped a day of high-decibel opposition by congressional Democrats and antihunger groups who called the cuts harsh and heartless.
WASHINGTON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. government offered
on Wednesday to sell surplus sugar to biofuel makers, turning to
an initiative created during the early days of the ethanol boom
in an effort to alleviate the highest sugar subsidy costs in a
The Agriculture Department has tried repeatedly since June
to whittle down an oversupply that has depressed futures prices
and created the possibility of a default on $258.7
million in USDA price support loans on Sept. 30.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The new U.S. farm bill might violate World Trade Organization rules against trade-distorting subsidies, major U.S. business groups said on Monday in an appeal to lawmakers to revamp the bill, which is already facing slim odds of passage.
An adverse decision by the WTO could expose U.S. exports to retaliatory tariffs if there is a challenge. It would be an ironic turn, since the farm bill was intended in part to resolve a WTO ruling against U.S. cotton subsidies.
WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The new U.S. farm bill might
violate World Trade Organization rules against trade-distorting
subsidies, major U.S. business groups said on Monday in an
appeal to lawmakers to revamp the bill, which is already facing
slim odds of passage.
An adverse decision by the WTO could expose U.S. exports to
retaliatory tariffs if there is a challenge. It would be an
ironic turn, since the farm bill was intended in part to resolve
a WTO ruling against U.S. cotton subsidies.
WASHINGTON, Sept 12 (Reuters) – For the fourth time this
year, the U.S. government intervened in the sugar market on
Thursday to try to drive up prices depressed by large global
supplies and avoid the highest sugar subsidy costs in 13 years.
The Agriculture Department offered to swap up to 85,375
short tons of government-owned sugar for credits held by
refiners as a way to reduce a mammoth surplus that could force
processors to default on government-backed loans.
WASHINGTON, Sept 11 (Reuters) – A U.S. district judge
refused on Wednesday to stop the government from requiring
labels on packages of beef, pork, poultry and lamb sold in U.S.
stores to include more specific information about the meat’s
country of origin.
U.S. meat packers said the latest country-of-origin labeling
(COOL) rule will drive up their costs and become a bookkeeping
nightmare. But in a victory for the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson denied their
request for a preliminary injunction.
WASHINGTON, Aug 12 (Reuters) – U.S. farmers will reap the
biggest corn crop and the third-largest soybean crop ever this
fall, government forecasters said on Monday, but the harvests
will be smaller than traders expected because of lower yields
and ending stocks are projected to be below traders’ estimates.
Chicago corn and soybean futures, which have been beaten
down recently by an outlook for massive crops and climbing
inventories, rose sharply on the report.
GENEVA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States won a long-running trade dispute with China on Friday when the World Trade Organization found Beijing had broken global rules by imposing anti-dumping duties on U.S. chicken broiler parts.
The U.S. complaint, first raised in September 2011, was widely seen as one of a string of tit-for-tat disputes between the world’s largest economies, and followed a U.S. ban on imports of Chinese cooked chicken.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Republicans plan to propose a $40 billion cut to the nation’s food stamp program, the head of the House Agriculture Committee said on Thursday, doubling the number of cuts previously sought by conservatives.
Committee Chairman Frank Lucas said legislation on the food assistance program, known as SNAP, would be the second part of any talks on the U.S. farm bill with the Senate.