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Mar 4, 2014

Cut in funding does not undermine U.S. meat safety: agriculture secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A cut in funding for the U.S. meat and poultry inspections contained in the Obama administration’s 2015 budget proposal does not mean less attention to food safety, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday.

“The bottom line is – we are not compromising safety here,” Vilsack said on a conference call with reporters following the release of the White House’s budget proposals.

Mar 4, 2014

Cut in funding does not undermine U.S. meat safety -ag secretary

WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) – A cut in funding for the
U.S. meat and poultry inspections contained in the Obama
administration’s 2015 budget proposal does not mean less
attention to food safety, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
said on Tuesday.

“The bottom line is – we are not compromising safety here,”
Vilsack said on a conference call with reporters following the
release of the White House’s budget proposals.

Feb 27, 2014

Rampant food waste a barrier to cutting poverty -World Bank

WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – The world loses or wastes a
staggering 25 percent to 33 percent of the food it produces for
consumption, losses that can mean the difference between an
adequate diet and malnutrition in many countries, the World Bank
said in a report released on Thursday.

“The amount of food wasted and lost globally is
shameful,” said Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank.

Feb 23, 2014

In no one’s interest for Ukraine to split apart: U.S.’s Rice

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It is not in the interest of Russia, Europe or the United States to see Ukraine split apart and it would be a “grave mistake” for Russia to send military forces into that country, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser said on Sunday.

Speaking on the NBC program “Meet the Press”, Susan Rice was asked about a possible scenario in which Russia would send forces into Ukraine to restore a government more friendly to Moscow.

Feb 22, 2014

Facebook’s big buy, WhatsApp messaging app, back up after outage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – WhatsApp, the rapidly expanding mobile messaging app, suffered an outage for more than three hours on Saturday, frustrating users just days after its acquisition by Facebook for $19 billion.

“WhatsApp service has been restored. We are so sorry for the downtime…,” WhatsApp tweeted to its more than 1 million Twitter followers on Saturday around 5:48 p.m. EST (2248 GMT).

Feb 20, 2014

USDA Census shows bigger farms, older farmers

WASHINGTON, Feb 20 (Reuters) – The proportion of U.S. farms
with annual sales and government payments of $1 million or more
doubled in the five years through 2012, the U.S. Department of
Agriculture said on Thursday, even as the total number of farms
fell.

The figures were part of the USDA’s “Census of Agriculture,”
which surveys all U.S. farms and ranches and the people who
operate them every five years. Results of the Census form the
backbone of U.S. agricultural policy.

Feb 13, 2014

Bridgestone to plead guilty for auto parts price fix-scheme -DOJ

WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Japan’s Bridgestone Corp
has agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $425 million
criminal fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices on
certain automotive parts, the U.S. Department of Justice said on
Thursday.

The case involved anti-vibration rubber parts sold in the
United States and elsewhere to Toyota Motor Corp,
Nissan Motor Corp, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd,
Suzuki Motor Corp, Isuzu Motors Ltd and
certain of their subsidiaries and affiliates.

Feb 10, 2014

USDA cuts U.S. corn, wheat ending stocks on export demand

WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Projected U.S. corn ending
stocks for 2013/14 continue to tighten on strong export demand,
the U.S. Agricultural Department said on Monday, a bullish jolt
that helped Chicago corn futures reach their highest levels in
four months.

U.S. wheat carryout was also lower on the month on rising
exports. Projected U.S. soybean ending stocks were unchanged
from January but Brazil’s crop and projected exports were
raised, giving the report a bearish edge.

Jan 31, 2014

Ability to transport U.S. oil, gas lags booming output: Energy Secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The energy boom of the last decade that has boosted oil and gas production in the United States has outpaced the development of critical infrastructure to transport the raw and refined materials, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said on Thursday.

Reflecting on a spate of accidents involving freight trains pulling tank cars full of volatile crude oil in Canada and the United States, Moniz said that infrastructure development was key, even beyond a reconsideration of rail regulations now under way by U.S. authorities.

Jan 31, 2014

Ability to transport U.S. oil, gas lags booming output – Energy Sec

WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The energy boom of the last
decade that has boosted oil and gas production in the United
States has outpaced the development of critical infrastructure
to transport the raw and refined materials, U.S. Energy
Secretary Ernest Moniz said on Thursday.

Reflecting on a spate of accidents involving freight trains
pulling tank cars full of volatile crude oil in Canada and the
United States, Moniz said that infrastructure development was
key, even beyond a reconsideration of rail regulations now under
way by U.S. authorities.

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      "Ros Krasny is Boston Bureau Chief, leading coverage of the New England scene. She was previously a regional Federal Reserve correspondent based in Chicago, and spent many years writing about agricultural commodity markets with Bridge News and Knight-Ridder Financial news."
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