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WIC win based on nutrition, potato council CEO says
WIC win based on nutrition, potato council CEO says
John Keeling, CEO of the National Potato Council, says science-based decisions about the vegetables included on the USDA's Women, Infants and Children program gives white potatoes, formerly excluded, a much more level playing field.

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U.S. Senate rejects amendment on lesser prairie chicken
The bird was designated as threatened last year by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
USDA revises maple syrup grading with descriptive terms
The standards replace the “U.S. Grade B for Reprocessing” classification with a new “Processing Grade” that is not intended to be sold in retail markets
USDA cannot restrict GMO pine
USDA cannot restrict GMO pine
A genetically modified variety of pine developed by Arborgen cannot be restricted by USDA, the agency has determined.
Interior still plans to decide on protection for sage grouse
The Interior Department still plans to work with states to develop conservation plans for grouse habitat.
December feedlot placements down 8 percent
December feedlot placements down 8 percent
Analysts view the latest USDA cattle on feed report as moderately bullish and as showing signs of heifer retention for herd rebuilding.
Monarch butterflies rebound in Mexico, numbers still low
The orange-and-black butterflies are suffering from loss of milkweed habitat in the United States, illegal logging in Mexico and climate change, according to scientists.
Vermont calls more GMO hearings, extends comment deadline
Last year the Vermont Legislature passed the nation’s first law to require the labeling of food made with GMOs.
NPC lists priority issues prior to D.C. Fly-in
The National Potato Council has announced its goals for 2015.
Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Florida Keys
Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Florida Keys
The test will be similar in size to Oxitec’s 2012 experiment in the Cayman Islands, where 3.3 million modified mosquitoes were released over six months, suppressing 96 percent of the targeted bugs. Oxitec says a later test in Brazil also was...
Milk industry fights back against ‘anti-dairy folks’
The campaign is intended to drown out milk’s detractors with positive posts about the nutritional benefits of milk on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere.