Food Distribution & International Trade

Opinion: The Code Breaker, CRISPR, and the UN Summit

This piece was originally published by Agri-Pulse Communications.   As preparations for the United Nations Food System Summit (FSS) get underway in the US and around the world, the respected author Walter Isaacson has released a new book entitled The Code Breaker. Isaacson, well known as a talented historian and biographer, has written eloquently of Albert Einstein, Benjamin …

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Biden Administration Releases Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans have experienced shortages of essential products including food, medicine, personal protective equipment, and components used for manufacturing.  In response, on February 24, the Biden Administration issued an Executive Order (EO) on America’s Supply Chains to ensure resilient and secure supply chains for critical and essential goods.  The goal of the …

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The UN FOOD SYSTEM SUMMIT: Upside and Downside for US Agriculture

The UN Food System Summit (FSS), to be hosted by Secretary-General António Guterres as a part of the UN General Assembly this September, is generating increased attention for several reasons:   It’s fast approaching. Hunger is on the rise. The new Biden/Harris Administration is committed to international engagement and hunger reduction. US agriculture has much …

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How Does Buying American Benefit U.S. Food, Agriculture, and Medical Products?

President Biden recently issued an Executive Order (EO) to harness the federal government’s purchasing power to bolster domestic manufacturing. The “Strengthening Buy American Provisions, Ensuring Future of America is Made in America by All of America’s Workers” intends to support American industry and American workers. Overall, this EO looks to close loopholes in existing “Buy American” policies …

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Food drive called "Stamp Out Hunger"

Oh, SNAP! SNAP Retailers Need to Watch Out for New FNS Entrapment Techniques

For decades, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has attempted to combat fraud by retailers and beneficiaries in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) with varying success.  Fraud levels were dramatically reduced after FNS rolled out the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system and discontinued the use of paper food stamps more than fifteen years ago.  …

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CDC to Host Webinar on COVID-19 Vaccination for Food and Agriculture Workers – January 21st

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host a webinar to provide updates on COVID-19 vaccine implementation for food and agriculture workers on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 3:00 PM Eastern. The webinar will also discuss vaccine safety and confidence as well as recommendations for vaccine prioritization. The panelists for the webinar …

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NIAA: What to Expect for Animal Agriculture in a Biden Administration

The National Institute of Animal Agriculture invited Chelsea Good, Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs at Livestock Marketing Association and John Dillard, Principal Attorney in the USDA Practice Group at OFW Law to provide insight on the incoming Biden Administration and what it will mean for the animal agriculture industry. From the Barn to …

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International Trade Commission to Investigate Imports of Cucumbers, Including Gherkins

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has instituted Investigation No. 332-583, Cucumbers: Effect of Imports on U.S. Seasonal Markets, with a Focus on the U.S. Southeast. The study is being conducted at the request of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and will include a public hearing as well as opportunities to submit briefs and …

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International Trade Commission to Investigate Squash Imports

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today instituted Investigation No. 332-584, Squash: Effect of Imports on U.S. Seasonal Markets, with a Focus on the U.S. Southeast. The study is being conducted at the request of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and will include a public hearing as well as opportunities to submit briefs and …

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ITC To Investigate the Impact of Blueberry Imports on US Domestic Producers

At the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has initiated an investigation to determine whether increased imports of fresh, chilled, or frozen blueberries are causing or threatening to cause serious injury to domestic blueberry producers.  If the ITC determines that they are, the President is authorized to take action …

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