|The Battle Over Sliced Apples: New York Senators Gillibrand and Aubertine Take Secretary Vilsack to Task on School Food|
Ag Clips - 4/17/2009.By Paula Crossfield, Huffington Post – One complication: much of the fruits and vegetables served to students outside of the lunchroom will need minimal handling before getting into student hands, lest apples become baseballs. But cafeterias are not prepared time-wise, skill-wise or workman's comp-wise for this endeavor …. So for the time being, to get the freshest food it is best to outsource the cutting and bagging to a local value-add facility or local producer, until we build better infrastructure and train our cafeteria ladies to cook.
|Maine egg farm raid spurs vision|
Ag Clips - 4/17/2009.LEWISTON, Maine (AP) Dave Radlo, president and CEO of Massachusetts-based Radlo Foods, sees a new path within a decade selling eggs exclusively from uncaged hens. The Sun Journal newspaper of Lewiston reports that as of now, the business that ships an estimated 800 million eggs per year gets most of them from factory farms like the one in Turner that state agriculture agents recently raided.
|USDA listening tour on NAIS|
Ag Clips - 4/16/2009.Drovers Editorial – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack held a roundtable discussion Wednesday with a variety of stakeholders representing the full spectrum of views on the National Animal Identification System. The event kicks off a listening tour to gather feedback and input that will assist the secretary in making decisions about the future direction of animal identification and traceability in the United States.
|EPA to require tests on pesticides to determine risk to humans and animals|
The Washington Post - 4/16/2009.By Juliet Eilperin – The Environmental Protection Agency for the first time will require pesticide manufacturers to test 67 chemicals contained in their products to determine whether they disrupt the endocrine system, which regulates animals' and humans' growth, metabolism and reproduction, the agency said yesterday.