Farm Bill 2012 What percent of Farm Bill dollars go towards food programs & why are they important? What steps should be taken for US ag to capitalize on growing global demand for ag products? And, how do corn 'subsidies' impact corn acreages planted? These important questions were highlighted in the recent discussion of the 2012 Farm Bill on AgChat.
How Will Farm Policy 2012 Play Out? The 2012 Farm Bill will play an important part in the coming election cycle. What has the best benefit to the general public in farm bill programs? How must gov balance need for ag innovation & choice w/concerns re food safety & creation of policy? This AgChat conversation highlights some of the issues and outcomes.
World Water DayAgChat and BioChat combined on the topic of water. Life cannot survive without water. The issues of access to clean, safe, affordable water will continue to be a leading topic for a long time. Learn more about the issues and possible approaches to solutions from these two World Water Day conversations: AgChat and BioChat.
With the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act moving forward to law, technology companies are lining up to help implement the details. Much of the legislation is all about collecting, tracking, and analysis of data and information on food. This includes putting in place systems to register food facilities, collect and monitor data from production farms, notify multiple parties about food related issues, and handle food recalls.
The Departments of Justice and Agriculture are holding their final workshop to discuss competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture industry. This final workshop will focus on margins.
According to the DOJ
This workshop will look at the discrepancies between the prices received by farmers and the prices paid by consumers. As a concluding event, discussions from previous workshops will be incorporated into the analysis of agriculture markets nationally.
The FDA would have the authority to issue direct recalls of foods that are suspected to be tainted, rather than relying on individual producers to voluntarily issue recalls.
Food producers would be required to develop written food safety plans, accessible by the government in case of emergency. These would include hazard analysis and a plan for implementing corrective measures.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services would be required to create a food tracing system that would streamline the process of finding the source of contamination, should an outbreak occur.
Importers would be required to verify the safety of all imported foods to make sure it's in accordance with U.S. food safety guidelines.