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Vermont Labeling Law Makes Kosher Foods Harder to Find

Amid the Vermont labeling law and despite the grace period until the end of the year, since put in place this month, consumers say kosher foods are harder to find on store shelves. According to the Genetic Literacy Project, Vermont’s GMO labeling law appears to be forcing kosher foods off store shelves as the small companies that manufacture the foods decide not to re-label their packaging just for Vermont. Roughly 3,000 items were pulled off grocery store shelves as the GMO labeling law went into effect. However, federal action is imminent with a vote in the U.S. House expected this week following a rules committee meeting Tuesday. The bill that passed the Senate, making GMO labeling mandatory across the nation preempts state laws and gives food companies more time to comply. The House is expected to consider the bill “as is” with no time left for amendments before heading off on summer recess.

White House Threatens Veto to EPA Spending Bill

The Obama Administration threatened this week to veto a spending bill for the Environmental Protection Agency. The White House called the 11 percent cut in appropriations included in the bill an “unacceptable reduction in funding” that would “significantly undermine” actions the EPA is taking to address climate change and improve air quality. The appropriations bill would reduce the EPA budget by $399 million for 2017. Provisions in the bill also seek to prohibit funding for the Clean Water Rule and the Clean Power Plan by the administration, along with preventing implementation of new protections for pesticide applicators, according to Politico. EPA funding falls under the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The bill, H.R. 5538, could be considered in the House as soon as Wednesday (today).

Russia Expected to Hike Grain Exports to China

An agriculture official in Russia expects the country to begin shipping China “significant” amounts of wheat in the fall when the new-crop is harvested. Last year, Russia shipped around 470,000 metric tons of grain to China. This year, Pro Farmer reports the country has exported China more than 320,000 metric tons of grain and grain legume crops, and Russia could ship China between 650,000 and 700,000 metric tons for the year if the trend continues. Russia’s Ag Ministry says development of transportation infrastructure is key to increasing the grain shipments and notes that two such projects are currently being implemented. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Ag Ministry expects the country to export 35.33 million metric tons of grain during the 2016-17 marketing year, including 11.64 million metric tons of wheat.

Farm Childhood Injuries Data Released

New data published by the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety shows every three days, a child dies in an agriculture-related incident. The data, included in the 2016 Agricultural Injuries Fact Sheet, also shows 33 children are injured on the farm each day. The leading sources of fatalities are machinery, motor vehicles including all-terrain vehicles and drowning. The last fact sheet was released in 2014 and since then, injuries to children between 10-19 years old have increased, despite an overall decline in childhood injuries around the farm, according to the Hagstrom Report. From 2003 to 2010, among workers younger than 16 years, the number of worker fatalities in agriculture was consistently higher than in all non-agricultural industries combined.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service