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Senate Democratic Proposal on Sequestration
Would End Direct Payments

A Senate Democratic proposal to avoid looming across-the-board federal cuts, known as sequestration, includes the elimination of direct farm payments, Senate Committee on Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., announced Feb. 14.   Read More.

Food Security and Nutrition Should Top UN Development Agenda after 2015

Nutrition and food security should be the top development goal as the international community sets its priorities beyond 2015, the target date for achieving the globally agreed anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), senior United Nations officials have stressed.  
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February 2013

Feb. 28-March 3, 2013: Commodity Classic; Kissimmee, Fla.  Click here for more information.

March 2, 2013: Hunger Free Communities Summit hosted by the Alliance to End Hunger; Washington, D.C.  Click here to register.

March 19, 2013: National Agriculture Day

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U.S. and E.U. Hope to Eliminate the Atlantic
as a Trade Barrier

Forthcoming trans-Atlantic trade talks might offer a fresh incentive for Europe to worry a bit less about protecting past economic gains and focus a bit more on securing sources of future prosperity. The negotiations, announced last week and due to start in June, are also an important chance for the European Union to reinvigorate political ties with the United States as Washington pivots toward a rising Asia.  Read More.

In Revamped Cafeterias, USDA Gets a Taste
of Its Own Medicine

USDA's cafeterias, which are not contracted by the GSA, nonetheless relied heavily on the agency's contracting requirements. But USDA also placed extra burdens on its new food service provider, such as the 100% whole-wheat standard and the total ban on deep fryers. The department even pushed for more locally grown foods; officials wanted 30% of the ingredients sold in their cafeterias to come from farms within 200 miles of USDA headquarters.   Read More.

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Ambassador Tony P. Hall, Alliance to End Hunger

As the battle over sequestration heats up, the current debate in Congress over our country's fiscal future is important for all of us.

But for poor and hungry people around the world, the current budget negotiations could prove to be the most far-reaching for the next decade. In the balance hang the U.S. Poverty-Focused Development Assistance programs, which provide a literal lifeline to millions of people in the world, while bolstering livelihoods and strengthening resilience.

These efforts serve to make our country safer, our economy stronger and the U.S. a world leader in global development assistance.   Read More.


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