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USDA mandates a bioengineered food disclosure

• Dec 21, 2018 at 8:00 AM

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its final rule for implementing the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS), which will inform consumers of the presence of bioengineered genetic material in their food.

“Soybean farmers are pleased that USDA took the time to do this rule the right way. We believe that it allows transparency for consumers while following the intent of Congress that only food that contains modified genetic material be required to be labeled bioengineered under the law, with food companies having the option of providing additional information if they choose,” said Davie Stephens, soy grower from Kentucky and president of the American Soybean Association.

In other recent agriculture news from teh government, President Trump’s Farm bill was signed, sealed and delivered.

The American Soybean Association (ASA) applauded President Trump and Members of the House and Senate for quickly finalizing the “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.” Stephens and John Heisdorffer, chairman and grower from Iowa, were among those attending the farm bill signing ceremony Thursday afternoon at the White House.

“This is a success for agriculture to have this legislation passed before the end of the year,” Stephens said. “We appreciate the level of assurance the bill provides and will now be able to better focus on working with the Administration and Congress on other issues affecting the competitiveness and profitability of U.S. beans.”

ASA is pleased with provisions in the bill that maintain the ARC and PLC program; a strong crop insurance program; funding for the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program and Market Access Program (MAP) within the Agriculture Trade and Facilitation Program; baseline funding of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP); acreage limit increases for the Conservation Research Program (CRP); continued authorization for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) and support of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) consensus report data; and enactment of the Ag Connectivity Provision that expands rural broadband connections, including mobile coverage.

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