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Earl Gregg Swem Library

America’s Diverse Family Farms: 2015 Edition

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Govt Finance,Income/Poverty,Statistics

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/1955981/eib146.pdf

Finds that 99% of farms are family farms, and they account for 90% of farm production but cover only 46% of the nation’s farmland. Covers farms, farm operators, financial performance, government payments, and farm owner wealth. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Health/Medical,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/

The 8th edition of the guidelines, revised every five years, which serves as the basis for healthy approaches to school lunches and other federal sponsored food programs. Includes a section on how the guidelines were developed, 15 appendices, and 19 statistical tables.  From the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services

 

FDA Takes Several Actions Involving Genetically Engineered Plants and Animals for Food

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm473249.htm

Agency press release on the approval of genetically modified salmon and other steps relating to food from genetically engineered plants and animals. Also provides links to guidance documents relating to voluntary labeling of GE products by food companies. From the Food and Drug Administration

 

FSMA Final Rule on Produce Safety

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Consumer Info/Protection,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm334114.htm

Provides wording and explanation of final regulations relating to safety standards for growing, harvesting, shipping and selling of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption. From the Food and Drug Administration

 

The Economic Contribution of the Dairy Industry in Virginia

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Business/Economics,Virginia Issues

http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/dairy_study2015_0.pdf

Examines the characteristics of Virginia’s dairy industry, describes the methods and data used to measure the contribution made by the industry to the state’s economy, and provides results in aggregate and by component production and processing areas. From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia

 

State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Statistics,United Nations

http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/a-i4646e.pdf

Reports on progress in reducing food shortages in the world as the Millennium Development Goals reach their target date. From the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

 

School Nutrition: USDA Has Efforts Underway to Help Address Ongoing Challenges …

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Children,Education,Food/Nutrition,Welfare/Social Services

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/672477.pdf

Reviews trends in school meals, challenges that schools face in implementing the new requirements for school meals, and assistance available from the Department of Agriculture. From the Government Accountability Office

 

The Economic Contribution of the Dairy Industry in Virginia

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Business/Economics,Virginia Issues

http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/dairy_study2015_0.pdf

Examines the characteristics of Virginia’s dairy industry, including both production and processing sectors, and the methods and data used to measure the economic contribution of the industry. From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia

 

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