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United Kingdom producer sets new wheat yield record, House committee holds hearing on farm economy and food critic investigates local food claims.

Janet Kubat Willette, E-Content Editor

April 15, 2016

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Need a quick catch up on agricultural news? Here are some stories you might have missed this week.

1. Are restaurants really selling local foods? Tampa Bay Times food critic Laura Reiley explores the city’s restaurants to see if they are living up to their claims. – Tampa Bay Times

2. The House Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing Thursday focused on the farm economy in preparation for writing the next farm bill. – Farm Futures

3. A United Kingdom wheat producer set a new wheat yield record, harvesting 249.6 bushels per acre. – Farm and Dairy


4. American Soybean Association asks Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to urge European Commission to approve three biotech soybean products. – Farm Futures

5. The Senate is considering legislation aimed at preventing states and cities from adopting drone laws. The Federal Aviation Administration says it governs national airspace. – USA Today

6. A coalition of agricultural groups and companies wrote a letter to Congressional leaders asking them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership and to vote on the trade agreement this year. – Farm Futures

7. What is genetic modification and what’s gene editing?  Who decides? National Academy of Sciences is meeting to look at new technologies and regulations regarding them.  – National Public Radio

And your bonus:

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is being investigated for possibly using public funds to compete in a rodeo in Mississippi. – Houston Public Media

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