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HOUSE PASSES $144 BILLION USDA FUNDING BILL
BrownfieldAgNews reports:

The House appropriations bill that passed last week to fund the USDA, FDA, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Farm Credit Administration is below the 2015 fiscal year enacted level and below the president's budget request for this year.

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson is pleased the bill did not include a rider that would block funding for key changes to GIPSA regulations adopted in the 2008 Farm Bill. Johnson said "it's wonderful after all these years, key regulations overseen by the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration (GIPSA) will finally be funded."

The bill does contain an amendment requiring the FDA to make partially hydrogenated oils "Generally Recognized as Safe" (GRAS) in the three-year period in which the FDA has ordered them to phase out those oils because they contain trans fat. Food companies were concerned about potential lawsuits if they kept using those ingredients for the next three years.

The appropriations bill totaled nearly $144 billion.


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