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Farm news and notes

3:16 PM, Jul. 6, 2013  |  Comments
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Groups urge lawmakers to reject raw milk bill

MADISON - A group of state farm organizations, health professionals and commerce leaders are joining together again to urge lawmakers to reject efforts to legalize the sales of raw milk. The Wisconsin Safe Milk Coalition, which is made up of 18 organizations, wrote to members of the state legislature asking them not to co-sponsor a bill that would permit the on-farm sale of unpasteurized milk

Farm Technology Days set

DALLAS, Wis. - The 2013 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days will run from July 9-11 at the Breezy Hill Dairy in Barron County. The theme for this year's event is Agribusiness....Cultivating our Future. The three-day outdoor event showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recently research findings and technological developments. Each year the event is held in a different Wisconsin county and is hosted by a different family farm.

Study quantifies diverted food waste

WASHINGTON - Food manufacturers and retailers generated an estimated 48.1 billion pounds of food waste in 2011 but successfully diverted 91.5 percent of food waste from landfills to higher uses such as donations and recycling.

In the first-ever benchmark analysis of food waste data collected directly from food manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers, researchers found that the food industry is making significant strides in reducing the volume of food going to landfills during the manufacturing and marketing process.

Commissioned by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance - a cross-sector industry initiative led by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Food Marketing Institute and the National Restaurant Association - the study gathered 2011 food waste data from 13 food manufacturers representing 17 percent of industry revenue and from 13 retailers and wholesalers representing 30 percent of industry revenue.

School snack rule finalized

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture rolled out its latest installment of First Lady Michelle Obama's healthier school meal laws with an interim final rule for its Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.

The new standards set calorie, sodium, sugar and fat limits on snack/vending machine food as well as a la carte items. Any food available in schools must be a whole-grain-rich grain product or have as the first ingredient a fruit, vegetable, dairy product or protein.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack explained that the rule will allow schools to move away from foods and beverages like sports drinks with high sugar amounts and replace them with lower-calorie ones. Vending machine snacks must have 200 calories or less, and a la carte items may not have more than 350 calories.

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