January 07, 2013

07/01/13: new year, new news

Welcome to 2013. I hope your new year is getting off to a flying start.  We're as busy as ever and have lots of exciting events in the pipeline. 
Let's start with a look at the news...
  • While parts of the USA experienced unprecedented droughts in 2012, the UK saw one of the wettest years ever. In response, farmers are looking at new ways to protect their crops from flood risks. Delegates at the Oxford Farming Conference told the Guardian that they are turning to GM crops with a resistance to extreme weather. Read more...
  • Russian leaders have learnt from the mistakes of 2010 by not banning wheat exports in 2012 says
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture will eliminate the daily and weekly limits of grains in the school-meals program for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year. The changes come partly as result of criticism by parents and lawmakers who expressed concern that some children aren't getting enough to eat.  In addition, school nutrition professionals have faced significant menu-planning, operating, and financial challenges as a result of the new meal requirements. USDA's new guidance gives school-meal programs more flexibility. While the broader calorie limits are still in place, the new rules adjustment will allow school- lunch planners to use as many grains as they want. USDA has not announced whether these new flexibilities for grain requirements will continue into the 2013-14 school year. More information...
Grain (Photo credit: peter pearson)

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