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New Federal Food Safety Regulations To Be Subject Of N.C. Agriculture Forum PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 25 August 2014 09:48

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is encouraging farmers, health professions, and regulators, and food business operators to attend this week's Food Safety Forum in order to get up to speed on the impact of new federal regulations.

Tuesday's Food Safety Forum will be held Tuesday at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Admission is free and includes lunch.
“This year’s forum will focus on how the federal Food Safety Modernization Act will affect international accountability, international trade and the importation of food products,” Troxler said in a news release. “In addition, a panel of North Carolina producers will discuss consumer food choices and food safety practices on the farm.”
The event will feature comments from former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) associate commissioner Dr. David Acheson. He will focus on the impacts of the food safety law on international trade.
Other speakers include Jeff Hawley, food safety manager with Harris Teeter, and Kim Taylor, meat and seafood director with Delhaize America.
Following lunch, attendees are invited to stay for a screening of the documentary “Farmland,” which focuses on the lives of young farmers and ranchers.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 09:49
Total Public Oustanding Federal Debt As Of August 15: $17.67 Trillion PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 18 August 2014 15:09

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is data on federal government debt and spending, which shows total outstanding debt at $17,678,983,000,000.

The debt is a flash point for Election 2014, as fiscal conservatives in the Republican Party continue to push for spending cuts, while progressive Democrats align themselves with President Obama, who continues to propose additional spending. 
Other federal data of interest can be found at http://catalog.data.gov/dataset
Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 15:10
BLS: Producer Price Index Rose 0.1 Percent In July PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 August 2014 12:49

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday released the producer price index detail for July 2014.

The Producer Price Index for final demand rose 0.1 percent in July, seasonally adjusted, the agency said. This increase followed a 0.4-percent advance in June and a 0.2-percent decline in May. 
On an unadjusted basis, the index for final demand climbed 1.7 
percent for the 12 months ended in July, according to a news release.
In July, the 0.1-percent increase in final demand prices can be traced to the index for final demand services, which also rose 0.1 percent. 
Prices for final demand goods were unchanged. 
Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 12:50
USDA Seeks Grants Applicants To Increase Economic Opportunity And Improve Quality of Life In Rural Areas PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 August 2014 05:23

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Low-income rural communities, nonprofits, and federally recognized tribes are being encouraged by the federal government to apply for grants to carry out housing and economic development projects.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grant application process this week.
"Many rural nonprofits often need capital and technical assistance to carry out their missions," Vilsack said in a statement. "These grants will provide both of these components through local and regional organizations that are experts at delivering such services."
USDA is making nearly $6 million available to qualified organizations under the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI).
Recipients must be non-profit organizations, low-income rural communities, or federally recognized tribes. Intermediary organizations are required to provide matching funds at least equal to the RCDI grant. The grants do not go directly to business recipients but rather through qualified intermediaries.
The deadline for submitting RCDI applications is November 12, 2014. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 05:23

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