Teaganne Finn

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Teaganne Finn is an agriculture policy reporter at Bloomberg Government. She covers congressional and regulatory news, including funding for the Department of Agriculture. Finn holds a bachelor’s degree in Writing and Rhetoric from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a master’s degree in Investigative Journalism from American University.

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Loss of USDA Funds for Distribution Threatens Food Bank Aid

The Agriculture Department will continue funding a food assistance program during the government shutdown, but it won’t help pay for food banks to distribute that food, a stance one group says will hurt the program’s effectiveness.

“Food banks are still distributing food, but are running up a balance sheet,” Carrie Calvert, managing director of government relations at Feeding America, said in an interview. The Chicago-based group represents a nationwide network of food banks.

Test Tube Burgers Prompt Regulators to Beef Up Safety Oversight

A Dutch start-up called Meatable thinks it has a game-changing product that can help feed a crowded, hungry world: laboratory-grown hamburgers.

Enthusiasts say large-scale production of lab-cultured meat would use 90 percent less land and water than conventional farming and could revolutionize agriculture while addressing global warming and rising worldwide demand for protein. Consumers will have two big questions. Are test-tube burgers tasty? And are they safe?

Grated American Cheese Wouldn’t Be ‘Natural’ Under Senate Bill

Processed cheese spreads and shreds couldn’t be called natural under a bill the Senate passed last week.

Food producers have been sued over their use of the term “natural” for cheese and other food. The Food and Drug Administration, which sets labeling rules, says natural foods can’t contain certain additives, but otherwise hasn’t set guidelines.

Trump Trade Plan Gives Food Banks More Help Than They Can Handle

Mountaineer Food Bank, located in the middle of West Virginia, expects to get three times the 1.1 million pounds it typically receives in federal emergency food aid. The problem is finding ways to store and distribute it all.

“That’s quite a bit for us in our area,” said Chad Morrison, the food bank’s executive editor. “There’s good, bad, and unintended consequences that come with it.”

Trick or Treat: Candy Makers Say Sugar Costs Too Much

The price for sugar beets is back up as of Oct. 30, just as trick-or-treaters prepare for the annual Halloween candy binge.

The increase is in line with the continuing U.S. sugar policy, which sets production limits that keep sugar prices higher.

“The combined effects of limits on domestic production and imports push U.S. prices up to artificially high levels,” the Alliance for Fair Sugar Policy, a group led by the National Confectioners Association and the Sweetener Users Association and representing food companies that use sugar as an ingredient, said in a document provided to Bloomberg Government.

Young Farmers, Healthy Food Programs to Suffer in Farm Bill Delay

An agriculture program assisting farmers just starting out would lapse if a final farm bill compromise isn’t reached before the current law expires at the end of the month.

There will probably be no agreement on the authorization bill before the Sept. 30 deadline of current law, according to two agriculture lobbyists familiar with the matter.

Farm Bill Talks Lag Over SNAP as Final Vote Timing Still Elusive

A vote on a final farm bill conference report has been ruled out for next week by the Senate Agriculture Committee chairman, as the days dwindle to pass a final report by Sept. 30, when the current law expires.

“That would be a pretty heavy lift,” Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said Thursday, when asked if a vote on a conference report could happen next week. Partisan disagreements on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program may hold things up and force lawmakers to extend the current law.

Progress Made on Farm Bill, Including SNAP, Ag Chairman Says

The chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee said lawmakers made progress on the farm bill’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program language – long seen as the bill’s biggest stumbling block – after leaders of the House and Senate agriculture panels met today.

GOP’s Jordan: No Backing Down on Food Stamp Work Program Demands

The House Freedom Caucus isn’t backing down from demands for more work requirements for food stamp recipients in the farm bill, one of the caucus’ leaders said days before the first conference meeting on the bill.

No Agreement on Conservation Yet as Farm Bill Expiration Nears

Land conservation programs are still a sticking point farm bill conferees will need to work out before the current authorization expires Sept. 30, Senate Agriculture Committee leaders said. “We’re not at a point to closing any of the titles yet,” ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) told Bloomberg Government today.