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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FDA Wants to Address Udder Confusion on Milk Labeling Rules

The FDA is taking the first step in deciding if products from plant-based sources, like almonds or cashews, should be allowed to be labeled “milk” when the source isn’t a cow or other animal.

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he expects lawsuits against the FDA on the issue and will begin the decision process “very soon,” he said at a Politico Pro event in Washington today. He said the process will most likely take a year or more to finalize.

House Farm Bill SNAP Work Rules Unacceptable, Stabenow Says

House lawmakers are likely to vote next week to try to hammer out differences with the Senate over the farm bill, but a top Democratic farm senator said the House bill includes food stamp work requirements the Senate won’t accept.

Farm Bill Conference ‘Probably Not This Week,’ Stabenow Says

The next step forward for the farm bill, a motion to proceed to conference, is unlikely this week, the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee’s top Democrat said.

Hemp Advocates Hope Senate Farm Bill Lights Up Crop’s Prospects

Long shunned for its association with marijuana, industrial hemp could make a comeback in tobacco-growing states like Kentucky if the Senate farm bill is enacted into law, advocates say, even as they’re still trying to figure out how to best grow the crop.

Swift Senate Farm Bill Passage Hopes Hit Rubio Roadblock

A plan to move quickly on the farm bill in Senate was held up by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who threatened to block any new amendments from the measure unless a dispute over Cuba trade is resolved.

Sweeping Food Stamp Changes Seen Unlikely in Final Farm Bill

The next farm bill is likely to include changes to the food stamp program, but broad provisions in the House measure to tighten work requirements won’t make the cut in the Senate, anti-spending and food aid proponents agreed.

Conservatives May Withhold Support in Farm Bill Revote

Conservative lawmakers remain non-committal a week before the deadline to revive the House farm bill after its May defeat over an unrelated immigration bill and tighter eligibility rules for federal food assistance.

Rep. David Brat (R-Va.), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told reporters June 15 that he was still undecided on whether to support the farm bill.

Senate Farm Bill Could Help Ease Farm Country Trade Worries

The Senate farm bill could ease the minds of farmers worried about a potential international trade war by keeping funding for trade-oriented ag programs and creating a new one for specialty crops.

No Free Lunch? Schools Worry Kids Left Out by Meal Program Cuts

More than a quarter of a million schoolchildren stand to lose their free school lunches under a provision in the stalled House farm bill. Republican lawmakers say many of the children would still be eligible for low-price meals, but school officials worry about unforeseen impacts from such a move.

Sugar, Farm Subsidies Seen Headlining Farm Bill Floor Debate

Amendments to overhaul the U.S. sugar program and get rid of crop insurance subsidies will be among the most high profile proposed amendments to the farm bill on the House floor Thursday.