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Fall 2013 Agricultural Policy Review: Volume 2013, Issue 1

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Country Of Origin Labeling: Who Wants It?
( 2013-01-01) Pouliot, Sebastien ; Pouliot, Sebastien ; Center for Agricultural and Rural Development

After years of discussions, compromises, and revisions, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published the final interim rule on August 1, 2008, regarding Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). Full enforcement of COOL began on March 16, 2009.

Ask an Ag Economist
( 2013-01-01) Center for Agricultural and Rural Development

If Iowa is the leader in corn production and has a poor corn crop, how can there be a bumper crop for the nation?

The School Meals Program
( 2013-01-01) Jensen, Helen ; Jensen, Helen ; Center for Agricultural and Rural Development

The National School Meals Programs affect the lives of almost all school children in the United States today. The National School Lunch Program, available in 99% of US public schools and 83% of private and public schools combined, serves over 31 million school children on a typical school day—nearly 64% of school-age children. The total federal cost of the School Meals Programs was $14.9 billion in 2012, and most of the funding is provided to school districts through federal reimbursement for free and reduced-price meals, with cash payments for the National School Lunch Program representing about 70% of the total federal funding for the school food programs. Children from households with incomes at or below 130% of poverty can receive a “free” lunch and those from households with incomes between 130% and 185% of poverty can receive a “reduced-price” lunch. During the 2013–2014 school year, the basic cash reimbursement for lunch is set at $2.93 for free lunches, $2.53 for reduced-price lunches, and $0.28 for other qualifying lunches. In addition, schools participating in the National School Lunch Program receive USDA Foods (“entitlement” foods) valued at 22.75 cents in school year 2013 for each lunch served.

Greetings from CARD!
( 2013-01-01) Kling, Catherine ; Kling, Catherine ; Center for Agricultural and Rural Development

CARD researchers and afϐiliates have a long tradition of developing and applying the tools of economics to create knowledge that supports good agricultural policy, and to help us continue in that tradition we have created the Agricultural Policy Review. I am delighted that economics faculty with extension appointments will join CARD faculty and staff in producing a timely, relevant publication that I am conϐident readers interested in many facets of agricultural policy including energy, nutrition, food security, international trade, and the environment will ϐind highly valuable

Agricultural Trade Opportunities with China
( 2013-01-01) Hayes, Dermot ; Hayes, Dermot ; Center for Agricultural and Rural Development

China now produces about 52 million tons of pork and 14 million tons of poultry per year. Increased consumer demand, a reduction of available producers and available land, disease, and other factors all contributed to a spike in pork prices in the summer of 2008 and 2011. The Government responded to these price increases by allowing for short term, massive increases in meat imports. It must now decide whether it wishes to achieve food security and affordability by allowing imports to moderate price levels or to target meat self-sufficiency by means of trade barriers.