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Agriculture Department looks at revamping biotech rules

...is studying whether to adopt a risk-based system to protect the environment and food supply. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said her agency is doing environmental studies as a first step toward revamping controls over biotech products. Federal...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/01/24/liv_402128.shtml
Life & style
Farmers receive aid for Frances

...loans to help with losses suffered last month during Hurricane Frances. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman approved the disaster status for the affected areas, which includes much of the region in and around Augusta and Athens...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/10/06/bus_430455.shtml
Business
Government sets up Web site for food stamp eligibility

...stamps and how much assistance they could get, even if some cannot get on the Internet at home. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said needy families who believe they qualify for food stamps can go to food banks and other centers or to government...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/06/06/fin_377660.shtml
Finance
Bush administration will seek $60 million in mad cow-related funds

...system, increased surveillance, research and development and faster responses to complaints, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's convention. Since the discovery of a cow infected with mad...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/01/30/bus_402757.shtml
Business
Orthodox Jews: eating kosher beef might protect against mad cow

...Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, said that two of the new preventive measures announced by Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman last week are already part of traditional kosher slaughtering: -Banning from the human food chain all "downers...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/01/07/foo_400121.shtml
Food
Changes intended to boost confidence in U.S. beef

...or stand on their own and a promise to speed creation of a nationwide animal tracking system. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said consumers shouldn't see an increase in prices as a result. A spokesman for the meatpacking industry, however...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/01/01/bus_399482.shtml
Business
Farmers can receive disaster loan

...counties were named eligible for the loans under a disaster designation made this year by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman. The disaster period covers losses suffered between March 20 and Nov. 7, 2003. "I'm sure (rain) negatively...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/07/08/met_421452.shtml
Metro
Mad cow scare could spur move to high-tech livestock tracking

...where it went - a crucial step in a disease outbreak or a terrorist assault on the food supply. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said Tuesday that the government would speed development of the system but offered no details. For now, inspectors...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/01/01/bus_399481.shtml
Business
Porous borders in U.S. worry Congress

...concern behind an emergency ban on certain meat and livestock imports this week is commercial. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman says the costs of an outbreak today could involve $4.2 billion worth of overseas livestock sales, and a loss of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/03/18/tec_308314.shtml
XXX Technology
Consumers, beef producers worry about mad cow disease

...brain and spinal column that would cause infectivity in humans - were removed from this cow," Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said on ABC's "Good Morning America" Wednesday. She noted that the United States since the early 1990s has banned...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/12/25/bus_394867.shtml
Business