• provide yogurt as a partial milk substitute for children and women,
• allow parents of older infants to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables instead of jarred infant food if they choose, and;
• give states and local WIC agencies more flexibility to meet the nutritional and cultural needs of WIC participants.
WIC provides low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five with nutritious, supplemental foods. Over 8.5 million participants receive WIC benefits each month. More information about the changes and the WIC program can be found at www.fns.usda.gov/wic.
Chobani urges Idaho governor to reconsider agricultural security bill
An Idaho bill making it a crime to secretly film animal abuse on the state's dairy farms has drawn criticism from one of the state's newest dairy processors, Chobani. Senate Bill 1337 was approved by the Idaho House, 56-14, on Feb. 26. It was previously approved in the Idaho Senate, 23-10.
Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of Chobani, urged Idaho Gov. C.L. Otter to veto the legislation.
"A bill is up for approval in Idaho that, if passed, would limit transparency and make some instances of exposing the mistreatment of animals in the state punishable by imprisonment,” he said in a released statement. “This could cause the general public concern and conflicts with our views and values.
“As someone who grew up on a farm, I believe deeply that the humane treatment of animals is an ethical and moral imperative and, having spent a lot of time in upstate New York and Idaho, I know hundreds of farmers feel the same,” Ulukaya continued. “When I founded Chobani, it was based around these core values and principles. And we chose Idaho for Chobani's second home because of its deep farming culture, sense of community and shared values. So I am joining many folks across the country in asking Governor Otter to reconsider the bill before him."