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Washington, D.C.—On February 4, the U.S. Senate passed the long-delayed Agriculture Act of 2014, otherwise known as the farm bill. After much debate and many different versions of the legislation, the final result looks to contain several victories for the organic food industry. Other winners include dairy and soybean farmers, while about $8 billion in controversial cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps) made it into the final bill.

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Irving, TX—Natural Products Association (NPA) Southwest is holding Health Fest 2014, March 22–23 at the Irving, TX Convention Center.

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Washington, D.C.—A new economic report released on February 13 by market research group Frost & Sullivan demonstrates that supplementing with B vitamins may lower the number of hospitalizations related to coronary heart disease (CHD).

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It is with great sorrow that WholeFoods learned of the passing of Rae Howard, an irreplaceable figure in the Natural Products Industry, co-founder of Good Earth Natural Foods, and beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She passed away on February 8.

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Atlanta, GA—Fresh data analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests excessive sugar intake may be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

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Quebec, Canada—Women may experience weight-loss benefits from taking a daily probiotic, according to a new data published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

Last year was a challenging one for the natural products industry, with pressures already evident in 2014. The Natural Products Association’s (NPA) new president, Roxanne Green, of Seattle-based PCC Natural Markets, believes that events this year may have far-reaching effects that impact the future of the natural products industry: