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Nope— A sweeping farm bill backed by conservative Republicans and supported by the Commander-in-chief, failed to pass in the House last Friday. Among the issues: changes to the food stamp program requiring recipients to work 20hrs a week in state-run training and education programs. Not a terrible idea if these programs could actually be accessible to everyone who needs them (they wouldn’t be, most states don’t have the capacity to set them up). Also immigration. Keep Your Toothbrush Handy— The 2018 Sweet and Snacks Expo is underway in Chicago. Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, it’s everything you’d expect; with over 800 exhibitors featuring new creations, flavors and packages. Milky Way Fudge Bar? White Chocolate Twix and M&Ms? “Incredibles 2” Jelly Belly Bags? Yes, it’s a snacking explosion. Don’t tell your dentist. Ho-tel, Mo-tel, Holiday Inn— The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show just wrapped in Chicago. At the show, a panel of executives selected winners of the Food and Beverage (FABI) Awards, which “showcase the visionary companies helping chefs and food service operators innovate and drive guest satisfaction.” Check out the winners. Finally— The Tastes of Summer