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GOP Takes Aim At Endangered Species Act

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GOP leaders have announced their intentions to roll back the Endangered Species Act, saying, "it has never been used for the rehabilitation of species."

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Organics Hope For A Boost With USDA Check-Off Program


Check-off programs pool money from organic food producers and handlers, and distribute the funds for organic food promotion, education, and research.

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Trump To Tap Perdue As Agriculture Secretary

Sonny Perdue

If nominated and confirmed, Sonny Perdue will take charge of the USDA, an agency with nearly 100,000 employees and a $150 billion budget.

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Food As Medicine: It’s Not Just A Fringe Idea Anymore

Dr. Daniel Nadeau talks to Allison Scott

Treating people through nutrition is not a new idea, but it's making inroads as more medical professionals make meals a formal part of care.

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Down Times In Farm Country Persist, But Not Yet A ‘Crisis’

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The USDA expects payments from government safety net programs to reach $12.9 billion for 2016, an increase of nearly 20 percent over the previous year.

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52 Million-Year-Old Tomatillo Fossils Rewrite Veggie History

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Newly discovered fossils in Patagonia suggest the nightshade family started much earlier than believed, perhaps when dinosaurs roamed.

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Former Ag Secretary Vilsack To Head Dairy Industry Trade Group

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Tom Vilsack announced that his first job outside the Cabinet will be heading up a dairy industry trade group that pushes for access to foreign markets.

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Why We’re Growing The Most Sweet Potatoes Since WWII

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In 2000, Americans ate about 4 pounds of sweet potatoes per person. Today, it’s nearly double that, at 7.5 pounds per person.

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Agriculture Secretary Lone Trump Cabinet Post Without Nominee

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The next Agriculture Secretary will be charged with shepherding a new Farm Bill through Congress. Work on the law is slated to begin almost immediately.

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Grocers To Accept Food Stamps For Online Orders

Amazon Fresh delivery truck is park on a curb

The USDA plans to launch a pilot program to allow people to buy groceries online with food stamps.

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Rusty Patched Bumblebee Newest Species On Endangered List


The number of rusty patched bumblebee colonies in the U.S. have fallen almost 87 percent in the past two decades.

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Coconut Citrus Upside-Down Cake

Coconut Citrus Upside-Down Cake

I’ve been brainstorming ways to bake with grapefruit and kept coming back to the idea of an upside-down cake. It’s the perfect way to balance out the tartness.

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Some Students Develop An Appetite For Healthier School Meals

student at a salad bar

When Cheryl Johnson visits school cafeterias, she sees kids eating more fruits and vegetables, but the amount of food thrown away has not increased.

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Young People Joining Agriculture Industry Face Tough Conditions

jeff bailey

Young farmers are necessary to sustain the agricultural economy in the state, but they face a difficult farming environment.

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