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January 26, 2017

 

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Non-Browning GMO Apple To Hit Grocery Shelves Next Month

The world’s first non-browning genetically modified apple, called the Arctic Apple, is set to debut in select Midwestern grocery stores as early as Feb. 1.

January 25, 2017

 

Agricultural Research Service in Fort Collins, Colorado

Ag Department Lifts Gag-Order On Taxpayer-Funded Research

The Agricultural Research Service rescinded its initial directive in an email to employees Tuesday evening.

January 25, 2017

 

USDA science researcher

USDA Scientists Told Not To Publicly Share Their Work

The directive comes as President Donald Trump begins his term and before his nominee for Agriculture Secretary undergoes U.S. Senate confirmation hearings.

January 24, 2017

 

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Farm Groups Anxious As Trump Pulls U.S. Out Of TPP Trade Deal

The American Farm Bureau Federation claimed in its analysis that the TPP could have increased U.S. agricultural exports by billions of dollars a year.

January 24, 2017

 

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Bill Easing Drug Offender SNAP Ineligibility OK’d By Committee

A federal law prohibits former criminals convicted of, for example, trafficking controlled substances, from receiving food stamp benefits.

January 24, 2017

 

A worker holds fronds of sugar kelp

Kelp Is On The Way

Kelp and other seaweeds are poised to become the nation's next trendy superfood, and more farms could bring big benefits to coastal environments.

January 24, 2017

 

farmers meeting with chefs

‘Speed Dating’ For Farmers And Chefs

Farmers are shy; chefs are ferocious. But they need each other to put local food on restaurant tables.

January 23, 2017

 

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Watch: 5 Ways Drones Help Bring Food To Your Table

Drones are seen by many as part of the next generation of “precision agriculture” tools. Here are five ways drones are already impacting the food system.

January 23, 2017

 

farmworkers

Will Trump’s Tough Talk On Immigration Cause Farm Labor Shortage

As Trump takes office, those involved in California's huge farming industry are wondering how his hard-line stance will affect them.

January 20, 2017

 

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FDA Issues New Seafood Advice For Moms-To-Be

Concerns about mercury contamination have led many pregnant women to under-consume seafood. So the FDA issued a new chart explaining what to eat, what to avoid.

January 20, 2017

 

chickens

Organic Chickens Get More Room To Roam

New rules will force some of the biggest organic egg producers to change their practices, or stop calling their eggs organic.

January 19, 2017

 

bald eagle

GOP Takes Aim At Endangered Species Act

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

January 19, 2017

 

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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.

January 19, 2017

 

Sonny Perdue

Trump To Tap Perdue As Agriculture Secretary

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

January 18, 2017

 

Dr. Daniel Nadeau talks to Allison Scott

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

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.

January 18, 2017

 

tractor on a field

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

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.

January 18, 2017

 

fossilized tomatillo

52 Million-Year-Old Tomatillo Fossils Rewrite Veggie History

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

January 17, 2017

 

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Former Ag Secretary Vilsack To Head Dairy Industry Trade Group

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.

January 17, 2017

 

blessing box

New Type Of Food Pantry Is Sprouting In Yards Across America

Similar to "little free library" boxes that are filled with free books, these "blessing boxes" are stocked with food and toiletries for people in need to take.

January 16, 2017

 

Seaweed

Fresh Seaweed Is Making Waves Among Foragers

People have been harvesting seaweed for thousands of years, but now it's become so popular, you can even take a class.

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