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January 14, 2017

 

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Agriculture Secretary Lone Trump Cabinet Post Without Nominee

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.

January 12, 2017

 

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Grocers To Accept Food Stamps For Online Orders

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

January 1, 2017

 

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Ag Department Commissions Local Direct Farm Sales Survey

The largest chunk of sales in 2015 were made to local schools, hospitals and wholesalers.

December 20, 2016

 

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Majority Of America’s Farms Still Family-Owned

Corporation-owned farms do exist, the USDA notes, but they’re far out-produced and outnumbered by the country’s family farms.

December 19, 2016

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

Proposed Organic Livestock Welfare Rule Not Guaranteed

Some of the country’s largest farm organizations are lobbying the incoming administration to drop rules that would change the production of organic meat.

November 23, 2016

 

Eucheuma denticulatum, a source for carrageenan

Organic Board Says No To Additive, Tables Hydroponics

The top advisory board on organic standards in the US has decided that products with “USDA Organic” label can no longer contain carrageenan.

November 18, 2016

 

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Trump Ag Policies: An Educated Guess

President-elect Trump's agricultural advisory committee and his picks for Secretary of Agriculture provide insight into ag policies for the next four years.

November 18, 2016

 

A corn field in rural Weld County, Colorado.

Rural Economy Still Struggles To Shake Off Great Recession

Rural America at a Glance 2016 underlines the economic distress many rural residents, and voters, have felt since the Great Recession.

October 11, 2016

 

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USDA: Egg Board Campaign Against Mayo Company ‘Inappropriate’

San Francisco-based Hampton Creek makes several types of plant-based mayo products.

October 7, 2016

 

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Lower Food Prices Keep People Cooking At Home

Low prices at grocery stores have created the largest gap between restaurant and grocery prices in the last decade.

September 26, 2016

 

Chickens participate in a program to improve organic standards

Top Fast Food Chains Using Less Meat Raised With Antibiotics

A consortium of consumer, health and environment groups has ranked 25 fast food chains for transparency and their use of meat raised with antibiotics.

September 15, 2016

 

A USDA microbiologist adds reagents to test for E. coli in Athens, Georgia.

Food Safety Rules Slowly Paying Off

Despite food recalls and disease outbreaks frequently making headlines, data is showing that cases of foodborne illness are slowly declining.

September 9, 2016

 

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Big Drop In Number Of Hungry U.S. Kids Last Year (USDA)

The government says the number of hungry U.S. kids has dropped to the lowest level since before the Great Recession.

September 1, 2016

 

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USDA: New Non-GMO Label Rules for Poultry, Beef Products

The federal agency says beef and poultry products may now be labeled as "non-GMO."

August 30, 2016

 

Cheese

Why The USDA Is Buying $20 Million Worth Of Cheese

The federal agency is buying 11 million pounds of cheese to combat a weak market and stock food banks across the country.

August 24, 2016

 

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Casein Casings: The Newest Food Packaging

Casein is a milk protein that is 500 times as effective as plastic at preventing food spoilage.

August 22, 2016

 

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Vilsack Hopes Next Administration Continues Diverse Scope

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is the only remaining member of President Obama’s original cabinet, and has been at the helm of USDA since 2009.

July 28, 2016

 

A Gold Medal sign towers over a flour mill

Flour Recall Expands As E. Coli Outbreak Claims More Victims

General Mills has recalled an additional 15 million pounds of flour after investigators found a second strain of E. coli in samples.

July 13, 2016

 

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House Expected To Vote This Week On GMO Disclosure Bill

Some say Senate Bill 764 is a step in the right direction for GMO-label advocates, but others say the bill isn’t enough.

July 5, 2016

 

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Many Children Still Hungry For Summer Food

With commuting, and other lifestyle changes, a growing number of low-income children now live outside the neighborhoods that qualify for federal assistance.

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