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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

 

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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

 

March

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

 

kids

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.

June 10, 2016

 

Grain

No Room At The Bin: Wheat Surpluses Largest Since 1988

Already existing grain surpluses combined with a nearly 30 percent increase this year means farmers are losing money and places to store grain.

June 9, 2016

 

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USDA Extends Comment Deadline For Organic Meat Rules

Heads of agriculture committees in both chambers of Congress got their request for more time to gather comments about “certified organic” labels.

May 19, 2016

 

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Buzzkill: Surveys Say Bee Colonies Continue To Decline

According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service survey, varroa mites were the top colony stressor for beekeeping operations with five or more colonies.

May 5, 2016

 

Cheese

Cheese: Too Much Of A Good Thing?

Good for your taste buds, bad for the economy: U.S. has its largest cheese surplus in over 30 years.

April 27, 2016

 

corn field

Gene-Edited Corn Could Be In Farm Fields In A Few Years

CRISPR technology deletes segments of an organism’s own genome to engineer the expression of a particular trait.

April 21, 2016

 

White mushrooms

GMO Fungus Could Soon Be Among Us

A genetically modified mushroom could soon hit grocery store shelves, without governmental regulation or oversight.

April 7, 2016

 

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Indiana Adding Organic Farms Faster Than National Average

There are now nearly 22,000 certified organic operations in the U.S. Last year, Indiana added 81 organic farms, with another 11 added so far in 2016.

February 18, 2016

 

A sign in a store announces SNAP payments are accepted.

USDA Pushes More Healthy Options For SNAP Customers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed rules to force stores that accept food stamps to offer healthier foods.

February 11, 2016

 

tractor sowing seeds

Obama Budget Would Cut Crop Insurance

The budget would make cuts to the crop insurance system, allocate more funds for agricultural research and fund a summer program to provides free meals to kids.

February 11, 2016

 

Domestic turkeys mill about in a holding pen

USDA Slammed For Slow Suffocation In Bird Flu Culls

In a bird flu outbreak in Indiana last month, some of the 400,000 euthanized birds were killed by “ventilation shutdown,” a method the USDA approved last year.

January 11, 2016

 

Campbell Soup Headquarters

Campbell’s Announces Support For Mandatory GMO Labeling

In a victory for pro-labeling supporters, Campbell Soup Company announced it supports mandatory labeling of GMOs.

December 18, 2015

 

Eggs with packaging labeled

Watchdog Shows Cracks In Organic Egg Labeling

A consumer advocacy group reports that many farms that produce ‘organic’ eggs differ little from traditional industrial egg farms.

November 5, 2015

 

Diverse E coli

E. coli Outbreak Shutters Chipotle Across Northwest

43 Chipotle restaurants have been closed following an outbreak of E. coli, while a ground beef outbreak has been traced to a Nebraska plant.

October 28, 2015

 

Jonathan Lundgren

USDA Whistleblower Claims Censorship Of Pesticide Research

Jonathan Lundgren’s work has included extensive examination of neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides widely used by farmers to control pest damage to corn.

September 24, 2015

 

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USDA Finds ‘Local’ & ‘Organic’ Closely Tied In Grocery Carts

Certified organic farms in the U.S. sold $5.5 billion in organic products in 2014. California remains an organic powerhouse, nabbing the top spot in sales.

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