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February 27, 2015

 

Straight Creek Valley Farm

High-Tech Country Life, Shopping Tips, Veterans Turn Farmers

Christine Tailer lives off the grid but not without creature comforts. Pickled eggs and quinoa on the menu. Clara Moore tells us how to shop like a chef.

February 17, 2015

 

Ranchers drive longhorn cattle through the streets of Fort Worth, Texas.

Meat Industry Drops Lawsuit Against ‘COOL’ Labels

Meat industry groups have dropped a lawsuit against the USDA's rules requiring labels that identify country of origin for meat products.

February 3, 2015

 

raw burger

Single Food Safety Agency Proposed Under 2016 Budget

The FDA and USDA split food safety responsibilities currently. A total of 12 agencies enforce about 30 different laws.

January 8, 2015

 

cows

Will The USDA Advise Us To Eat Less Meat?

Eat less meat for the environment? A draft recommendation for the USDA says so.

January 5, 2015

 

farming working in a field of greens

No Organic Certification? No Problem.

Living Roots grows food organically, but since they are not USDA certified, Michael Hicks has to come up with other ways to describe their growing practices.

December 16, 2014

 

pumpkins for sale at New Ground Farm

Journey From New Farm To Organic Certification

As farmer Mike Record describes, organic farming isn’t just about growing healthy soil. It's about paperwork and red tape.

December 12, 2014

 

Tom Vilsack

At USDA, Vilsack Focused On Rural Development

Vilsack is widely credited with rallying the support that ultimately made the 2014 farm bill one of the few major bipartisan successes in this Congress.

November 19, 2014

 

mcdonalds fries

Is McDonald’s Just Saying No To GMO Potatoes?

McDonald's released a statement saying the company does not source genetically modified potatoes.

September 30, 2014

 

Workers loading boxes of produce onto a palette.

USDA To Bolster Organic And Local Food With $52 Million

The USDA announced $52 million in grants to grow the organic industry and support food hubs.

September 11, 2014

 

garden tools

Lentil Soup/Curry, Garden Tools On Loan, Meat Inspection

The Hub's tool share cuts down on new gardeners' start-up costs. Watchdog groups are concerned about the U.S. meat inspection system. Lentils with Daniel Orr.

September 11, 2014

 

workers breaking down chicken carcasses

U.S. Meat Inspection System In Disarray, Watchdogs Say

Food safety advocates, members of Congress and even some inspectors contend the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is in disarray.

August 29, 2014

 

peanuts

Hypoallergenic Nuts Could Be Solution For Allergy Sufferers

Researchers are looking for ways to combat nut allergies, which have been on the rise over the past decade.

August 19, 2014

 

meat locker

Felony Charges Handed Down In Massive Beef Recall

The co-owner and two workers at the Rancho Feeding Corp., the center of a massive recall that began in February, have been charged with 11 felony counts.

August 14, 2014

 

USDA inspectors examine a chicken

Critics Blast Revamped Poultry-Inspection Regs

The USDA released new rules for poultry plants last month that allow companies to conduct their own inspections and reduce the number of government inspectors.

July 9, 2014

 

chicken cutlets on a grill

Foster Farms Chicken Recalled Amid Salmonella Outbreak

An antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella has been linked to Foster Farms chicken in a recent recall, but the magnitude of the outbreak may not yet be felt.

May 20, 2014

 

ecoli

1.8 Million Pounds Of Beef Recalled After Illnesses Reported

Eleven people across four states have fallen ill after consuming contaminated beef. The USDA has traced the outbreak to Detroit-based Wolverine Packing Company.

May 13, 2014

 

Teresa Wiemerslage

Public, Private Partners Key To Local Food Success

Increasingly, farm businesses are starting as operations intended to provide produce for schools and other institutional markets in the local area.

May 2, 2014

 

organic pears

What Does ‘Organic’ Label Really Mean?

What "organic" means to the USDA and what it means to consumers may be two different things.

March 6, 2014

More Produce, Less Potatoes 

Bell Peppers

Healthy Changes Coming To WIC Program

Changes to the WIC program include more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, yogurt and fish.

March 4, 2014

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invasive-toadflax

Climate Change Could Benefit Some Invasive Plants

In 2005, USDA researcher Dana Blumenthal set out to document what effect climate change will have on large swathes of grassland.

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