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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.

September 17, 2015


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It’s Time To Get Serious About Reducing Food Waste, Feds Say

The government's first ever national target to reduce food waste will encourage farmers to donate more of their imperfect produce to the hungry.

August 13, 2015


United Soybean Board

Corn Harvest Expected To Drop 20 Percent From Last Year

The decline could hurt farmers, but high yields in other parts of the country mean grocery prices likely won't be impacted.

July 23, 2015


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US Braces For Return Of Bird Flu

State agriculture departments are already preparing for a possible resurgence of avian flu this fall, while several states ban poultry competitions at fairs.

June 11, 2015


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Back To Organic, Berry Bread Pudding, The Hub’s Tool Share

White Violet Center hopes organic certification will differentiate them from other growers. Strawberry bread pudding with Jackie Howard. Pesticides and pot.

April 20, 2015


Research technician, Bradley Boyd

Beef Industry Not Sold On E. Coli Vaccine

An E. coli vaccine has been on the market for years that could reduce the risk of getting sick. It’s a vaccine for cows, but not many cows are getting it.

March 31, 2015


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Fed. Bill To Block State GMO Labeling Efforts Reintroduced

A Kansas congressman reintroduced a bill last week outlawing state GMO labeling laws, an effort critics promptly called "Monsanto's dream bill."

March 25, 2015


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Would Consumers Be Safer With One Food Safety Agency?

Altogether, 15 federal agencies play a role in food safety, from the EPA to the Centers for Disease Control.

March 23, 2015



Deadline Approaches To Sign Up For Farm Bill Crop Insurance

The new farm bill includes three crop insurance options for farmers – this is the first time there's been more than one choice.

March 13, 2015


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Bird Flu Found In Midwest

The strain of avian flu is thought to spread mostly through contact with infected wild birds.

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



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


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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


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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.

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