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August 30, 2017

 

sam clovis

Alarm Raised Over President’s Choice For USDA Top Science Job

Political observers see Sam Clovis' nomination to undersecretary as payback for his loyalty to Trump, but here’s the rub: he’s not a scientist.

July 13, 2017

 

school lunch

USDA Requires Schools To Outline “Lunch Shaming” Policies

The federal agency wants school districts to better communicate with parents their policies for unpaid student lunch debts.

June 15, 2017

 

grain

Falsely Labeled Organic Imports Alarm Organic Industry

Three soybean and corn shipments from Turkey were falsely labeled "organic" upon arrival in the U.S. earlier this year.

May 17, 2017

 

Sonny Perdue in Cincinnati

Plan To Shakeup USDA Worries Rural Advocates

The Trump White House proposed a 21 percent cut to USDA’s discretionary funding, and rural advocates are worried.

April 25, 2017

 

Then-Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue

Months After Nomination, Perdue Confirmed As Ag Secretary

Perdue earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine and has had a long career operating family agribusiness and transportation companies.

April 17, 2017

 

flaxseeds

Veganize Your Baked Goods With Flaxseeds

Our podcast series on baking goes vegan with Natalie Rae Good. Then, sustainable foraging tips from an expert. (Hint: leave the ramps bulbs in the ground.)

April 17, 2017

 

Tom Vilsack

Former Ag Secretary Worried About Lack Of Rural Focus

Tom Vilsack is particularly troubled by the proposed elimination of a program that gives grant money to small towns to upgrade water treatment facilities.

March 24, 2017

 

sonny perdue

Trump’s USDA Pick Gets Capitol Hill Hearing But No Vote Yet

Sonny Perdue was the last cabinet secretary Trump nominated, back on Jan. 19.

March 20, 2017

 

usda headquarters

Rural Groups Push Against Proposed Cuts To USDA Spending

President Trump’s proposal calls for reduction in USDA discretionary spending and lays out rationale for why some programs are either eliminated or scaled back.

February 10, 2017

 

carton of eggs

Organic Animal Welfare Rules Delayed, Giving Opponents Hope

Implementation of the rules has been pushed back thanks to President Donald Trump’s “regulatory freeze.”

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The Agricultural Research Service rescinded its initial directive in an email to employees Tuesday evening.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

 

cows

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 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 14, 2017

 

Tom Vilsack portrait USDA

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

 

Amazon Fresh delivery truck is park on a curb

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

 

cherry tomatoes

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.

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