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March 24, 2017

 

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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

 

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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

 

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The Agricultural Research Service rescinded its initial directive in an email to employees Tuesday evening.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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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

 

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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

 

just mayo

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.

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