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September 9, 2013

Woof! 

A government poultry inspector examines chickens on a production line.

Watchdog Cries Foul Over Poultry Inspection

The U.S. Government Accountability Office said the U.S. Department of Agriculture used bad data to justify new poultry inspection rules.

August 30, 2013

Changing The Rules 

Children serving themselves local food for school lunch

Revised Regs Help School Lunches Get Farm Fresh

Revisions to federal school lunch guidelines are helping schools bring more local food into their cafeterias.

August 14, 2013

Bushel After Bushel 

corn-field

USDA Predicts Near Record Corn Yield, Soybeans Look Good Too

Corn yields are expected to be 64 percent higher than they were last year.

August 2, 2013

E. coli Scare 

ground beef

50,000 Pounds Of Beef Recalled Across U.S.

The meat was recalled after testing positive for E. coli.

July 11, 2013

Trade Barriers 

Canadian flag blowing in the wind

Meat Industry Fights ‘COOL’ Rules

The USDA has mandated that Country of Origin Labeling rules will go into effect. Eight meat industry groups are suing to fight the new requirements.

July 9, 2013

Farm Inspectors 

usda headquarters

Meat Inspectors Get Blowback for Blowing Whistle

A whistleblower group says USDA officials are retaliating against meat inspectors who report inhumane treatment of animals at slaughterhouses.

June 21, 2013

Field Trip 

Tamworth sow and piglets

Leave The Lab Coats Behind: Biology Students On The Farm

Students researching antibiotic-resistant bacteria in organically-raised pigs discovered that all the pigs had some level of resistance in their systems.

June 20, 2013

Class I Recall 

Electron microscope rendering of E. coli bacteria

Ground Beef Recalled After Testing For Dangerous E. Coli

National Beef has voluntarily recalled 22,737 pounds of ground beef after a sample tested positive for E.coli O157:H7.

May 14, 2013

Environmental Impact 

The yellow wheels of a center-pivot irrigation system on tilled farmland

New GMO Products Delayed Due To USDA Review

Monsanto and Dow Chemical have been developing new genetically-modified seeds, but the USDA has hit the brakes on their release to market.

May 3, 2013

EBT Accepted Here 

Stacks of wooden nickels, worth a dollar each.

USDA: New Grants To Help Farmers Markets Take SNAP Payments

The USDA has announced new funding to encourage broader acceptance of SNAP benefits at farmers markets.

April 3, 2013

Halo Effect 

Bokeh photo of doughnut covered in rainbow sprinkles

Foods Labelled ‘Organic’ Perceived As Better, Study Finds

According to recent research, simply calling a food "organic" causes it to be perceived very differently.

March 29, 2013

Healthy Beginnings 

Apples in a bowl

Healthy School Lunches Lead To Healthier Eating, Study Finds

The new research lends empirical support to state-mandated fruit and veggie minimums.

March 21, 2013

sequester relief 

Strips of bacon cooling on a wire rack.

Senate Passes Bill To Avert Meat Inspector Furloughs

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill to avert the furlough of USDA meat inspectors and the sporadic closure of meat processing plants. Now it's up to the House.

March 20, 2013

Sustainable Legacy 

Head shot of USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan.

USDA’s Kathleen Merrigan Steps Down

Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan has paid much attention to small, local farming during her tenure at the USDA.

March 8, 2013

Farm Forecast 

wet farmland

Wet Winter Weather May Mean A Better Spring For Farmers

Wet winter weather means wheat forecasts are looking up.

March 8, 2013

Sequester who? Sequester you! 

A hundred-dollar bill cut into many pieces

Sequester Affects All Levels Of Food Supply

Over time, the sequester will lead to meat shortages, fewer FDA inspections of food processors, cuts to food banks and reductions in farmer credit.

February 26, 2013

Aggravated Agriculture  

Climate change is expected to have an overall negative impact upon crop and livestock over the next 25 years.

Climate Change To Hurt Crops And Livestock

The USDA warns of hard times ahead for the nation's farmers.

February 21, 2013

Everyone's Downstream 

pigs

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Found In Chinese Pig Manure

With one half of the world's pigs living in China, the discovery of antibiotic resistant bacteria in Chinese pig dung is cause for concern the world over.

February 13, 2013

Snowed In 

Americaâs Northeast region is still reeling due the blizzard that swept the coast late last week.

How To Keep Your Food Safe In A Blackout

No power? Here are some tips to avoid foodborne illness.

February 7, 2013

School Snacks 

Green and red apples

Healthier Foods Coming To Schools

In hopes encouraging healthier eating habits among the nation's youth, the USDA has proposed a new set of guidelines for food sold in schools.

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