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June 14, 2019


Midwestern Farmers Resist USDA Efforts to Bring Agencies Closer

Indiana farmer Liz Brownlee heads to the nation's capital to testify on behalf of Indiana Young Farmers.

June 14, 2019


Unapproved Genetically Modified Wheat Found In US — Again

A wheat strain resistant to the weedkiller glyphosate - more commonly known as Roundup - was found growing wild in the northwestern United States for the fourth time since 2013.

May 24, 2019


Online SNAP Could Eliminate Food Deserts – And Cause More Problems

A pilot program allows SNAP recipients to purchase food online.

May 17, 2019


Report Outlines Strategies To Address Black Farmer Inequalities

Recently released census data from the USDA shows a decline in Black farm ownership.

May 3, 2019


Supreme Court Mulling Transparency On SNAP Retail Sales

The US Supreme Court this session is set to consider whether to make sales data on SNAP purchases from big food retailers public.

April 12, 2019


Lawmakers Consider Ways To Help Great Plains Farmers After Flooding

There's a growing debate between congress and the USDA about how to help out farmers who’ve lost their grain due to flooded storage bins.

January 11, 2019


Farmers, Benefit Recipients Face Uncertainty During Government Shutdown

As the government shutdown stretches into its third week, it continues to affect everything from National Park trash to long lines at the airport.

January 3, 2019


Animal Welfare Gains Little Ground In 2018 Livestock Regs

Suggested teaser: Last year ushered in several new rules to improve animal welfare, and the meat industry is digging in its heels for new battles in the year ahead.

December 12, 2018


More Salt, Fewer Whole Grains: USDA Eases School Lunch Rules

Advocates say the Trump administration's rollback of nutrition requirements could lead to school meals that are inconsistent with federal dietary guidelines.

November 23, 2018


Calculating Diets–Why Does The USDA Want To Keep Its Numbers Under Wraps?

How much money does one person need to feed themselves adequately, for one month? How would you go about determining that?

November 16, 2018


If You’re Lactose Intolerant, Can You Survive On The USDA’s Thrifty Food Plan?

When the government subsidizes corn, it effectively subsidizes dairy, too. Government nutrition programs push dairy as a major protein source, even when it doesn't make sense for most Americans.

November 7, 2018


Technical Difficulties May Jeopardize Farmers Market Food Stamps

If a popular app used by many farmers markets to process federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits is no longer offered next spring, consumers' access to fresh produce may be stalled.

October 26, 2018


Groups From 35 States Vie For USDA Employees

Since announcing the relocation, the USDA has received letters of interest from 136 groups in 35 states.

October 11, 2018


Researchers Fight Malnutrition With Fortified Wheat

A USDA program is developing wheat that draws more nutrients from the soil as it grows to improve global health.

July 27, 2018


Farm Bill Provision Would Help Many African-American Farmers

Lawmakers in both chambers of Congress have introduced a bill that would expand access to USDA programs for farmers and ranchers who inherited land informally from ancestors.

July 25, 2018


Farm-State Lawmakers Call USDA’s Tariff Aid ‘Short-Term Relief’

Lawmakers from Midwestern states weigh-in on the Trump administration's tariffs and farmer bailout plan.

July 20, 2018


Chem Company Exec Tapped For Top USDA Scientist

The White House has nominated Scott Hutchins as the next head scientist for the USDA.

April 27, 2018


Food Stamps And Farm Policy–Does This Marriage Make Sense?

When the government subsidizes corn, it effectively subsidizes dairy, too. Government nutrition programs push dairy as a major protein source, even when it doesn't make sense for most Americans.

April 12, 2018


USDA Official Asks Frustrated Farmers For Patience With China Trade Dispute

Last week was an appropriate week for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s trade expert to address a gaggle of Nebraska farmers — even if their responses tended toward frustration. Ted McKinney arrived in Omaha on Wednesday(April 4), the day China threatened to impose tariffs on 106 U.S. products including major exports like soybeans, beef and […]

April 5, 2018


Report Blasts Ag Secretary For Dodgy Record

A report from the Union of Concern Scientists warns that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s deregulation and attacks on science threaten to do permanent harm to the USDA.

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