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Juice Boxes: Are They Healthy?

Juice boxes are a popular beverage to pack into your little ones’ lunchboxes, but are they really a healthy choice? Those small-sized juice boxes are convenient. Plus, according to USDA’s Choose My Plate website, 100 percent juice can count towards your daily recommended servings of fruit. Show More Summary

Mysterious Culprit That Killed 7 Million Pigs Finally Revealed: It Was Tote Bags

Yes, reusable tote bags may be good for making us feel smug in the grocery store check-out. But the USDA just traced a deadly virus that has killed millions of pigs to an unlikely culprit: tote bags. Not feeling so good about that tote bag now, are you? Read more...

USDA has Food Safety Advice for Those Affected by Hurricane Joaquin

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued some food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Joaquin. On Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service announced that Hurricane Joaquin is now a Category 4 hurricane in central and northwest Bahamas. Show More Summary

Deadly piglet virus may have entered U.S. on ‘reusable’ feed bags: USDA

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The deadly piglet virus that killed millions of U.S. pigs over the past two years may have entered the country on large bags typically used to transport feed and other bulk products, the Agriculture Department said. The report, released on Wednesday and dated Sept. 24, said the agency does not have...

Former USDA Official Settles Defamation Suit Against Breitbart Estate

Former U.S. Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod has settled her long-running defamation lawsuit against the late conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart.       

#WomenInAg Infographic

Women are increasingly making their mark on agriculture, preparing for a better future and educating the next generation of women for the challenges of the future.  To celebrate these contributions the USDA has crated an infographic to showcase the impact women are having state-by-state. Show More Summary

USDA Researchers Develop Camera System to Detect Active Shiga Toxin

Scientists at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service Western Regional Research Center in Albany, CA, have come up with a less-expensive way to detect biologically active Shiga toxin, a product of pathogenic Escherichia coli serotype O157:H7. Show More Summary

This Goofy Bird Just Defeated The Koch Brothers

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

This little guy is a thorn in the side of Big Energy and the Republican politicians that serve it. Why? It was able to unite hunters, ranchers, land owners, local politicians, the USDA, the Audubon Society, universities, and even ConocoPhillips to prevent it from being listed as Endangered. Which probably ensured its long term survival. Wait, what? Read more...

A Chart Showing How the Way America Uses Its Land Changed Over the Last 60 Years

3 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

This chart from the USDA shows just what’s been going on in the American landscape over the last six decades. Part of the takeaway is what has changed—the rise of cities and we’ve stopped grazing so much of the forestlands—but it’s also just as notable for what hasn’t changed. Read more...

USDA Does Not Have The Cash To Keep Food Stamps Running If The Government Shuts Down

Tens of millions of vulnerable Americans would lose their food stamps benefits if Republicans bent on defunding Planned Parenthood force the second government shutdown of the Obama era next week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) warned on Tuesday. Show More Summary

USDA analyzing effects of wild pigs on U.S. crops and livestock

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Friday that it has started analyzing for the first time data it has collected on the impact that wild pigs have on U.S. farmers' crop and livestock operations.

USDA to Expand Group Food Safety Certification for Small Growers

Farmers who want to sell their produce in certain markets, such as big-box stores, have to get certain food safety certifications, but not everyone can afford to scale up. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is trying to help. Show More Summary

Complaint Filed Against Seaquarium Over Evidence of Dolphins With Open Wounds

This morning, PETA filed a complaint calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to investigate what appear to be blatant violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act at... The post Complaint Filed Against Seaquarium Over Evidence of Dolphins With Open Wounds appeared first on PETA.

USDA plan to suffocate chickens infected with avian flu would “cook them alive”

As if factory farms and chickens suffering with bird flu aren't enough, the USDA is currently considering a controversial method for euthanizing infected chickens that involves suffocating and cooking them alive. A viral outbreak of the HPAI virus took

Settlement reached over Breitbart's racist attack on Shirley Sherrod

Shirley Sherrod Five years after Breitbart ran a fraudulently-edited hit piece on USDA employee Shirley Sherrod, she finally reached a settlement in her lawsuit. A federal judge says former Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod...Show More Summary

Government Shutdown Would Cut Off Food Stamps To Tens Of Millions, USDA Says

There was enough money laying around during the 2013 shutdown to continue paying food stamp benefits. Not this time. The post Government Shutdown Would Cut Off Food Stamps To Tens Of Millions, USDA Says appeared first on ThinkProgre...

Banned Words In The Peach Pundit Daily

We’ve gotten an unusually high number of reports that today’s edition of the Peach Pundit Daily has been flagged as “spam” by various email service providers. That’s probably because we used a word banned by the USDA in this story: USDA Bans “Gay” In Applications – From Randy Travis at WAGA Fox5 “The US Department […]

Sugarcreek Roadside Zoo Slapped With 12 More Federal Animal-Welfare Violations

The August 25 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection report of The Farm at Walnut Creek—a notorious roadside zoo that PETA has tracked for years—has just become publicly available,... The post Sugarcreek Roadside Zoo Slapped With 12 More Federal Animal-Welfare Violations appeared first on PETA.

'Gay' Is Among a List of 'Words With Negative Connotations,' According to USDA

last weekLGBT / Gay :

Photo via Wikipedia A cattle farmer in Gay, Georgia, was denied a government issued transport license by the US Department of Agriculture because his hometown fell under a list of “words with bad connotations,” according to Atlanta's Fox 5 report. Show More Summary

USDA Looks to Expand Export Opportunities in Africa

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is looking to expand this country’s agriculture export opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa. This agency news release says a trade mission will go to Accra, Ghana, Nov. 17-20. “Two years ago, I led a mission to southern Africa to launch USDA’s Sub-Saharan Africa Trade Initiative, which aims to expand U.S. Show More Summary

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