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Rethinking Prime Beef: Why "Choice" May Be Your Best Bet

US beef shoppers have probably never had more good options than they have today, but changes in the industry have complicated USDA grading labels like "Prime" and "Choice." Here's why it pays to look beyond them.

Trump’s USDA budget eliminates MAP, specialty crop grants

The proposed 2018 U.S. Department of Agriculture budget suggests the elimination of funding for the Market Access Program and the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The proposed 2018 U.S. Department of Agriculture budget suggests the elimination of funding for the Market Access Program and the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Trump targets USDA with some of the deepest proposed budget cuts

President Donald Trump ran on a platform of giving a voice to rural voters who felt forgotten by politicians in Washington. But his proposed budget, released on Tuesday, proposes deep cuts to crucial Department of Agriculture programs that many rural residents, and farmers, depend on. The budget proposes an almost 21 percent cut to the USDA, the third-largest percentage […]

Sec. Perdue Defends Trump Budget

Farmers and ranchers are concerned about President Trump’s “Taxpayer First” budget released this week but Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue defended significant cuts to USDA in the name of balancing the budget. “I don’t think there’s any reason to sugar coat this,” Perdue said to reporters on a press call Tuesday. “But I believe the people knew what they were doing... Read More

Congress and Farmers Are Shocked By Proposed USDA Cuts

The Trump administration wants to cut both food aid to the poor and subsidies for the nation's farmers. Supporters of both programs are joining forces to fight the cuts in Congress.

100 Tons of Nathan's and Curtis Brand Hot Dogs Have Been Recalled

Many packages of Nathan's and Curtis brand hot dogs were recalled by the USDA after several packages were found to contain metal scraps.

What ag schools really need to teach: a report

The Association of Public Land-Grant Universities has just released a report titled “Challenge of Change” about how the USDA can do a better job of funding research to solve important problems in food and agriculture. The challenge:   Traditionally, the effort to achieve food security has been largely focused on the need to increase yields in order […]

Feds expand E. coli warning about Dutch veal imported to U.S.

A federal warning about potentially contaminated veal imported from the Netherlands has been expanded to include additional products distributed to restaurants and grocery stores in four states. The warning from the USDA’s Food Safety...Show More Summary

New leadership at USDA, FDA might increase outside meetings

Poultry, antibiotics, Ionophores and activities with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency were among the subjects of April meetings between Al Almanza, administrator of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and people outside the federal government. Show More Summary

USDA championed new policies in 2016 to reduce food waste

Editor’s note: This essay is a 2017 runner up for the “Publisher’s Award” and was written as part of a food safety litigation class at the University of Arkansas Law School taught by Bill Marler and Denis Stearns of the Seattle law firm MarlerClark LLP. Food waste is sickening. The amount of safe and nutritious food... Continue Reading

100 tons of Nathan’s and Curtis franks recalled nationwide

More than 100 tons of Nathan’s brand and Curtis brand beef hotdogs are being recalled by John Morrell & Co. because of complaints of contamination with extraneous bits of metal. The Cincinnati-based company notified the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) about the complaints on Friday, according to the recall notice posted on the... Continue Reading

USDA Petition Seeks to Ban ‘Frankencats’

This morning, PETA and a coalition of animal groups and sanctuaries submitted a petition for rulemaking to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) calling on the agency to prohibit... The post USDA Petition Seeks to Ban ‘Frankencats’ appeared first on PETA.

USDA responds to lawsuit over Argentine lemons

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has responded to the filing of a lawsuit that alleges the organization did not follow proper procedures as it developed a rule allowing Argentine lemons to be imported into the U.S. The U.S. Department...Show More Summary

U.S. agriculture at a glance: USDA’s charts

USDA’s charts make it easy to understand basic aspects of farming in the United States.  This one covers about 175 years of American history.   The number of farms fell fast after the end of World War II and is still declining, while the size of farms increased. Where are the jobs in the food […]

National School Lunch Program Threatened: Students Need Healthy, Nutritious Food

By Jessica Hoffman, Juliana Cohen, Lindsay Rosenfeld, and Edward Alan Miller The National School Lunch Program, administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), provides a critical source of nutrition for over 31 million children in the United States every day. Show More Summary

‘Wildlife in Need’ … of Rescue! Video of Screaming Bear Cub Prompts Call for Seizure

PETA submitted a USDA complaint after a video emerged of an animal exhibitor dangling a bear cub by her mouth during "Tiger Baby Playtime." The post ‘Wildlife in Need’ … of Rescue! Video of Screaming Bear Cub Prompts Call for Seizure appeared first on PETA.

Video of Screaming Bear Cub Prompts Call for Seizure

Today, PETA sent a letter calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to investigate animal exhibitor Tim Stark—owner of a Charlestown roadside zoo called Wildlife in Need—for apparent... The post Video of Screaming Bear Cub Prompts Call for Seizure appeared first on PETA.

Investigation Sought After Cow Shot in Head at Slaughterhouse

Armed with a damning U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, PETA sent a letter this morning calling on Barton County Prosecuting Attorney Steven Kaderly to investigate Golden City Meats... The post Investigation Sought After Cow Shot in Head at Slaughterhouse appeared first on PETA.

The USDA’s Senseless Obstacles To A More Humane 'Organic'

Every day, millions of Americans visit their grocery stores, relying on a range of food labels – some more meaningful than others – to help them make healthy, humane, and cost-efficient purchases. One of these labels is “USDA Organic,”...Show More Summary

Tell Sec. Perdue to stop delaying fairness rules

The new Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, has a big job ahead in running the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). One important opportunity he has is to bring greater fairness to contract livestock production. This would bolster economic growth in many of the rural communities that brought his boss, President Trump, to office. Right now, Sec. Show More Summary

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