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Changes to Whole Farm Revenue Insurance Could Increase Access

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently announced expansion of Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) crop insurance to all states and counties. WFRP was first made available for the 2015 crop year, and provides revenue insurance coverage on all of a farmer’s crops and animals under one policy. Show More Summary

Eggless mayo startup Hampton Creek claims government agencies are behind a mayo conspiracy

We're not just arguing over the definition of mayonnaise anymore. Hampton Creek, the startup that makes an eggless "Just Mayo" product, published select emails sent by the American Egg Board, an egg lobby backed by the USDA, that show how the egg industry was threatened by the company's eggless product. Show More Summary

The official reference to small raisins as ‘midgets’ is almost gone. It’s taken the USDA more than two years.

The Agriculture Department, responding to a petition from Little People of America, has finally agreed to remove the word “midget” from the list of designations for raisins. As our colleague from In the Loop, Colby Itkowitz, reported in writing about this controversy, the government has maintained raisin designations for many years. Since about World War […]

Tea Holidays Throughout the Year and Throughout the World

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Wow! The United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA, actually updates its Holiday Observances web page on a daily basis! Some of the National Days, Weeks, and Months seem peculiar, even a bit excessive, no? For example, chocolate is “honored” four times every year: · Celebration of Chocolate Month (February). Show More Summary

Hampton Creek CEO Wants Investigation of USDA After American Egg Board Revelations

A recently released cache of emails appears to shows the USDA-appointed board doing the bidding of the egg industry and helping it defending its turf agains the plant-based-food startup.

USDA Will No Longer Call Small Raisins “Midgets”

In response to a petition by The Little People of America, the USDA will no longer refer to small raisins as “midgets”.   o many little people, the term “midget” is an offensive pejorative. When The Little People of America, an advocacy group for those born with dwarfism or other height-related medical conditions, found out the Federal […]

GM potato approved for production

On Friday, the USDA announced that it approved production of “Innate” potatoes, genetically modified by the Simplot company to Resist blight Store longer at cold temperatures Not turn brown when cooked Produce less acrylamide The official Federal Register notice is published here. Earlier this year, the FDA “completed its consultation” with Simplot: Simplot’s varieties of […]

USDA Gives GE Potato ‘Nonregulated’ Status

Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, that they had made a determination of “nonregulated status” for the Innate potato, which is genetically engineered to resist late blight and black spot bruising. Show More Summary

USDA Announces New $211-Million Investment in Sage Grouse Conservation on Private Lands

A new round of funding will go towards the Sage Grouse Initiative’s improvements to sagebrush habitat and sustainable ranching practices WASHINGTON – The post USDA Announces New $211-Million Investment in Sage Grouse Conservation on Private Lands appeared first on Hunting and Conservation News.

USDA Case Study: Consumers Seem to Recognize the Most Dangerous Outbreaks

A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that consumers respond to foodborne illness outbreaks differently depending on the severity. The case study, produced by Fred Kuchler, Ph.D., an economist with USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), compared warnings about cantaloupes issued in 2011 and again in 2012. Show More Summary

USDA Announces Expansion of Outbreak-Related Pork Recall

The original Aug. 13 recall of pork products from Kapowin Meats of Graham, WA, was for approximately 116,262 pounds of whole hogs that may be contaminated with Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-. Now, in an Aug. 27 expansion of that earlier recall, approximately 523,380 pounds of pork are being recalled in: varying weights of boxed and bagged... Continue Reading

Feds Sued for Rubber-Stamping License Application of The Farm at Walnut Creek

PETA has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that challenges its current policy... The post Feds Sued for Rubber-Stamping License Application of The Farm at Walnut Creek appeared first on PETA.

Kraft recalls 2M pounds of turkey bacon that may spoil early

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The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said it has received reports of illness tied to individuals eating the items.

Want a Lifetime Pass to Abuse Animals? Get a USDA Exhibitor’s License

Federal authorities are giving animal exhibitors the go-ahead to abuse animals year after year. Why? The post Want a Lifetime Pass to Abuse Animals? Get a USDA Exhibitor’s License appeared first on PETA.

Farm Income Forecast Lower

Farm sector profitability is forecast to decline for the second straight year, according to the latest report from USDA. Net cash income is forecast at $100.3 billion, down about 21 percent from 2014 levels. Lower crop and livestock receipts are the main drivers of the change in 2015 net cash farm income from 2014, while cash production expenses are projected... Read More

Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon Recalled By Kraft Heinz

Oscar Mayer turkey bacon is being recalled. According to the USDA website, Kraft Heinz is recalling more than two million pounds of turkey bacon because it may spoil before the “Best When Used By” date. The recall affects select Oscar Mayer turkey bacon products produced between May 31st and August 6th of this year. Show More Summary

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Robert Johansson of USDA

Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson. In this wide-ranging interview, you’ll hear his perspective on any relationship between the drop in equity markets and commodity prices, thoughts on China,...Show More Summary

Judge: Transfer Offer After Moldy Applesauce Report Wasn’t Retaliatory

In 2011, when applesauce from Snokist was making children sick as far away as North Carolina, USDA Agricultural Marketing Services local inspector Wendy Alguard told Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigators arriving on the scene in Yakima, WA, about the problem. She thought FDA ought to know that Snokist employees often had to scrape mold from... Continue Reading

Update on the school meal situation

School is starting and the school food debates will no doubt be starting up again. The USDA has a new report on what’s happening with adoption of the new nutrition standards. A national study of elementary school principals and foodservice managers finds the majority (63%) to agree or strongly agree (7%) that students seem to […]

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