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USDA Advises #GrillingLikeaPRO on the Fourth of July

This Fourth of July weekend, many Americans will be celebrating our nation’s independence with family gatherings and summer cookouts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is reminding families to take extra care not to let foodborne bacteria, which grows more quickly in hot weather, ruin the fun. One of the... Continue Reading

June Jobs Report Shoves 30-Year Mortgage Rates Lower (FHA, VA, USDA & Conv.)

Mortgage rates dropped sharply after the June 2015 Non-Farm Payrolls report release. Complete analysis, plus access to instant mortgage rate quotes. Click to read more: June Jobs Report Shoves 30-Year Mortgage Rates Lower (FHA, VA, USDA & Conv.).

GMOs: Symbolic For What's Wrong With America's Food System?

Despite the recent news that the USDA has developed a voluntary government certification and labeling program for foods that are free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the issue continues to cast a large shadow over the food and beverage industry. For consumers, GMOs have become a potent symbol of problems [...]

Chobani Greek Yogurt Selected As Meat Substitute For Federal Lunch Program

Beginning this fall, Chobani Greek yogurt will be served as a meat substitute in school lunches. Officials announced the news yesterday by stating the yogurt was selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to be part a par...

USDA names produce industry members to trade, policy groups

The fresh fruit and vegetable industry is represented on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee and one of six agricultural technical advisory committees announced June 30 by the USDA.

U.S. potato acreage up 1.9 percent, NASS reports. Ag minute for July 01, 2015

Fall potato acres are up in the Northwest and nationwide, according to new numbers from the USDA and United Potato Growers of America. Click here for full story.http://www.capitalpress.com/Nation_World/Nation/20150630/us-potato-acreage-up-nass-reports

USDA approves new adjuvants for poultry vaccines

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the safety of the first ENABL ready-to-use adjuvants for vaccines used in chickens. The approval includes a 21-day withdrawal period when ENABL is used in vaccines administered subcutaneously (SQ) to improve immunity against disease.

Mortgage Rate Forecast For July 2015 (FHA, VA, USDA & Conv)

Mortgage rates begin July near 4%, but how will they move over the next 4 weeks? Analysis of what's moving markets, plus access to live mortgage rates and quotes. Click to read more: Mortgage Rate Forecast For July 2015 (FHA, VA, USDA & Conv).

US market hog inventory up

USDA's June Hogs and Pigs report states the nation's market hog inventory is up 9.4% compared to a year ago and the breeding herd is up 1.2%. The pre-release trade forecast was for an 8.9% increase in the market inventory and a 2.1% increase in the breeding herd.

Allergen-Free Peanuts Among USDA Innovations in FY 2014

Allergen-free peanuts is just one of the many innovations in ag during fiscal year 2014 for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) says USDA received 83 patents in FY2014, up from 51 patents...Show More Summary

Prop 2 standards lead to less eggs and hens

Since last year both the production of eggs and the number of egg-laying hens are down significantly in California, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Proposition 2 standards, that set minimum cage sizes, have led farmers to decrease their hen numbers in order to comply.

Inside the Republican war on vegetables

last weekNews : The Raw Story

In 1985, in an attempt to keep up with advances in research on nutrition and health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) assigned the task to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a panel of nationally recognized experts in the...

Republicans have a beef with the USDA after dietary panel recommends less red meat

last weekNews : The Raw Story

In 1985, in an attempt to keep up with advances in research on nutrition and health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) assigned the task to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a panel of nationally recognized experts in the...

Proposed Federal Dietary Guidelines Hard to Swallow for Some Lawmakers

In 1985, in an attempt to keep up with advances in research on nutrition and health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) assigned the task to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a panel of nationally recognized experts in the field of diet and nutrition. Show More Summary

USDA declares drought disaster in 18 Washington counties. AgMinute for Jun 26, 2015

USDA includes 18 Washington counties in federal disaster declaration. Click here for full story.

On Television: Did We Just Give The Confederate Flag A Power-Up?

We discussed two hot topics last night during my regular segment with Chris Berg on Valley News Live’s 6:30 Point of View program. First was my story about the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program which is intended to feed low-income children but is, thanks to a loophole, providing food for just about everybody. A lot...

USDA Program Loophole Has Taxpayers Providing A “Free Lunch” For Pretty Much Everyone

The website for the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program states it “ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.” But what if I told you that at 65 locations across the state – mostly at parks and churches – the taxpayers are feeding kids and even grownups regardless of...

Networks Ignore SCOTUS Ruling Against Government Raisin ‘Robbery’

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a New Deal-era farm program on June 22, saying it was unconstitutional for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to force raisin farmers to give the government their crops without payment. ABC, CBS and NBC never reported on the legal fight or the latest court decision, which was more than a decade in the making. Show More Summary

New tracking tool for pathogen investigators

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) veterinary medical officer Jean Guard has developed a cost-effective diagnostic tool and dataset for identifying various strains of Salmonella.

Food Safety Advice for Those Experiencing Severe Thunderstorms

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued some food safety recommendations for the Northeast, Central Appalachians and Ohio Valley due to severe thunderstorms. The National Weather...Show More Summary

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