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USDA sanctions Haag Food Service, five others

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on six produce businesses for failure to pay Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act reparation awards, according to USDA news releases.

Workshop Explores Changing Dynamics of Ag Finance

Farm Foundation, NFP, along with USDA’s Economic Research Service and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, has organized a workshop that intends to explore the implications of the evolving trends regarding non-farmer investor interest in agricultural resources and the use of more diverse business organization tools by farm landowners. Show More Summary

USDA Unveils New Urban Agriculture Toolkit

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently unveiled the USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA’s Know Your Farmer team that intends to help entrepreneurs and community leaders use urban agriculture to successfully create jobs and increase access to healthy food in their communities. Show More Summary

USDA offers $6 million for antimicrobial resistance research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making $6 million available for research into antimicrobial resistance and has set an Aug. 3 deadline for grant proposals. The funding comes from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and is administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (AFRI). Show More Summary

Lawmakers to USDA: Make a Bigger Splash on Marine Mammal Rule

After almost 20 years of inaction, the U.S. Department of Agriculture finally proposed in February an update of its standards of care for marine mammals in captivity. But the proposed standards are weak, and need to be strengthened substantially. Show More Summary

May 2016 Mortgage Rate Forecast (FHA, VA, USDA & Conv)

Experts said mortgage rates would over 4.5% by now. Instead, they're in the 3s. For May 2016, there are several threats to low rates. Should you lock today?

A Breakdown Of How The US Spends Every Food Dollar 

The USDA has released an update to its “food dollar” breakdown — a division of a single dollar into the exact amount every link in the chain receives. So what’s new in the latest data from 2014, over last year’s update? There’s a series of changes, all of which seem to trend towards the same point: America is cooking for itself less and less. More »      

This New Restaurant Feeds Thousands of Hungry People Every Day

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 48.1 million Americans have insecure access to food, including 32.8 million adults and 15.3 million children (approximately 1 out of 5). Several restaurants recognize these needs, and are trying to win the war against hunger. Show More Summary

USDA Unveils Conservation Strategy for Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Conservation Efforts Make Working Rangelands More Productive and Resilient to Wildfire and Climatic Extremes   TEMPLE,TX April 28, 2015 – USDA today The post USDA Unveils Conservation Strategy for Lesser Prairie-Chicken appeared first on Hunting and Conservation News.

Zero-Down USDA Home Loans vs FHA vs Conventional 97

How do USDA loan costs compare to other loan types? It turns out these loans are some of the most affordable mortgages in the market today.

Feds Order Notorious Exhibitor to Pay $66,000 for Animal Welfare Act Violations

Despite multiple complaints from PETA and even though the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stripped his license in 2009, notorious exotic-animal exhibitor Lancelot Kollman Ramos continued to operate illegally—and... The post Feds Order Notorious Exhibitor to Pay $66,000 for Animal Welfare Act Violations appeared first on PETA.

Organic Meat and Eggs Could Soon Be Even Better

Did you know that current organic standards include few protections for animals? The USDA just released new standards for organic livestock that could change that. But the proposed changes will take years to implement.

USDA sanctions IXE Agro USA, Fresh Mex Produce

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on two produce businesses for failure to pay Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act reparation awards, according to a USDA news release.

Might CRISPR prove to be regulatory arbitrage?

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed that it will not regulate the cultivation and sale of a white-button mushroom created using CRISPR… In this case, no foreign organism’s genetic material was introduced into...Show More Summary

Apply Now for Value Added Producer Grants

USDA is accepting applications for $44 million in competitive Value Added Producer Grants to develop value added ventures. In times of low commodity prices, the help available through this program is especially appealing.   The grant...Show More Summary

A rare industry-funded study with unhappy results for the Honey Board funder

The USDA has just done a write up on a study it funded in collaboration with the National Honey Board:  Consumption of Honey, Sucrose, and High-Fructose Corn Syrup Produces Similar Metabolic Effects in Glucose-Tolerant and -Intolerant Individuals. This was one of the 12 industry-negative studies I posted to my collection of 168 industry-funded studies from March 2015 […]

Genetically Altered Mushroom Cleared by the USDA

2 weeks agoNews : Newsweek: US

For the first time, a food crop altered using a genetic technique called CRISPR has been cleared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Yinong Yang, a plant pathologist at Pennsylvania State University, used the technique on Agaricus bisporus, also known as the common white button mushroom. Show More Summary

#Plant16 Already on a Roll

The #Plant16 hash tag has been burning up Twitter in the past week as corn planting jumped up to 13% compared to the five year average of eight percent. According to USDA, planting progress is now ahead of average by 37 percentage points in Missouri, which at 58% planted nearly a quarter of its crop last week. Iowa, Kansas and... Read More

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