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Interior, USDA Announce More Than $47 Million in Investments for Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Drought Response & Agriculture Operations Across the West

Reclamation Commissioner López, USDA Secretary Vilsack announce strengthened collaboration to address water supply & demand imbalances BRIGHTON, Colo. – The U.S. Departments The post Interior, USDA Announce More Than $47 Million in Investments...Show More Summary

How to Hire a Bug as a Contract Killer

Vedalia ladybird feeding on the cottony cushion scale. (Photo: USDA/Public domain) When it comes to killing invasive or otherwise bothersome plants, humans aren’t always the ablest assassins. Despite our best attempts at slashing, hacking, uprooting, and using chemical weapons on them, some of these plant invaders will never fall to humans. Show More Summary

Franklin’s ‘Bear Path Acres’ Hit With Official Warning Over Animal-Welfare Violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has hit notorious roadside zoo Bear Path Acres in Franklin with an official warning for violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). This... The post Franklin’s ‘Bear Path Acres’ Hit With Official Warning Over Animal-Welfare Violations appeared first on PETA.

Making "Organic" Mean Something

When an animal food product in your grocery store is proudly labeled "USDA Organic," you would think that means the animal had exposure to fresh air, sunshine, and significantly more space to move than on standard non-organic farms. Most people make that assumption. Show More Summary

USDA: Avocado Consumption Has Skyrocketed In the 21st Century

From Vox today: A new analysis published in JAMA this week looked at US eating habits from 1999 to 2012 and found that...there was no change in total fruits and vegetables consumed. (When Americans do eat vegetables, fully half of them are tomatoes and potatoes — often in the form of sugar-laden ketchup and greasy fries.) Wait. Show More Summary

Breaking It Down: Controversy Over The U.S. Dietary Guidelines

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the long awaited 8th edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. As in prior iterations...Show More Summary

USDA cites Chieftain Harvesting for $1.4 million PACA debt

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Chieftain Harvesting Inc., Salinas, Calif., for failure to pay for produce, according to a USDA news release.

USDA Says Paul LePage's Food Stamp Freakout Will Harm Children

4 days agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) is putting vulnerable people in his state at risk with his food stamp crusade, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday. In a recent letter to the Obama administration,...Show More Summary

We Have Terrible News For Anyone Who Eats Chicken

One of the US Department of Agriculture's main tasks is to ensure that the nation's meat supply is safe. But according to a new peer-reviewed study from the department's own researchers, the USDA's process for monitoring salmonella contamination on chicken—by far the most-consumed US meat—may be flawed. The process works like this. Show More Summary

Feds Cite Hovatter’s Wildlife Zoo for Lack of Vet Care After PETA Complaint

Following a May 11 PETA complaint alerting the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) at Hovatter’s Wildlife Zoo—including an alpaca with overgrown... The post Feds Cite Hovatter’s Wildlife Zoo for Lack of Vet Care After PETA Complaint appeared first on PETA.

Western Growers dismayed by court's compost ruling

A farm group is dismayed that a federal court ruled that it's no longer necessarily OK to use composted municipal green waste on organic farms in California. From Western Growers:The (USDA) Guidance already prohibited use of compostShow More Summary

Americans Now Spend More Money at Restaurants than on Groceries

According to data collected by US Census Bureau and USDA, Americans are relying more and more on food not prepared at home, and it's having an impact of public health.

USDA Urged to Investigate: Screaming, Struggling Animals Mishandled During AHA Event

The American Humane Association (AHA) has long been criticized—most vocally by PETA—for its cozy relationship with animal trainers and for allowing questionable treatment of animals on sets, as the... The post USDA Urged to Investigate: Screaming, Struggling Animals Mishandled During AHA Event appeared first on PETA.

California street trees are worth $1 billion, says USFS and UC Davis

Scientists from the USDA Forest Service and the University of California, Davis decided to put a price tag on the trees lining California's streets. Considering that trees combat climate change by taking in air pollutants and storing carbon, they offer a lot of value not just to citizens, but to the state. Show More Summary

Catfish debate brings partisans together to oppose one another

If and when they allow it to come to a vote, leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives are apparently allowing individual members to vote their conscience when it comes to USDA catfish inspections. They can either support the Senate-approved resolution doing away with USDA catfish inspection and claim they are fiscal hawks, or they... Continue Reading

Feds Cite Waccatee Zoo for Failing to Protect Tiger With Deep, Gaping Wound

Following a PETA complaint alerting the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to a photo showing a tiger at the Waccatee Zoo with a deep, open wound, the USDA investigated... The post Feds Cite Waccatee Zoo for Failing to Protect Tiger With Deep, Gaping Wound appeared first on PETA.

Kelly Miller Circus Exhibitor Caught Using Electric Prod on Zebras and Camels

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited an exhibitor with Hugo-based Kelly Miller Circus—which PETA has tracked for years—for using an electric prod on zebras and camels during... The post Kelly Miller Circus Exhibitor Caught Using Electric Prod on Zebras and Camels appeared first on PETA.

Seafood politics: Catfish? Really?

The Senate just voted to reverse a decision of Congress last year to remove catfish inspection from the FDA (which is usually in charge of regulating seafood) and give it to the USDA (which usually regulates meat and poultry). Why did the 2008 and 2012 farm bills say that catfish inspection should be given to USDA? […]

Combating IBV with nanotechnology

The USDA is funding research into developing a technology platform for rapid production of effective nanovaccines against key poultry diseases, with infectious bronchitis taking the lead.

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