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USDA plans to inject $100 million on ethanol infrastructure: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to inject $100 million in funding to get more ethanol at the gas pump, according to two industry sources, the latest push to get beyond a "blend wall" that has capped demand for the biofuel.

Springer Electric Cooperative Dedicates Large Solar Power Generation Station

14 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was joined by 3rd District Congressman Ben Ray Lujan to help Springer Electric Cooperative in Springer, New Mexico celebrate the completion of construction of a new solar power generation...Show More Summary

Caught: Tregembo Animal Park Cited for Sick Bear, Broken Enclosure

Roadside zoo Tregembo Animal Park has just been slapped with a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) citation in the wake of a formal PETA complaint regarding a visibly suffering... The post Caught: Tregembo Animal Park Cited for Sick Bear, Broken Enclosure appeared first on PETA.

Why Would The USDA Get Involved In A 15th Century Method Of Labeling?

A couple of weeks ago I was deeply disappointed to read that the USDA might get involved in an aspect of “non-GMO food labeling.”  The marketing of non-GMO food is an opportunistic, fear-based phenomenon – not something worthy of aid from a science-oriented agency like USDA.  Also, if the goal [...]

USDA Farming Rule Creates New Loopholes

A draft rule issued by USDA aims to define what it means to be ‘actively engaged’ in farming. The proposed rule makes some important changes, but those improvements are immediately undermined by two new loopholes introduced in the rule.   The...Show More Summary

Vilsack lauds USDA budget savings; employee morale needs work

During these tight budget times, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some good news. His “Blueprint for Stronger Service” has saved $1.4 billion since 2012, without, he said, sacrificing service or employee furloughs. That’s well worth trumpeting. But it’s too bad the same innovative spirit that successfully saves taxpayer money also can’t be used to lift […]

Caught: Bailiwick Ranch Cited Following Death of Fox

Notoriously cruel roadside zoo Bailiwick Ranch—a facility PETA has tracked for years—has been slapped with a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) citation following an investigation into the January 2015... The post Caught: Bailiwick Ranch Cited Following Death of Fox appeared first on PETA.

213,000 Pounds Of Meat Recalled From Banh Mi Restaurant Chain

Vietnamese fast food chain Lee's Sandwiches is recalling roughly 213,000 pounds of meat products that were not properly inspected by the USDA. [ more › ]

Peak Food, an Introduction

Your high-tech toy watch won’t buy you an egg. To date, the U.S. is on course to destroy 40,721,073 birds, mainly laying hens. Yes, elves at USDA do like precision in their numbers. Those birds are the casualty...

Government's bird flu response ruffles some farmers' feathers

The USDA said roughly 41 million birds in 14 states have been affected by the bird flu

Memorial Day Weekend Food Safety Tips From USDA

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, and many Americans will celebrate with cookouts, camping, road trips and other activities that involve food. 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,... Continue Reading

USDA sanctions Papita Produce, four others

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

Feds Bring Formal Complaint Against Carson & Barnes for St. Charles Animal Escape

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed a formal complaint against the notorious animal abuser Carson & Barnes Circus in response to an incident last year during which... The post Feds Bring Formal Complaint Against Carson & Barnes for St. Charles Animal Escape appeared first on PETA.

Feds: Circus Posed Possible Danger to the Public in Altoona

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed a formal complaint against the notorious animal abuser Carson & Barnes Circus in response to an incident last year in which... The post Feds: Circus Posed Possible Danger to the Public in Altoona appeared first on PETA.

If millennials were in charge of the food pyramid

In an ideal world, we would all be living off of a balanced diet of fresh produce and wholesome proteins. But unfortunately, deadlines, traffic and laundry just won't let that happen. Despite the USDA's outline for proper servings of...Show More Summary

Organic checkoff draws supporters, detractors - AgMinute for May 21, 2015

The Organic Trade Association has petitioned USDA for a checkoff program for organic after more than 5,000 organic farms and businesses weighed in on the proposal and supported it 2 to 1. Click here for the full story.

USDA declines to investigate alleged violations at major organic farms

Aerial photographs taken last summer of some of the largest organic egg and dairy farms in the United States showed few animals outside on pasture, but the USDA will not investigate whether these operations are violating rules for organic agriculture, officials wrote Tuesday. The photographs of the 14 operations, according to the watchdog group that had […]

Prepared Meat Products Recalled for Lack of USDA Inspection, Misbranding

LQNN Inc. of Garden Grove, CA, firm is recalling approximately 213,192 pounds of chicken, beef and pork products that were produced without the benefit of inspection and misbranded because of the unauthorized use of a USDA mark of inspection, the U.S. Show More Summary

Pros Ranch Markets cited for $1.2 million PACA debt

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Pros Ranch Markets CA LLC for violations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, according to a USDA news release.

Feds Bring Formal Complaint Against Oklahoma-Bound Circus for Animal Escapes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed a formal complaint against the notorious animal abuser Carson & Barnes Circus—which is scheduled to drag its animal acts to Oklahoma... The post Feds Bring Formal Complaint Against Oklahoma-Bound Circus for Animal Escapes appeared first on PETA.

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