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Worker safety, consumer protections trumped by USDA plan to privatize pork inspections

USDA announced today a proposal to allow pork producers to run their slaughtering lines as fast as they want in exchange for conducting their own food safety inspections. It’s a warped example of cost-benefit analysis and one that could have serious consequences for workers and consumers. Under the plan, the cost to companies of self-inspecting [...]

Proposed Rule to Modernize Swine Inspection

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced its continued effort to modernize inspection systems through science-based approaches to food safety. USDA is proposing to amend the federal meat inspection regulations to...Show More Summary

Trump’s USDA Wants to Make Pork Faster—And More Dangerous

In a typical pork slaughterhouse, hog carcasses move down the conveyor belt at an average rate of around 977 per hour, or about 16 per minute. Workers tasked with disassembling these fast-moving 240-plus pound chunks of flesh endure high injury rates, which are likely even higher due to underreporting.  Now the Trump Administration’s US Department of Agriculture is pushing […]

USDA's NIFA invests in fighting citrus greening disease

(National Institute of Food and Agriculture ) The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced awards to combat citrus greening disease. The funding to support research and extension programs is made through the emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE). Show More Summary

PETA Protests USDA’s Dumbest Suggestion Yet: Privatizing Inspections

Stop the USDA from condemning animals to the mercy of the very industries making money off them. Add your voice to ours today. The post PETA Protests USDA’s Dumbest Suggestion Yet: Privatizing Inspections appeared first on PETA.

USDA proposes changes to ‘National List’ for organic producers

The National Organic Program that stands behind those USDA Organic seals on processed and fresh foods in the grocery store comes with a lot of fine print. Most consumers don’t know much about it, but for the $50 billion organic marketplace, it’s all about the details. And the latest changes in those details, known as the... Continue Reading

Protestors to Decry USDA Discussion of Outsourcing Federal Animal Welfare Inspections

What:    On Thursday, PETA supporters will attend and protest the first of four scheduled U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) “listening sessions” in which officials and stakeholders will discuss... The post Protestors to Decry USDA Discussion of Outsourcing Federal Animal Welfare Inspections appeared first on PETA.

Tell the USDA: Do Your Job to Protect Animals in Labs!

Please tell the USDA that it must not relinquish its duty to inspect laboratories for compliance with the few protections afforded to animals used in experiments. The post Tell the USDA: Do Your Job to Protect Animals in Labs! appeared first on PETA.

USDA ponders disastrous plan to eliminate government inspections for licensed breeders, zoos, and researchers, and allow self-policing by third parties

The political operatives who took over at the U.S. Department of Agriculture a year ago say they now want to turn over federally funded inspections of puppy mills, roadside zoos, and research labs to the very groups using the animals. Show More Summary

Raising a Kid Costs How Much? Ways to Whittle Down the Costs of Parenthood

You may have heard that the cost to raise a child to the age of 18 have surged to a staggering $233,610. That’s according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), who has meticulously tracked the prices of everything from housing to healthcare and childcare throughout the years. Show More Summary

Light-splitting greenhouse film could improve photosynthetic efficiency

(University of Colorado at Boulder) University of Colorado Boulder engineers have received a $2.45 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop a scalable, cost-effective greenhouse material that splits sunlight into photosynthetically efficient light and repurposes inefficient infrared light to aid in water purification.

Afternoon Coffee: Tipalti Launches Payables Automation Partner Program, USDA Allows Pork Imports from Mexico

Categories: Afternoon Coffee Tags: General News Payables automation provider Tipalti announced Tuesday the launch of its partner program, which will offer accounting firms, financial institutions, system integrators, ERP resellers/VARs, consultants, and partners who work with in-house finance organizations the ability to use Tipalti’s solution. Show More Summary

Corn Yields and Soybean Acres Set 2017 Records

Corn yields and soybean acreage set records in 2017, according to the Crop Production summary from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) out Friday. Corn production was four percent lower in 2017 compared to 2016, but a record high 176.6 bushel per acre yield helped to make up a little bit for the five percent drop in harvested acres. The... Read More

Breaking news: HSUS sues USDA for brazen maneuver to hurt farmers and nix federal farm animal welfare rule

The organics rule covers an array of housing, husbandry, and other animal-care protocols for animals raised under the “organic” label, strengthening nebulous and weak standards for “organic” milk, meat, and eggs that have been in place since 1990. Show More Summary

Don't Let Pets Starve: USDA Should Include Pet Food in SNAP Benefits

SNAP benefits cannot be used to buy pet food, leaving poor families with pets in a difficult position. Each year, over 40 million low- or no-income people in the United States rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to help purchase food for themselves and their families. Show More Summary

Get Ready: USDA Projects A Whopper of A Rise in Meat Consumption

The USDA has a surprising projection: We're due to eat more meat this year than ever before. And the meat industry is ready for the uptick in sales.

USDA drafts rule for eggs, egg substitutes used in many foods

Eggs and egg substitutes used as ingredients in other foods could be subject to new safety rules from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Safety plans and measures to ensure that eggs are free of pathogens like Salmonella are among the requirements of the proposed regulations. The 252-page draft rule would require egg plants to... Continue Reading

Do You Want to Buy a Home in Rural Areas? Consider USDA Loans!

Imagine living in a quiet neighborhood and away from the hustle-bustle of the city. Isn’t that quite appealing? Surprisingly, a lot of potential homebuyers crave this kind of living. For homebuyers who are thinking of living in rural areas, a beneficial mortgage program always comes to mind: USDA loans. Show More Summary

MSU faculty seek to increase participation of women in agriculture with USDA grant

(Montana State University) Six female professors will use a USDA grant to increase the participation of women in agriculture and prepare the next generation of female agricultural leaders in Montana.

Research: Tennessee Walking Horse Pad Stacks and Chains Evaluated at University of Tennessee

When efforts to increase Horse Protection Act restrictions on how Tennessee Walking horses are shod failed at the end of 2016, the shows went on, conducted under the pre-existing rules, in 2017. Walking horse inspections by USDA and industry groups continued, but the volume was turned down on both sides. Show More Summary

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