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Letter From The Editor: What is Sonny Perdue thinking?

In case you missed it, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue took his finger off the pause button last week to implement his reorganization of USDA. He’s removed the U.S. Codex Office from the Food Safety and Inspection Service to the Office of the Under Secretary for Trade and Agricultural Affairs. And he eliminated the Grain... Continue Reading

USDA petitioned to include poultry in humane slaughter

Animal welfare lobby group Mercy for Animals has filed the first-ever petition calling on the US Department of Agriculture to include poultry in the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.

Criminal conviction tops USDA quarterly enforcement report

Gilberto De Armas, the owner of Rubio’s Ranch in Miami, was sentenced to six months of house arrest after pleading guilty to one felony count of selling uninspected and adulterated meat. He must also pay $ 600 in fines and special assessments and serve three years’ probation. De Armas’ conviction was the only criminal activity reported... Continue Reading

WHO releases new guidelines on antibiotics in food animals; USDA muddies the waters

In its release of new guidelines that recommend big reductions in antibiotic use in food animals, WHO cited the presence of extensive literature on this topic. So why did USDA put out a statement with a misleading description of the guidelines' scientific basis?

U.S. audit finds food safety problems continue for Brazil’s meat

The first U.S. audit of Brazil’s food safety system since Operation Weak Flesh exposed corruption in the South American nation’s meat industry fell short of being clean. In transmitting the audit on Nov. 9, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) told Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) that more work needs... Continue Reading

USDA petitioned to include poultry in humane slaughter law

As Americans prepare to consume some 45 million turkeys on Thanksgiving, an animal rights group asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday to require more humane treatment for turkeys, … Click to Continue »

USDA helps Rural Communities Thrive with Health and Safety Outreach

(National Institute of Food and Agriculture ) WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced support for health education projects for individuals and families living in rural areas. Funding is made through NIFA's Rural Health and Safety Education (RHSE) Competitive Grant Program.

Get Ready for the Census of Agriculture

It’s that time farmers. The 2017 Census of Agriculture is coming in December. The survey is conducted by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. It has been conducted since 1840 and is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It takes place every five years. During the NAFB Trade Talk session I visited... Read More

Beetle may help fight ‘super invader’ tree

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Southern states appear to be losing ground against the Chinese tallow, a highly invasive tree rapidly overtaking native forests. Scientists are working with the USDA on the possible release of a beetle that eats tallow roots and leaves. (Nov. 14)        

USDA delays Obama’s organic livestock standards for review

The USDA is today publishing a notice in the Federal Register to further delay and reconsider new mandates for handling and transporting livestock and providing avian “living conditions” for poultry raised as organic food. Without the action, the new requirements under the National Organic Program would have taken effect today. Show More Summary

USDA issues guidelines allowing for freedom in the workplace to express religious beliefs

The Department of Agriculture guidelines under the Trump administration do not prohibit the exercise of free speech.

Corn Crop Increase Surprises

USDA surprised many with the crop production forecast out this month estimating a two percent increase from last month for corn. Based on conditions as of November 1, yields are expected to average 175.4 bushels per acre, up 3.6 bushels from the October forecast and up 0.8 bushel from 2016. If realized, this will be the highest yield on record... Read More

USDA invests in integrated pest management for increased production

(National Institute of Food and Agriculture ) The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced grants to bring safer, more effective pest management approaches to farms and communities.

New program to help veterans, others who want to become farmers

(University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture) With support from the USDA, a new program in Tennessee may help veterans and others who would like to farm, but don't know where or how to start.

Trump Administration’s USDA again delays implementation of organic animal welfare standards for millions of farm animals

After eight months of repeated delays, the USDA has kicked the can down the road even further on the Organic Livestock and Poultry practices rule (“organics rule”) and delayed its implementation for at least another six months. Photo...Show More Summary

USDA Enacts Policy Allowing Anti-LGBT Materials

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Back in May, Agriculture Sec. Sonny Purdue issued a letter allowing the posting of anti-LGBT materials at USDA-inspected plants. This week that policy went into effect. Tony Perkins, of course, is thrilled: Family Research Council praised...Show More Summary

Climate-influenced changes in flowering, fruiting also affect bird abundance, activities

(USDA Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Research Station) A new study has documented shifts in Hawaiian bird abundance, breeding and molting based on climate-related changes to native vegetation. Researchers with the US Forest Service's...Show More Summary

Seth Meyers Rips Trump’s USDA Hires: ‘A Team For A Sy Bank Heist’

“That doesn’t sound like the leadership of a government agency, it sounds like the cast of ‘Survivor.'"

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