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USDA cites Santa Cruz Fresh Produce

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Santa Cruz Fresh Produce Inc., Salinas, Calif., for failure to pay for produce. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Santa Cruz Fresh Produce Inc., Salinas, Calif., for failure to pay for produce.

Organic egg and meat producers will have to follow stricter animal welfare rules, USDA says

Organic meat and egg producers will have to abide by stricter animal welfare standards under a new rule announced Wednesday by the Agriculture Department. The rule is a victory for animal rights groups two days before President Obama leaves office. The regulations will ensure that organically grown...

Fairness in the livestock industry; USDA comment deadline is Feb. 21

In the final hours of the Obama administration, USDA released three rules for public comment that would increase protections for poultry and livestock farmers. Meat processors were quick to decry these new rules, but for you and other...Show More Summary

Do You Really Need to Spend $14,000 a Year on Your Child?

Every year, the USDA updates the average cost of raising a child from birth to age 18. The latest figure is in line with recent years that you are likely to spend close to a quarter million dollars raising a child. Breaking down the latest average and the figure is actually $14,000 per year. However, […]

No Agricultural Economist Was Harmed–Let Alone Interviewed–During the Making of this Article

Marc Bellemare: No Agricultural Economist Was Harmed–Let Alone Interviewed–During the Making of this Article: This past weekend, the New York Times ran an article about the kinds of food SNAP recipients purchase, based on a new USDA report. Here is...

Amazon Will Soon Begin Accepting Food Stamps

Amazon will soon become one of the initial participants in a pilot program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will see the internet retail goliath accept food stamps, traditionally only usable in certain brick-and-mortar stores. Residents in Maryland, … More » The post Amazon Will Soon Begin Accepting Food Stamps appeared first on EveryJoe.

USDA lowers forecast for Florida orange crop

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates in its Jan. 12 report that the Florida orange crop will be 71 million 90-pound boxes, one million less than expected in the December forecast, a decrease of about 1%. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates in its Jan. Show More Summary

Zimfo Bytes

The early bird deadline to register for the IFAJ International Congress in South Africa is coming up! Register by January 17, 2017 to receive the early bird rate and save! The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute...Show More Summary

Proposed forest thinning will sabotage natural forest climate adaptation, resistance to drought, fire, insect outbreaks

The USDA Forest Service is proposing widespread forest thinning on our public lands across the West in a misguided attempt to reduce the impact of drought, fire, and insects (see National Forest Restoration Projects, Sierra Nevada National Forest Land Management Plan Revisions, news articles). Show More Summary

Hail Mary: USDA proceeds with last-ditch effort to end soring by imposing bans on Walking horse pads, action devices

It's fourth down at the end of the fourth quarter. The clock is counting down. Do you punt or pass? The game's at stake. It's time to pull off a play they'll never forget. It's time to throw that Hail Mary pass.  In the waning hoursShow More Summary

USDA announces rule changes to end horse ‘soring’

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced changes to the Horse Protection Act on Friday that many hailed as a major step toward ending th...        

After years-long anti-soring campaign, USDA bans torture of walking horses

Injuring the feet of horses and then forcing them to walk on four-inch stacks with chains banging against their sores creates the exaggerated gait prized by judges at some of the top horse shows. Photo by The HSUS Pushed to act by aShow More Summary

2016 Crop Production Summary Is In

It’s been touted for months, but the USDA’s final Crop Production 2016 Summary finally confirms it, last year was a record-high yield for corn and soybeans. In 2016 corn growers produced 15.1 billion bushels- 11 percent higher than 2015. Average yield is estimated to be 174.6 bushels per acre, up 6.2 bushels over the last crop. The National Agricultural Statistics... Read More

Latest wheat and grain forecasts for 2016/17

The 2016/17 season is marked by more global wheat supplies and less coarse grain production. This is according to the latest figures of the USDA.

Industry sees limited value of certified transitional organic program

While the U.S. Department of Agriculture won’t issue a seal or label for the program, marketers will be able to claim their products are “certified transitional organic” under a new USDA program designed to help growers make the transition from conventional to organically grown. While the U.S. Show More Summary

Brace Yourselves for the Libertarian Tech Bro Takeover of the FDA

President-elect Donald Trump is taking his time choosing a nominee for secretary of the US Department of Agriculture—it's the last open cabinet post. But the USDA isn't the only federal agency that lacks a proposed incoming leader just a week ahead of inauguration day. Show More Summary

USDA offers $27 million to support local food

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is making available $27 million in grants to support local and regional food producers and businesses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is making available $27 million in grants to support local and regional food producers and businesses.

USDA analysis says ethanol sharply cuts greenhouse gas emissions

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Thursday said that ethanol is better for the environment than previously expected in a report boosting the country's biggest biofuel a week ahead of a new administration that has some in the industry concerned.

USDA announces $540,000 to support people with disabilities in agriculture

(National Institute of Food and Agriculture ) The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $540,000 in available funding for State and regional projects that provide education, assistive technology and other support to current and prospective farmers and ranchers with disabilities. Show More Summary

What SNAP recipients buy at one big retail grocery

Advocates have been pressing USDA for years to (1) get data on what SNAP recipients buy with their benefits, and (2) permit pilot studies of what happens to purchases of soft drinks if you exclude them from the benefit package. In 2012, I did a post on the 2012 SNAP to Health report.  Its recommendations: […]

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