The Center for Food Safety is suing the USDA over missing documents related to potential GMO dangers. The genetically modified food related lawsuit filed earlier this week demands that the federal government hand over any documents or reports which could incriminate the United States Department of Agriculture. Show More Summary
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has allocated an additional $400,000 toward eastern Idaho’s pale cyst nematode eradication program to offset a funding shortfall due to prior federal budget cuts. Click here for the full story
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, according to a USDA release.
By John Crabtree on March 13, 2014 - 12:00am On March 10th, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan program that will benefit the growing number of smaller farmers seeking to access opportunities in local and regional food system growth. Show More Summary
A food safety group filed a lawsuit in hopes of forcing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to release documents in court that could explain why the federal agency approved genetically engineered alfalfa despite its misgivings about environmental safety.
By T. Marc Schober: Sales and exports declined week over week for corn, soybeans, and wheat. Corn and wheat exports remained above their 10-week average. Soybean exports fell below 1 million bushels for the first time since early October. Show More Summary
From USDA, March 12- Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, talks about the wide range of programs under the new farm bill and the challenges and excitement at USDA as it moves into implementation. -kg
The USDA has announced a sweeping range of initiatives to help the small and mid-sized farmer after the preliminary Census of Agriculture showed declines in all farms except those with 1,000 acres of more. Click here for the full st...
Farm Bill DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported yesterday (link requires subscription) that, “USDA is emphasizing some of its programs to help smaller and mid-sized farmers and ranchers. “Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the support initiative Monday after speaking to members of the National Farmers Union at the group’s annual meeting being held in Santa Fe, […]
Fermentation has become what USDA microbiologist Fred Breidt, Jr., describes as a “movement that’s picking up speed.” And for good reason, said Breidt, who specializes in the safety of fermented and acidic foods. Referring to home preparers, small producers and restaurant owners, he said that “they like being able to pick up these nice flavors... Continue Reading
A U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist is trying to figure out what makes avocados taste good.
During an appearance at the National Farmers Union (NFU) convention in Santa Fe, New Mexico today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new and expanded efforts to connect smaller farmers and ranchers with USDA resources that can “help them build stronger … Continue reading ?
Idaho wildlife officials announced on February 28 that 23 wolves in the Lolo elk zone had been shot and killed by USDA Wildlife Service Agents. The announcement of the month's tally came on the heels of a $2 million proposal to fund additional manageme...
If media reports prove to be true, the U.S. Department of Agriculture shut down the Rancho Feeding slaughterhouse in northern California because the facility was processing cows with eye cancer. The official reason was because Rancho had “processed diseased and unsound animals.” What happened at Rancho is the subject of an ongoing investigation by USDA’s... Continue Reading
I recently retired from the Office of Policy and Program Development (OPPD) at the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) after more than 30 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For what it’s worth, I’d like to share my thoughts on FSIS culture and six issues that represent significant investments of my time and energy.... Continue Reading
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently posted the latest data from the Pesticide Data Program (PDP) annual summary and, as in previous years, the agency found that, “U.S. food does not pose a safety concern based upon pesticide residues.” “This is continuing evidence that fruits and vegetables for sale in the United States are exceedingly... Continue Reading
Long before the situation in Ukraine began dominating news coverage, the USDA predicted that crop commodity prices would drop in 2014. Here are some companies that would be affected by such a drop.
Local food advocates and the USDA both encourage you to get to know your farmer. Many consumers choose to do just that. But what if USDA regulations make futile the time and effort and money that a farmer and a consumer put into building...Show More Summary
A beef recall from earlier this year has reportedly spread across 35 states. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the recalled beef from a California meat producer may have reached 35 states and Guam. An earlier report by The Inquisitr stated that Rancho Feeding Corp., of Petaluma, a Northern California firm, has voluntarily... Show More Summary