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USDA Presents Climate Change Initiative

In a speech Thursday at Michigan State University, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack introduced “Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture & Forestry”, an initiative that will utilize voluntary, incentive-based conservation, forestry,...Show More Summary

Rush Limbaugh is so cranky about the USDA’s suggestion that we eat expired food

"Here we have our caring Nanny State wanting all of us to start eating stale food"

The USDA Is Taking On Agriculture’s Huge Contribution To Climate Change

The USDA measures are voluntary, incentive based, and seek to reduce overall emissions in the United States 2 percent by 2025. The post The USDA Is Taking On Agriculture’s Huge Contribution To Climate Change appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Why we need regulation: education for SNAP participants?

PoliticoPro Morning Agriculture reports on USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s speech to the Consumer Federation of America’s National Food Policy Conference in Washington, DC. About changing the rules so that SNAP benefits could not be used to buy unhealthy foods, Vilsack said: [recipients] may buy a little bit more soda, but they might buy less salty snacks […]

Vilsack Flips Switch on New Solar Farm

On Earth Day, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack flipped the switch to symbolically activate USDA’s first solar array project in the National Capital Region. The 1.6 Megawatt (MW) solar farm, located at the George Washington Carver Center (Carver Center) in Beltsville, Maryland, is the largest solar array on federal property in this region. Show More Summary

Supreme Court hears raisin case again

Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Horne v. USDA, with many Justices skeptical of the government’s position that it can seize nearly half of a family’s raisin crop under a USDA program without creating a “taking” for which it would owe just compensation under the Fifth Amendment of the Bill of Rights. Show More Summary

Coming USDA Catfish Inspections Raise Question: Could Shrimp Be Next?

If food safety put catfish under USDA inspection, can shrimp be far behind? That question is coming into focus this week after one of USDA’s top two food safety officials told a gathering of food policy wonks on Tuesday that the final rule for the agency’s takeover of catfish inspections is coming “a little into... Continue Reading

The USDA Wants You to Eat That Old Stuff at the Very Back of Your Pantry

If you haven’t intentionally eaten years-old pantry food by now, you’ve probably been served it by your mildly senile auntie. Age, when it comes to the canned and the dried, ain’t nothin’ but a number.

Lewis & Clark Circus Cited for Vet-Care Failures, Cruelly Confining Camel

Notorious Easley-based animal abuser Lewis & Clark Circus has been slapped with six new citations by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act... The post Lewis & Clark Circus Cited for Vet-Care Failures, Cruelly Confining Camel appeared first on PETA.

A Major Egg Supplier Is Dealing With a Bird-Flu Outbreak

Some rotten news. The USDA confirms there's been a big outbreak of bird flu at a vital egg supplier in Iowa. For now, authorities aren't releasing the farm's name, but they did say its 5.3 million birds account for almost 10 percent of Iowa's laying hens. Show More Summary

Bird Flu Hits Iowa: Largest Egg-Producing State In America Loses Millions Of Birds

Bird flu has hit Iowa farms with a vengeance. Approximately 5.3 million Iowa birds have been affected by the recent wave of avian flu, according to USDA statistics. Iowa is just the latest state to face a possible agricultural downfall due to the various strains of bird flu. Show More Summary

The US Government Has Killed Over 23 Million Animals Since 2009

Data Visualisation by @Jishai. Data Source: USDA. Visualization Tool: Illustrator.

Zimfo Bytes

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced a new reporting model to keep up with the rapid spread of high pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the nation’s chicken and turkey flocks. FARMLAND in partnership with Campus Solutions, are showing more than a dozen screenings of the film at colleges around the country. Show More Summary

No More Sick Elephants at the Circus!

Demand the USDA get with the times and adopt updated tuberculosis in elephants policies! The post No More Sick Elephants at the Circus! appeared first on PETA.

USDA to propose standards for organic seafood raised in U.S.

After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don't expect it in the grocery store anytime soon. Continue reading ? The post USDA to propose standards for organic seafood raised in U.S. appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

How Long Your Leftovers Actually Last

Tossing things prematurely happens more often than you might think (the USDA says almost a pound of food is wasted per person per day). Are you jumping the gun? By Lynn Andriani @media only screen and (min-width : 500px) {.ethanmobile...Show More Summary

USDA: Number of Organic Producers Hits Record

The number of organic producers in the U.S. has hit a record. This news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says there are 19,474 certified organic operations in the United States and a total of 27,814 certified organic operations around the world. Show More Summary

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