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The USDA Is Helping Rural Farmers Get Their Own Renewable Energy

A new federal program is helping make clean energy its own cash crop. The post The USDA Is Helping Rural Farmers Get Their Own Renewable Energy appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Farmland Partners Adds Former USDA Economist

After serving more than 30 years in the federal government, Dr. Joseph Glauber has been appointed as an independent director to ag real estate firm Farmland Partners Inc. Dr. Glauber has been active in the agricultural industry since the early 1980s and began working for the USDA in 1984. In addition, Dr. Glauber chaired the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Board... Read More

Comment period extension requested for 2015 Dietary Guidelines report - AgMinute for March 4, 2015

The North American Meat Institute has asked USDA and Department of Health and Human Services to extend the comment period for the scientific report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee from 45 days to 120 days. For more information visit

Wednesday Morning Update: Policy Issues; Ag Economy; Trade; Regs; and, Budget

Policy Issues Yesterday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture heard testimony regarding the USDA’s Marketing and Regulatory Programs. In his opening statement, Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt (R., Ala.) indicated...Show More Summary

Undeclared Allergens Behind Half of FDA’s Fourth-Quarter Recalls

Food recalls in the final three months of 2014 ticked up to 136 events, up from the previous lowest quarter of the year. The total includes recalls overseen by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The count comes from government records monitored and reported by... Continue Reading

USDA- Economic Research Service- Food Price Outlook, 2015

On Tuesday, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) updated its Food Price Outlook for 2015. ERS stated that, “The all-items Consumer Price Index (CPI), a measure of economy-wide inflation, fell 0.5 percent from December to January and is 0.1 percent below the January 2014 level.” More specifically, Tuesday’s update noted that, “Looking ahead to 2015, ERS […]

From War To Plow: Why USDA Wants Veterans To Take Up Farming

Sara Creech's nursing career fell apart after she returned from Iraq with PTSD. She found purpose — and a new path — on the farm. Now, the USDA is giving veterans like her more financial support.

Feds Bring Formal Complaint Against Notorious Mobile Zoo

Following seven complaints filed by PETA over the substandard conditions at the Mobile Zoo, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed a formal complaint against the facility for... The post Feds Bring Formal Complaint Against Notorious Mobile Zoo appeared first on PETA.

Deadline Extended for Conservation Stewardship Program

By Traci Bruckner on March 3, 2015 - 8:57am USDA's National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced the deadline for producer applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has been extended to March 13, 2015. CSP is a continuous sign-up program, and producers can apply to enroll at any time of the year. Show More Summary

USDA- ERS Amber Waves Nutriton Articles: Local Food Purchases; Potential SNAP Restrictions

On Monday, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) updated its monthly Amber Waves publication; the March edition contained two particularly interesting articles on nutrition related policy. The first, which took a closer look at local food purchases made by school districts (“Many U.S. School Districts Serve Local Foods”), indicated that, “The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of […]

Grants to Help You Save Money with Renewable Energy

By Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch on March 2, 2015 - 3:43pm Are you interested in using renewable energy on your farm, or managing energy use to save money? The USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides grants for energy auditing and renewable energy projects to rural small businesses and agricultural producers. Show More Summary

Mortgage Rate Predictions For March 2015 (FHA, VA, USDA & Conv)

This month's mortgage rates are below 4%, but what should you expect for March? Should you lock or float? Full analysis, plus access to today's live rates. Click for the complete post : Mortgage Rate Predictions For March 2015 (FHA, VA, USDA & Conv).

4 Ways to Spend Less on Groceries Each Month

Are you familiar with the USDA food plans?  These plans state how much food should cost a family each month based on four categories:  thrifty, low-cost, moderate and liberal.  The plans are updated each month to accommodate food price...Show More Summary

Inside the Bizarre Cow Trials of the 1920s

From a 1920 USDA publication titled, "Runts—and the Remedy" A version of this article was originally published on Gastropod. Something extremely bizarre took place in the early decades of the 20th century, inspired by a confluence of trends. Show More Summary

Llamas Are Literally Everywhere

Data Visualisation by @washingtonpost. Data Source: USDA.

Sunday Afternoon Update: Policy Issues; Trade; Ag Economy; Biotech; and Regulations

Policy Issues A news release on Friday from USDA’s Farm Service Agency stated that, “Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update […]

USDA: Beef Jerky Recalled for Possible Harmful ‘Process Deviation’

About 32 pounds of beef jerky was recalled Sunday because of a “process deviation,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Oscar’s Hickory House Inc., located in Warrensburg, NY, recalled 4-ounce and 8 ounce cryovac packages of “Oscar’s Adirondack Mountain Smokehouse Beef Jerky” with code 420 on the label.... Continue Reading

USDA- Monthly Agricultural Prices

On Friday, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its monthly Agricultural Prices report, which stated that, “The corn price, at $3.81 per bushel, is up 3 cents from last month but is down 61 cents from January 2014.” “The soybean price, at $10.30 per bushel, is unchanged from December but is $2.60 below January […]

Vilsack: Guidelines committee members are like 3-year-olds

Yesterday’s Hagstrom Report quotes USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s comments to the Commodity Classic on the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee: The “folks who put those reports together … have freedom. They are like my 3-year-old granddaughter. Show More Summary

Ukraine increased poultry production and exports

Ukraine increased its poultry production and exports in 2014. In 2015, production growth will continue slowing down, impacted by currency exchange rate swings and weakening domestic demand, according to a report by USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.

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