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Wisconsin Salami Products Recalled for USDA Misbranding Problem

Bolzano Artisan Meats LLC, of Milwaukee, WI, is recalling approximately 5,723 pounds of salami products for misbranding and because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday. Show More Summary

USDA Weekly Exports: Ukrainian Unrest Catapults Wheat Sales

By T. Marc Schober: Wheat sales rebounded from a marketing year low on the news that civil unrest in Ukraine has split the country. Reports state that pro-Russian Ukrainians have taken control of several eastern cities, prompting a military response from the Ukrainian government. Show More Summary

Study shows lasting effects of drought in rainy eastern US

This spring, more than 40 percent of the western U.S. is in a drought that the USDA deems "severe" or "exceptional." The same was true in 2013. In 2012, drought even spread to the humid east. It's easy to assume that a 3-year drought is an inconsequential blip on the radar for ecosystems that develop over centuries to millennia. Show More Summary

End of the USDA Telephone Newsline

This week will mark the end of an era as the USDA Radio Newsline will no longer be available via the telephone starting tomorrow. I can remember recording that newsline on a reel-to-reel machine just like this one when I … Continue reading ?

New Mexico Chile Production Falls Sharply

While red and green chili peppers still sit on top of the list as New Mexico's favorite food crop, commercial production fell sharply last year according to a USDA year-end crop production report and confirmed by the latest crop statistics...Show More Summary

Canada’s Parliament Considers Bill Limiting Horse Slaughter

The most recent ban on equine inspections by USDA meat inspectors has moved the horse slaughter debate up to Canada’s House of Commons. A Member of Parliament (MP) from southeastern British Columbia hopes that a final hour of debate next month can persuade the country’s federal lawmakers to pass his bill limiting slaughter only to... Continue Reading

Opportunities and Challenges in Ag Census

By Traci Bruckner on April 15, 2014 - 12:00am USDA’s Census of Agriculture provides statistical information that should help the agency respond to opportunities in American agriculture, such as the 14,000 more farms claiming farming as their primary occupation than there were in 2007. Show More Summary

Recall of Processed Egg Products Expanded, FSIS Releases Distribution List

Nutriom LLC of Lacey, WA, is recalling an additional 82,884 pounds of processed egg products that were produced on dates not included in the original Feb. 15 recall announcement from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Monday’s announcement from FSIS included a 56-page distribution list of retail outlets in 46 states which may... Continue Reading

Did USDA mislead the public, Congress about injury risks for poultry workers?

It’s being called an ‘interagency throw down.’ The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are publicly feuding over the results of a study that found the same double-digit injury rates among poultry plant workers both before and after processing lines had accelerated. USDA officials are pointing to […]

New opportunity for small meat processors in US states

Indiana has become the latest among a handful of states taking action to help provide new opportunities for small businesses processing meat, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.

Obama's Gov't Bans Junk Food in Schools

In another from-the-top decree, President Obama and his USDA have used regulatory powers to officially ban all junk foods from the nation's schools. The USDA has banned all food it deems unsuitable for kids and bases its power to demand such things on the fact that schools receive federal money for education. Show More Summary

CNBC- U.S. Government Courts New Farmers

On Friday, a USDA news release indicated that, “Today, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).” Jane Wells, of CNBC, elaborated on this issue […]

Baylen Linnekin on the Continuing Embarrassment of the School Lunch Program

6 days agoNews : Reason

School lunches still stink. But now unprecedented numbers of students are refusing to eat them. Last month Baylen Linnekin noted that a GAO report had found that last school year's disastrous rollout of the updated USDA National School Lunch Program helped drive 1.6 million paying students from the lunch rolls. Show More Summary

Junk Food Ban: USDA To Expel Sweet, Fatty Foods From Schools

A junk food ban is on the way for schools across the country, so students who want a high-sugar snack will have to bring it themselves and clubs looking to sell cookies for a fundraiser will have to switch to fruits and vegetables. The USDA’s Smart Snacks in School rules will go into effect on

USDA Kicks Off Drive for School Meals Worldwide

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) just announced a series of grants for school feeding in ten different countries. It's part of an effort inspired by former Senators George McGovern and Bob Dole. The idea is simple: to provide every child in the world with school meals. Show More Summary

Students Not Drinking Enough Water, Even When It’s Free

Less than one-third of kids and teens meet the daily recommended daily water intake for their age group. To improve that statistic, the USDA issued a mandate to go into effect at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year stating the schools participating in the National School Lunch Program must provide free drinking water to [...]

WASDE report optimistic of low grain prices

The USDA's April 9 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates continued a series of recent reports that have offered corn and soybean producers a more optimistic grain-price outlook than what was expected for most of the winter, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.

Why Meat Prices Are Going To Continue Soaring For The Foreseeable Future

Submitted by Michael Snyder of The American Dream blog, The average price of USDA choice-grade beef has soared to $5.28 a pound, and the average price of a pound of bacon has skyrocketed to $5.46. Unfortunately for those that like to eat meat, this is just the beginning of the price increases. Show More Summary

USDA restricts PACA violators in Texas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on two Texas produce firms for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, according to a USDA release.

This Isn’t ‘Chicken Little’ Talk About USDA’s Poultry Slaughter Rules

More than half a century since The HSUS and other groups successfully made the case for a humane slaughter law, the USDA's failure to include birds under its protective aegis remains a true scandal, and one of the greatest sources of...Show More Summary

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