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We microwaved a turkey and it was actually pretty good

Although microwaving a turkey isn't the ideal way to cook poultry, the USDA approves of the cooking method. It cooks quickly and is extremely easy Disasters happen, ovens break and some people don't have the luxury of owning an ovenShow More Summary

USDA lifts PACA sanctions on KSP Enterprise

KSP Enterprise Inc. has satisfied a reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release.

Chevrolet Investes in Grasslands Conservation Carbon Credits

The first-of-its-kind grasslands conservation project brought the USDA together with ranchers, Ducks Unlimited and others in a public-private partnership that will avoid carbon dioxide emissions the equivalent of taking more than 5,000 cars off the road.

Judge Signs Forfeiture Order Against DeCoster’s Quality Egg, LLC

His company’s guilty plea for bribing a USDA egg inspector is costing Austin (Jack) DeCoster’s Quality Egg,LLC an extra $10,000. U.S. District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett has signed a preliminary order of forfeiture ordering Quality Egg, LLC to pay $10,000 “representing proceeds derived from the illegal activity committed by the defendant.” Quality Egg, LLC... Continue Reading

What Dan Glickman is doing these days: bipartisanship

Dan Glickman, former USDA Secretary (1995-2001) has been turning up in my mailbox newsletters a lot lately.  Here’s a small collection. On making the connection between agriculture and health The food, agriculture, health, hunger and nutrition sectors need to create new ways of working together that harness their shared commitment to improving health through food […]

USDA formula calculates 2015 fee increases

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a new formula to calculate fee increases for fruit and vegetable inspections and other Agricultural Marketing Service functions.

USDA announces Market Access Program funding for 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced $173 million in fiscal year 2015 funding for the Market Access Program and $26.7 million for the Foreign Market Development Program to more than 60 organizations.

Chicken Processed in China May Soon Appear on Your Child's Lunch Tray

In August, 2013, the USDA made the controversial announcement that it will allow four Chinese facilities to process poultry raised in the U.S., Canada or Chile and then export that cooked chicken back to the United States.  This development was...Show More Summary

USDA: Food Safety at Hog HIMP Plants ‘On Par’ With Other Inspection Systems

The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Pont (HACCP) Inspection Models Project (HIMP) project in hog slaughter establishments will continue, announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is its latest evaluation of the project. The report’s...Show More Summary

Why The Federal Government Is Bailing Out Honeybees

The USDA is drafting farmers and ranchers to help save the honeybee. Wild bee populations decimated by colony collapse disorder are being boosted thanks to a multi-million dollar government grant. In response to declining bee populations,...Show More Summary

Large, quality spuds in short supply despite higher yields - AgMinute for November 12, 2014

USDA shows potato yields are up in throughout the Northwest and nationwide, yet prices of fresh potato cartons continue strengthening. Click here for the full story

USDA APPROVES AN ANTI-CANCER POTATO. “The potato’s DNA has been altered so that less of a chemica…

USDA APPROVES AN ANTI-CANCER POTATO. “The potato’s DNA has been altered so that less of a chemical called acrylamide, which is suspected of causing cancer in people, is produced when the potato is fried.”

USDA, Agricultural Research Service & National Agricultural Library Select Symplectic as Their Research Information Management Provider

November 10, 2014 — The Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the USDA’s chief in-house scientific research agency, and the National Agricultural Library, one of four national US libraries, have selected Symplectic Elements as their first integrated research information management system. Show More Summary

Mango order still needed, USDA reports

A periodic review of the mango promotion order by the U.S. Department of Agriculture concludes there is a continued need for the order.

USDA files action against Bissett Produce Co. Inc.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed a Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act administrative action against Bissett Produce Co. Inc., according to a USDA news release.

Does the USDA deliberately make it difficult for retailers to accept SNAP benefits?

A colleague and reader who recently took over a small food business wanted to continue to make it possible for people enrolled in SNAP—the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a.k.a. Food Stamps—to buy his products. The business had already followed the steps needed to become an authorized SNAP retailer and had been accepting Electronic Benefit Transfers […]

USDA Approves Genetically Modified “Innate Potato”

Last week, the USDA approved a genetically engineered potato, known as the Innate Potato. Created and trademarked by Simplot, the new potato "has 40% less bruise" than regular potatoes and doesn't turn brown after it's cut, thereby reducing food wastage.

USDA Announces Veterans and Youth Projects

In observance of Veterans Day, USDA and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced partners and projects that will be funded in this fiscal year to provide job and training opportunities to veterans and youth. Show More Summary

Ag Economy; Farm Bill; Budget; Immigration; Trade; Biotech; and, Regs- Tuesday

Agricultural Economy A news release yesterday from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) indicated that, “According to the November Crop Production report released today by [NASS], corn production is expected to reach 14.4 billion bushels this year, up 3 percent from 2013 [related graph]. Show More Summary

Slight Decrease in Corn, Increase in Beans

The November crop forecast from USDA calls for a slightly lower corn crop but a slightly higher soybean crop. Corn production is now forecast at 14.4 billion bushels, just a bit lower than last month, but still three percent higher than last year, with yields now expected to average 173.4 bushels per acre. If realized, this will still be the... Read More

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