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Environmental group seeks greater protection for USDA scientists

(Reuters) - An environmental activist group has filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking new rules that would enhance job protection for government scientists whose research questions the safety of farm chemicals.

USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a one week extension for producers to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to make the decision, update yield history or reallocate base acres will now be April 7, 2015. Show More Summary

FarmHer at Ag Day

During last week’s Ag Day Activities in Washington, DC I met Marji Guyler-Alaniz, FarmHer, Inc. during the Celebration of Agriculture dinner. Earlier in the day Marji participated in a Google Hangout with USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden and Dr. Show More Summary

Our genetically engineered future: First apples, next Chicago winters?

Everyone's list of all-time greatest inventions is pretty much the same: DVRs, the ShamWow, Nike's promised self-tying sneaks. But while the world may be abuzz over Apple's reinvention of the watch, last month the USDA quietly approved...Show More Summary

Potatoes Are Up (Here's How to Plant Them Near You)

My potatoes are finally coming up, here in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7B. If you haven't planted yet where you live elsewhere in the United States (you plant when you see the first dandelion), here are some tips (plus see more information here): How to Plant Potatoes from Pattie Baker on Vimeo. eclectic food-for-thought for a changing world

Bill would create organic-style labels for modified foods

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inspired by the popular "USDA organic" label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients. The idea is part of an attempt to block state effortsShow More Summary

USDA Proposes Definition Of Farming, Which Would Limit Some Subsidies

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is revising its definition of what it means to farm, meaning some people who receive farm subsidies but don't do any of the work would receive less government cash. Congress charged the Agriculture Department...Show More Summary

USDA proposes definition of farming, limiting some subsidies

USDA proposed Tuesday that farms must document that their managers put in 500 hours of substantial management work annually or 25 percent of the time necessary for the success of the farming operation to qualify. Congress exempted family...Show More Summary

Update: Arguments Made in PETA, ALDF Case Against Seaquarium’s License Renewal

PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), and Orca Network’s have an update on the appeal of the dismissal of their lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)... The post Update: Arguments Made in PETA, ALDF Case Against Seaquarium’s License Renewal appeared first on PETA.

New Way to Identify Pesticide-Free, Non-GMO Food

Organic farmers can have their products certified at a cost less than the USDA's certification program. Eco-conscious shoppers now have an alternative to organic food that has been certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as Certified Naturally Grown (CNG). Show More Summary

Increasing Access to Affordable Broadband

The White House along with USDA held a press call to “lay out next steps to increase access to affordable high-speed broadband for all Americans.” On the call are Jeff Zients, Director of the National Economic Council and Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The call talks about efforts on the part of private enterprise as well as those by... Read More

GMO Science Deniers: Monsanto and the USDA

Perhaps no group of science deniers has been more ridiculed than those who deny the science of evolution. What you may not know is that Monsanto and our United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are among them. That's right: for...Show More Summary

Undersecretary Michael Scuse Addresses Ag Day

The annual Celebration of Agriculture dinner at the USDA was an opportunity for many agricultural leaders and students to gather and hear about the work being done by the agency. Our keynote speaker, Michael Scuse, Undersecretary for...Show More Summary

USDA urges Congress to maintain healthy meal standards

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was joined by three health professionals in a news conference to urge Congress to maintain strong nutrition standards for school meals.

USDA: Family Farms Vast Majority, Backbone of Farming

The family-owned label applies to the vast majority of farms in this country. The latest information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) agriculture census shows that these farms are the backbone of the ag industry, making up 97 of the farms in the U.S. “As we wrap up mining the 6 million data points from the latest Census of... Read More

House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee Budget Hearing, Under Secretary Kevin Concannon- Food, Nutrition

On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee heard USDA budget related testimony from Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, Kevin Concannon. During his opening statement, Subcommittee Chairman Robert...Show More Summary

Avian Flu Reaches Fourth State, Butterball Farms

Kansas is the latest state to find avian flu in its backyard. The recent discovery has the USDA concerned -- not for fear of human contamination (which is low), but because of heightened risks of import restrictions by other countries. Show More Summary

Senate Appropriations Ag Subcommittee Hearing with Sec. Vilsack

The Senate Appropriations Ag Subcommittee heard testimony on Tuesday from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about the FY16 USDA budget request.  During the discussion portion of hearing three key issues were discussed relating to Dietary Guidelines, Crop Insurance and Bird Flu. Show More Summary

Will the USDA weaken dietary guidelines to please the meat industry?

The Obama administration might recommend eating fewer animal-based foods to help the environment -- and Big Meat is flipping out.

Cow Worried It Will Never Live Up To Father’s USDA Rating

last weekHumor : The Onion

Cow Worried It Will Never Live Up To Father’s USDA Rating

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