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Pest ant control improved with water-resistant bait

Pest ants like the red imported fire ant could be controlled more effectively with insecticide baits that can withstand moisture, say researchers with the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS). Show More Summary

Toughest criminal and civil actions were not used during 1Q

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) completed the first quarter of the federal fiscal year without major use of either the civil or criminal courts, which is a bit unusual. The FSIS quarterly enforcement report for the three month period ending Dec. 31, 2016, shows no seizures or injunctions or other major civil actions... Continue Reading

The Latest: USDA reposts some online animal welfare records

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the USDA's decision to remove animal welfare records from its website (all times local):

After Pressure, USDA Adds 'a Tiny Fraction' of Animal Abuse Records Back to Website

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

In what’s becoming a trend, the Trump administration is walking back another one of its controversial actions following extensive outrage from the public. This time, the USDA has begun reposting deleted documents to its publicly available database of inspection reports on facilities that use animals. But animal… Read more...

FSIS gives tips on controlling Listeria in retail delicatessens

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is out with guidance for retail delicatessens on how they better control Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in their shops.  It has come up with eight recommendations for delicatessens to consider using to protect the public health from Lm. On the list of eight are:’ Eliminate visibly adulterated product from retail... Continue Reading

USDA Records Statement

Under duress, the USDA is now attempting to get away with reposting only a tiny fraction of the animal welfare records it suddenly and indefensibly deleted from its website... The post USDA Records Statement appeared first on PETA.

USDA bends to massive national campaign to restore animal care inspection reports

The USDA must restore all reports for the 9,000 or so licensed and registered facilities that use animals, including commercial dog breeding operators. Above, a dog at a puppy mill. Photo by Brandon Wade/AP Images for The HSUS Nobody much likes what the U.S. Show More Summary

Amid outcry, some animal welfare documents restored to USDA website

4 days agoHealth : The Checkup

In a reversal, information on animal welfare at research facilities was restored to the government database. But reports on breeders, exhibitors and other facilities are still missing.

USDA Starts Reposting Some Of Their Deleted Animal Welfare Records

4 days agoNews : Huffington Post

The Department of Agriculture has started to repost some animal welfare data previously deleted from its website, after two weeks of public outcry over the removal. New (Feb 17) USDA Announcement. "First batch" of records released. Many more remain. Show More Summary

The Latest: USDA reposts some online animal welfare records

The Latest on the USDA's decision to remove animal welfare records from its website (all times local): 1:45 p.m. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reposted some animal welfare records … Click to Continue »

USDA sanctions companies for PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on three produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on three produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

What America loses when the USDA nukes its taxpayer-funded records of animal cruelty

4 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Immediately upon assuming office, the Trump administration directed the US Department of Agriculture to take down the extensive records of its publicly funded investigations of animal cruelty in America; now, Americans can only access their own data by paying for expensive, unweildy, and slow Freedom of Information Act requests to the USDA. (more…)

January saw few outside meetings for top food safety officials

The federal government’s transition month of January saw only a handful of meetings involving top food safety officials and members of the public. Both the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration report on meetings between their top officials and people outside the government. FSIS reports on those meetings... Continue Reading

The Ag Paradox: Farm Incomes And Equipment Purchases Tank While John Deere's Stock Soars

Last week we wrote about the U.S Department of Agriculture's latest biannual report of farm incomes which painted a very bleak picture for the American farmer. In its first forecast for 2017, the USDA saw real farm cash receipts down...Show More Summary

119 Members of Congress Join PETA’s Fight for Freedom of Information

An astonishing 119 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle agree with PETA and are joining our effort against the USDA's information blackout. The post 119 Members of Congress Join PETA’s Fight for Freedom of Information appeared first on PETA.

USDA cites Sandia Distributors for $1.7 million PACA debt

After filing an administrative complaint against Sandia Distributors last April, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has now cited the Nogales, Ariz.-based company for failure to pay for produce, according to a USDA news release. After filing an administrative complaint against Sandia Distributors last April, the U.S. Show More Summary

Resistance is growing to the USDA's blackout of animal welfare records

5 days agoHealth : The Checkup

Animal rights groups have sued, members of Congress have demanded a reversal, and ordinary Americans are tweeting photos of their pets to the USDA and lawmakers.

Investigating the impact of 'legacy sediments' on water quality

(University of Delaware) University of Delaware researcher Shreeram Inamdar has been awarded a $499,500 grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to determine if stream-bank legacy sediments are significant sources of nutrients to surface waters and how they may influence microbial processes and nutrient cycling in aquatic ecosystems.

The EPA Just Posted a Mirror Website of the One Trump Plans to Censor

5 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

As the Trump regime has taken power, a lot of valuable information from government agencies has been erased. Useful info is being scrubbed from the USDA, the Department of Education, and there are clear indications that the EPA is next. But we now have a snapshot of what the EPA website looked like the day before… Read more...

ORIGINAL REPORTING: Help For Rural Utilities To Build New Energy

The Rural Utilities Service: How the USDA is building a clean energy future for rural America; A little-known federal program has billions to dole out for renewables and efficiency projects for underserved populations Herman K. Trabish,...Show More Summary

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