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Bird flu found in wild birds in Washington state: USDA

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(Reuters) - Two strains of avian influenza have been confirmed in wild birds in Washington state, near the U.S. border with Canada, but there is no immediate cause for public health concerns, U.S. agriculture officials said on Wednesday. Show More Summary

Decoding Your Meat: A Guide to USDA Beef Labels

Prime or choice? Natural or organic? When it comes to beef, USDA labeling isn't always intuitive. Here's what you need to know.

USDA expands organic assessment exemption

The exemption for organic commodities from assessments in promotion programs and marketing orders is being expanded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USDA offers new insurance option for produce

New crop insurance options are available for growers of fruits, vegetables, mushrooms and other specialty crops.

Specialty Crop Growers to Get Better Insurance

Growers of fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops will get some better protection courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This USDA news release says the agency will now provide greater protection from the Noninsured...Show More Summary

USDA expands insurance to specialty crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has expanded coverage for specialty crops traditionally ineligible for federal crop insurance.

USDA expands insurance to specialty crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has expanded coverage for specialty crops traditionally ineligible for federal crop insurance.

Russian poultry output forecast to rise in 2015

USDA FAS has forecast an increase in Russian broiler meat production to reach 3.4 million metric tons (MMT) in 2015. The increase is due to favourable feed prices resulting from a strong grain crop forecast, reduced domestic competition due to forecasted import reductions, and the Russian Ministry o...

USDA Chief Economist to Retire

The chief economist with USDA is retiring at the end of the year after 30 years of federal service. “No one has a higher level of credibility on issues impacting the agricultural economy than Dr. Glauber,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a statement. “Farm country and, truly, the country as a whole have been extraordinarily well served by Joe... Read More

USDA predicts fresh produce imports will outpace exports

U.S. imports of fruits and vegetables will continue to outpace exports, according to the latest government forecast.

WSJ: USDA Audit of Organic ‘Certifying Agents’ Suggests Program May Need Overhaul

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this year reviewed almost half of the so-called “certifying agents” for its organic program and ended up citing 62 percent for failing to correctly enforce certification requirements on organic farms they audit, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Show More Summary

Giveaway: Lobel’s USDA Prime Dry-Aged Rib Roast

Boned & Tied Prime Rib Roast The most desirable of all beef roasts happens to be Lobel´s signature roast. A traditional choice for festive occasions, these well-aged roasts are impressive in presentation and a delight on the palate—exquisitely...Show More Summary

USDA dumps millions in lunch money on local food

Could the long national nightmare of gross school lunches be drawing to a close? Not yet, but this is a good start.

Smart Ag in the 21st Century

“Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century” is the theme for the 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum to be held from Feb. 19-20, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, Va. USDA has announced that the forum’s plenary speakers and sessions will take a global, modern look at different aspects of today’s agriculture industry. Show More Summary

USDA citrus disease subcommittee meets on research agenda

Setting 2015 research priorities to combat citrus greening disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s citrus disease subcommittee meeting is set for Dec. 9-10 in Lake Alfred, Fla.

Map: Where your Christmas trees come from

American tree farmers harvested at least 17 million Christmas trees each year, according to the most recent USDA Agricultural Census. And nearly half of these trees -- about 8 million -- come from just six counties in North Carolina and Oregon. Topping the overall list is Ashe County, North Carolina, which produces just shy of 2 million […]

2014/2015 USDA Loan Income Limits – USDA Eligibility

About the USDA Rural Housing Program (Section 502), including household income limits for 2014/2015. Lookup table by county, plus mortgage rates. Click for the complete post : 2014/2015 USDA Loan Income Limits – USDA Eligibility.

Strong November Jobs Report Fails To Move 30-Year Mortgage Rates Higher (FHA, VA, USDA & Conv.)

Mortgage rates are falling after the government's release of the October 2014 Non-Farm Payrolls report. Analysis of the jobs data, and live mortgage rate quotes. Click for the complete post : Strong November Jobs Report Fails To Move 30-Year Mortgage Rates Higher (FHA, VA, USDA & Conv.).

USDA announces grants to help schools purchase local food

More than $5 million in grants has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for projects in 42 states to help schools buy local food.

To Fight Obesity, The USDA Is Getting Locally Grown Veggies Into Cafeterias

The agency just rolled out $5 million in grants to fund programs to connect cafeterias with local farmers. The post To Fight Obesity, The USDA Is Getting Locally Grown Veggies Into Cafeterias appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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