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  • WATER POLICY: EPA chief reaches out to farmers on muddled rule proposal

    07/10/2014 8:43:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    E&E ^ | July 9, 2014 | Annie Snider
    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Obama administration's attempt to assuage farmers' and ranchers' fears about a major Clean Water Act proposal has drawn flak from all corners, forcing the U.S. EPA administrator herself to concede yesterday that there are "legitimate concerns" with the effort. At issue is the interpretive rule for agriculture that the Obama administration released in March in tandem with a major proposal to increase the number of streams and wetlands that receive automatic Clean Water Act protection following years of regulatory uncertainty. Administrator Gina McCarthy said on a call with reporters yesterday that the interpretive rule was intended...
  • USDA v. Horne [SCOTUS rules 9-0 against Obama seizing food from farmers]

    07/07/2014 11:47:30 AM PDT · by grundle · 55 replies
    Reason ^ | July 18, 2013 | Zach Weissmueller
    "They want us to pay for our own raisins that we grew," says Raisin Valley Farms owner Marvin Horne. "We have to buy them back!" This is but one absurdity that Marvin and his wife Laura have faced during their decade-long legal battle with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Every year, the Hornes plant seeds, tie vines, harvest fruit, and place grapes in paper trays to create sun-dried raisins. And every year, the federal government prevents them from bringing their full harvest to market. It's called an agriculture marketing order. Depression-era regulations meant to stabilize crop prices endanger...
  • White House threatens to veto House ag spending bill

    06/12/2014 4:48:01 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | June 11, 2014 | Mary Soukup
    As the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to consider the fiscal year 2015 agricultural appropriations bill, the White House threatened to veto the legislation due to opposition related to funding provisions related to school nutrition programs, potatoes in the Women, Infants and Children program and other policy issues.This is the first veto threat from the White House for fiscal year 2015 spending bills.“The bill undermines key investments in financial oversight, injects political decision-making into science-based nutrition standards, and includes objectionable language riders,” said the official Statement of Administration Policy. “If the President were presented with H.R. 4800, his senior advisors...
  • Behind the school lunch fight

    06/05/2014 7:07:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | June 4, 2014 | Helena Bottemiller Evich
    First lady Michelle Obama and school lunch ladies used to be on the same team, but now theyre locked in a political war against each other. For the first three years of Obamas Lets Move! campaign, the School Nutrition Association, a powerful group that represents 55,000 cafeteria professionals, was a close ally in the White House push to get kids to eat healthier. The group helped lobby for the legislation at the center of the debate: the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, a law championed by the first lady that mandates more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and less sodium...
  • USDA Creating $1.9 Million Research Center Devoted to Changing Americans Food Choices

    06/04/2014 5:10:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 2, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is creating a $2 million research center to study how the government can nudge Americans toward making healthier eating habits.The agency is currently accepting grant applications to establish a Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research, which will facilitate studies such as how breaking up combo meals at fast food restaurants would influence customers.The USDA Center will facilitate new and innovative research on the application of behavioral economics theory to healthy food choice behaviors that would contribute to enhancing the nutrition, food security, and health of American consumers, the USDAs grant announcement...
  • USDA seeks partnerships to protect soil, water

    05/27/2014 5:56:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2014 8:47 AM EDT | John Flesher
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is teaming with businesses, nonprofits and others on a five-year, $2.4 billion program that will fund locally designed soil and water conservation projects nationwide, Secretary Tom Vilsack said. Authorized by the new farm law enacted earlier this year, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program is intended to involve the private sector more directly in planning and funding environmental protection initiatives tied to agriculture. Officials provided details of the program to The Associated Press ahead of an announcement scheduled for Tuesday.
  • Rep. Bridenstine: Why Does USDA Need Submachine Guns?

    05/24/2014 11:55:46 AM PDT · by kingattax · 46 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 23 May 2014 | By Cathy Burke
    Following the Department of Agriculture's May 7 solicitation for submachine guns with 30-round magazine clips, Rep. Jim Bridenstine is demanding an explanation. "The fear of my constituents is that the USDA is expanding outside of its intended mission," the Oklahoma Republican wrote the agency on Wednesday. According to AmmoLand Shooting Sports News, the timing of the USDA request for the weaponry is suspect, coming "just one month after the [Cliven] Bundy embarrassment." "It seems that the USDA, which oversees Americas vast tracks of forested land, may be preparing itself in the event some cowboys want their heads of cattle to...
  • Here, piggy piggy: U.S. turns to military gear in hunt for feral swine

    05/23/2014 10:28:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri May 23, 2014 12:15pm EDT | P.J. Huffstutter
    The U.S. Agriculture Department is known for its army of statisticians packing yardsticks and calculators to measure wheat and count soybeans. But the agency needs more firepower for another kind of rural reckoning and is gearing up with thermal imaging weapons. In its crosshairs are aggressive feral hogs that can weigh more than 400 lbs (180 kg) and have been known to carry off newborn calves. They cause about $1.5 billion of damage every year to farm communities and fields, say department officials, and now there are worries they may help spread a deadly pig virus. So the USDA wants...
  • USDA Announces More 'Flexibility' For Next Year's School Meals

    05/21/2014 7:26:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 21, 2014 | Jeryl Bier
    Just a day after House Republicans introduced legislation to roll back some Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations on school meal programs, the USDA announced some flexibility would be granted to some schools for the coming school year when implementing the new policies:
  • The Fine Print Everyone is Missing on the New USDA Ballistic Vests Order....

    05/17/2014 11:56:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Dutchman6 ^ | 5/17/14 | Sipsey Street Irregulars
    A faithful reader forwards this link under the header, "The Fine Print Everyone is Missing on the new USDA Ballistic Vests Order...." with this quote from the order and a comment: Please note: "Synopsis: Added: May 07, 2014 2:24 pm The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, located in Washington, DC and Regional Offices, pursuant to the authority of FAR Part 13, has a requirement for the commerical acquisition of ballist vests, compliant with NIJ 0101.06 for Level IIIA Ballistic Resistance of body armor. Body armor is gender specific, lightweight, trauma plate/pad (hard or soft), concealable carrier, tactical...
  • DEPT OF AGRICULTURE ORDERS SUBMACHINE GUNS WITH 30 ROUND MAGAZINES

    05/15/2014 10:14:43 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/15/14 | AWR HAWKINS
    A May 7th solicitation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeks "the commercial acquisition of submachine guns [in] .40 Cal. S&W." According to the solicitation, the Dept. of Agriculture wants the guns to have an "ambidextrous safety, semiautomatic or 2 round [bursts] trigger group, Tritium night sights front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore group) and scope (top rear), stock collapsible or folding," and a "30 rd. capacity" magazine. They also want the submachine guns to have a "sling," be "lightweight," and have an "oversized trigger guard for gloved operation."
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture: Solicitation for submachine guns, .40 Cal. S&W,

    05/13/2014 4:44:42 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 65 replies
    Firearms Solicitation Number: USDAOIGWEA-5-7-14 Agency: Department of Agriculture Office: Office of the Inspector General Location: Procurement Branch Solicitation Number: - - - - - Notice Type: USDAOIGWEA-5-7-14 - - - Sources Sought Synopsis: Added: May 07, 2014 2:03 pm The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, located in Washington, DC, pursuant to the authority of FAR Part 13, has a requirement for the commerical acquisition of submachine guns, .40 Cal. S&W, ambidextrous safety, semi-automatic or 2 shot burts trigger group, Tritium night sights for front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore grip) and scope...
  • USDA establishes rural business investment program

    04/22/2014 12:00:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 5:57 PM EDT | David Pitt
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday a new $150 million program designed to provide investment capital to help small agriculture-related business in rural areas with cash needed to expand. [] The USDA traditionally has offered guaranteed loans or direct loans for rural businesses. The creation of the Rural Business Investment Company is a new way for USDA to establish a licensing procedure that makes Farm Credit bank funds available as investment capital. The banks cannot directly hold ownership stakes in companies through capital investment. Under the new program the government has created a new business entity, the Rural Business...
  • National School Lunch Program Embarrassment Continues

    04/13/2014 1:03:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    Reason ^ | April 12, 2014 | Baylen Linnekin
    The USDA has managed to make school lunches stink even more. So why does the government continue?>School lunches still stink. But now unprecedented numbers of students are refusing to eat them.Last month I 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. The new rules led some schools to abandon the program, as I reported in 2012. What's more, the new rules, championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, have also resulted in unprecedented mountains of food waste.As I...
  • Hello fruits and vegetables! Junk food banned from schools July 1

    04/11/2014 7:35:56 AM PDT · by matt04 · 67 replies
    School leaders are getting ready for a big change in school food service. The USDAs Smart Snacks in School rules go into effect July 1, 2014. In short, all junk food in vending machines, a la carte lunch, student stores and fundraisers such as bakes sales is banned July 1st. I think thats great! said Betsy Hunsucker, a Brownsburg mother. I think kids would love fruits and vegetables. Fruits, vegetables, dairy, protein-rich foods and whole grain-rich foods are allowed. Water, milk and 100% fruit and vegetable juice is permitted. High school students can have caffeine and low-calorie carbonated drinks. There...
  • Startling: Every Government Agency Is Aggressively Pushing Obamas Agenda

    04/04/2014 11:24:42 AM PDT · by drypowder · 29 replies
    The Independent Sentinal ^ | April 4, 2014 | Sara Noble
    Our government agencies have been completely politicized every one of them. They are all working to move a leftist agenda FORWARD. Recent developments alone show the intensity of the effort from an unholy and illogical alliance between the EPA and the USDA to Fish & Wildlife seizing control over private lands. Just look at the news releases
  • USDA to Grandparents: Read Government Bedtime Stories to Encourage Healthy Eating

    03/31/2014 2:37:08 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 31, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is giving advice to grandparents on how they can get their grandkids to eat healthier, including instructions to give them hugs instead of treats, and read government bedtime stories.
  • D.C. May Soon Tell You What to Eat to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    03/25/2014 12:49:48 AM PDT · by kingattax · 25 replies
    The Foundry ^ | March 24, 2014 | Mallory Carr and Daren Bakst
    The Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may soon be telling you what you should eat to reduce your carbon footprint. In order toostensiblyprevent global warming and reduce our national carbon footprint, Washington is already telling Americans what light bulbs they can buy, and what buildings in which they should want to live and work. Now, food could be the next frontier. Currently, the USDA and HHS are drafting their 2015 Dietary Guidelines. Every five years, the USDA and HHS issue recommendations for Americans on what constitutes a healthy diet. As Dr. Barbara...
  • Chicken from China? Your Seafood is Already Being Processed There

    03/06/2014 1:12:01 PM PST · by chessplayer · 27 replies
    Thanks to our Change.org petition (307,000-plus signatures and rising), millions of Americans have learned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is about to allow U.S chickens to be sent to China for processing and then shipped back to the U.S. for human consumption. This arrangement is particularly alarming given Chinas appalling food safety record and the fact that there will be no on-site USDA inspectors in those plants. In addition, American consumers will never know that chicken processed in China is in foods like chicken soup or chicken nuggets because theres no requirement to label it as such. One...
  • 31 Percent Of All Food In America Is Wasted And Why That Is About To End

    03/09/2014 6:28:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    TEC ^ | 02/26/2014 | Michael Snyder
    According to a stunning new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly a third of all food produced in the United States gets wasted. We are probably the most wasteful society in the history of the planet, and we are also one of the most gluttonous. More than 35 percent of all Americans are considered to be officially "obese" by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, this era of gluttony and taking food for granted will soon be coming to an end. Thanks to crippling drought in key growing areas and other extremely bizarre weather patterns, a...
  • Cut out junk food ads in schools, government says

    02/25/2014 8:19:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2014 9:01 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick and Darlene Superville
    Its not just about what Americas kids are getting in the lunch line. The Obama administration is moving to phase out junk food advertising on football scoreboards and elsewhere on school groundspart of a broad effort to combat child obesity and create what Michelle Obama calls a new norm for todays schoolchildren and future generations. This new approach to eating and activity is not just a fad, Mrs. Obama said Tuesday as she described the proposed rules at the White House. Promotion of sugary drinks and junk foods around campuses during the school day would be phased out under the...
  • Vilsack Wont Blame Climate Change for Snowy Winter, But Climate Is Changing

    02/23/2014 3:30:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 20, 2014 - 2:35 PM | Penny Starr
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack did not link this winters frigid and snowy weather in much of the country to global warming, but said the climate is changing and the federal government wants to help the countrys food producers. At a press conference on Thursday at the United States Agriculture Departments (USDA) annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, CNSNews.com asked Vilsack if global warming or climate change were to blame for the recent cold and snowy weather.
  • Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers (CSPI supported rules)

    02/23/2014 10:55:18 AM PST · by matt04 · 34 replies
    im Crawford was rushing to load crates of freshly picked organic tomatoes onto trucks heading for an urban farmers market when he noticed the federal agent. A tense conversation followed as the visitor to his farm an inspector from the Food and Drug Administration warned him that some organic-growing techniques he had honed over four decades could soon be outlawed. "This is my badge. These are the fines. This is what is hanging over your head, and we want you to know that," Crawford says the official told him. Crawford's popular farm may seem a curious place for...
  • (Ag Sec Tom) Vilsack: Inner City Minority Child Doesnt Even Know What a Tomato Is

    02/21/2014 6:05:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 21, 2014 - 4:03 PM | Penny Starr
    At the USDAs annual Agricultural Outlook Forum on Thursday during a panel discussion about attracting young people to the farming industry, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asked a panelist how she would convince an inner city minority child who doesnt even know what a tomato is. Emily, I want you to envision an inner city child, Vilsack said to Emily Oakley, interim director of the National Young Farmer Coalition. Could be African American, could be Hispanic, could be Native American, Asian, whatever, a minority. Youre talking to that child. That child doesnt even know what a tomato is much less what...
  • USDA Considering New Zoo Regs at Request of PETA

    02/08/2014 7:57:09 AM PST · by ColdOne · 3 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 2/7/14 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering adopting new regulations for zoos at the request of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that would require humane treatment for bears. The proposed rules would mandate the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to hire a bear expert, prohibit bear pits, and require rules so bears are not stressed, frustrated, and bored. PETA, which killed 1,792 stray cats and dogs in 2013, first petitioned the USDA to adopt its rules in 2012. The agency began accepting comments on its petition last November, and extended the comment period on Monday.
  • USDA: On second thought, some of those school-lunch restrictions werent such a good idea

    01/06/2014 9:05:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 4, 2014 | Erika Johnsen
    After the federal governments school-lunch standards were overhauled in 2012 in what Im sure was a very well-intentioned effort to institute healthier habits in Americas children and help stave off of the countrys growing childhood obesity problem, it didnt take long for the calorie-intake and portion restrictions in the new code to crash and burn spectacularly. Healthy eating habits being the highly individualized needs and preferences that they are, kids and parents quickly began complaining that students were not able to get enough to eat at lunchtime, and in some districts, school-lunch participation began to drop as more and more...
  • Portion control -- how the government plans to dictate what's on your dinner table in 2014

    01/04/2014 7:49:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 3, 2014 | Baylen Linnekin
    Would you rather sip on unpasteurized milk or a cold glass of soda? Do you prefer Saturday lunch at a fast food joint or a farmers market? Regardless of your choices, your food freedom -- your right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods you want -- is under attack. Here are ten food freedom issues to keep an eye on in 2014. 1: FDA May Ban or Restrict a Growing Number of Food Ingredients. The FDA has proposed banning oils containing trans fats, an ingredient found in foods like coffee creamers and muffins....
  • Proposed government regulations a concern for owners of small farms - "It's scary"

    11/13/2013 1:23:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune ^ | November 12, 2013 | Chris Togneri
    Organic farmer Don Kretschmann walked around his picturesque but ancient barn and stepped up to a rustic barrel root crop washer. It's a simple machine, he said, consisting of long, wooden planks that form a cylinder, which he uses to clean freshly harvested produce on his Beaver County farm. Soil-covered carrots and potatoes go in one end, the cylinder rotates, water sprays in and clean vegetables emerge. But who knows if I'll be allowed to keep using it? said Kretschmann, who has farmed about 15 acres since he and his wife, Becky, bought the land in 1978. Or this barn,...
  • Schumer: Chicken Slaughtered, Raised In China Could Pose Major Risk

    11/11/2013 6:44:37 AM PST · by driftdiver · 76 replies
    CBS New York ^ | Nov 10, 2013 | CBS
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) Chicken from China has officials on alert, including U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) As WCBS 880s Jim Smith reported Sunday, Schumer said first, the U.S. Department of Agriculture only allowed chickens that had been processed in China to be sold in the U.S. Now, he said the USDA plans to green-light poultry raised and slaughtered in China.
  • Nation headed over food stamp cliff

    10/26/2013 3:31:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 26, 2013 | Erik Wasson
    Millions of people are in for a shock at the end of the week when their food stamp benefits will be cut across the board. There is little chance that Congress will act to avert what hunger activists call the food stamp cliff a cut to benefits that will affect some 47 million beneficiaries, including children and the elderly. The cut takes effect on Nov. 1, and will bring an end to a funding increase that Democrats wrapped into President Obamas 2009 stimulus law. For a family of four, the cut will be $36 per month, or about 20...
  • Are We Crazy? USDA To Label Chinese-Processed Chicken As Made In America

    10/22/2013 8:05:42 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 45 replies
    Economy In Crisis ^ | 9/17/2013 | Margaret Elkis
    The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that four Chinese poultry processors have permission to begin shipping meat to the U.S. The nightmare for U.S. consumers? The Chinese-processed chicken will be labeled as made in America! Even though the Chinese poultry processors are only allowed to ship cooked meat from U.S.-raised chickens, many in the United States are alarmed that our leaders would allow such a deal to go down in the first place. After all, China is notorious for its food safety problems. Concerns among the public are warranted when you consider that the CDC estimates 325,000 Americans...
  • USDA Celebrates Forcing Kids to Try Kale, Chard, Collard Greens

    10/21/2013 2:43:49 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 21, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extolled a local elementary school in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. for making its students try broccoli gratin, Tuscan kale, and beet hummus, as an example of the departments efforts to fight obesity. Clinton Elementary School held a taste test to preview food that will soon appear on the lunch menu, and was highlighted by USDA for its healthy eating efforts. The Poughkeepsie City school district received a $100,000 grant from the USDA for its farm to school project, which it is using to add items such as butternut squash puree to school menus. The funding was...
  • Will EBTs flash no Sale on November 15th?

    10/16/2013 8:53:04 AM PDT · by shoff · 37 replies
    Examiner ^ | 10/16/2013 | Steven Hoffman
    There is currently a letter floating around the internet from United States Department of Agriculture addressed to all (SNAP) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program state agency directors. The letter states in pretty plain terms the USDA is directing States to hold or delay transmission of State Electronic benefit transfer (EBT) until further notice.
  • EBT To Shut Down Nationwide Starting November

    10/15/2013 7:59:03 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 347 replies
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  • Shut-down Slams Door on USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Mortgages

    10/14/2013 3:44:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Daily Yonder ^ | 10/10/13
    A sign advertising low-interest housing loans at the Crescent Shores Subdivision in Lincoln, Delaware. The government shut-down has halted the processing of these loans, which are aimed at low- and moderate-income buyers. The week-old federal government shutdown is a disaster on many levels. For rural America, one major impact is in the area of housing. For the near future, low- and moderate-income homebuyers who have applied for mortgages guaranteed or made directly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service are out of luck. So are very low-income homeowners seeking repair grants or loans.
  • Shutdown Day 3: Food distributor stalled, charter boat captains docked

    10/04/2013 1:31:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | October 3, 2013 | CHARLES RABIN
    "......Feeding South Florida is just one of 202 food banks in the country hit hard by the Washington, D.C., stalemate. With 47 employees, its the largest of nine in Florida, responsible for 30 percent of statewide distribution. The agency distributes 35 million pounds of food a year from its 70,000-square-foot warehouse, everything from bananas and pears, to turkeys and hams, to soups and nuts, even baby formula. The USDA funding accounts for more than one-third of Feeding South Floridas supply chain. On Thursday, its six open loading bays were filled with volunteers heaving food into U-Hauls and other trucks. The...
  • USDA turns off entire website, claiming shutdown woes

    10/03/2013 7:47:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/03/13 09:46 AM ET | Pete Kasperowicz
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has turned off its entire website in response to the government shutdown, leaving farmers, reporters and others with no way to access any of the agencys information online. A visit to usda.gov sends readers to a funding lapse page that reads, Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available. After funding has been restored, please allow some time for this website to become available again. USDAs total website shutdown goes far beyond the response of other federal agencies, and seems to be part of an effort to make people feel...
  • Small number of schools drop out of lunch program

    09/29/2013 3:36:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2013 5:04 PM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    The Agriculture Department says 524 schoolsout of about 100,000have dropped out of the federally subsidized national school lunch program since the government introduced new standards for healthier foods last year. The new standards have been met with grumbling from school nutrition officials who say they are difficult and expensive to follow, conservatives who say the government shouldnt be dictating what kids eat andunsurprisinglyfrom some children who say the less-greasy food doesnt taste as good. But USDA says the vast majority of schools are serving healthier food, with some success. Data the department is planning to release Monday shows that 80...
  • Could you eat on $5 a day?

    09/23/2013 1:20:00 PM PDT · by wbill · 238 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | Posted Sept. 23, 2013, at 12:27 p.m. | Georgia Clark-Albert
    In my work, I see more people who want to focus on losing weight rather than gaining weight, so I dont often stop to think about the problem of hunger. Its easy to overlook the fact that hunger is still a big problem in in the United States. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2011 about 50 million Americans were living with food insecurity 33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children. What is food insecurity? Its the inability to provide adequate food on a consistent basis. For adults, not getting enough food can have harmful...
  • USDA will not take action in case of GMO alfalfa contamination

    09/23/2013 8:17:27 AM PDT · by opentalk · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 17, 2013 | Carey Gillam
    The detection of a small amount of genetically modified material in a Washington state farmer's non-GMO alfalfa crop constitutes a "commercial issue" only and does not warrant any government action, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. The Washington state farmer had complained in late August to state agricultural officials that his alfalfa hay had been rejected for export sale because of the presence of a genetically modified trait that makes the crop resistant to herbicide. The event triggered a wave of concern from consumer and agricultural groups who have fought the government for nearly a decade to keep...
  • USDA pilot program fails to stop contaminated meat

    09/17/2013 7:22:13 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    A meat inspection program that the Agriculture Department plans to roll out in pork plants nationwide has repeatedly failed to stop the production of contaminated meat at American and foreign plants that have already adopted the approach, documents and interviews show. The program allows meat producers to increase the speed of processing lines by as much as 20 percent and cuts the number of USDA safety inspectors at each plant in half, replacing them with private inspectors EMPLOYED BY MEAT COMPANIES. The approach has been used for more than a decade by five American hog plants under a pilot program....
  • USDA Says Florida Food Pantry Must Remove Its Christian Symbols

    09/14/2013 4:49:46 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 70 replies
    The New American ^ | 9/13/2013 | Dave Bohon
    A Florida Christian ministry that has been distributing food to the needy for the past 31 years said it will drop all connections with the federal USDA agriculture bureaucracy rather than bow to orders that it must remove Christian symbols from its facility. Fox News reported that officials from the Christian Service Center of Lake City (CSC), Florida, were told by the state agriculture department that in order to continue to receive food from the USDA they would have to remove portraits of Christ and a 10 Commandments display from their facility and stop giving Bibles to those who came...
  • Our Forests and Climate Change

    09/12/2013 1:27:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    US Department of Agriculture ^ | September 12, 2013 | by Robert Bonnie, Anne Castle
    Americans know the importance of forests to our communities and our economy. They provide jobs and recreational opportunities, filter our air and water, and make up essential habitat for wildlife and natural resources. But increasingly, were also recognizing that forests play an important role in mitigating climate change. Recently, President Obama announced a Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare for the impacts of climate change on our communities and economy, and lead international efforts to combat global climate change. This plan recognizes that Americas forests play a critical role in addressing carbon pollution, absorbing as much as 14...
  • Florida official tells Christian charity to choose between Jesus and cheese

    09/09/2013 2:54:57 PM PDT · by blueyon · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/09/13 | Todd Starnes
    A Florida ministry that feeds the poor said a state agriculture department official told them they would not be allowed to receive USDA food unless they removed portraits of Christ, the Ten Commandments, a banner that read Jesus is Lord and stopping giving Bibles to the needy.
  • Quit Washing Your Chicken: It Just Sprays Germs Everywhere

    08/26/2013 3:13:43 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 99 replies
    Consumerist ^ | August 26, 2013
    Generations of American cooks are wrong. They learned their wrongity wrongity wrong habits from their parents, or from public televisions Julia Child. Their terrible, filthy habit is rinsing poultry before cooking. Public health experts estimate that as many as 90% of Americans do it, and they want us to cut it out. Poultry-washing makes intuitive sense: you dont know where that bird has been or what kind of bacteria are crawling on the outside. Julia Child herself admitted that washing a chicken before roasting it felt cleaner, even if the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the government agency in charge of...
  • 4 Year Old Girls Vegetable Garden Must Go, Says USDA

    08/25/2013 10:44:07 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 35 replies
    thehealthyhomeeconomist.com ^ | August 23, 2013 | Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
    With each passing day, it seems the United States of America, Land of the Free and Home of the Brave is becoming more and more like the Communist Russia I learned about in elementary school where people werent allowed to grow their own food unless the State allowed it. In this latest crackdown on citizens simply trying to provide for themselves using the most basic of skills gardening the USDAs Rural Development Agency is forbidding Rosie, an industrious 4-year old girl in South Dakota from using a small, unused area outside her subsidized housing unit to grow green...
  • USDA Paid Improper Subsidies to 1,799 Dead Farmers and Proper Ones to 28,613 Dead Farmers

    08/08/2013 5:37:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 6, 2013 - 11:33 AM | Ryan Kiernan
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture made farm subsidy payments to 28,613 dead farmers between 2011 and 2012, of which 1,799 were deemed improper, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report issued in June. The report, entitled USDA Needs to Do More to Prevent Improper Payments to Deceased Individuals, said USDAs Farm Service Agency identified thousands of deceased individuals who were paid $3.3 million in improper payments after their dates of death, of which FSA has recovered approximately $1 million. Improper payments are those sent to individuals who had not properly filed documentation and who had subsequently died, or...
  • USDA Sets Goal to Serve 166 Million Govt Subsidized Meals to Kids This Summer

    08/07/2013 1:45:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 7, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    With a record 101 million Americans receiving food aid from the federal government, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants more kids to be on the dole for food during the summer months. As part of its ongoing commitment to improving access to healthy food for low income children, USDA has set a goal of serving 5 million more meals to eligible children this summer, the agency said on Aug. 1. The agencys goal amounts to serving 166 million meals through its Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which already gives subsidies to 3.5 million children a day during breaks from...
  • USDA OKs Greek yogurt for school lunch pilot program

    07/24/2013 6:12:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | July 24, 2013 | David Paulin
    First, Michelle Obama called for healthier school lunches -- and kids complained that the first lady's menus left them hungry. Now, the United States Department of Agriculture has green-lighted a pilot program to serve trendy Greek yogurt in school cafeterias in New York, Idaho, Arizona, and Tennessee. If all goes well this fall, Greek yogurt may became a staple in Washington's $11 billion school lunch program in some 100,000 schools. In one sense, it's an example of America's growing European Union-style nanny state -- not to mention crony capitalism and insider influence. Two of the biggest cheerleaders of Greek yogurt...
  • Students fill garbage cans with Michelle mandated foods

    07/21/2013 2:22:52 PM PDT · by usalady · 77 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 20,2013 | Martha
    School administrations continue to hang posters in cafeterias trying to convince students that what is being fed to them is "fun food" which is healthier for them than the foods they enjoy eating. Meanwhile schools are having to purchase more garbage cans to contain the Michelle mandated foods that kids are dumping, some preferring to go hungry rather than eat "required" foods. Students just throw away the food being forced on them by the US Government.