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  • Nutrition labeling for meat becomes mandatory

    03/05/2012 4:09:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Chart - CNN Health ^ | February 29, 2012 | Leslie Wade, CNN Medical Producer
    The next time you shop at the grocery store, you may see something new– nutrition labels on meat. The same types of labels you already find on other foods. In 1993, the U.S. Department of Agriculture made nutrition labeling voluntary for many types of raw meats. The labeling becomes mandatory on Thursday. The new rule affects all ground meat and poultry and 40 of the most popular cuts of meat in the United States such as chicken breasts, steaks, pork chops, roasts, lamb and veal. If the nutrition facts are not on the package, as in the case of some...
  • Federal Agents Inspect Your Child's Lunch

    02/14/2012 1:45:56 PM PST · by NYer · 63 replies
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | February 14, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: This is from Rayford, North Carolina. Carolina Journal. I'm gonna read it to you exactly as it printed out here: "A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious. The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips and apple juice did not meet US Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day." Again, let me read this to you again: "The...
  • You Are What You Eat: Genetically Modified Foods Include “Information”

    02/04/2012 4:00:27 PM PST · by opentalk · 40 replies
    Smart Publications ^ | January 14, 2012 | John Morgenthaler
    Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in our foods, we expect. But information? According to recent research from China’s Nanjing University, when people eat rice, tiny sequences of microRNA from the plant-based food can survive the body’s digestive process and end up absorbed in human tissue where — and here’s the reason why we need to know about this study — plant microRNA may actually affect how our cells behave and function. In the study, Exogenous plant MIR168a specifically targets mammalian LDLRAP1: evidence of cross-kingdom regulation by microRNA, published in the Journal Cell Research, the genetic material from rice showed up...
  • USDA To Require Healthier Meals In Schools With Updated Nutrition Standards

    01/27/2012 6:48:31 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    NPR ^ | January 25, 2012 | Allison Aubrey
    Less salt and fat. More whole grains, fruit, veggies and low-fat dairy. This is what kids can expect in the school lunchroom soon, according to new nutrition standards for school meals announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and first lady Michelle Obama. "When we send our kids to school, we expect that they won't be eating the kind of fatty, salty, sugary foods that we try to keep them from eating at home," Obama said in a statement. "We want the food they get at school to be the same kind of food we would serve at our...
  • Obama admin says new forest rules stress science

    01/26/2012 12:12:44 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Thursday, January 26, 2012 2:20 PM EST | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says new rules to manage nearly 200 million acres of national forests will protect watersheds and wildlife while promoting uses ranging from recreation to logging. The new rules, to replace guidelines thrown out by a federal court in 2009, are set to take effect in early March. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the rule change on Thursday. Vilsack said in an interview that the rules reflect more than 300,000 comments received since a draft plan was released last year. The new rules strengthen a requirement that decisions be based on the best available science...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (U.S. Hardiness Zones) Supplemental Vol. 1

    01/26/2012 12:04:04 PM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 44 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. Department of Agriculture ^ | January 26, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    SUPPLEMENTAL VOL. 1 USDA Unveils New Plant Hardiness Zone Map The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map, updating a useful tool for gardeners and researchers for the first time since 1990 with greater accuracy and detail. The new map — jointly developed by USDA's Agricultural Research Service and Oregon State University's PRISM Climate Group — is available online at http://www.planthardiness.ars.usda.gov . ARS is the chief intramural scientific research agency of USDA. For the first time, the new map offers a Geographic Information System based interactive format and is specifically...
  • USDA loan program 'creates' jobs for $2.5M each

    01/26/2012 9:53:28 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/26/12 | Joel Gehrke
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced his second bio-fuels loan guarantee in a week, revealing that the Agriculture Department (USDA) is slated to loan an Oregon biorefinery $232.5 million for a project expected to create 65 jobs and support 38 others. "This project and others like it will help to establish a domestic advanced biofuels industry that will create jobs here at home and open new markets in the Pacific Northwest and across America," Vilsack said in a statement. ZeaChem Boardman Biorefinery, LLC (ZBB), "must meet specific conditions before the 60 percent loan guarantee can be completed."
  • For Students Facing Long School Day, Supper Is Being Served

    01/13/2012 11:04:46 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 22 replies
    A free meal at school for breakfast, lunch — and dinner? About 450 city students have been eating supper in school cafeterias as part of a government-funded meal program that may expand in Hartford and also to other Connecticut school systems this year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture gives schools about $2.99 per dinner to serve students in after-school activities that involve academics.
  • Worse than Madoff? USDA biofuels investment goes bust

    01/06/2012 10:02:01 AM PST · by opentalk · 8 replies
    Canada Freepress ^ | January 6, 2012 | Institute for Energy Research
    USDA-backed biofuels plant in Soperton, Georgia has lost taxpayers nearly $60 millionWASHINGTON D.C.—Upon reports Tuesday that a USDA-backed biofuels plant in Soperton, Georgia has lost taxpayers nearly $60 million, IER President Tom Pyleissued the following statement:“Apparently U.S. taxpayers have yet to discover life after Solyndra. Today’s announcement that a USDA-backed biofuels plant has been sold for pennies on the dollar—at a loss of nearly $60 million to U.S. taxpayers —further underscores the point that the federal government should not be in the venture capital business.The Bush administration secured the Range Fuels loan, and the Obama administration doubled down on the...
  • Fedzilla is demanding I complete a 4-page survey ... about my garden! (vanity)

    01/06/2012 8:50:18 AM PST · by matt1234 · 147 replies
    me ^ | Jan. 6, 2012 | me
    Are you ready for the vegetable census? Yesterday I received the “2012 National Agricultural Classification Survey” from the US Dept. of Agriculture. It was accompanied by a cover letter stating (in large, bold font) that my response is required by law; and, if I do not reply, I “may be personally visited.” I am not and have never been a farmer or rancher. My land has never been farmed or ranched. I do, however, have a vegetable garden that I built in 2009. This garden is private and noncommercial. There is no illegal activity whatsoever on my property. The survey...
  • Fat Head: You've been fed a load of bologna

    01/02/2012 4:48:28 PM PST · by bigtoona · 36 replies
    Fathead-Movie.com ^ | 1/2/12 | Bigtoona
    Someone mentioned this movie earlier today in another thread. I watched it on Amazon streaming video this afternoon(also avaialble on Netflix) and it was excellent! Its motivating me to lose some weight and there are stunning facts that literally made my wife get up and grab a hunk of peperoni from the fridge and eat it! She hasn't eaten pepperoni or bacon in over two years because she worries about cholesterol. This is essentially a response to the Super Size me movie. It debunks the the twisted information in that movie as well as the whole government anti-obesity movement. The...
  • The USDA Part Of The Agenda21/ICLEI Takeover Plan Is In The Works

    12/30/2011 5:54:40 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 16 replies
    We The People USA ^ | December 28th | McFixit1
    The cancer of environmental justice, social justice, transportation justice (every justice but equal justice) are metasticizing throughout the body politic. The USDA has put out a document for public comment on it's Environmental Justice Strategic Plan. Page 14 of the draft specifies that the purpose is to help minority and/or low income populations including American Indian or Alaskan Native populations. It's time to put an end to all these "special classes" of people. We are all Americans. Let's not let our government put us in categories and play us off against each other. There are 6 major goals outlined in...
  • USDA Seeks Public Comment on "Enviromental Justice Plan"

    12/29/2011 5:08:14 AM PST · by Captain7seas · 19 replies · 1+ views
    USDA Press Release | USDA
    USDA Environmental Justice Strategy request for public comments USDA has recently completed a draft revision of the Department's Environmental Justice Strategy. We value your input very highly and would appreciate receiving your comments and suggestions during the 30-day comment period, open from December 7, 2011 through January 7, 2012. You can view the draft strategy here: http://www.dm.usda.gov/hmmd/USDADraftEJStrategicPlansigned.pdf. Kindly send your written comments to EJStrategy@osec.usda.gov by January 7, 2012. In addition to comments on the Strategic Plan itself, please identify USDA programs that have been the most beneficial to your community. At USDA, environmental justice refers to meeting the needs of...
  • The USDA keeps legalizing tons of GMO food.

    12/11/2011 10:37:25 PM PST · by acroagogue · 46 replies
    It's Genetically Modified ^ | 1-4-11 | James Assini
    Earlier this year, the USDA made a decision to allow the commercial use of “Roundup Ready” genetically modified sugar beets. The decision came a week after the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture approved the planting of a yet another genetically modified plant, alfalfa. Michael Gregoire, deputy administrator of APHIS, a biotechnology regulatory service claims genetically modified sugar beets are safe and should be deregulated. “After conducting an environmental assessment, we have determined Roundup Ready sugar beets could be partially deregulated without posing a plant pest risk or causing significant effects on the environment,” says Gregoire. APHIS claims the partial deregulation of...
  • Nevada Health District shuts down organic farm picnic

    11/11/2011 5:38:36 PM PST · by maine yankee · 18 replies · 2+ views
    economic voive ^ | 11/9/11 | : Richard Henley Davis
    The Southern Nevada Health District has raided an organic farm picnic destroying the organic produce, which was classified by them as bio-hazard material. The raid at the highly regarded and reputable Quail Hollow Farm, which sits in the picturesque Moapa Valley of Southern Nevada took place place after a tip off of the event because some of the food was not ‘certified’ in the correct state.
  • School Lunch Proposals Set Off a Dispute

    11/02/2011 1:46:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 1, 2011 | Ron Nixon
    WASHINGTON — The government has some thoughts on how to make the federally financed school lunch program more nutritious: A quarter-cup of tomato paste on pizza will no longer be considered a vegetable. Cut back on potatoes and add more fresh peaches, apples, spinach and broccoli. And hold the salt. The proposed changes — the first in 15 years to the $11 billion school-lunch program — are meant to reduce rising childhood obesity, Agriculture Department officials say. Food companies including Coca-Cola, Del Monte Foods and the makers of frozen pizza and French fries have a huge stake in the new...
  • USDA Predicts Surging Food Prices in Coming Year

    10/30/2011 6:55:00 PM PDT · by JDW11235 · 45 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 30, 2011 | Christopher Santarelli
    The USDA has released their projections for food price inflation in 2011/2012, showing troubling forecasts that may send you to the grocery store today, before paying higher prices tomorrow. The report shows that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for all food increased 0.8 percent between 2009 and 2010, and is forecasted to increase 3.5 to 4.5 percent in 2011. Items that are expected to inflate the most include beef, cooking oils, and seafood. Processed vegetables and beverages were projected to to see smaller changes in the CPI. The Wall Street Journal notes that “the midpoint of the new USDA outlook...
  • Berea schools and local farmer join to bring fresh food to cafeterias (OH)

    10/25/2011 2:33:02 AM PDT · by EBH · 15 replies
    Sun News ^ | 10/24/11 | Joanne Berger DuMound,
    BEREA -- Locally-grown food was on the table at Grindstone Elementary School today. The Berea school district is part of an initiative with the Cleveland Clinic, a local farmer and other entities to bring a healthy menu to elementary schools. The Cuyahoga County Fair Board is considering an agreement with a local farmer to lease about 3/4ths of an acre behind its Junior Fair building. The farmer, who now has two plots in Cleveland, will grow fresh fruits and vegetables for the district. Members are expected to approve the agreement Oct. 27. Beth Spinks, the Berea school district's supervisor of...
  • USDA school-food proposal gets under spud industry’s skin

    10/13/2011 7:48:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 7, 2011 | Gracie Ferrell
    French fries may soon be bullied out of school cafeterias if the government gets its way, but Big Tater isn’t backing down. Rallying around school food service professionals and members of Congress, the spud industry is pushing back against a U.S. Department of Agriculture proposal to limit starchy vegetables in school meals to just one cup per week. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins picked potatoes as a child. “The rule simply goes too far,” she said during an Oct. 5 luncheon hosted by the National Potato Council. “It makes no sense whatsoever.” While the Obama administration points its finger at...
  • Tales of the Red Tape #21: USDA’s Affirmative Action for Vegetables

    10/06/2011 1:14:18 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 3 replies
    First they came for the donuts, and few dared to defend partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. Then they came for the soft drinks, declaring high-fructose corn syrup verboten. Now they’re after lima beans, peas, and corn, moving us ever closer to a national diet of tofu and kale. “They,” in this latest case of dietary despotism, is the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). As required by Congress, the agency recently proposed stricter nutrition standards for school-based breakfast and lunch programs. More than 98,000 elementary and secondary schools will be affected—at a cost exceeding $3.4...
  • The FDA Forgot… You have No Right to Privacy in Contracts

    09/01/2011 12:32:33 PM PDT · by Sopater · 18 replies
    Truth Farmer ^ | August 30, 2011 | Doreen Hannes
    When the FDA answered FTCLDF (Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund) in the interstate shipment of raw milk suit, they stated four fully repugnant things. That you have no right to, nor does your child have a right to any particular food, you have no right to bodily or physical health, that you have no right to contract, and that they are “rationally” fulfilling their public health mission. It appears that they forgot to include that you have no right to privacy or free association along with no right of contract. With the recent actions against Rawesome, sting operations against...
  • Bangor woman records couple dumping water in food stamp scam

    08/25/2011 4:48:09 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 102 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | August 22, 2011 | Nok-Noi Ricker
    BANGOR, Maine — A local woman saw a young couple opening water bottles and dumping out the contents in front of Shaw’s grocery store on Saturday and pulled out her iPhone and videoed the two brazenly committing the common food stamp scam. She then went into the store at around 1:30 p.m. to report what she saw and police were called to investigate the fraud. The Bangor couple, a 23-year-old man and a 17-year-old female who turned 18 on Sunday, told the investigating officer that they had purchased two cases of water with funding provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...
  • Higher Food Prices on Way (ahead of 2012 elections)

    08/10/2011 11:37:03 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2011-08-11 | Leslie Josephs & Paul Ziobro
    NEW YORK—American consumers can expect bigger grocery bills in 2012, even as commodity prices are forecast to fall. (snip) In a recent report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said grocery-store prices will likely rise 3% to 4% in 2012, on par with this year, even though ingredient costs may fall. The biggest increases would likely be in the first half of next year, but prices would most likely ease later in 2012, said USDA economist Richard Volpe.
  • Monsanto-spawned superweeds growing three inches daily, destroying farm equipment

    08/01/2011 1:45:40 PM PDT · by opentalk · 55 replies
    Natural news ^ | August 1, 2011 | Ethan A. Huff
    The proliferation of superweeds --weeds that have mutated to develop resistance to popular herbicides like Monsanto's Roundup formula --continues to rise. But the individual plants' overall size and strength is also increasing. According to a series of new studies published in the journal Weed Science, farmers are having more trouble than ever dealing with out-of-control superweeds in their fields, some of which grow up to three inches a day in size, and are so strong and thick that they are destroying farm equipment.The studies reveal that there are currently at least 21 different weed species known to be resistant to...
  • Food Totalitarians on Parade – Part Deux

    07/29/2011 3:43:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | July 29, 2011 | Chuck Roger
    Well that didn’t take long. Yesterday, in a post discussing a New York Times op-ed that called for heavy taxation on “unhealthy” foods, I asked, “How long before some starry-eyed but angry-faced Democrat proposes legislation to force ‘healthy food’ advertising?” Now The Daily Caller reports that food producers could face government regulations requiring “healthy” composition profiles for foods marketed to children two to seventeen years old.If enacted, new regulatory criteria will reclassify many foods which the FDA presently considers healthy as off limits for advertising to children. In the present formulations, eighty-eight of the top 100 most-consumed foods will be...
  • USDA to Probe Companies Running School Cafeterias

    06/24/2011 9:28:58 AM PDT · by Sopater · 23 replies
    Education Week ^ | June 14, 2011 | Nirvi Shah
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's watchdog arm plans to look closely at whether the food-service-management companies running many school cafeterias are passing along all the discounts and rebates they receive from their suppliers to the districts that hire them. The audit will begin in August, said Alison Decker, a lawyer in the USDA's office of inspector general. It was triggered in part by a settlement between the New York state attorney general and Sodexo, one of several large companies in the business of running school cafeterias. Last July, Sodexo, a French company with its U.S. headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md., agreed...
  • USDA diversity training

    06/23/2011 7:26:27 AM PDT · by Sopater · 18 replies
    One News Now ^ | 6/22/2011 | Chad Groening
    An advocate for America's fighting men and women finds it disturbing that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) activists want to impose homosexual indoctrination training government-wide, including in the military. The Washington Times recently reported that USDA officials have asked the Office of Personnel Management, which oversees all federal employee policies, to impose its sensitivity training program on all federal departments. The program favors pro-homosexual political positions, and it calls opposition to homosexual marriage "heterosexism" and compares it to racism.
  • Obama's Food Police in Staggering Crackdown on Market to Kids

    06/21/2011 12:56:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    Human Events ^ | June 21, 2011 | Audrey Hudson, congressional correspondent
    Tony the Tiger, some NASCAR drivers and cookie-selling Girl Scouts will be out of a job unless grocery manufacturers agree to reinvent a vast array of their products to satisfy the Obama administration’s food police. Either retool the recipes to contain certain levels of sugar, sodium and fats, or no more advertising and marketing to tots and teenagers, say several federal regulatory agencies. The same goes for restaurants. It’s not just the usual suspected foods that are being targeted, such a thin mint cookies sold by scouts or M&Ms and Snickers, which sponsor cars in the Sprint Cup, but pretty...
  • USDA and Corporate Agribusiness Continue to Push Animal ID Scheme

    06/22/2011 9:36:41 AM PDT · by Sopater · 6 replies
    Farm and Ranch Freedom ^ | June 21, 2011
    AUSTIN, TX - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expected to issue its new proposed rule for mandatory animal traceability very shortly. While USDA already has traceability requirements as part of existing animal disease control programs, the proposed framework goes much further to require animal tagging and tracing even absent any active disease threat. The framework has raised significant concerns among family farm and ranch advocates, who criticize the agency for failing to provide a coherent, factual explanation for the new program’s necessity. “USDA brags about the success of past programs, but has abandoned the principles that made them...
  • House Cuts FDA Budget by $285 Million!

    06/22/2011 8:21:45 AM PDT · by Sopater · 28 replies
    And with that budget hit, the so-called “food safety” law can’t be implemented—and no money to approve Frankenfish! This is huge! Last week the House of Representatives passed the agriculture funding bill for fiscal year 2012, and the bill included a gigantic cut in FDA’s budget. This is particularly significant because they were tasked with implementing most of the provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act that Congress passed last year. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the cost of implementing the Food Safety act would be $1.4 billion over five years. The whopping $285 million budget cut makes it...
  • USDA gay-sensitivity training seeks larger audience

    06/18/2011 11:18:19 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 54 replies
    The Washington Time ^ | Friday, June 17, 2011 | Rowan Scarborough
    U.S. Department of Agriculture activists want to impose their intense brand of homosexual sensitivity training government-wide, including a discussion that compares “heterosexism” — believing marriage can only can be between one man and one woman — to racism. If accepted by the Obama administration, that move could mean more sessions for military service members already undergoing gay-sensitivity indoctrination. Critics fear additional gay-oriented training would be an unnecessary added burden for combat troops and encourage some to leave. USDA officials have asked the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which oversees all federal worker policies, to impose its gay-awareness programs on all...
  • Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers

    06/16/2011 8:27:01 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 23 replies · 1+ views
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes and guarantees loans to approved socially disadvantaged applicants to buy and operate family-size farms and ranches. A socially disadvantaged (SDA) farmer, rancher, or agricultural producer is one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of his or her identity as a member of the group without regard to his or her individual qualities. SDA groups are women, African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=fmlp&topic=sfl
  • As Republicans Move to Nix Ethanol Subsidies, USDA Pushes ‘Flex Fuel Pumps’

    06/13/2011 7:44:28 AM PDT · by CNSNews · 26 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 6/13/11 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) – Senate Republicans are moving to repeal all subsidies, mandates and tariffs on ethanol, the corn-based fuel additive. A vote is expected Tuesday afternoon on Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) amendment repealing the ethanol subsidy. In addition, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) announced that he will introduce an amendment to repeal the renewable fuels standard that requires ethanol to be blended with gasoline.
  • Obama Administration Spends $17.4 Million to Explore Market for Carbon Credits

    06/08/2011 5:52:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    CNSNews ^ | June 8, 2011 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) – The Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it has awarded $17.4 million for pilot projects that will begin exploring how to establish a market for greenhouse gas (GHG) credits, a key component of a cap and trade system, to help reduce carbon and other emissions that apparently contribute to global warming.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the projects were the “foundational work” for establishing an American carbon market.“This is really sort of foundational work that’s being done,” Vilsack told reporters on a conference call on Wednesday.The $17.4 million in funding is part of the Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program,...
  • Snowe Boiled and Steamed Over USDA Proposal Restricting Potato Consumption in Schools[Fish Update]

    06/07/2011 11:39:43 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 11 replies
    The Snowe Report ^ | 06/07/2011 E-Mail | Olympia Snowe
    Senator Snowe said a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) limiting total servings of starchy vegetables (potatoes, corn, green peas, and lima beans) to one cup per week and eliminating these vegetables from breakfast meals is not grounded in scientific data and does not make economic sense. In letters to First Lady Michelle Obama, founder of the Let’s Move campaign, and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Senator Snowe urged reevaluation of the nutritional and economic impacts of this proposal. Senator Snowe recently joined her colleagues in calling on President Obama to resolve a discrepancy within the Administration regarding...
  • President Obama wolfs down TWO chili dogs and fries...

    06/04/2011 9:16:32 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 42 replies
    The Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 6/4/11 | Fiona Roberts
    When his wife unveiled the USDA's new nutritional plate yesterday, there definitely wasn't a space for chili dogs. But that didn't stop Barack Obama wolfing down two in Toledo today - with fries and an extra bowl of chili on the side.
  • Michelle Obama Is Rearranging the Nation’s Dinner Plates

    06/04/2011 10:23:51 AM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    biggovernment.com ^ | June 4, 2011 | Tim Slagle
    The USDA is once again inserting itself underneath the Constitutional sneeze-guard of the Tenth Amendment. In a publicity rich media event, Michelle Obama and the USDA introduced a new dietary guideline graphic: an illustration of a plate, divided into four basic food groups. It’s a replacement for the Food Pyramid; which was a replacement for the original USDA nutritional guidelines called: “the four basic food groups” (illustrated with a pie chart).
  • Farewell, Food Pyramid; Meet Your New $2 Million Replacement, a Plate

    05/31/2011 8:11:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    care2 ^ | May 30, 2011 | Kristina Chew
    As of this coming Thursday, the food pyramid -- that symbol of healthy eating -- is going to go the way of the real pyramids and becoming a thing of the past. This week, the Obama administration will be unveiling a new graphic to tell American consumers what quantities of grains, fruits and vegetables, protein and dairy they should eat to maintain a healthy diet. The pyramid is to be replace by a plate, with four different-colored sections indicating how much of each food group the United States Department of Agriculture recommends and is a "crucial element of the administration's...
  • USDA fines Missouri family $90k for selling a few rabbits without a license

    05/24/2011 12:44:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/24/11
    It started out as a hobby, a way for the Dollarhite family in Nixa, Mo., to teach a teenage son responsibility. Like a lemonade stand. But now, selling a few hundred rabbits over two years has provoked the heavy hand of the federal government to the tune of a $90,643 fine. The fine was levied more than a year after authorities contacted family members, prompting them to immediately halt their part-time business and liquidate their equipment. The Dollarhite’s story, originally picked up by conservative blogger Bob McCarty, has turned into a call to arms for critics of the government’s reach...
  • Sell a few rabbits, earn $200 – Obama fines you $90,000

    05/20/2011 8:00:25 AM PDT · by Steve495 · 66 replies
    Radio Vice Online ^ | May 20, 2010 | Steve McGough
    That’s right. I’m putting this right at the feet of the president himself. A family in Missouri has been fined more than $90,000 by the US Department of Agriculture for selling more than $500 of the furry creatures in less than one year. The families profit was a whopping $200 for the year.
  • Shirley Sherrod returns to the USDA

    05/14/2011 8:52:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 5/14/11 | JOSEPH WILLIAMS
    Shirley Sherrod, the U.S. Department of Agriculture employee who was forced out after a portion of a videotape was misleadingly used to show her making a racially insensitive remark, will start working for the USDA again, the department told POLITICO Friday. But she’s not getting her old job back. Instead, Sherrod will help the USDA improve its dismal civil rights record.
  • Watch what you eat in Texas schools; Big Brother is watching

    05/12/2011 5:08:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Smile, schoolchildren. You’re on calorie camera. Health officials trying to reduce obesity and improve eating habits at five San Antonio elementary schools unveiled a $2 million research project Wednesday that will photograph students’ lunch trays before they sit down to eat and later take a snapshot of the leftovers. A computer program then analyzes the photos to identify every piece of food on the plate — right down to how many ounces are left in that lump of mash potatoes — and calculates the number of calories each student scarfed down. The project, funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture...
  • Government offers payouts to Hispanic, female farmers who claim discrimination

    05/07/2011 8:41:20 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 5/6/11 | Eloísa Ruano González
    Minority farmers have complained for decades that the U.S. Department of Agriculture denied or delayed giving them farm loans because of their ethnicity or gender, costing them their crops and land. Now, the USDA has acknowledged the discrimination. It is urging Hispanic and female farmers who can prove they were wronged to apply for settlements of up to $50,000. Frederick Pfaeffle, the department's deputy assistant secretary of civil rights, recently met with farmers and ranchers in Kissimmee and South Florida to promote the program. The settlement, which some Hispanic farmers have criticized for offering too little and placing the burden...
  • USDA addresses women, Hispanic farmers claims

    04/30/2011 2:10:17 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | April 29, 2011
    MIAMI -- U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are in Florida publicizing a new program to address discrimination claims by women and Hispanic farmers. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Fred Pfaeffle (FEF'-ell) spoke Friday with farmers in south Miami-Dade County about the program. The effort follows the federal government's agreement last year to provide $4.6 billion for black and American Indian farmers' class action claims of discrimination. Pfaeffle said the women and Hispanic farmers who have filed claims have not been able to get class action status.
  • USDA to Train Chefs from China's Upscale Hotels

    04/25/2011 5:57:22 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 10 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | 04/25/2011 | Steve Peacock
    Chefs from five-star hotels across China soon will descend upon the U.S. to learn more about western-style menus, management and products — and U.S. taxpayers will be footing most of the bill.
  • Department of Agriculture Burning Your Money

    03/22/2011 1:56:29 PM PDT · by Raquel · 5 replies
    Political Blog ^ | March 22, 2011 | Mark Joppa
    By: Mark Joppa (Mark is a tea party enthusiast in the Hudson Valley, New York) The United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) in fiscal year 2010 had a combined budget of $134 billion (this alone is insane!). Just three years prior, in fiscal year 2007 the USDA had a lower budget of $88 billion. No one really knows how or why the Department of Agriculture spent $88 billion in 2007, together with an additional $46 billion in 2010, but let’s examine USDA’s 2012 budget. President Obama has proposed $145 billion. In these tough times with high unemployment and the historically...
  • USDA offers settlement to women, Hispanic farmers

    02/25/2011 12:33:20 PM PST · by freespirited · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Wapo ^ | 02/25/11 | Mary Clare Jalonik
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is offering more than $1.3 billion to settle complaints from female and Hispanic farmers who say they faced discrimination from the Agriculture Department. The Agriculture and Justice departments announced Friday that farmers who could prove discrimination could receive up to $50,000. The proposal comes after the government settled with American Indians over similar discrimination issues last fall and Congress provided money for the second round of a black farmers settlement. The government first announced its intent to settle the complaints in May. The more detailed offer announced Friday does not cap the amount of money...
  • Pigford’s Harvest

    02/17/2011 3:11:19 AM PST · by Scanian · 5 replies
    NRO ^ | February 17, 2011 | Daniel Foster
    One unhappy night in 1992, 40-year-old Timothy Pigford, a fourth-generation black farmer having a terrible time of it trying to grow soybeans in North Carolina, sat in the living room of the house he was barely holding on to and drew up the outline of a lawsuit against the federal government. It was a decision more than 15 years in coming, ever since the first of the many times he’d been denied a USDA loan because — he was convinced — of the color of his skin. Before all was said and done, he would spend 20 years of his...
  • Shirley Sherrod's USDA Job Offer: Deputy Director of the Office of Advocacy and Outreach (Flashback)

    02/16/2011 10:07:10 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    cbs news ^ | July 27, 2010 | Stephanie Condon
    (Credit: CBS) Shirley Sherrod, who was forced to resign from the Department of Agriculture after an out-of-context video of remarks she made were published on a conservative website, is still considering the formal job offer she received from the USDA, she tells CBS News Producer Daniel Steinberger. The department has offered Sherrod a position titled Deputy Director of the office of advocacy and outreach at the USDA, she says. The offer was delivered in a draft that puts into writing what Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack offered her on the phone last week. Sherrod said she sat down to read...
  • Ag Secretary ‘Not Worried’ About Effects of Ethanol Subsidy

    02/11/2011 9:43:02 AM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    CNSNews ^ | February 11, 2011 | Christopher Goins
    Washington (CNSNews.com) – Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says he welcomes the extension of the energy policy requiring the extension of tax credits and protective tariffs of corn ethanol and is not worried in the long term about the U.S. economy’s capacity to produce corn for food, fuel, feed, and exports because of it.“I’m certainly not worried in the long term about our capacity to produce enough corn to meet our food and feed needs as well as our fuel needs,” Secretary Vilsack said Wednesday in a news conference with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Energy Secretary Steven Chu held...