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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • Drought Is Bringing The Next Food Price Shock

    Drought in the United States, past and present, might make 2014 one of the more volatile years for food prices and supplies globally. U.S. consumers may get a preview of what's coming at the salad bar. The main culprit is the parched land of California'...
  • Letters: What children eat at school

    Re "Out-to-lunch regulators," Editorial, April 8 It's challenging to satisfy one child's palate, let alone 30 million. Yet 90% of schools are meeting the U.S. Department of Agriculture's updated nutrition standards. School cafeterias are no...
  • Central Florida shoppers find more organic food on shelves

    Central Florida shoppers find more organic food on shelves
    Antibiotics, pesticides and hormones are not on anyone's grocery list, yet they are standard fare in the foods we eat. But that is changing in Central Florida and across the state, as buying organic becomes easier, and grocers such as Publix, Whole...
  • Cost, rules stop some farmers from going organic

    Cost, rules stop some farmers from going organic
    In the late 1990s, Matt McLean, a fourth-generation citrus farmer from Clermont, went to his grandfather for advice. He asked him whether organic farming was realistic. His grandfather assured him it was. "'That was how we used to farm,' he told me,"...
  • Meal plan bust: Meat thawing strategies

    Meal plan bust: Meat thawing strategies
    Confession: This conundrum may very well fall into the category of "Just get yourself together, Paitsel." Still, I think it's worth a quick brainstorm.  Eating at home (and doing it well) is a multi-step process, from shopping sales, possibly...
  • Douglas C. Lyons: America's 'new normal' will bring higher food prices

    A few years back, I came up with a new economic indicator to chew on – the cost of bacon. I admit I freaked when that popular part of the pig went north of $6 a pound. But that was back in 2011 when the country was still grappling with the effects...
  • $125,000: Beehive grant fund

    Editor's note: This is part of an everyday series looking at line items in state and local budgets. RICHMOND — There's a famous saying about priorities: Show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value. Virginia's state government values...
  • South L.A. needs trees

     South L.A. needs trees
    Nowhere in the Los Angeles area are trees more sparse than in South Los Angeles. City and county officials have been working for years in that part of town to create pastoral swaths of parks, greenbelts and even wetlands — fighting against drought,...
  • Exhibit gives pioneer doctor his due

     Exhibit gives pioneer doctor his due
    Glenview was still part of the Illinois frontier when Dr. John A. Kennicott arrived with his family in 1836. The pioneer physician created the Grove Nursery & Garden, the region's first commercial plant nursery on about 45 acres of land, purchased for...
  • Meat processor at center of national recall is sold

    Rancho Feeding Corp., a Petaluma meat processor under federal investigation after recalling nearly 9 million pounds of beef earlier this month, is being bought by an artisanal Marin County farm specializing in pasture-raised livestock. Marin Sun Farms...
  • USDA's inspector general investigating firm behind beef recall

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's inspector general has opened an investigation into the Northern California firm behind a massive recall of nearly 9 million pounds of beef products, raising the possibility of criminal wrongdoing by the company.  A...