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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • New Labels, But Same Old Maple Syrup

    New Labels, But Same Old Maple Syrup
    Connecticut, along with the rest of the maple-syrup-producing world, is about to switch to a whole new system that is intended to help consumers know exactly what it is they're buying. The new grading system, has been in the works for years. It will...
  • Proposed Limits On Pet Stores Too Strict

    As the CEO of the Northeast's largest wholesale distributor of aquatics and pets, I have worked with Connecticut pet store owners for decades. These committed entrepreneurs, tireless workers and compassionate pet owners operate responsibly and with the...
  • Costly switch? Farm bill moves catfish inspections from FDA to USDA

    Costly switch? Farm bill moves catfish inspections from FDA to USDA
    Everyone knows the story of the fish that got away. Sean O'Scannlain is hoping to avoid such a fate for his pangasius, also known as swai, tra, basa or, erroneously, imported catfish. It might be in your fish and chips or fish tacos. His opponent isn't...
  • Embracing new labels, first lady jumps into food fight

    Embracing new labels, first lady jumps into food fight
    WASHINGTON — The way nutritional information is displayed on food is “simply not acceptable,” First Lady Michelle Obama declared on Thursday as she endorsed an administration effort that would force the food industry to more clearly...
  • Can you eat only 6 teaspoons of sugar a day? The WHO wants you to try

    Can you eat only 6 teaspoons of sugar a day? The WHO wants you to try
    The World Health Organization is challenging you to eat no more than six teaspoons of sugar per day. In a new guideline on sugar consumption, the United Nations’ health agency reiterates its 2002 recommendation that no more than 10% of daily...
  • Slug catches ride from Mexico, forces customs to destroy mint shipment to Elkridge

    Slug catches ride from Mexico, forces customs to destroy mint shipment to Elkridge
    A stowaway slug that caught a free ride on a shipment of Mexican mint bound for Elkridge was intercepted at Washington Dulles International Airport as the first of its kind to be identified in the Washington region. Considered a threat to crops and...
  • 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,...
  • Wedded: Kathryn Thomas and Cody Yager

    Wedded: Kathryn Thomas and Cody Yager
    Date: Jan. 4 Her story: Kathryn "Katie" Thomas, 26, grew up in Frederick. She is a veterinarian at the Highland County Veterinary Hospital in Hillsboro, Ohio. Her father, Kevin Thomas, is a retired Army colonel, and her mother, Susan Thomas, is a stay-...