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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • Killer whale Lolita lives in inhumane conditions at marine park, activists tell court

    MIAMI The government "rubber stamps" the license for the Miami Seaquarium despite the park keeping Lolita the killer whale in inhumane conditions, an animal rights group told a federal appeals court Tuesday. The "highly intelligent" whale is kept in a...
  • 5 Things to Know in Florida for March 25

    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. APPEALS COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS OVER LICENSE FOR ORCA 'LOLITA' Animal rights advocates are challenging a federal judge's dismissal of their lawsuit against Miami...
  • APNewsBreak: 9,000 Mainers lose food stamps under new rules

    More than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the state's food stamp program since Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration began enforcing work and volunteer requirements late last year, officials said. The number of people that have been...
  • Illinois offers grants to help raise specialty crops

    The Illinois Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for federal crop grants to help farmers grow fruits, vegetables and nuts. Illinois will receive more than $600,000 from a block grant that's part of the federal Farm Bill. Grants are available...
  • USDA awards grants to support schools serving healthier meals, snacks

    USDA awards grants to support schools serving healthier meals, snacks
    WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be awarding over $30 million in grants to help schools prepare healthy meals for their children. Twenty-five million dollars in grants...
  • As funding to combat invasive pests grows, Florida finds success battling giant snails

    WASHINGTON Federal agriculture officials are spending nearly $60 million this year to help combat the beetles, bollworms and other bugs that have the potential to wreak havoc on American crops, with California and Florida taking the biggest share. The...
  • Connecticut farmers can register to accept food stamps

    Connecticut farmers will have an opportunity to become authorized to accept food stamps from customers at their farms and at farmers markets. Merchant sign-up days are planned for Wednesday at the Middlesex County Extension Center in Haddam and on...
  • Plunge in milk prices stresses NY dairy farmers

    Milk prices that were at record-high levels in 2014 have abruptly plunged this winter, bringing new economic pressures on the region's dairy farmers. Milk prices that exceeded $24 per 100 lbs. — roughly 9 gallons — at times in 2014 have...
  • States to test ways to send food stamp recipients to work

    New federal grants will help 10 states test programs to help food stamp recipients find jobs, from using career coaches to quicker training courses to mental health assistance. The grants, announced Friday in Georgia by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack,...
  • GMO potato passes another review

    BOISE, Idaho The first line of J.R. Simplot Co.'s genetically modified potatoes has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration as safe for human consumption. The voluntary FDA safety review found that the potatoes are as safe and nutritious as...
  • Drinking milk: the pros and cons

    There are a few things we can say for sure about milk: It is a concentrated source of calcium. It also contains protein and other nutrients. And it elicits strong opinions, even among scientists who study it, about how much we need. With recent studies...