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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • California dairy farmers struggling to survive prolonged drought

    California dairy farmers struggling to survive prolonged drought
    Dust whips across the toasted soil where Tom Barcellos usually plants corn for his 800 dairy cows. This season, there was no water to plant the crop. The third-generation dairy farmer was forced to idle a quarter of his 1,200 acres in Tulare County,...
  • Re-elect Adam Putnam: Editorial

    Re-elect Adam Putnam: Editorial
    Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says frustration with Washington, D.C. — "a hot, wet, dysfunctional mess" — led him to give up a top position among U.S. House Republicans four years ago to pursue a job in his home state where he could...
  • Businessman Nik Patel held Rick Scott fundraiser at home

    Businessman Nik Patel held Rick Scott fundraiser at home
    Orlando hotelier Nik Patel, who was arrested Tuesday on fraud allegations, held a fundraiser for Gov. Rick Scott at his home in Windermere in April. An April 30 post on Patel’s company Facebook page shows a photo of Scott standing next to Patel....
  • Legal trouble grows for hotelier Nik Patel

    Legal trouble grows for hotelier Nik Patel
    Legal troubles mushroomed this week for Orlando businessman Nik Patel, who had gained prominence during the past two years renovating Central Florida hotels. Patel, 30, was arrested Tuesday on federal allegations of fraudulently selling $150 million in...
  • 2 food banks vie for federal contract

    Orlando-based Second Harvest Food Bank is in the middle of a messy dispute over a federal food contract that provides canned, frozen and dry goods to the poor throughout northeast Florida. The Central Florida nonprofit normally distributes food to...
  • EatingWell: Even fresh produce now has labels to decipher

    Labels are cropping up everywhere--even on fresh produce like pineapples! What do these stickers mean? Here's a handy cheat sheet: 1. USDA Organic "USDA Organic" is one label that's strictly regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It means that...
  • These 7 foods will satisfy your hunger and thirst

    By Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., L.D., and Brigid Titgemeier, M.S., R.D.N., of Cleveland Clinic Source: Cleveland Clinic whatdoctorsknow.com Did you know you can hydrate with what's on your plate -- not just what's in your cup? The following foods...
  • OPM releases rules for phased retirement

    OPM releases rules for phased retirement
    Bob Fireovid, a national program leader at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, has been planning to retire in late September. But now that the Office of Personnel Management has finally released its long-awaited guidelines on phased...
  • Islamic State's secret weapon in Iraq? Wheat, other grains

    Islamic State's secret weapon in Iraq? Wheat, other grains
    For Salah Paulis, it came down to a choice between his faith and his crop. A wheat farmer from outside Mosul, Paulis and his family fled the militant group Islamic State early last month. The group overran the family farm as part of its offensive that...
  • Kick up your fiber quotient to ward off disease, obesity

    Kick up your fiber quotient to ward off disease, obesity
    Dietary fiber has long been touted for its digestive benefits, but the scientific research is booming on fiber's ability to boost immune health and reduce risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. Wendy Dahl, Ph.D.,...
  • Escalating the weed wars

    When crops were first introduced that had been engineered to withstand the herbicide glyphosate — better known by the trade name Roundup — the agricultural industry said it would confer a terrific environmental advantage. Glyphosate is a...