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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • Fight over Lolita the orca whale is back in court

    Fight over Lolita the orca whale is back in court
    MIAMI — Animal rights groups that want a captive killer whale removed from Miami Seaquarium asked federal appeals judges Tuesday to send their lawsuit against the tourist attraction and the U.S. Department of Agriculture back to a U.S. district...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Beauty products that claim to be 'all natural' sell best

    Beauty products that claim to be 'all natural' sell best
    Of all the age-defying, line-erasing, environment-loving claims plastered across beauty products, shoppers are most likely to open their wallets wider for those labeled "all natural," according to a recent Nielsen survey. Forty-six percent of more than...
  • 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...
  • Five organic fruits and vegetables that might really be worth the price

    Five organic fruits and vegetables that might really be worth the price
    Buying organic fruits and vegetables costs more, and for many shoppers, the advantage hardly seems worth the expense. But there are certain produce items for which "buying organic is a must," according to a new release from Consumer Reports, the non-...
  • 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...