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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • Feds under fire for mass killings of starlings in Nevada

    Land owners surprised to discover tens of thousands of dead birds across the high desert are criticizing the federal government over a mass killing of starlings in northern Nevada. A U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman said a pesticide was used to...
  • USDA proposes definition of farming, limiting some subsidies

    USDA proposes definition of farming, limiting some subsidies
    The government is revising its definition of what it means to farm, meaning some people who receive farm subsidies but don't do any of the work would receive less government cash. Congress charged the Agriculture Department last year with creating a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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-...