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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • Bird flu confirmed at Iowa farm; 5.3 million hens to be euthanized

    Bird flu confirmed at Iowa farm; 5.3 million hens to be euthanized
    Up to 5.3 million hens at an Iowa farm must be destroyed after the highly infectious and deadly bird flu virus was confirmed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. The farm in northwest Iowa's Osceola County has nearly 10 percent of the state'...
  • USDA chief: Seize trade chance: Front & Center

    USDA chief: Seize trade chance: Front & Center
    Last week top congressional Republicans and Democrats reached agreement on a bill to give President Obama more authority in negotiating trade agreements. Trade promotion authority is key to the president winning passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership, a...
  • Another Minnesota turkey farm hit by deadly bird flu strain

    Federal authorities have confirmed another infection in Minnesota of a deadly bird flu strain. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday the latest farm hit by the H5N2 virus had 23,000 turkeys in Kandiyohi (kan-dee-YOH'-high) County of west-central...
  • Almonds get roasted in debate over California water use

    California almonds are becoming one of the world's favorite snacks and creating a multibillion-dollar bonanza for agricultural investors. But the crop extracts a staggering price from the land, consuming more water than all the showering, dish-washing and...
  • Empty chairs honor 168 victims of Oklahoma City bombing

    Every day when Dr. Rosslyn Biggs goes to work as a federal government veterinarian she is reminded of her mother, one of 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City bombing and honored Sunday on the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S....
  • UCF prof tests treatment for citrus greening

    UCF prof tests treatment for citrus greening
    University of Central Florida professor Swadeshmukul Santra was at a conference on citrus greening when an idea came to him that could save the state's ailing citrus industry. That light-bulb moment helped Santra, who works in UCF's NanoScience...
  • The USDA dietary guidelines: Playing politics with our health

    Later this year, the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will release the latest edition of their dietary guidelines, which sets the agenda for what Americans should eat to maintain a healthy weight, prevent...
  • A hungry Gwyneth Paltrow fails the food stamp challenge after four days

    A hungry Gwyneth Paltrow fails the food stamp challenge after four days
    After four long days living like America's poor, Gwyneth Paltrow broke her much-mocked attempt at shopping on a food stamp budget in search of some chicken and black licorice. The multimillionaire mom was derided last week when she accepted the...
  • Number, size of Virginia farms decline in 2014

    Federal statistics show the number and size of Virginia farms declined in 2014. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Statistics Service estimates there were 45,900 farms in Virginia in 2014. That's down 100 from 2013. The average farm size...
  • School districts, parents at odds over breakfast in class

    The number of breakfasts served in the nation's schools has doubled in the last two decades, a surge driven largely by a change in how districts deliver the food. Instead of providing low-income students free or reduced-price meals in the cafeteria,...
  • World's 'Foliage Capital' planting different seeds of growth

    Take a drive through Apopka and you're likely to see a scene not much different from a decade or two ago. Main Street is still flanked by fast-food restaurants. The state-champion Apopka High School Blue Darters football team is still a big deal. And...