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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • Smithfield Foods Inc. reports 14 percent spike in second quarter 2014 sales

    Smithfield Foods Inc. reports 14 percent spike in second quarter 2014 sales
    SMITHFIELD — Despite posting a $3.8 billion profit last quarter, Smithfield Foods Inc. officials say a deadly pig virus is prompting them to pump the breaks on new global expansion. "Notwithstanding a bullish hog production outlook, PED (virus)...
  • Feds open Minnesota conservation land to grazing, cutting

    With rain-ruined grasslands and hay fields unavailable to feed livestock, the federal government has decided to let ranchers in seven Minnesota counties graze their animals and cut hay on land usually reserved for conservation. The emergency measures are...
  • Farmers worry over forecasts of another strong corn harvest

    With what appears to be another exceptional corn harvest headed our way, you might think farmers would be shopping for new trucks and planning pricey vacations. But for many of them particularly those who rent their farmland 2014 looks like it's bringing...
  • Food buyers lean toward 'natural,' a claim that's hard to define

    Food buyers lean toward 'natural,' a claim that's hard to define
    When you buy a box of crackers labeled "natural," do you just assume they're organic? Don't. When you choose an "all natural" chocolate syrup for your kids' ice cream, are you thinking it has less sugar? Read the label. But what about those "natural"...
  • Choices abound when buying eggs

    Choices abound when buying eggs
    Decades ago, eggs were brown or white, big or small. Now you need a scorecard to choose: cage-free, organic, humanely raised or pasture-raised — not to mention prices that can run from less than $2 to $8 for a dozen. At the heart of the confusion?...
  • 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...
  • In CDC bird flu mix-up, U.S. agency cites sloppy science, failed reporting

    In CDC bird flu mix-up, U.S. agency cites sloppy science, failed reporting
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. government scientist working with bird flu rushed through lab procedures in order to get to a staff meeting, setting off what could have been a fatal mishap, health officials said on Friday. They said the U.S. Centers for...
  • Tyson Foods looks for other pork export markets after China ban

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc plans to find other export markets for its pork products after a recent delivery to China triggered an export ban of half its U.S. hog slaughterhouses, the company told Reuters Friday. The Agriculture Department...
  • Hampton's urban farmers receiving tax breaks

    Hampton's urban farmers receiving tax breaks
    On a sunny June morning, the cattle at Willow Oak Farm nearly broke into a gallop as breakfast arrived on a flatbed wagon. Roughly two dozen cows nosed for position around Thomas "Tommy" Thompson as he spread bales of hay from the wagon onto the...
  • Voluntown Library receives $34,278 grant toward expansion

    Voluntown Public Library is one step closer to its hoped-for expansion, thanks to a $34,278 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture announced Aug. 5. The Community Facility Grant from the USDA's Rural Development Fund will help finance a...
  • District 214 low-income kids to pay five times more for lunch

    District 214 low-income kids to pay five times more for lunch
    A group of low-income students will now pay five times more for school lunch this year, following one Northwest suburban school district's decision to quit a federal food program over the nutrition guidelines. Arlington Heights-based Township High...