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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • 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...
  • Computer upgrades continue at Wheeler High School

    Computer upgrades continue at Wheeler High School
    Wheeler High School is poised to start a one-student-to-one-computer program a year from August. The school will likely start just the ninth- and 10th-graders with individual portable computers, Superintendent John Hunter said. However, starting the...
  • Biologists hope lice can attack invasive Brazilian pepper tree

    Biologists hope lice can attack invasive Brazilian pepper tree
    MELBOURNE— Biologists may soon have another biological weapon in their war against the infamous Brazilian pepper tree: an army of jumping plant lice. These tiny insects — called Calophya Latiforceps — have the gall to go up against...
  • Wet spring slows field preparation for Indiana farmers

    Persistent rains earlier this month have prevented Indiana farmers from preparing their fields for planting, and many say the weather could lead to some hectic days ahead. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that Indiana had just 1.7 days from...
  • Things to Know: More schools offer breakfast in classroom

    When the school bell rings, children file into classrooms and open their textbooks. Increasingly, they're also eating a bowl of cereal. In an effort to increase the number of children eating breakfast, more schools are serving it in the classroom. In...
  • Biologists hope lice can attack invasive Brazilian pepper

    Biologists may soon have another biological weapon in their war against the infamous Brazilian pepper tree: an army of jumping plant lice. These tiny insects — called Calophya Latiforceps — have the gall to go up against arguably the worst...
  • USDA: Louisiana lab let monkey's broken arm go for days

    Keepers at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's primate lab broke a monkey's arm while moving her and her baby, and the injury went untreated until after an X-ray five days later, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture complaint. The...
  • Misguided Food Stamp Challenge Doesn't Cut It

    Misguided Food Stamp Challenge Doesn't Cut It
    Last week, American restaurateur Mario Batali challenged Gwyneth Paltrow, the actress and foodie, to eat on $29 a week, purportedly the amount a single food stamp user receives in benefits, for the "Food Stamp Challenge." The stunt is part of an...
  • Correction: Bird Flu story

    In a story April 16 about bird flu, The Associated Press reported erroneously that recent outbreaks had led to the death of more than 2.5 million turkeys and chickens. The correct figure at the time was more than 2.4 million, and not all the birds...