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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • Organic agriculture attracts a new generation of farmers

    Organic agriculture attracts a new generation of farmers
    By 9 a.m., Jack Motter had been planting peas for hours. He pushed a two-wheeled contraption that deposited a seed every few inches along neat rows at Ellwood Canyon Farms, just outside Santa Barbara. As clouds gathered overhead, he picked up the pace...
  • Tree-killing bug invades Southern California, with no answer in sight

    Tree-killing bug invades Southern California, with no answer in sight
    Akif Eskalen steps through the dense, damp leaves in a wooded neighborhood, scrutinizing the branches around him. He's looking for evidence of an attack: tiny wounds piercing the bark and sap dried around them like bloodstains. The victims are box...
  • 10 grocery store foods with prices on the rise

    10 grocery store foods with prices on the rise
    The next time you visit the grocery store, you may experience sticker shock. Prices for some of your favorite foods, including bacon, coffee and oranges, are on the rise.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, retail food prices rose in March...
  • USDA expanding release of parasitic wasp to combat citrus disease

    USDA expanding release of parasitic wasp to combat citrus disease
    The U.S Department of Agriculture on Tuesday said it would expand efforts to breed and release a tiny parasitic wasp in an attempt to contain the spread of a disease that has killed thousands of citrus trees in Florida and now is threatening California'...
  • Governor gives Orange County schools' operations department top efficiency award

    Governor gives Orange County schools' operations department top efficiency award
    Orange County Public Schools' operations side has been granted the prestigious Governor's Sterling Award, Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday. The Sterling is the highest award an organization can receive for performance excellence in Florida. Only two...
  • Illinois preserve prepped for return of bison

     Illinois preserve prepped for return of bison
    — On this plot of nondescript land tucked away in rural Illinois, Bill Kleiman sees more than just rows of dead cornstalks and black dirt. He sees a slice of earth slowly transforming back to its roots, a tallgrass prairie haven that bison will...
  • Butter's comeback is churning big sales

    Butter's comeback is churning big sales
    From dairy giant Land O'Lakes to tiny creameries, the butter business is booming. Per capita U.S. butter consumption has hit highs not seen in about 40 years. The once demonized fat is downright de rigueur in cooking circles, a star on celebrity chef...
  • Invasive species' reach can be curbed with these tips

    Invasive species' reach can be curbed with these tips
    With all the invasive species out there, should I cut down my Japanese maple? No, the Japanese maple is not invasive. Most non-native plants are not. Many spread or produce seedlings, but they don't take over the neighborhood or show up in natural areas....
  • Salisbury area homes with tainted wells to get public water

    Salisbury area homes with tainted wells to get public water
    State and federal officials announced Friday they were providing $8 million to pipe clean public water to 270 homes near Salisbury where a toxic solvent has contaminated the ground water supplying residential wells there. Authorities installed water...
  • Cooking with flowers

    Cooking with flowers
    Q: How about the use of fresh flowers in cooking? Maybe some of the more exotic flowers like borage, calendula, lilac, dianthus, rose petals, hollyhock and tulips. Can you go to a florist to buy flowers you want to cook with or would you have to buy dried...
  • Sunrise bans sale of pets sourced from puppy mills

    Pet shops in Sunrise can no longer sell dogs and cats from commercially licensed breeders. City commissioners unanimously agreed to a new law that will stop the retail sale of cats and dogs that come from commercial breeders, also known as a puppy...