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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • California dairy farmers struggling to survive prolonged drought

    California dairy farmers struggling to survive prolonged drought
    Dust whips across the toasted soil where Tom Barcellos usually plants corn for his 800 dairy cows. This season, there was no water to plant the crop. The third-generation dairy farmer was forced to idle a quarter of his 1,200 acres in Tulare County,...
  • Foods that satisfy both your hunger and thirst

    Foods that satisfy both your hunger and thirst
    Did you know you can hydrate with what's on your plate — not just what's in your cup? The following foods are heavy on the water content, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's nutrient database. In several cases, they're also full of...
  • Pet sales OK for a bit longer at existing shops in Sunrise

    While new pet shops in Sunrise can no longer sell dogs and cats from commercially licensed breeders, the city has extended the deadline for pet shops already in business prior to the ban taking place. In April, city commissioners unanimously agreed to...
  • After a century, bison return to Illinois

    After a century, bison return to Illinois
    The hulking animals that stepped from trailers to corrals here late at night drew a hushed, attentive audience of about 25 people. The reason for the reverence: wild bison have been reintroduced on the prairies east of the Mississippi River for the...
  • Re-elect Adam Putnam: Editorial

    Re-elect Adam Putnam: Editorial
    Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says frustration with Washington, D.C. — "a hot, wet, dysfunctional mess" — led him to give up a top position among U.S. House Republicans four years ago to pursue a job in his home state where he could...
  • Businessman Nik Patel held Rick Scott fundraiser at home

    Businessman Nik Patel held Rick Scott fundraiser at home
    Orlando hotelier Nik Patel, who was arrested Tuesday on fraud allegations, held a fundraiser for Gov. Rick Scott at his home in Windermere in April. An April 30 post on Patel’s company Facebook page shows a photo of Scott standing next to Patel....
  • Legal trouble grows for hotelier Nik Patel

    Legal trouble grows for hotelier Nik Patel
    Legal troubles mushroomed this week for Orlando businessman Nik Patel, who had gained prominence during the past two years renovating Central Florida hotels. Patel, 30, was arrested Tuesday on federal allegations of fraudulently selling $150 million in...
  • 2 food banks vie for federal contract

    Orlando-based Second Harvest Food Bank is in the middle of a messy dispute over a federal food contract that provides canned, frozen and dry goods to the poor throughout northeast Florida. The Central Florida nonprofit normally distributes food to...
  • EatingWell: Even fresh produce now has labels to decipher

    Labels are cropping up everywhere--even on fresh produce like pineapples! What do these stickers mean? Here's a handy cheat sheet: 1. USDA Organic "USDA Organic" is one label that's strictly regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It means that...
  • These 7 foods will satisfy your hunger and thirst

    By Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., L.D., and Brigid Titgemeier, M.S., R.D.N., of Cleveland Clinic Source: Cleveland Clinic whatdoctorsknow.com Did you know you can hydrate with what's on your plate -- not just what's in your cup? The following foods...
  • Islamic State's secret weapon in Iraq? Wheat, other grains

    Islamic State's secret weapon in Iraq? Wheat, other grains
    For Salah Paulis, it came down to a choice between his faith and his crop. A wheat farmer from outside Mosul, Paulis and his family fled the militant group Islamic State early last month. The group overran the family farm as part of its offensive that...