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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • USDA orders Pittsburgh zoo to stop using dogs to help control elephants

    PITTSBURGH The U.S. Department of Agriculture has ordered Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium to stop using dogs to help control its elephants and protect human handlers. During an inspection in early January, USDA officials with the Animal and Plant Health...
  • Obama administration proposes new food safety agency, consolidating parts of USDA and FDA

    President Barack Obama wants to create a new government agency dedicated to keeping the nation's food safe. The proposal in the president's budget released Monday comes after outbreaks of illnesses linked to chicken, eggs, peanuts and cantaloupe in...
  • Obama plan to create new food safety agency worries consumer advocates

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama's proposal to create a new food safety agency within the Department of Health and Human Services is unpopular with consumer advocates, who warn it would undermine efforts to protect Americans from unsafe or tainted food....
  • A splitting tree trunk can have many causes

    A splitting tree trunk can have many causes
    Can you tell me why the trunk of our weeping mulberry is splitting? It is 14 years old and has been moved twice. We treated it for fungus last summer. We are in zone 7a [on the U.S. Department of Agriculture map] and haven't had any big swings in...
  • Revised maple syrup standards spread a better understanding

    Revised maple syrup standards spread a better understanding
    Grading standards for maple syrup have been revised to match international standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday, and now consumers can have a better understanding of what topping they're buying. The revisions to the voluntary...
  • Just how many alligators and exotic animals live in L.A.?

    Just how many alligators and exotic animals live in L.A.?
    After two alligators were found this week in the San Fernando Valley, it makes one wonder just how many alligators and exotic animals live in L.A.? Animal control officers with the Los Angeles Animal Services Department on Monday found an 8-foot...
  • Milk industry fighting back at gathering in Boca Raton

    The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy. As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs...
  • Milk industry fights back against 'anti-dairy folks'

    Milk industry fights back against 'anti-dairy folks'
    The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy. As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs to...
  • The food movement has only just begun

    The food movement has only just begun
    I ran into a farmer I know in December. “I'm not going to make my operating loan in February,” he told me, meaning he might lose his farm to foreclosure. A grower of organic vegetables for 50 of the top restaurants in farm-food-obsessed...
  • Navel oranges: full of history, flavor and uses, but not seeds

    Navel oranges: full of history, flavor and uses, but not seeds
    It's easy to be dazzled by all the spectacular citrus in the markets this time of year: blood and Cara Cara oranges, Meyer lemons, a dozen kinds of mandarins, finger limes smaller than your pinkie and Big Wong pummelos the size of your head. But take...
  • Elephant center with Disney ties raises questions from animal groups

    Elephant center with Disney ties raises questions from animal groups
    Moyo, Tufani, Tsavo and Thandi were pioneers when they moved from Disney's Animal Kingdom to The National Elephant Center in 2013. They were the first pachyderm residents of the 225-acre reserve in the city of Fellsmere, about 90 minutes southeast of...