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FDA Tests Pet Food for Salmonella Contamination

  • November 2, 2011

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun a nationwide effort to test pet food for salmonella contamination.   FDA...

Ohio drops dairy-labeling limitations

  • November 2, 2011

This week, the Ohio Department of Agriculture agreed to withdraw a 2008 dairy-labeling rule if opponents drop a claim seeking $1.3...

Penn State receives $2.3 million organic-agriculture research grant

  • November 2, 2011

Researchers in Penn State’s College of Agriculture Sciences have been awarded a $2.3 million grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

Texas rice industry represented in Cuba

  • November 1, 2011

This week, U.S. rice industry representatives are gathering in Havana for the annual International Trade Fair of Havana (FIHAV) in hopes...

Gates Foundation partners with Brazil on agriculture development work

  • November 1, 2011

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation signed a deal with the Brazilian government to collaborate on agriculture projects in sub-Saharan Africa...

North Dakota farmers push for constitutional right to farm

  • November 1, 2011

The North Dakota Farm Bureau is gathering support for a proposed constitutional amendment that would restrict regulation of farming and ranching...

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Delta Smelt case

  • November 1, 2011

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal by Central California farmers who claimed the federal government lacks constitutional authority to...

USDA Invests in Crop Insurance Education

  • October 31, 2011

Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) will support crop...

New Rice Varieties Offer Benefits to Growers

  • October 31, 2011

According to a USDA press release, new rice varieties that offer new options for U.S. growers and expanded market opportunities for...

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding to Expand the Production and Availability of Advanced Biofuels

  • October 31, 2011

Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced payments for 156 advanced biofuel producers across the country to support the production and expansion...

USDA Announces Grants to Support Food and Agricultural Sciences Education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

  • October 31, 2011

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded 20 competitive grants to Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in six states and Puerto Rico...

Senators help extend comment period for proposed farm labor rule

  • October 30, 2011

Thirty-two Senators joined together to ask Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to give farmers and ranchers adequate time to comment on the...

Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act to be introduced in Congress

  • October 30, 2011

Last week, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree announced that they will introduce the Local Farms, Food, and...

Bill Would Make Selling Fraudulent Maple Syrup A Felony Offense

  • October 30, 2011

This month, U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced legislation to make the fraudulent sale of maple syrup...

Cost of Senate Inaction on Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act

  • October 28, 2011

The Washington Examiner published an editorial by Agricultural Committee Chairman Frank D. Lucas yesterday, calling on the Senate to take action...

Statements by Attorney General Holder and Agricultural Secretary Vilsack on Court Approval of Pigford II Settlement Agreement

  • October 28, 2011

Attorney General Eric Holder and Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack released the following statements on the U.S. Disrict Court for the District...

Court approves $1.15 billion settlement for black farmers in Pigford II

  • October 28, 2011

Yesterday, a judge approved a $1.15 billion settlement in the decades old class action suit filed by black farmers against the...

USDA tightens belt by cutting agriculture reports

  • October 28, 2011

The U.S. Agriculture Department has kept tabs for decades on a wide range of agricultural industries that generate billions of dollars...

Vilsack sees farm bill urging conservation

  • October 28, 2011

This week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack stated that he is not proposing the linking of conservation compliance with subsidized...

USDA seeks comments on amendments establishing a controlled import permit

  • October 27, 2011

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to amend regulations concerning the importation...