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Op-Ed: Government department bans the use of the term 'climate change'

Washington - The staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work. The terms "greenhouse gasses" and "carbon sequestration" have also been blacklisted.

U.S. and China sign long-awaited rice protocol

The U.S. can now ship milled rice to China, for the first time ever, signaling a win for American farmers who have long fought to see a phytosanitary protocol finalized. The agreement will give the U.S. access to the world's biggest consumer of rice.

FSIS OKs use of beef hearts in ground beef but not on label

The US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has pulled a fast one on the American consumer, quietly ending a 40-year rule against using beef hearts and tongue in ground beef.

Op-Ed: USDA ordered to stop talking to the public

It looks like the Trump administration has succeeded in scaring the pants off the American public today, issuing gag orders for the EPA and now the Department of Agriculture while the CDC is so scared they canceled a climate change summit.

Avocado prices soar in wake of strike — USDA looks to Colombia

The U.S. is experiencing a nationwide shortage of avocados, the result of an ongoing drought in California and a strike by workers in Mexico. The price of the fatty fruit has quadrupled in most markets.

Two food companies recall products — No USDA inspections

Instead of meat products being recalled because of contamination with "extraneous matter" or pathogenic bacteria, the public now has to contend with companies selling food products without the benefit of inspection.

Where's the beef? House committee votes to stop Argentine beef

On Wednesday, the news came out that the U.S.was lifting a 14-year-old ban on beef from Argentina and 14 states in Brazil. The ban was put in place after an outbreak of foot and-mouth-disease in the country in 2001.

Bird flu epidemic exposes our weak biosecurity measures

The worst outbreak of avian flu in the history of the U.S. has now affected 20 states, and health officials are still assuring people the virus poses no threat to humans. More worrisome is the lack of sufficient preparedness seen in this outbreak.

Liquid egg shortage will soon affect your pocketbook

The avian bird flu epidemic has left farmers in 15 states with mountainous piles of dead chickens and turkeys to get rid of, and as was expected, consumers with a lot less money in their wallets.

Nigeria's GDP to hit $1 trn 2030 – Among top 20 world economies

Lagos - Nigeria's GDP will double in the next 15 years to more than $1 trillion, according to the latest projections by the USDA. The optimistic forecast says Nigeria's economy will grow at an annual rate of up to 7.92 percent in the next 15 years.

Supreme Court looks set to rule raisin seizures unconstitutional

A long standing post-World War II program allowing the government to seize portions of raisin farmers' crops is being called into question in the Supreme Court. In hearings so far, several justices have been highly critical of the program.

USDA under fire for mass killing of birds in Nevada

Land owners in northern Nevada were shocked this week to discover tens of thousands of dead birds littering the landscape. They are now criticizing the federal government over the mass killing of the starlings.

Op-Ed: USDA overrides public opinion and approves GMO apple for sale

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave their approval to Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ genetically engineered Arctic Apples, despite the agency's environmental review receiving over 73,000 comments voicing opposition to the fruit.

New U.S. diet guidelines — 'Don't worry about cholesterol'

The country's top diet and nutrition advisory panel has decided to drop cholesterol warnings, considering cholesterol to not be a "nutrient of concern." This decision stands in sharp contrast to Dietary Guidelines issued for the last 40 years.

Whistleblower criticizes USDA's high-speed inspection process

Last week, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) released affidavits from four USDA inspectors with the agency's high-speed inspection pilot program (HIMP) raising serious questions about the program.

Meat producers upset over USDA demands

Reports have surfaced that the advisory panel for the U.S. government's upcoming dietary guidelines may recommend less meat consumption, to the dismay of meat producers.

Too many cranberries? USDA steps in to help with oversupply

Madison - Many of you enjoying Thanksgiving this week probably enjoyed a side dish of cranberry sauce or relish to go with your turkey and trimmings. However, what many of you may not know is that we have too many cranberries this year.

USDA approves low carcinogen GM potato for McDonald's supplier

Washington - The US Department of Agriculture has approved for commercial planting a new genetically modified potato being touted as having lower levels of a potentially carcinogenic substance produced when potatoes are fried.

Op-Ed: No solution in sight for salmonella outbreak in U.S.

The safety of the poultry we buy in the grocery store is of the utmost concern to consumers, and it should be of concern to the government and the companies that process the chickens. But somewhere along the line, things have gotten out of control.

Op-Ed: Deception, illicit romance behind California beef recall

On February 14, 2014, the USDA announced that the Rancho Feeding Corp., a Petaluma, Calif. company was recalling almost 9.0 million pounds of beef products. It was discovered the facility had processed unwholesome meat without the benefit of inspection.

'Junk food' banned from U.S. schools July 1

All junk food in a la carte lunches, vending machines, student stores and even fundraisers, including bake sales, will be banned from United States schools as of July 1. Some parents think the move is great, but others are highly critical.

Op-Ed: Kroger being sued for lying about their 'Simple Truth' chicken

Consumers are having a hard enough time just trying to stay informed of the next meat or poultry recall news. Now we are being hit with the news that a nationally known grocery store has been telling lies about their chicken products. What's next?

Over 8.7 million pounds of meat recalled by California company

For the second time in less than a month, a Petaluma, California company has issued a recall of beef products processed by the company because diseased animals were processed without benefit of a full federal inspection.

Op-Ed: Humane Society alleges cruel research by Georgia Regents Uni, GA

Augusta - Some truly gruesome videos from the Humane Society of the United States show instances of animal cruelty and serious breaches of animal welfare alleged to have been conducted by Georgia Regents University research facilities.

Recall of 90 tons of chicken salad for E. coli contamination

The "Grab-and-Go" option of getting a quick meal to eat on-the-go has become a way of life in our hectic world. With the option of picking up just about anything that catches the eye, it's a good way to pick up something you may not want to bring home.

USDA weighs sugar bailout that may boost candy prices

In the US, the USDA is considering buying around 400,000 tons of sugar in order to limit supply and boost prices so sugar producers can pay back loans, which they are in danger of defaulting on, to the government.

After scandals, is America planning to open a horse meat factory?

For the first time since 2007 the USDA may allow the opening of a horse meat slaughtering house. If it is approved the factory would process and make available horse meat for human consumption.

GOP senator blasts USDA for endorsing 'Meatless Mondays'

A Republican US senator who has received nearly half a million dollars in campaign contributions from the agribusiness industry has slammed the Department of Agriculture for temporarily endorsing 'Meatless Mondays.'

Op-Ed: USDA agrees to labeling for 'pink slime', optional for beef firms

As the clash over 'pink slime' continues, some meat producers asked the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture for the ability to label packages of beef treated with ammonia, also known as lean finely textured beef (LFTB) or "pink slime".

Grocery chains halt selling ground beef containing 'pink slime'

As the fury over the practice of adding 'pink slime' to ground beef continues, news has emerged that several major retail grocery carriers are banning the sale of any ground beef containing the meat byproduct in their stores.
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