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Grocery Stores Waste Tons of Food as They Woo Shoppers

Sep 24, 2014
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Grocery stores and restaurants serve up more than 400 million pounds of food each year, but nearly a third of it never makes it to a stomach.

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Jennifer Brdar’s dream job was to be a meat inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, watching out for unwary consumers and making sure the meat on their dinner tables was clean and disease-free.

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Monsanto has agreed to settle some of the lawsuits brought by U.S. farmers who allege they lost money when an Oregon field was discovered to have been contaminated with an experimental genetically modified strain of wheat.

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The USDA said farmers markets can play a significant role in strengthening local food systems by accepting SNAP benefits.

July's Mild Temperatures Benefit Crops

Jul 28, 2014
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This summer's cooler than average temperatures are keeping crops in good condition.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is ready to help potential low-income home buyers. The agency plans to spend millions this year on rural home loans.

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The former operators of a large egg farm in Iowa have agreed to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with a major salmonella outbreak in 2010.

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Recognizing that the demand for local food is growing to between $5 and 7 billion a year, the USDA announced a new effort aimed at connecting farmers with urban shoppers.

A summit that brings together business, government and community leaders from throughout the tri-state region reached a milestone on Wednesday, May 7.

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An alarming number of farmers in the U.S. take their own lives, according to the magazine Newsweek.

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Hog farmers are now required to report outbreaks of certain viral diseases that have spread across the country during the past year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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The U. S. Department of Agriculture is predicting fewer acres will be planted in corn this year, compared to last year, while soybean acreage will be up.

For Farmers Who Rent, 2014 Could Be a Tough Year

Jan 28, 2014
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With the price of farmland at record levels across the Corn Belt, many farmers have been renting acres to plant. Now, with the price of corn and soybeans in freefall, farmers that depend on renting risk big losses if they’re unable to negotiate lower rents.

Record US Corn Harvest in 2013

Jan 14, 2014
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U.S. farmers harvested more corn in 2013 than in 2012, while the soybean harvest declined slightly, according to newly released USDA reports.

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Food and Drug Administration regulators inspected less than two-percent of the food shipments that were imported to the U.S. in the 2012 fiscal year.

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