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US Announces Plans to Reduce Agricultural Carbon Emissions

April 24, 2015 7:30 am | by JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal agricultural officials announced Thursday voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming — and don't require congressional approval.

With Bird Flu Spreading, USDA Starts on Potential Vaccine

April 22, 2015 9:40 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA is working on a vaccine to counter a deadly strain of bird flu, as losses to poultry...

USDA Says Bird Flu Outbreak Could Prove 'Devastating'

April 17, 2015 9:15 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's poultry industry may have to live with a deadly bird flu strain for several years,...

USDA to Propose Standards For Organic Seafood Raised in US

April 16, 2015 8:25 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Agriculture Department says it will propose standards for the farmed organic fish year this...

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Consumers Buying More Organic Products, New Data Shows

April 15, 2015 1:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The organic industry says U.S. sales of its products jumped 11 percent last year alone, to more than $39 billion, despite tight domestic supplies of organic ingredients. And the number of U.S. organic operations has grown by 250 percent since the government started certifying organic products in 2002, according to new Agriculture Department data released Wednesday.

Penn. Slaughterhouse Recalls 1.8K Pounds of Uninspected Veal

April 14, 2015 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Pennsylvania slaughterhouse is recalling 1,800 pounds of veal carcasses that were sold to families for Orthodox Easter without being inspected. They didn't bear the Agriculture Department's mark of inspection.

Wisconsin Records 1st Outbreak of Dangerous Bird Flu Strain

April 13, 2015 12:25 pm | by AP Exchange | News | Comments

Wisconsin has confirmed its first case of a dangerous bird flu strain that has struck several other Midwest states, including Minnesota and South Dakota.

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VIDEO: School Lunches Are Making the Grade

April 8, 2015 1:05 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

How are students adapting to the healthier school meal standards? A new study tells everything. Since the USDA's healthier school standards went into effect, students are eating more fruit and throwing away less of their entrees and vegetables.

North Dakota Getting $2.3M to Boost Specialty Crops

April 7, 2015 3:00 pm | by BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota will see another large infusion of federal money this year to boost the development of specialty crops in a state that's already among the nation's leading producers of dry peas, lentils, honey and confection sunflowers.

USDA Unveils App to Help Prevent Wasted Food

April 7, 2015 11:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The "FoodKeeper" app, developed by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute, informs users about properly storing hundreds of food and beverage products to maximize their shelf lives and decrease food waste.

USDA: Record Soybean Acres Expected, Corn Acres to Drop

March 31, 2015 12:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's first report of the new crop season says farmers will plant 84.6 million acres in soybeans, up 1 percent from last year's previous record of 83.7 million acres.

USDA Develops New Poultry Vaccine, Incorporates New Testing Standard

March 25, 2015 8:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

U.S. Agriculture Department scientists recently announced a new vaccine to protect chickens against a pair of potentially fatal diseases.

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Feds Under Fire For Mass Killings of Birds in Nevada

March 24, 2015 2:25 pm | by MARTIN GRIFFITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman said a pesticide was used to destroy the birds to prevent the spread of disease to dairy cows.

Meat Industry Exec: Federal Panel Inconsistent in Developing Dietary Guidelines

March 24, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

A meat industry trade group official on Tuesday reiterated the group's concerns about proposed federal dietary guidelines and suggested the committee charged with developing the recommendations applied evidence inconsistently.

Feds Worry About Contamination of Calif. Winery's Sea-Aged Wine

March 24, 2015 8:10 am | by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

 It seemed like a worthwhile experiment to a small winery: Submerge bottles of wine in sea water to see how they age. But a federal agency is concerned that ocean water could contaminate the wine.

Eating Red, Processed Meats: A Dietitian's Thoughts on the US Dietary Guidelines

March 17, 2015 1:15 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing sat down with Jennifer Christman, Registered Dietitian and Clinical Nutrition Manager at Medifast, to discuss her thoughts on the dietary guideline suggestions of meat intake.

Farmers Get Creative in Ways to Defraud Federal Insurance Programs

March 9, 2015 12:00 pm | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest case involves two brothers from North Dakota accused of using various techniques to destroy their potatoes, such as adding septic tank chemicals and bringing in a portable heater to turn their warehouse into a spud sauna.

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FDA Looks to Develop Improved Method For Attributing Foodborne Illness

February 24, 2015 12:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A new report by the FDA, USDA and CDC finds that at least 80 percent of E. coli illnesses between 1998 and 2012 were linked to beef and vegetable row crops, mainly leafy vegetables. 

Healthful Diet Report: Sugary Drinks Out; Coffee, Eggs In

February 20, 2015 7:15 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recommendations Thursday from a government advisory committee call for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. But the panel would reverse previous guidance on limiting dietary cholesterol. And it says the caffeine in a few cups of coffee could actually be good for you.

Apples Move to Forefront of GMO Labeling Debate

February 19, 2015 9:00 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The National Co+op Grocers on Wednesday expressed a continued objection to the lack of mandatory federally enforced labeling of genetically modified organisms in light of the deregulation announcement last week for Arctic apple varieties developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits.

How Far is 'Too Far' When it Comes to School Nutrition Rules?

February 11, 2015 2:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Who doesn't love grandma's homemade double chocolate chip brownies? Sharing — and showing off — your family's recipes was always the highlight of my fundraising experiences. But not so fast: new government rules requiring healthier options at schools may mean saying goodbye to the days of bake sale fundraisers.

California Firm Recalls Chicken Stew Products Produced Without Benefit of Import Inspection

January 30, 2015 1:20 pm | by FoodSafety.gov | News | Comments

Korean Farm Inc., a Santa Fe Springs, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 14,610 pounds of chicken stew products produced in the Republic of Korea that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

USDA Revises Maple Syrup Grading With Descriptive Terms

January 29, 2015 8:00 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA is revising the grading standards for maple syrup to match international standards so that consumers have a better understanding of what they are buying. The move comes in response to petition from the International Maple Syrup Institute.

Bird Flu Found at Foster Farms' Turkey Ranch in Central Calif.

January 26, 2015 12:50 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Hundreds of turkeys at a central California ranch are being killed to prevent the spread of avian influenza. Federal officials say they found the commercial turkey flock at Foster Farms' Stanislaus County facility to be infected with the H5N8 strain. 

Food Industry Executives Should Look Out: The Gov't Might Come A 'Knocking

January 21, 2015 1:40 pm | by Angela T. Puentes-Leon, Marissel Descalzo, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt | Articles | Comments

The Government is using a new tool to attack companies and executives in the food industry — prison.  Food industry executives are appearing to be easy targets to the Government, resulting in several high profile criminal prosecutions in recent years.

Proposed Standards Aim to Cut Down on Salmonella in Poultry

January 21, 2015 1:11 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposed standards apply to the most popular poultry products — chicken breasts, legs and wings, and ground chicken and turkey. They are voluntary but designed to pressure companies to lower rates of salmonella and campylobacter, another pathogen that can cause symptoms similar to salmonella, in their products.

Tea is Becoming a Booming Business For Kids

January 12, 2015 10:00 am | by Christine Wheeler, Drazil Foods maker of Drazil Kids Tea | Articles | Comments

What has no sugar, no calories, but is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals?  Tea! And herbal teas (otherwise known as tisanes) are naturally caffeine-free, thus making them a perfect beverage choice for kids.      

Calif. Company Recalls More Than 48K Pounds of Frozen Beef, Pork

January 9, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Unibright Foods of Bell Gardens is recalling more than 48,000 pounds of frozen beef and pork that may be contaminated with metal.                       

5 Notable Changes to Look Out For in the USDA's 2015 Dietary Guideilnes

January 8, 2015 8:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Whether consumers choose to follow the recommendations or not, the new guidelines will more than likely affect nutritional patterns throughout the country. From school lunches to labels on food products, the Dietary Guidelines are sure to pose an impact in American lives.

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