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Making Agriculture Cool

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 07.10.2014 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Agriculture has an image problem. Simply put, for the majority of the world's youth, agriculture simply isn't seen as being "cool" or attractive. Most think of it only as back-breaking labor, without an economic pay off -- and little room for career advancement.

101 Hopeful Food Facts

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 06.15.2014 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) proclaimed 2014 the International Year of Family Farming. There are 500 million smallholder farms worldwide and more than two billion people in the world depend on them for their livelihoods.

The Breaking and Dispossession of America's Black Farmers

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Evaggelos Vallianatos

We need to help black farmers get back their lost land and return to farming. Dispossession" could be the prologue to a revitalized black farming -- and American society.

Why Your 'Organic' Meat And Dairy Isn't So Organic This Year

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.24.2014 | Green

Your organic meat and dairy isn’t quite as organic as it was last year. A variance issued last month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is all...

Do Selfies Signal the Arrival of the Most Spoiled Generation in History?

Mario Almonte | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Mario Almonte

Get ready for a generation raised to believe that they are the center of the universe, who believe that everything they do is of immense interest to the rest of the world.

Slaughterhouse Allegedly Sold Meat From Cows With Cancer

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.26.2014 | Healthy Living

The nearly 9 million pounds of beef recalled from a California slaughterhouse this month may have come from cows sick with cancer, inside sources are ...

Why the USDA's Decision Could Be Bad for Our Kids' Health

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

We must protest the USDA decision to expand meat consumption in schools. It is in youth that one develops eating habits and we dare not set our children off on a path toward uninformed consumption, disease and worse.

U.S. Agriculture Department Initiative Could Be Big Help To Southern Black Families

The Associated Press | Bruce Smith | Posted 11.09.2013 | Black Voices

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- A top U.S. Agriculture Department official praised a South Carolina pilot program Thursday and said it could be a model for k...

Food Stamp Debit Cards Not Working In 17 States

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.12.2013 | Business

-- People in Ohio, Michigan and 15 other states found themselves temporarily unable to use their food stamp debit-style cards on Saturday, after a ro...

GROSS: Plastic Found In Recalled School Lunch Meat

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.25.2013 | Business

More than 58,000 pounds of beef intended for school lunches is being recalled after the U.S. Department of Agriculture discovered the meat may contain...

Beef Recalled Due To Possible E.Coli Contamination

Posted 08.05.2013 | Healthy Living

Time to check out the label on your ground beef. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a Kansas company has recalled approximately 50,00...

Audit Finds Gov't Agency Paid Millions To The Dead

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

As Congress readies for another budget showdown, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a Monday audit unearthing millions o...

Maryland Children In Poverty Won't Go Hungry This Summer

The Baltimore Sun | YVONNE WENGER | Posted 07.02.2013 | DC

Children in poor Baltimore neighborhoods can get free meals this summer through an extension of the National School Lunch Program, city officials said...

U.S. Dairy Industry: Leading the Way in Sustainable Innovation

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business
Sec. Tom Vilsack

U.S. dairy producers are leading the way in productivity and innovation when it comes to sustainable practices. Earlier this afternoon, I joined Innov...

Rogue Agency's Agent Investigated in Wolf Killing

Kieran Suckling | Posted 06.09.2013 | Green
Kieran Suckling

The Southwest's endangered Mexican gray wolves -- with just three breeding pairs left in the wild -- are hanging on by a thread. The last thing they need is one of their own gunned down by an employee of the government that's supposed to be nursing this wild population back to health.

USDA StrikeForce: Expanding Partnerships and Opportunity in Rural Communities

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

Unfortunately, 90 percent of America's persistent poverty counties are in rural America -- and we can't allow these areas to be left behind. This week, USDA is further expanding a program to partner with rural communities on projects they support to promote economic growth.

Spending Cuts Could Wreak Havoc On Milk Prices

AP | TODD RICHMOND | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business

MADISON, Wis. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's statistical arm said it won't issue some agricultural reports this year because of automati...

Food Banks' Dire Warning

Reuters | Posted 01.21.2013 | Business

* High commodity prices lead to drop in gov't food donations * Food banks increase food purchases, straining resources ...

Fiscal Cliff: Public Sector Workers Should Be Very Afraid

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.05.2012 | Business

If America falls off the fiscal cliff, there’s going to be a hell to pay, and fewer workers to pay too. Around 277,000 public sector workers wil...

Cows May Be Eating More Gummy Worms Than Ever

Reuters | Posted 11.23.2012 | Business

(Repeats to correct date and widen distribution) By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept 23 (Reuters) - Mike Yoder's herd...

Consumer Group: Ban Tuna From School Lunches

Posted 09.21.2012 | Education

The Mercury Policy Project of Montpelier, Vt., is pushing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to scrap tuna from school lunch menus after a test of 59 ...

Leaner, Greener School Lunches Get Strained Reviews From Students

AP | MICHAEL HILL | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. -- One student complains because his cafeteria no longer serves chicken nuggets. Another gripes that her school lunch just isn't filli...

How A Couple Stole $1.3 Million From The Government

Posted 08.30.2012 | Miami

A Homestead couple was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday and must also pay restitution for defrauding the government out of more than $1 mil...

Fewer U.S. Students Buy Sodas, Sports Drinks Still A Problem

Reuters | Posted 10.06.2012 | Education

* Sodas in middle and high schools down more than 50 pct * Sugary sports drinks still widely available By Susan Heavey ...

PETA Takes 'Bets' On Senator's Death As 'Meatless Mondays' Controversy Continues

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 07.27.2012 | Food

PETA upped the ante Thursday, jumping headfirst into a feud involving the Department of Agriculture, the meat lobby and Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley. ...