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Bringing the Promise of Healthy School Meals to More Children This Fall

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Sec. Tom Vilsack

For many kids, the meals they get at school may be the only nutritious meals they receive that day -- and when children receive proper nourishment, they are not only healthier, but they also have better school attendance and perform better academically.

'People's Garden' Will Bring Sustainability Showcase to DC's National Mall

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.27.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

One of the more thoughtful landscaping undertakings I have seen will be installed over the next 15 years on, appropriately enough, the grounds of the US Department of Agriculture headquarters in Washington.

Addressing the Needs of Working Families in Rural America

Krysta Harden | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Krysta Harden

I am proud to be from rural America, and I know that others feel the same sense of community that I do, but there are many challenges that rural residents face.

The Hungry Child

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Hunger and malnutrition have devastating consequences for children. Federal nutrition programs continue to be a critical support to ensure children's daily nutritional needs are met: they put food on children's plates, help build healthy minds and bodies, and help lift families out of poverty.

Congress Cuts Funding For Horse Slaughter

AP | JERI CLAUSING | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Congress has again cut funding for inspections at horse slaughterhouses, the latest blow to efforts to resume horse slaught...

America's Struggling Families Need a Farm Bill

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

Earlier this week I was accompanied by Deputy Under Secretary Janey Thornton and Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Anne Alonzo as we visite...

Republican Deaf Ears

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Much of the country kicked off the New Year with heavy snowstorms followed by a blast of frigid cold temperatures. But for 1.3 million Americans, whose unemployment checks have been cut off, this may be the coldest winter of all.

Dept. Of Agriculture Permanently Eases Up On School Meals

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - U.S. regulators said on Thursday they were permanently relaxing school meal rules that were designed to combat childho...

The Secret, Dirty Cost Of Obama's Green Power Push

AP | DINA CAPPIELLO and MATT APUZZO | Posted 11.12.2013 | Green

CORYDON, Iowa -- CORYDON, Iowa (AP) — The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America's push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has ...

Playing Chicken With Food Safety

Michael Winship | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

New rules the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to put into effect would transfer much of the work inspecting pork and chicken and turkey meat from trained government inspectors to the processing companies themselves. Talk about putting the fox in the henhouse!

GOP Hypocrisy and the Farm Bill

Michael Tanner | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Michael Tanner

Whenever Republicans cut spending for a social welfare program, Democrats claim that it's not unaffordable spending that the Republicans dislike, but poor people. By passing the farm bill this week -- after stripping spending for the food stamp program -- House Republicans showed that that stereotype is largely true.

Summer Break Means Vacation for Some, Hunger for Others

Dr. Michele Borba | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Dr. Michele Borba

While many are making plans with friends, heading to the beach or enrolling in camp, others are facing a very different and very somber reality: a loss of access to food for the coming summer months.

Dave Jamieson

Workers Pay A Steep Price For Your Cheap Chicken

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.06.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A recent government study of workers at a poultry plant in South Carolina determined that four out of 10 showed signs of the painful han...

Government Works To Reduce Big Waste

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Americans throw away more than a third of the food they buy – that's almost $400 a year per person, or more than an average month'...

Enabling Greed Makes U.S. Sick

Bill Moyers | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

All too often, instead of acting as a brake on runaway corporate power and greed, government becomes their enabler, undermining the very rules and regulations intended to keep us safe.

Small Farms Fight Back: Food and Community Self-Governance

Beverly Bell | Posted 06.15.2013 | Green
Beverly Bell

Blue Hill is one of a handful of small Maine towns that have been taking bold steps to protect their local food system. In 2011, they passed an ordinance exempting their local farmers and food producers from federal and state licensure requirements when these farmers sell directly to customers.

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.

Egypt's Looming Famine and America's Grain Bounty

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Along with this new focus and responsibility, it is also high time that the nation establishes a Strategic Grain Reserve much in keeping with the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Why We Must Put Nature Back to Work, Part 1

William S. Becker | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

Ecosystems perform a wide variety of important services for free. But many of these ecosystems have been degraded or destroyed by human development. Now, communities need to put nature back to work.

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...

Meat Shortage Coming?

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business

* Furloughs expected to begin in mid-July, total 11 days * Furlough days will be sporadic, none in succession WASHINGTON...

WATCH: U.S. Farm Worker Speaks About Slave-Like Conditions

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington | Posted 02.01.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

For every 32 pounds of tomatoes Leonel Perez picks on Florida farmlands, he says he receives a piece rate of 50 cents. "That's a piece rate that ha...

19 TONS Of Beef Recalled

AP | Posted 10.02.2012 | Food

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Kenosha Beef International Ltd. is recalling nearly 19 tons of frozen bacon-cheeseburger patties because they may contain piece...

GOP Senators Celebrate 'Meat Monday' After USDA's 'Meatless Monday' Mishap

Posted 07.30.2012 | Food

The hubbub over the U.S. Department of Agriculture's retracted tweet supporting "Meatless Mondays" continues. Last week, Republican Iowa senator C...

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. ...