Tag Archive: USDA

Aug 12 2014

SNAP transparency: USDA seeks public input of Retailer Data

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public input concerning a proposal to provide more information to the public about the amount of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits used by participants at individual grocery stores and retailers. USDA’s goal is to provide as much transparency as possible on retailer data within the limits …

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Aug 06 2014

USDA helps minority, Vets: $9 million grant available for assistance

USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden has announced the availability of over $9 million in outreach and technical assistance for minority farmers and ranchers and military veterans that are new to farming and ranching. The funding, provided through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known …

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Nov 18 2013

Lone Star State: Tall Tails

Hidden cameras expose problems in pet stores and flea markets, while shelters have hundreds of available puppies Dogs in the sweltering Texas heat in open-air flea markets, employees refusing to tell consumers information on the source of the dogs, and unhealthy and underage puppies pouring in from out-of-state puppy mills and brokers were among the …

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Sep 14 2013

The USDA’s reckless plan

The government intends to spread a failed pilot program that decreased food safety to every hog plant in the nation. My friend Jim, a farmer, jokes about bringing a bowl of manure and a spoon to the farmers’ markets where he sells his beef. “My beef has no manure in it, but you can add …

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Jun 04 2012

Not only the cows are mad

Our government must stop relying on an inadequate testing system and outlaw the feeding of cow blood, fat, and protein to cattle. By John Stauber The Department of Agriculture determined in April that a cow from California died from an always-fatal disease that triggers dementia and can be transmitted to people. The chilling news about the …

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Sep 30 2011

Ranchers to apply for assistance

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) is reminding ranchers whose fences were lost or damaged in the wildfires to apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) funding at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. Although some ranchers may have already started rebuilding, those who haven’t should apply …

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Aug 16 2011

Truckers play a key food safety role

By Amanda Hitt Food safety is running afoul in Springdale — in more ways than one. First, meat and grain agribusiness giant Cargill Inc. recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey linked to a salmonella outbreak and temporarily shut its turkey processing plant in the Arkansas city in early August. Then, a Tyson Foods driver …

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Jun 15 2011

Pricery groceries

By Todd Staples, Texas Agriculture Commissioner It’s no secret rising food prices are hitting consumers hard in the pocketbook. The USDA has estimated that food prices will increase by 3 to 4 percent during 2011. In fact, a recent survey commissioned by the Food Research and Action Center and Tyson Foods found that one in …

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