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Drought Destroys Crops in Six U.S. States

Crop disasters declared for 38 counties across six states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 38 counties in six states:  Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming—as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by drought. 361 more words


Quarantine area established for in Puerto Rico for Mediterranean fruit fly

As of May 13, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) established a new Mediterranean fruit fly regulated area in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, after Mediterranean fruit flies were caught in detection traps. 170 more words


America's Food System: GMOs

Have you ever heard the term “GMO”? If not, a GMO is an acronym meaning “genetically modified organism.” GMOs are commonly used in the American food system and are certainly a major topic of discussion. 707 more words


What's Value Added Mean Anyway

By John Crabtree, johnc@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs

Whether enabling dairy farmers to expand their line of product offerings or helping farm families start businesses for unique products or providing capital for the creation of farm-identity preserved regional supply chains, USDA’s Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program has been helping thousands of farmers and ranchers around the country expand their customer base and income by creating new or developing existing value-added businesses. 185 more words


Federal 'Local Foods, Local Places' Program Enters Second Year on a High Note

Today, the Obama Administration invited communities to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing direct technical support to build strong local food systems as part of a community’s emerging economic action plans. 771 more words

The Crow Crusades

Quarterly Grain Stocks Report

The USDA released their Quarterly Grain Stocks report Tuesday morning. This report measures grain in all positions as of June 1st. It is used to benchmark feed demand and gauge whether or not any adjustments are needed to the size of last harvest’s crop. 613 more words


Can We Wean Our Future Food Off Antibiotics?

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Each year, at least 23,000 Americans die from drug-resistant infections carried by so-called superbugs — pathogens that were once easily treatable but that can now withstand modern medicine’s full arsenal of antibiotics. 907 more words