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WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2016 - Integrating agriculture more fully into the global marketplace will help farmers and the world's poorest people adapt to the rising temperatures that accompany climate change, according to a Purdue University agricultural economist.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif., Feb.
15, 2016 - The federal crop insurance program can celebrate several successes,
but one of the biggest comes from reducing the improper payment rate by more
than 50 percent, said Brandon Willis, administrator of USDA's Risk Management
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2016 - Three new national monument designations covering 1.8 million acres of California will connect Mojave National Preserve, Joshua Tree National Park, San Bernardino National Forest, and 15 wilderness areas previously designated by Congress.
Washington, Feb. 12, 2016 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has made a preliminary decision not to regulate Syngenta's line of corn genetically engineered for both insect resistance and glufosinate-ammonium resistance (MZIR098).
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2016 - USDA announced Friday it will award $220 million to 84 Regional Conservation Partnership Projects (RCPPs) this year to help communities improve water quality, wildlife habitat and soil.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2016 - The Agriculture Department's inspector general is opening a broad investigation into complaints that agency officials have silenced USDA researchers on issues such as pesticides.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2016 - EPA chief Gina McCarthy put up a stout
defense at a House Agriculture Committee hearing today to charges that her
agency is out of touch with the farming community, stating that she works
closely with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and has "great
respect" for USDA.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are encouraging stakeholders in enhanced Cuban trade to keep the pressure on Congress to ease trade restrictions with the island nation.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif., Feb. 11 - If one headline could summarize the challenges confronting the crop insurance industry in 2016, it might be (No Shortage of Critics,) lamented Mary Kay Thatcher, senior director for congressional relations with the American Farm Bureau Federation, in a speech to industry leaders today.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 - USDA will temporarily allow Michigan to use its WIC funds to test about 3,800 WIC participants who may have been exposed to lead during the ongoing drinking water crisis in Flint.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Michel Nischan, CEO and Founder of Wholesome Wave, and an award-winning chef. The USDA announced a second amount of funding for the nonprofit to expand its healthy food initiative into areas of Connecticut and Vermont. The $500,000 was awarded through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program, enabling SNAP program participants to buy more locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. The program means better nutrition for consumers and increased opportunities for local farmers. In this interview, Chef Nischan shares his vision for the power of food to improve personal health, his thoughts on improving diets with fresh as well as frozen vegetables, and his ideas for the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.