U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

5:59am

Tue August 12, 2014
Agriculture

Forthcoming Poultry Rules Get Mixed Reception

The U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled July 31 the first major overhaul of the nation's poultry-inspection system in more than 50 years.
Raul Perez Foto Flickr - Creative Commons

Change is coming to the poultry industry and not everyone is happy about it.

Until now, inspections have been governed by a law written in 1957. It’s nine pages long. The new rule — finalized recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service — fills 379 pages. Even accounting for differences in font type and size, and formatting, there’s a whole lot more in this one.

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6:00am

Fri August 1, 2014
Agriculture

Farmers On Colorado's Plains Work Through Modern Day Dust Bowl

Farmer John Schweiser, 80, has had to take shelter from recent dust storms. He also lived through the Dust Bowl in the 1930s.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

When the wind picked up from the south on John Schweiser’s farm outside Rocky Ford, Colorado, the sky would go black. A charging wall of dust would force the 80-year-old farmer and his wife to hunker down in their ranch-style farmhouse.

“You’d look up and here’d come this big ol’ rolling dirt,” Schweiser said. “You couldn’t see how high it was.”

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5:00am

Wed July 30, 2014
School Lunch

School Districts Ready For New Year With Healthier Snacks

Cheetos advertises its reformulated snack food that meets new USDA health standards, at the School Nutrition Association conference earlier this month.
Michele R. Simon

Clif Bars are gone. There's no more beef jerky, and the chip selection in the Greeley-Evans Weld County School District 6's vending machines will look a little different in 2014.

The district, along with schools across Colorado and the nation, is implementing new U.S. Department of Agriculture healthy snack food guidelines that went into effect July 1.

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6:00am

Tue July 22, 2014
Politics

Out Of Public Eye, A Bitter Farm Bill Fight

K Street in Washington D.C. has long been known as the home to powerful lobbyists. Hundreds of companies and groups lobbied to influence the 2014 Farm Bill.
Credit Creative Commons

The “who” part of the Farm Bill is pretty clear.

With trillions dollars of government spending up for grabs, lobbyists from all ends of the spectrum – representing environmental interests, biotech companies, food companies, farmers – flocked to Capitol Hill to find their piece of the Farm Bill pie.

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6:00am

Mon July 21, 2014
Politics

Lobbyists Of All Kinds Flock To Farm Bill

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., (in green), watches as President Barack Obama signs the Farm Bill at Michigan State University on Feb. 7, 2014.
Credit David Kosling / USDA

When U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow announced passage of the Farm Bill in February, she echoed a refrain from a car commercial.

“This is not your father’s Farm Bill,” she said.

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