U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

11:08am

Tue February 14, 2012
Politics

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Unveils 'Stable' Budget for 2013

U.S. Dept of Agriculture

Agriculture officials say the President’s proposed budget for the USDA next year will be similar to this year’s. Although the overall budget has been cut by $3 billion since 2010, funding for several programs that have helped boost agriculture production and export in Colorado and across the country will likely continue or increase.

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2:48pm

Thu January 26, 2012
Environment

Forest Restoration, Water Key in New Forest Service Planning Rule

U.S. Forest Service

Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced new rules that will change how almost 200 million acres of National Forest lands are managed across the country and in Colorado.

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2:00am

Thu January 26, 2012
NPR Story

Kids Have A Say In Louisville's School Lunch Menu

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The federal government has come out with its new standards for school meals - less fat, less salt, less sugar and more fruits, grains and vegetables. Devin Katayama from member station WFPL reports on how the Louisville, Kentucky school district is trying to comply with the guidelines and satisfy student tastes.

DEVIN KATAYAMA, BYLINE: Meet fourth grade food critic Jackson Schleff.

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3:01pm

Wed January 25, 2012
Education

USDA Nutrition Guidelines to Change School Lunch in Colorado

Under new U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, Colorado school lunches will have less sodium, more whole grains and more fruits and vegetables.

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2:38pm

Wed January 25, 2012
The Salt

Antitrust Official Gets Stampeded By Big Beef

Originally published on Thu January 26, 2012 8:34 am

At sale barns, like this one in Kingsville, Mo., cattlemen still bid openly for breeding stock. Meatpackers once bought on the open market, too.
Frank Morris for NPR

Dudley Butler is quitting his job tomorrow. Never heard of him? He's President Obama's appointee to run the division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that governs antitrust issues in the meat industry. He was part of a cadre of high-level bureaucrats charged to expose and fight agribusiness monopolies. In fact, he was the last of that group.

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