U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

1:49pm

Thu January 16, 2014
The Salt

Good News: Americans Are Eating 78 Fewer Calories Every Day

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 4:55 pm

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Americans are dining out less and eating at home more, new government research shows. This may mean more family dinners, like this one at the Brown-Spencer home in Mechanicsville, Va.
Maggie Starbard NPR

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has crunched some numbers, and its conclusion is that Americans are munching less. And on more healthful stuff.

On average, working-age adults were eating about 78 fewer calories per day in 2010, compared with five years earlier, according to a report released Thursday.

So what are we eating less of? Saturated fat. Researchers documented a 6 percent decline in calories from saturated fat between 2005 and 2010.

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1:10pm

Wed January 15, 2014
Agriculture

Global Bumper Wheat Crop Brings Lower Prices For Colorado Farmers

Countries like Russia, Australia and Canada are producing more wheat, leading to a global overabundance of the crop and subsequent lower prices.
Credit jayneadd / Flickr/Creative Commons

6:00am

Mon January 6, 2014
Agriculture

New Direction For Beef Herd Could Ease Meat Prices

Even if the beef herd begins expanding again in 2014 it could take two years for the effects to show up in consumer prices.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

For the first time in nearly 10 years, the nation’s beef herd may be poised for growth, which could mean relief from rising meat prices. But with the fewest cattle in the beef supply since the 1960s, slow growth won’t cut prices anytime soon.

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8:38am

Tue December 31, 2013
Agriculture

How An Animal Growth Promoter Is Affecting Overseas Trade

Tyler Karney is manager of Ordway Feedyard in eastern Colorado, where he raises 6,500 Holsteins for the four largest beef companies.
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

So I got my serious #agnerd geek on this month in looking at the continuing story in the beef industry about using a controversial growth promoter to bulk up cattle.

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5:00am

Fri December 27, 2013
Agriculture

Suspended Drug Focuses Attention On Cattle-Feeding Additive

Some 6,500 Holsteins are “finished” at this 2,000-acre Ordway, Colo., feedlot, where the growth promotion drug Zilmax is no longer used because it was pulled from the market by its manufacturer.
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

Moves to limit a specific growth promoter have shaken the cattle industry. Zilmax is a feed additive that most people have never heard of but one that has become a huge -- if controversial -- part of U.S. beef production.

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