U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

6:00am

Thu February 6, 2014
Agriculture

The Uneasy Marriage Of Food Stamps And The Farm Bill

About 47 million Americans, 1 in 7, received assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the 2013 fiscal year.
Credit pasa47 / Flickr

When President Obama signs the long-overdue Agriculture Act of 2014– the new farm bill – into law Friday, both farmers and food stamps advocates will be sighing in relief. This farm bill process was fraught with ups and downs and the loose coalition tying nutrition and farm programs seemed barely able to survive.

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3:00pm

Wed February 5, 2014
Agriculture

Climate Change Hubs Created To Give Farmers Survival Tips

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the creation of the research hubs, saying farmers need to be proactive in mitigating the effects of climate change.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

2:48pm

Thu January 16, 2014
Environment

This Winter’s Snowpack A Story Of 'Haves And Have-Nots'

2014 hasn't brought much snow for the western half of the U.S. so far. Only small pockets are showing above average snow pack currently. Northern Colorado is one of them.
Credit PRISM Climate Group / Oregon State University

In the West, some states are enjoying their best snowpack in years. And early too. In others, the new year has only brought more dry weather. That’ll mean significant water problems later in the year.

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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

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

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