U.S. Department of Agriculture

Food Stamp Usage Has Fallen Every Month of Trump Presidency - Breitbart

Food stamp usage has declined every month since President Trump took office in January, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) …

Social Justice

Childhood hunger in North Philadelphia nearly triples

Stephanie Sakho believes that people who work should have fuller refrigerators than she does.<p>The divorced, certified nursing assistant from Southwest …

Poverty

Late summer rains, private food supplies limit impact of North Korea drought

SEOUL (Reuters) - Late summer rains and the growing importance of privately produced crops mean North Korea will likely avoid acute food shortages this year despite earlier fears of drought and mounting international sanctions, defectors and experts say.<p>The U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organisation …

North Korea

Parents in 48 Florida counties don’t have to worry about lunch money for a month

There is such a thing as a free lunch for students in 48 Irma-affected Florida counties.<p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture accepted Florida’s …

Florida

Warm conditions help major Minnesota crops mature

Warm conditions this past week helped Minnesota's corn and soybean crops to mature and fueled a rapid harvest pace for dry beans.<p>The U.S. Department …

Business

Why the Organic Industry is Suing the USDA Over Animal Welfare

On January 19, 2017, just one day before President Trump’s inauguration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a rule requiring organic …

Agriculture

Stephen Censky, a Minnesota native, set to for influential USDA slot

A Minnesota native awaits confirmation for No 2. post at the agency.

Agriculture

Farmers hopeful they'll have a good year

MILWAUKEE -- Weeks from the fall harvest, farmers are keeping an eye on the weather and their finances in what has been a tough year for many folks in rural Wisconsin.<p>The price dairy farmers receive for their milk has been low for months, and prices for corn and soybeans are expected to hover near …

Agriculture

Alaska to pay $2.5M to settle claims about food program

Alaska will pay $2.5 million to the federal government to settle allegations of inaccurate reporting in the administration of a federal food …

Government

USDA Study Pinpoints Differences In Households With Obese Children And Those Without

The number of obese children nationwide has more than doubled in the past 30 years, and a new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers …

Obesity

Nebraska man raises organic bison

From the high point on Dave Hutchinson's 5,000 acres in the Sand Hills, you can look in any direction and see nothing but waving green grass and vast …

Business

How to Make Cuttings From Sycamore | Home Guides | SF Gate

Sycamores (Platanus occidentalis) propagate easily from cuttings, according to the Iowa State University Forestry Extension, but the ideal type of cutting to make -- simple, heel or mallet -- depends on when you take it from the tree. Simple-type cuttings give best results when taken during …

California's Statewide Ban On Foie Gras Is Getting Revived

An appeals court overturned a 2015 decision that struck down the ban.<p>A statewide ban on selling foie gras may soon be back on in California.<p>Foie gras, which means “fat liver” in French, is a luxury food item typically produced by force-feeding ducks or geese with a 10-12 inch feeding tube, which …

News

Bacon fans take heart as wholesale pork belly prices plummet

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Fans of BLT sandwiches, take heart: U.S. retail prices of bacon, which soared to record highs this summer, should begin to ease soon, according to livestock analysts.<p>It could have been worse.<p>Wholesale prices of pork bellies surged to over $200 per hundredweight in July after …

Pork

Hurricane Irma puts Thanksgiving pecan pies at risk | NOLA.com

Hurricane Irma's come and gone, but her aftermath will continue to upend millions of lives and even put Thanksgiving pies at risk.<p>The storm tore …

Weather

Hog Futures Rise on Bouncing Belly Prices

Hog futures rose over 3% to end the week, helped by sharply higher pork belly prices.<p>Volatility in belly prices has significantly influenced hog futures this year. Wholesale prices climbed over $10 to $114.21 per 100 pounds on Friday morning, a sharp turnaround after bellies lost about half their …

Markets

Correction to Cattle Futures Market Story on Sept. 13

Cattle futures rose to a four-week high, changing course as cash-market prices steadied.<p>Meatpackers paid $104.75 per 100 pounds live for one lot of cattle at Wednesday's morning online Fed Cattle Exchange auction. Only 128 cattle out of over 1,000 listed sold as feedlots held out for higher …

Markets

Report: Illinois soybean production up, corn down

Illinois farmers are expected to harvest less corn this fall than last year, but soybean production is forecast to increase to a record high.<p>The U.S. …

Business

Rethink Hierarchy in the Workplace

Flat structures, research shows, can create more functional teams.<p><i>By Dylan Walsh | Stanford Business contributor</i><p>Defined hierarchy. Commanding leadership. These corporate ligaments secure firms in the face of threats and unify them against competition. Few beliefs are more widely held in …

Leadership

Good Luck Finding a Truly Organic Egg

Most Americans these days want their eggs to come from happy chickens—documentaries revealing horrific conditions inside the machinery of industrial …

Agriculture

How an Amazon HQ might change how Philly operates

Adam Ozimek of Moody’s Analytics in West Chester has been one of my favorite of the rising generation of public intellectuals since before I was paid …

Philadelphia

Hillary Clinton May Have the Solution to Global Warming in Her Basement

An interviewer's surprising discovery resurrects another sore point from her election loss.

Hillary Clinton

Texas public school districts may now store, not trash, leftover food

In more than 40 years of working in El Paso ISD's cafeterias, Olimpia Estrada has seen the amount of wasted food drop dramatically as officials have …

Education

Healthy Food Can Be A Luxury In Mississippi, But This Farmers Market Is 'For Everyone'

“We have a lot of people in need, and sometimes that is kind of hidden away."<p>HuffPost is hitting the road this fall to interview people about their hopes, dreams, fears ― and what it means to be American today.<p>Oxford, Mississippi, is known for its regal Greek Revival mansions and the plush magnolia …

Agriculture

Reporting Flaws Cast Doubt on Food-Stamp Program’s Integrity, Senator Says

Errors by states in reporting improper food-stamp payments have thrown the program’s integrity into question, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman …

Business

LIVESTOCK HIGHLIGHTS: Top Stories of the Day

TOP STORIES<p>Brazil Jails Meatpacking Moguls -- WSJ<p>SAO PAULO -- The two Brazilian brothers behind the world's largest meatpacker were in jail on Wednesday facing accusations they illegally profited from an earlier plea deal that let them skirt prison time for bribing nearly 2,000 politicians.<p>The …

Markets

Cotton Drops as Fiber Sales Slow

Cotton futures were on track for a fourth straight session of losses Thursday as sales of cotton overseas slowed.<p>Cotton for December was off 0.7% at 68.58 cents a pound on the ICE Futures U.S. exchange, on track for its lowest close since Aug. 22.<p>Net sales of U.S. upland cotton, the most common …

Markets

Editorials from around New England

Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers.<p>NEW HAMPSHIRE<p>Valley News, Sept. 14<p>We suspected that New …

Business

Top cotton buyers flock to India as hurricanes hit U.S. crop

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The world's top cotton buyers, all in Asia, are flocking to India to secure supplies after fierce storms in the United States, the biggest exporter of the fibre, affected the size and quality of the crop, dealers said.<p>In the past week alone, India, the world's second-biggest …

Agriculture

A Blue Badger in Trump Country

Baldwin cites causes she’s championed well before the president<p>HAYWARD, Wis. — On the banks of Moose Lake, Sen. Tammy Baldwin served meals from a …

Politics