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USDA Raises Forecast for Corn Supplies

Corn prices fell 0.2% to a one-month low after the USDA boosted its forecast for domestic supplies of the grain because of weak demand for exports.


Meat company owner sues USDA for right to slaughter horses


A New Mexico man sues the USDA, saying politics has blocked permits to slaughter horses for food.Rick de los Santos wants to reopen an animal slaughter business that's been banned in the U.S. for years.


Amid drought, USDA cuts corn crop estimate to 17-year low


The punishing Midwest drought is expected to reduce the nation's corn crop to its lowest level in almost two decades. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture cut its estimate for the corn crop by nearly 17% and raised the upper end of its price forecast by 39% to almost $9 a bushel. In its report, the USDA forecast the nation's corn yield to be about 123.4 bushels per acre -- the lowest level in 17 years.


Pink Slime Not Getting to the Crux of Matter

The recent outcry over ‘pink slime’, the ground beef treated with ammonium hydroxide, which has been provided to schools since the early 80s by such companies as Beef Products, Inc, has prompted the USDA to offer untreated, fattier ground beef. Beef is treated with ammonia to destroy E. Coli, but the thought of food being treated with ammonia just didn’t sit right with some people although the FDA claims that such processing of beef is safe for human consumption.


Surprise! Subsidizing Healthy Food Helps Kids Lose Weight

A new U.S.D.A. study says cutting the costs of healthy food has a significant impact on kids' weights. Let's stop subsidizing corn syrup.


First lady unveils USDA's new 'MyPlate'

First lady unveils USDA's new 'MyPlate'

First lady Michelle Obama unveiled the new "MyPlate" nutrition guide at USDA headquarters Thursday morning. The new design aims to replace the older pyramid with a more simple and straightforward plate.


USDA lowers pork's safe cooking temp

USDA lowers pork's safe cooking temp

A bit of pink in pork appears to be OK after all. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is lowered its temperature recommendation for cooking pork to 145 degrees.


USDA urges California to end food stamp cash-out

Some argue that the state's policy is shortchanging some welfare recipients. But ending the policy could cost some current recipients their benefits, state officials and advocates for the poor say.

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Ousted USDA employee Sherrod plans to sue blogger

Ousted USDA employee Sherrod plans to sue blogger

Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod said Thursday she will sue a conservative blogger who posted an edited video of her making racially tinged remarks last week. Sherrod was forced to resign last week as director of rural development in Georgia after Andrew Breitbart posted the edited video online. In the full video, Sherrod, who is black, spoke to a local NAACP group about racial reconciliation and overcoming her initial reluctance to help a white farmer.

Senh: Yeah, people who are responsible for putting up that video should be held accountable, especially since it seems like it was done intentionally. Andrew Breitbart kinda runs the Drudge Report (he picks the stories), so it'll be interesting to see what happens with the site.


Obama: A 'bogus controversy'

The president makes his most extensive comments about the firing of USDA official Shirley Sherrod.


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