Tom Vilsack

Oranges ripen in a grove Dec. 11, 2013, in Plant City, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Feds joins battle on citrus disease

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The federal government is getting involved in the fight against citrus greening disease, in hopes of saving Florida’s — and possibly the entire nation’s — citrus crop. The U.S. Department […]

12/12/2013

Robert Malsom checks corn in one of his fields near Roscoe, S.D. (AP Photo/Doug Dreyer)

Next generation of biofuels is still years away

Note: This is part of an Associated Press investigation into the hidden costs of green energy NEW YORK (AP) — The first trickle of fuels made from agricultural waste is finally winding its way into […]

11/13/2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., left, follows Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., right, the Democratic Policy Committee chairman, after a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, after blaming conservative Republicans for holding up a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running. Senate passage of the spending bill — stripped of the "Obamacare" provision — was expected no later than Saturday.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate seeks to reverse law on engineered crops

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate is seeking to reverse a controversial law that allows farmers to harvest genetically modified crops even when the crops are caught up in legal battles. The law, passed as part […]

09/27/2013

USDA expanding program to fight rural poverty

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expanding a program intended to reduce poverty and improve life in rural areas through better access to federal money.

03/26/2013

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White House warns of food safety cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impending across-the-board budget cuts could mean fewer government food safety inspections and higher prices for meat at the grocery store.

02/11/2013

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Rules would make school snacks healthier

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make school snacks healthier, a move that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus.

02/01/2013

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Deal will prevent spike in milk prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — A potential doubling of milk prices will be averted as part of the compromise that White House and congressional bargainers reached on wide-ranging legislation to avert the “fiscal cliff,” a leading senator said late Monday.

12/31/2012

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