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Small number of schools drop out of lunch program

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Agriculture Department says 524 schools – out of about 100,000 – have dropped out of the federally subsidized national school lunch program since the government introduced new standards for healthier foods […]

09/30/2013

This handout photo provided by the Agriculture Department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services shows an inspection of a dog kennel in Lancaster, Pa. (AP Photo/Agriculture Department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services)

USDA cracks down on Internet pet sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department is cracking down on dog breeders who sell puppies over the Internet, issuing new regulations that will force them to apply for federal licenses. The rules announced Tuesday would […]

09/10/2013

In this photo taken July 15, 2013, children line-up at a bus decorated with a cartoon frog that serves as a mobile lunch vehicle in Federal Way, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Meal programs expand summer nutrition for kids

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) — Four days a week this summer, lime green school buses loaded with games, books and computers rumbled through low-income neighborhoods south of Seattle. Their aim wasn’t just to entertain kids […]

08/16/2013

In this Wednesday, July 17, 2013 photo, Ripe blueberries pile up inside a bucket in the pick-your-own field at Foxbrier Farm, in Chattahoochee Hill Country, Ga. (AP Photo/Jaime Henry-White)

Ga. blueberry knocks peach off top of fruit pile

ATLANTA (AP) — What is the most valuable fruit crop produced in the Peach State? This is not a trick question, but you may want to pause a second before answering. Ready? It’s the blueberry. […]

07/21/2013

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New rules aim to rid schools of junk foods

  WASHINGTON (AP) — High-calorie sports drinks and candy bars will be removed from school vending machines and cafeteria lines as soon as next year, replaced with diet drinks, granola bars and other healthier items. […]

06/27/2013

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18 mayors: Limit use of food stamps to buy soda

NEW YORK (AP) — The mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 15 other cities are reviving a push against letting food stamps be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks. In a […]

06/18/2013

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Gov’t proposes safety labels for tenderized beef

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beef tenderized by machines before it is sold in grocery stores could soon carry labels warning customers to cook the meat thoroughly. The Agriculture Department on Thursday proposed to require the new […]

06/06/2013

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Foster Farms recalls grilled chicken breast strips

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal agriculture officials say chicken producer Foster Farms is recalling about 6,165 pounds of its ready-to-eat grilled chicken breast strips because the strips contain wheat and soy — known allergens — […]

05/22/2013

Wet spring brings troubling start to corn planting

ST. LOUIS (AP) — John Reifsteck looks out at his muddy 1,800-acre central Illinois farm and wonders when he’ll get to plant. Like so many other Midwest growers who were praying for rain during the […]

05/08/2013

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Plastic fragments prompt DiGiorno and CPK frozen pizza recalls

LITTLE CHUTE, Wis. (AP) — Nestle Pizza Co. of Little Chute is recalling four frozen-pizza products that might be contaminated with plastic fragments. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the following products are subject to […]

05/03/2013

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