USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) revealed more than $160 million was made available to fund research, education and extension of projects that address current challenges affecting food production.
USDA’s Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $30 million will be put towards funding 22 projects that will help citrus producers fight Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening, a devastating disease that threatens US production.
USDA has kicked off its Organic Survey in an attempt to gather detailed data on the current state of US organic agriculture production. According to USDA, the survey is a complete inventory of all known organic producers that are certified, exempt from certification, and transitioning to certified organic production.
Created for static lap seal or high-speed shrink packaging equipment running at speeds in excess of 100 packages/min., Clysar EZ-R polyolefin stiff shrink film is used with products such as bakery, produce and frozen foods.
Over 23,000 of the nation’s dairy operations, more than half of all dairy farms in the US, have enrolled in a new safety-net program created by the 2014 Farm Bill known as the Margin Protection Program, according to USDA.
USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service posted the data from the 2013 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) annual summery, which confirmed the overall pesticide chemical residues found on the tested foods are at levels below the tolerances established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and do not pose a safety concern.