Articles Tagged with ''USDA''

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Putting the freeze on nitrogen usage

Eliminating liquid nitrogen from the IQF process helps maintain raspberries at peak quality while saving money on consumable liquid nitrogen.

Enfield Farms, a Lynden, WA-based family-owned and operated business for more than 30 years, produces high-quality blueberries and raspberries, maintaining complete control over every aspect of its berry products.


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Battle over US sugar policy ensues

Sugar producers and confectioners are engaged in a heated lobbying battle over US sugar policy, with producers pointing to a pair of USDA reports as evidence of needed support.


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USDA opens export markets for hatching eggs, day-old chicks, dairy cattle and pears

New markets include Russia and Iraq.
New markets include Russia and Iraq.
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New foundation to facilitate public-private research

The Agricultural Technology Innovation Partnership Foundation will focus on commercializing research.
The Agricultural Technology Innovation Partnership Foundation will focus on commercializing research.
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Vilsack talks healthy foods, childhood nutrition

The SNAP program will be expanded, and a pilot program was a success.
The SNAP program will be expanded, and a pilot program was a success.
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Budget cuts key topic at House Agricultural Appropriations meeting

Furloughs are expected, but final plans are not yet in place.
Furloughs are expected, but final plans are not yet in place.
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Vilsack confirms furlough of meat inspectors

Automatic budget cuts made the move unavoidable.
Automatic budget cuts made the move unavoidable.
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Budget cuts to reduce federal milk market administrator’s budget

The $3 million cut will come out of the Milk Market Orders Assessment Fund.
The $3 million cut will come out of the Milk Market Orders Assessment Fund.
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USDA finalizes microloan program for small farmers

The loans will be worth up to $35,000.
The loans will be worth up to $35,000.
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Regulatory Watch

FSIS indifferent to advisory committees?

A member of Congress is questioning USDA processes for ensuring that imported meat products are as safe as domestically produced items.

In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) complained that USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) “fundamentally” changed the process with no notice.


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Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

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