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USDA seeks comments on transparency of SNAP program

USDA is asking for public input on a proposal that would provide more information to the public about the amount of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits used at retailers and grocery stores.


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USDA releases state-specific fact sheets on importance of trade

USDA recently released state fact sheets detailing the importance of agriculture trade. The state-specific fact sheets include each state’s top five agricultural exports in 2012 and the number of US jobs created by agriculture.


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USDA adds food safety requirements; new inspection system for poultry products

In an effort to improve worker safety and prevent thousands of illnesses each year, USDA announced additional food safety requirements and the new National Poultry Inspection System (NPIS).


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FSIS issues public health alert for processed breaded chicken

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing a public health alert for processed breaded chicken products manufactured at VU Foods, LLC.


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Cornucopia Institute seeks transparency with organic board nominations

The Cornucopia Institute is calling for transparency on candidates being considered for appointment to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).


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USDA creates Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research

USDA said Wednesday all 15 members on the newly created Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research’s (FFAR) Board of Directors have been selected.


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Farm Bill supports clean plant network

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has allocated $5 million under the 2014 Farm Bill to support 19 National Clean Plant Network projects.


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Government agencies team up to fight foodborne illness

As Americans heat up their grills this summer, the Ad Council and USDA have partnered with FDA and CDC to provide an online tool that inserts food safety tips into users’ recipes.


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Consumer rights group says inadequate USDA inspection leaves consumers at risk

In a letter sent to USDA this week detailing examples of meat and poultry plants not receiving food safety inspections because of shortages in inspection personnel, nongovernmental organization Food & Water Watch says the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is mismanaged.


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Foster Farms recalls products after link to Salmonella outbreak

California poultry producer Foster Farms has issued a product recall after an investigation by USDA and CDC linked the company’s chicken to an ongoing outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella.


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