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2012-03-14 11:15:55

A new Wellesley College study shows that a queen bee´s promiscuity benefits the hive. Dr. Heather Mattila studied the lives of bee colonies and discovered that the more genetically diverse the worker bee, the healthier they are. These bees become so genetically diverse when the queen bee mates with multiple bees. Research in bees has been growing in recent years in order to better understand and protect them. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the honey bee population...

USDA Issues New Rules On Meat Packaging
2012-03-02 05:48:12

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced some big changes to raw meat and poultry labeling at grocery stores on Thursday. The USDA said that 40 of the most popular whole, raw cuts of meat and poultry will have nutritional information either on the package labels or on display to consumers at the store. "Providing nutrition information on meat and poultry products in the store gives shoppers a clearer sense of the options available, allowing them to purchase items that are...

2012-02-29 10:01:00

TROY, Mich., Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MVC Holdings, L.L.C. -- also known as McKechnie Vehicle Components -- headquartered in Roseville, Mich., was recently recognized at the White House and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its successful use of USDA/Rural Development programs. MVC is a metro Detroit manufacturer of wheel claddings, wheel covers, and decorative trim for the automotive industry. It has a major plant in rural Kentucky, with additional facilities in...

2012-02-15 07:15:00

The world's two largest markets for organic food expand organic market access NUREMBERG, Germany and WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb.15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a press event today at BioFach Germany, European Commissioner Dacian Ciolos for the European Union's (EU) Agriculture and Rural Development and Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan of the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the signing of an organic equivalence arrangement between the world's two largest markets for organic...

2012-02-14 20:00:00

-- 8 Grants Focus on Redwood Forest Ecology San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 14, 2012 Save the Redwoods League today announced more than $100,000 in research grants to fund projects that will expand scientific knowledge of the biology and ecology of coast redwood and giant sequoia forests. This research can help us answer big questions that will protect the health of people, wildlife, redwood forests and the entire planet. The grants were awarded to researchers at San Francisco State...

2012-02-08 14:21:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 25,000 at-risk pre-school and elementary students in Senegal will benefit from a new daily lunch initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and implemented by the nonprofit Counterpart International www.Counterpart.org. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120208/DC50204)(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110818/DC54764LOGO) This three-year program starts in March and provides U.S....

2012-02-02 13:53:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Millions of Hispanics work on the American farms and ranches that feed the world. The future of farming will require more Hispanics with a strong entrepreneurial spirit to start agricultural businesses to meet the rising global demand for food products. Because of the importance of this high growth industry, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) will continue to ensure that Hispanic farmers and ranchers have full access to the...

2012-01-31 15:25:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) have teamed up with the Ad Council to remind Americans about the importance of food safety just before the biggest football game of the year, which is also the second largest food consumption day of the year. The effort is an extension of their Food Safe Families campaign (www.foodsafety.gov), the first joint multimedia campaign designed to help...

2012-01-26 09:53:00

ROSEMONT, Ill., Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new Nutritional Standards for School Meals help ensure the nation's schoolchildren have access to lunches and breakfasts that meet federal dietary guidance for good nutrition. The standards will encourage students to meet federal recommendations for dairy consumption by requiring that either fat-free flavored milk or low-fat or fat-free white milk be offered with each school meal. As the...

2012-01-25 11:27:00

CHICAGO, Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) strongly supports the new U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations for meal patterns in schools announced today by First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Given the realities of federal, state and local budgets, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is committed to leading the creative collaborations that will be needed...