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2012-01-25 09:46:00

DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Win the battle against healthy eating ruts by choosing foods that are delicious and nutritious. To help inspire healthier lifestyles, the National Pork Board is putting the spotlight on juicy, flavorful tenderloin, which ounce-for-ounce is as lean as a boneless, skinless chicken breast.(1) And now, pork fans have another reason to dig into the New Year with a happy heart: the American Heart Association (AHA) has recently...

2012-01-17 05:33:00

LOVELAND, Colo., Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today a strategic alliance with Great American Insurance Group to help farmers automate their crop insurance reporting under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Federal Crop Insurance Program. The new recordkeeping system makes it possible for Farm Works(TM) users to submit their crop insurance records electronically to Great American Insurance Group. The time-saving solution makes it simple...

2012-01-05 11:04:45

A recent analysis led by ecologist Bethany Bradley at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggests that climate change predicted for the United States will boost demand for imported drought- and heat-tolerant landscaping plants from Africa and the Middle East. This greatly increases the risk that a new wave of invasives will overrun native ecosystems in the way kudzu, Oriental bittersweet and purple loosestrife have in the past, members of the international team say. The kudzu invasion...

2011-12-13 01:05:24

Wheat's genetic resistance to Hessian flies has been failing, but a group of Purdue University and U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists believe that other plants may soon be able to come to the rescue. The Purdue and USDA research team developed a method to test toxins from other plants on Hessian fly larvae. The test simulates the effect of a transgenic plant without the lengthy and costly procedures necessary to actually create those plants. "For years, people have tried to...

2011-12-07 13:56:00

Agricultural Policy Expert Luke Knowles Named Senior Adviser for American Humane Association Farm Programs WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Luke Knowles, former Special Assistant to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and an expert on the link between sustainable agriculture and rural development, has been named Senior Adviser to American Humane Association's Farm Animal Welfare Program. In this role, he will be advising the 135-year-old nonprofit organization on...

2011-11-28 13:14:00

VIENNA, Va., Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Feld Entertainment, Inc. announced today an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that has resolved regulatory disputes associated with performing animals in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®( )Circus. Under the agreement, Feld Entertainment does not admit wrongdoing or any violation of USDA regulations. The company will pay a fine of $270,000 and put in place additional measures that will serve...

2011-11-18 12:30:00

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a grant to the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT) to expand educational resources and programs related to community gardening and urban farming. This project will continue USDA's efforts to combat malnutrition while supporting local and regional food systems. "The simple act of planting a garden can help unite neighborhoods around a common effort and inspire communities to...

2011-11-17 15:05:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Health today received an $822,739 federal bonus for improving breastfeeding rates among mothers enrolled in Pennsylvania's Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, program. Breastfeeding is known to provide lasting health benefits to babies. "Breastfeeding rates in the Pennsylvania WIC Program have risen from 29 percent in 1995 to 50 percent in 2011," said Dr. Eli Avila, Secretary of Health, during a visit today to the...

Cleaning Cows From The Inside Out
2011-11-16 03:47:52

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their collaborators have conducted a series of studies that explore non-antibiotic methods to reduce foodborne pathogens that are found in the gut of food animals. The team consists of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) microbiologist Todd R. Callaway, with the agency's Food and Feed Safety Research Unit in College Station, Texas; ARS animal scientist and project leader Jeffery Carroll with the agency's Livestock Issues Research Unit in...

2011-11-08 22:21:23

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are leading the way in learning more about "biochar," the charred biomass created from wood, other plant material, and manure. The studies by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists at laboratories across the country support the USDA priorities of promoting international food security and responding to global climate change. ARS is USDA's chief intramural scientific research agency. Soil scientist Jeff Novak at the ARS...