Stories tagged: usda
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020
Changes to school meal standards could combat food waste but harm anti-obesity efforts, Spokane experts say
Spokane Public Schools nutrition services director sees positives in U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed rule changes to public school meals.
Fri., Jan. 17, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken another whack at former first lady Michelle Obama’s signature achievement: Establishing stricter nutritional standards for school breakfasts and lunches. And on her birthday.
UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019
U.S. cherry growers – including those in the Yakima Valley – negatively affected by retaliatory tariffs from China can receive up to $250,000 in direct payments, the U.S. Department of …
UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019
About 3.1 million people would lose food stamp benefits under the Trump administration’s proposal to tighten automatic eligibility requirements for the food stamp program.
Tue., July 23, 2019
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed new rules Tuesday to limit access to food stamps for households with savings and other assets, a measure that officials said would …
Thu., May 23, 2019
A plan to move Agriculture Department researchers out of Washington has thrown two small but influential science agencies into upheaval. Federal employees at the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the …
Sat., April 6, 2019
Sue Lani Madsen: Sometimes doing business the American way means dancing in a mindless bureaucratic ballet
Let’s say you want to start a new business after retirement, and you do it the American way. You get a business license and liability insurance, check state and local …
Mon., Jan. 21, 2019
Recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, are being urged to budget their resources carefully after receiving their February benefits weeks earlier than usual.
Wed., Jan. 9, 2019
U.S. taxpayers will buy about $5 million in pork products from a Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm under President Donald Trump’s bailout program, which was designed to help American farmers hurt by …
Mon., Dec. 31, 2018
As the partial U.S. government shutdown enters its second week, the lack of data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is sending market participants to Twitter and other sources to …
Wed., Aug. 1, 2018
Federal food safety inspectors are urging consumers to check their refrigerators for packaged salads and wraps that may be contaminated with cyclospora parasites.
UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018
Proponents of the House plan, including Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, say it would combine the best features of two programs that encourage conservation efforts through a mix of financial …
UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2018
Congress is preparing to reconcile two versions of the farm bill, a sweeping piece of legislation renewed every five years that governs an array of agricultural and food assistance programs, …
UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2018
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue sought to assure Eastern Washington agriculture and forestry leaders on Monday that American farmers will not bear the brunt of an international trade war. But …
Sun., June 24, 2018
One of the most promising advancements in pulse research is the development of autumn-sown peas, which are planted before the year’s first snowfall and can produce drastically greater yields than …
Wed., June 20, 2018
If meat is grown in a lab without slaughtering animals, what should it be called? That question has yet to be decided by regulators, but for the moment, it’s pitting …
Sat., March 17, 2018
American producers have filed a lawsuit to support free trade and protect consumers of their product.
Fri., Jan. 19, 2018
Federal government regulators proposed changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed in a series of new rules that officials say improve …
Wed., Nov. 15, 2017
As Americans prepare to consume some 45 million turkeys on Thanksgiving, an animal rights group asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday to require more humane treatment for turkeys, …
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017
Current and former legislator picked to head USDA offices in Washington.
Sun., Nov. 5, 2017
President Donald Trump has appointed two Idahoans to serve in state director positions for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017
The Washington State University regents were expected to take action Wednesday on a $15.3 million real estate deal, but their vote was postponed because it wasn’t clear whether WSU actually …
Tue., Aug. 1, 2017
A federal grant will help Spokane Community Colleges fund a welding and fabrication certificate program for students at its Newport Center.
Fri., April 28, 2017
Sonny Perdue’s views on agriculture offer some hope for longer-term stability. It wouldn’t make sense for Trump to nominate him and then ignore him.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017
Americans love their bacon, whether it’s maple bacon, applewood bacon or peppered bacon. We love it so much that the national bacon reserves have plunged to a level not seen …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017
President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary, according to a person familiar with the decision but not authorized to speak publicly …
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017
Secretary Tom Vilsack is leaving the Agriculture Department a week before his tenure ends and President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Trump has not chosen Vilsack’s replacement. Vilsack told employees in …
Wed., Aug. 24, 2016
Animal cruelty charges were filed Wednesday against a Pennsylvania small-animal dealer that supplied major pet retailers like Petco and PetSmart.
Wed., May 11, 2016
Hawaii is the first state to pass legislation providing tax breaks to farmers to offset the cost of getting certified as organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Gov. David …
Thu., May 5, 2016
Washington State University will receive a $2 million grant to continue research into increased food production through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research program, USDA Secretary Tom …