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3 hrs ago | Ag Professional

USDA: Farm sector debt ratios near post-1970 lows

The rate of growth in farm assets, debt and equity is forecast to moderate in 2014, the result of an expected decline in net farm income, higher borrowing costs and moderation in the growth of farmland values. The value of farm assets is expected to rise 2.3 percent in 2014, while farm sector debt is expected to increase 2.7 percent.


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4 hrs ago | Wall St. Cheat Sheet

Who Can Really Afford to Eat Healthy in the U.S.?

Income inequality has gotten a lot of press recently. It's on the minds of many Americans who are increasingly concerned about the disappearance of the middle class.


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8 hrs ago | National Provisioner

USDA forecasts record corn, soybean harvests

A new report from the USDA is forecasting that farmers will bring in the largest ever harvest of corn and soybeans, reports the Associated Press . Corn farmers are expected to harvest nearly 14.4 billion bushels of corn, up from last year's 13.9 billion bushel record.


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11 hrs ago | Agri Marketing

Groups Sue USDA Over New Poultry Rule

GROUPS SUE USDA OVER NEW POULTRY RULE Sep. 15, 2014 Feedstuffs reports: The group Food & Water Watch filed suit in federal court to stop the implementation of the New Poultry Inspection System rules. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service amended its new inspection rule to remove a change that would allow poultry processing plants to increase their line speeds to run as high as 140 birds per minute.


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16 hrs ago | Triple Pundit

Hundreds of USDA Violations Linked to Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak

We've been reporting for more than a year on Foster Farms' mysterious salmonella infections, which earlier this year the U.S. Department of Agriculture linked to three California processing plants. In July, the agency issued a Class I recall after more than 600 people had been sickened by the infection, and a 10-year-old boy was hospitalized - the lynch pin, it seems, to finally linking the epidemic to its point of origin.


Related Topix: US News, Agriculture, Science, Epidemic, Natural Disasters, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Food and Drug Administration

Sun Sep 14, 2014

The Washington Post

Hedge Funds Lower Crop Bets to Lowest Since January: Commodities

Hedge funds cut bullish wagers on agricultural commodities to the lowest since January before the U.S. forecast rising grain supplies and sent wheat, corn and soybean prices to four-year lows. Money managers lowered their net-long position on crops from coffee to wheat in 10 of the past 11 weeks, U.S. government data show.


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American Thinker

How much fraud is there really in the SNAP program?

No one knows - least of all the Department of Agriculture who is supposed to have a handle on how much taxpayer money is being flushed down the toilet by individual fraudsters who game the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program . In Iowa, a long time investigator with the state's Department of Inspections and Appeals scoffs at the idea that the Agriculture Department has any clue how much fraud is committed by individual recipients of SNAP benefits.


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West Hawaii Today

Calming the panic in Greens-ville

The color of hydrangea blossoms is dependent on the acidity of the soil in which they grow. Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today The Asian semi slug is currently the most prevalent host for rat lungworm.


Related Topix: Food Science, Life, Fruits, Food, US News, Home Gardening, Home, Captain Cook, HI

Wall St. Cheat Sheet

What Are the Most Affordable Grocery Stores in the U.S.?

Groceries are expensive. According to the USDA, as of July 2014, the average cost of food at home for a family of four was $150.10 per week for a thrifty plan, $197.20 for a low-cost plan, $245.70 for a moderate-cost plan, and $298.50 for a liberal plan .


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ABC News

PHOTO: Find out what terms like free range and certified humane really mean.

If you've been worrying about antibiotics in meat and antibiotic-resistant superbugs, good news: Perdue Farms says it will no longer routinely inject antibiotics into eggs about to hatch. Until now, the eggs have been injected with a vaccine to prevent a common chicken virus.


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Hispanic Business

United States : USDA Announces Investments to Increase Economic...

"These investments are part of the is targeting capital and technical assistance to small businesses and development organizations to help stimulate more business activity in areas that are struggling economically. This will help revitalize these small, remote rural communities and create much-needed jobs for local residents."


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Sat Sep 13, 2014

Columbia Daily Herald

Two Cents Worth

Middle Tennessee State University honored the late Andrew Mizell Burton of Nashville, Joe Crosswhite of Greeneville and John Sample of Knoxville, with induction into the Robert E. Musto Tennessee Insurance Hall of Fame, according to a press release. Burton, a Sumner County native, began his insurance career in Nashville in 1901 as an agent with the Sun Life Insurance Company and later organized the Life and Casualty Insurance Company of Tennessee.


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Farm briefs: 4-H sign-ups, increase in olive flies, citrus pests

The Glenn County Resource Conservation District board meets at 9 a.m. Monday at the USDA Service Center, 132 N Enright Ave., Suite C, in Willows. The group will talk about conservation projects and talk about the upcoming student speak-off contest and Run Your Tail Off event.


Related Topix: Glenn County, CA, US News, Willows, CA, California, San Luis Obispo County, CA

New Haven Independent

Feds Green-Light Co-Op Market Auction

Say good-bye to the Elm City Market food co-op - and, most likely, hello to a new version of the market owned by its current managers. The loan committee of the USDA's regional office approved a liquidation plan for the 2,200-member co-op grocery on the first floor of the 360 State Street residential tower at State and Chapel Streets, according to Jennifer Lerch, the office's director of business and cooperative programs.


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The Courier Mailer

Native plant conservation, energy efficient irrigation are on Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation tour and barbecue

The tour will show off recent conservation work, including streamside native plants and upland oak forest Dinsdale has worked on with the District, and an irrigation efficiency project for blueberries planted on the property, funded by the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service . Dinsdale has owned the farm outside of Hillsboro since July 2011.


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Refrigerated & Frozen Foods

Chick-fil-A Founder Passes Away

Council for Native American Farming and Ranching, Washington, D.C. New to the council are John Berrey , chairman of Quapaw Tribe; Tawney Brunsch, executive director of Lakota Funds; Gilbert Harrison , rancher; Henry Holder , farmer/rancher for Choctaw; Derrick Lente , attorney and farmer/rancher for Sandia Pueblo; Jerry McPeak , farmer/rancher and state legislator, Muscogee Creek; Angela Sandstol , natural resources and conservation official, Native Village of Tyonek; Edward Soza , rancher/tribal council member, Soboba; Mary Thompson , farmer/rancher, Eastern Band of Cherokee; Sarah Vogel , civil rights attorney and former 2-term agricultural commissioner for North Dakota; Mark Wadsworth , natural resources/range management, Shoshone-Bannock.


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The News-Star

Our view: Zoo licensed; now stay vigilant

Our view: Zoo licensed; now stay vigilant City scrambled to make improvements, and that effort should continue Check out this story on thenewsstar.com: http://tnsne.ws/1tKJ11D The Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo, one of northeastern Louisiana's top tourist attractions, is back in the good graces of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The zoo regained its exhibition license last week from the USDA after losing it earlier this year.


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Fri Sep 12, 2014

Science Daily

Corn spots: Study finds important genes in defense response

When corn plants come under attack from a pathogen, they sometimes respond by killing their own cells near the site of the attack, committing "cell suicide" to thwart further damage from the attacker. This cell sacrifice can cause very small, often microscopic, spots or lesions on the plant.


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USDA Boosts Corn, Soybean Harvest To New Records

The nation's corn and soybean farmers will bring in by far the largest harvest ever this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a new report. Corn farmers are expected to harvest nearly 14.4 billion bushels of corn, up from last year's 13.9 billion bushel record.


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Ag Professional

Ag markets turned mostly lower Friday morning

Large supplies are again weighing on the crop markets. Corn futures stabilized Thursday night in the wake of the bearish USDA reports and subsequent price drops to fresh lows.


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