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  • National School Lunch Program Embarrassment Continues

    04/13/2014 1:03:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    Reason ^ | April 12, 2014 | Baylen Linnekin
    The USDA has managed to make school lunches stink even more. So why does the government continue?>School lunches still stink. But now unprecedented numbers of students are refusing to eat them.Last month I noted that a GAO report had found that last school year's disastrous rollout of the updated USDA National School Lunch Program helped drive 1.6 million paying students from the lunch rolls. The new rules led some schools to abandon the program, as I reported in 2012. What's more, the new rules, championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, have also resulted in unprecedented mountains of food waste.As I...
  • Hello fruits and vegetables! “Junk food” banned from schools July 1

    04/11/2014 7:35:56 AM PDT · by matt04 · 67 replies
    School leaders are getting ready for a big change in school food service. The USDA’s Smart Snacks in School rules go into effect July 1, 2014. In short, all “junk food” in vending machines, a la carte lunch, student stores and fundraisers such as bakes sales is banned July 1st. “I think that’s great!” said Betsy Hunsucker, a Brownsburg mother. “I think kids would love fruits and vegetables.” Fruits, vegetables, dairy, protein-rich foods and whole grain-rich foods are allowed. Water, milk and 100% fruit and vegetable juice is permitted. High school students can have caffeine and low-calorie carbonated drinks. There...
  • Startling: Every Government Agency Is Aggressively Pushing Obama’s Agenda

    04/04/2014 11:24:42 AM PDT · by drypowder · 29 replies
    The Independent Sentinal ^ | April 4, 2014 | Sara Noble
    Our government agencies have been completely politicized – every one of them. They are all working to move a leftist agenda FORWARD. Recent developments alone show the intensity of the effort from an unholy and illogical alliance between the EPA and the USDA to Fish & Wildlife seizing control over private lands. Just look at the news releases
  • USDA to Grandparents: Read Government Bedtime Stories to Encourage Healthy Eating

    03/31/2014 2:37:08 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 31, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is giving advice to grandparents on how they can get their grandkids to eat healthier, including instructions to give them “hugs” instead of treats, and read government bedtime stories.
  • D.C. May Soon Tell You What to Eat to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    03/25/2014 12:49:48 AM PDT · by kingattax · 25 replies
    The Foundry ^ | March 24, 2014 | Mallory Carr and Daren Bakst
    The Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may soon be telling you what you should eat to reduce your “carbon footprint.” In order to—ostensibly—prevent global warming and reduce our national carbon footprint, Washington is already telling Americans what light bulbs they can buy, and what buildings in which they should want to live and work. Now, food could be the next frontier. Currently, the USDA and HHS are drafting their 2015 Dietary Guidelines. Every five years, the USDA and HHS issue recommendations for Americans on what constitutes a healthy diet. As Dr. Barbara...
  • Chicken from China? Your Seafood is Already Being Processed There

    03/06/2014 1:12:01 PM PST · by chessplayer · 27 replies
    Thanks to our Change.org petition (307,000-plus signatures and rising), millions of Americans have learned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is about to allow U.S chickens to be sent to China for processing and then shipped back to the U.S. for human consumption. This arrangement is particularly alarming given China’s appalling food safety record and the fact that there will be no on-site USDA inspectors in those plants. In addition, American consumers will never know that chicken processed in China is in foods like chicken soup or chicken nuggets because there’s no requirement to label it as such. One...
  • 31 Percent Of All Food In America Is Wasted – And Why That Is About To End

    03/09/2014 6:28:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    TEC ^ | 02/26/2014 | Michael Snyder
    According to a stunning new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly a third of all food produced in the United States gets wasted. We are probably the most wasteful society in the history of the planet, and we are also one of the most gluttonous. More than 35 percent of all Americans are considered to be officially "obese" by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, this era of gluttony and taking food for granted will soon be coming to an end. Thanks to crippling drought in key growing areas and other extremely bizarre weather patterns, a...
  • Cut out junk food ads in schools, government says

    02/25/2014 8:19:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2014 9:01 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick and Darlene Superville
    It’s not just about what America’s kids are getting in the lunch line. The Obama administration is moving to phase out junk food advertising on football scoreboards and elsewhere on school grounds—part of a broad effort to combat child obesity and create what Michelle Obama calls “a new norm” for today’s schoolchildren and future generations. “This new approach to eating and activity is not just a fad,” Mrs. Obama said Tuesday as she described the proposed rules at the White House. Promotion of sugary drinks and junk foods around campuses during the school day would be phased out under the...
  • Vilsack Won’t Blame Climate Change for Snowy Winter, But ‘Climate Is Changing’

    02/23/2014 3:30:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 20, 2014 - 2:35 PM | Penny Starr
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack did not link this winter’s frigid and snowy weather in much of the country to global warming, but said the “climate is changing” and the federal government wants to help the country’s food producers. At a press conference on Thursday at the United States Agriculture Department’s (USDA) annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, CNSNews.com asked Vilsack if global warming or climate change were to blame for the recent cold and snowy weather. …
  • Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers (CSPI supported rules)

    02/23/2014 10:55:18 AM PST · by matt04 · 34 replies
    im Crawford was rushing to load crates of freshly picked organic tomatoes onto trucks heading for an urban farmers market when he noticed the federal agent. A tense conversation followed as the visitor to his farm — an inspector from the Food and Drug Administration — warned him that some organic-growing techniques he had honed over four decades could soon be outlawed. "This is my badge. These are the fines. This is what is hanging over your head, and we want you to know that," Crawford says the official told him. Crawford's popular farm may seem a curious place for...
  • (Ag Sec Tom) Vilsack: Inner City ‘Minority’ Child ‘Doesn’t Even Know What a Tomato Is’

    02/21/2014 6:05:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 21, 2014 - 4:03 PM | Penny Starr
    At the USDA’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum on Thursday during a panel discussion about attracting young people to the farming industry, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asked a panelist how she would convince an inner city “minority” child who “doesn’t even know what a tomato is.” “Emily, I want you to envision an inner city child,” Vilsack said to Emily Oakley, interim director of the National Young Farmer Coalition. “Could be African American, could be Hispanic, could be Native American, Asian, whatever, a minority. You’re talking to that child. That child doesn’t even know what a tomato is much less what...
  • USDA Considering New Zoo Regs at Request of PETA

    02/08/2014 7:57:09 AM PST · by ColdOne · 3 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 2/7/14 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering adopting new regulations for zoos at the request of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that would require “humane” treatment for bears. The proposed rules would mandate the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to hire a “bear expert,” prohibit bear pits, and require rules so bears are not “stressed, frustrated, and bored.” PETA, which killed 1,792 stray cats and dogs in 2013, first petitioned the USDA to adopt its rules in 2012. The agency began accepting comments on its petition last November, and extended the comment period on Monday.
  • USDA: On second thought, some of those school-lunch restrictions weren’t such a good idea

    01/06/2014 9:05:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 4, 2014 | Erika Johnsen
    After the federal government’s school-lunch standards were overhauled in 2012 in what I’m sure was a very well-intentioned effort to institute healthier habits in America’s children and help stave off of the country’s growing childhood obesity problem, it didn’t take long for the calorie-intake and portion restrictions in the new code to crash and burn spectacularly. Healthy eating habits being the highly individualized needs and preferences that they are, kids and parents quickly began complaining that students were not able to get enough to eat at lunchtime, and in some districts, school-lunch participation began to drop as more and more...
  • Portion control -- how the government plans to dictate what's on your dinner table in 2014

    01/04/2014 7:49:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 3, 2014 | Baylen Linnekin
    Would you rather sip on unpasteurized milk or a cold glass of soda? Do you prefer Saturday lunch at a fast food joint or a farmers market? Regardless of your choices, your food freedom -- your right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods you want -- is under attack. Here are ten food freedom issues to keep an eye on in 2014. 1: FDA May Ban or Restrict a Growing Number of Food Ingredients. The FDA has proposed banning oils containing trans fats, an ingredient found in foods like coffee creamers and muffins....
  • Proposed government regulations a concern for owners of small farms - "It's scary"

    11/13/2013 1:23:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune ^ | November 12, 2013 | Chris Togneri
    Organic farmer Don Kretschmann walked around his picturesque but ancient barn and stepped up to a rustic barrel root crop washer. It's a simple machine, he said, consisting of long, wooden planks that form a cylinder, which he uses to clean freshly harvested produce on his Beaver County farm. Soil-covered carrots and potatoes go in one end, the cylinder rotates, water sprays in and clean vegetables emerge. “But who knows if I'll be allowed to keep using it?” said Kretschmann, who has farmed about 15 acres since he and his wife, Becky, bought the land in 1978. “Or this barn,...
  • Schumer: Chicken Slaughtered, Raised In China Could Pose Major Risk

    11/11/2013 6:44:37 AM PST · by driftdiver · 76 replies
    CBS New York ^ | Nov 10, 2013 | CBS
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Chicken from China has officials on alert, including U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported Sunday, Schumer said first, the U.S. Department of Agriculture only allowed chickens that had been processed in China to be sold in the U.S. Now, he said the USDA plans to green-light poultry raised and slaughtered in China.
  • Nation headed over ‘food stamp cliff’

    10/26/2013 3:31:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 26, 2013 | Erik Wasson
    Millions of people are in for a shock at the end of the week when their food stamp benefits will be cut across the board. There is little chance that Congress will act to avert what hunger activists call the “food stamp cliff” — a cut to benefits that will affect some 47 million beneficiaries, including children and the elderly. The cut takes effect on Nov. 1, and will bring an end to a funding increase that Democrats wrapped into President Obama’s 2009 stimulus law. For a family of four, the cut will be $36 per month, or about 20...
  • Are We Crazy? USDA To Label Chinese-Processed Chicken As ‘Made In America’

    10/22/2013 8:05:42 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 45 replies
    Economy In Crisis ^ | 9/17/2013 | Margaret Elkis
    The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that four Chinese poultry processors have permission to begin shipping meat to the U.S. The nightmare for U.S. consumers? The Chinese-processed chicken will be labeled as ‘made in America!’ Even though the Chinese poultry processors are only allowed to ship cooked meat from U.S.-raised chickens, many in the United States are alarmed that our leaders would allow such a deal to go down in the first place. After all, China is notorious for its food safety problems. Concerns among the public are warranted when you consider that the CDC estimates 325,000 Americans...
  • USDA Celebrates Forcing Kids to Try Kale, Chard, Collard Greens

    10/21/2013 2:43:49 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 21, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extolled a local elementary school in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. for making its students try broccoli gratin, Tuscan kale, and beet hummus, as an example of the department’s efforts to fight obesity. Clinton Elementary School held a “taste test” to preview food that will soon appear on the lunch menu, and was highlighted by USDA for its healthy eating efforts. The Poughkeepsie City school district received a $100,000 grant from the USDA for its “farm to school project,” which it is using to add items such as “butternut squash puree” to school menus. The funding was...
  • Will EBT’s flash no Sale on November 15th?

    10/16/2013 8:53:04 AM PDT · by shoff · 37 replies
    Examiner ^ | 10/16/2013 | Steven Hoffman
    There is currently a letter floating around the internet from United States Department of Agriculture addressed to all (SNAP) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program state agency directors. The letter states in pretty plain terms the USDA is directing States to hold or delay transmission of State Electronic benefit transfer (EBT) until further notice.
  • EBT To Shut Down Nationwide Starting November

    10/15/2013 7:59:03 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 347 replies
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  • Shut-down Slams Door on USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Mortgages

    10/14/2013 3:44:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Daily Yonder ^ | 10/10/13
    A sign advertising low-interest housing loans at the Crescent Shores Subdivision in Lincoln, Delaware. The government shut-down has halted the processing of these loans, which are aimed at low- and moderate-income buyers. The week-old federal government shutdown is a disaster on many levels. For rural America, one major impact is in the area of housing. For the near future, low- and moderate-income homebuyers who have applied for mortgages guaranteed or made directly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service are out of luck. So are very low-income homeowners seeking repair grants or loans.
  • Shutdown Day 3: Food distributor stalled, charter boat captains docked

    10/04/2013 1:31:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | October 3, 2013 | CHARLES RABIN
    "......Feeding South Florida is just one of 202 food banks in the country hit hard by the Washington, D.C., stalemate. With 47 employees, it’s the largest of nine in Florida, responsible for 30 percent of statewide distribution. The agency distributes 35 million pounds of food a year from its 70,000-square-foot warehouse, everything from bananas and pears, to turkeys and hams, to soups and nuts, even baby formula. The USDA funding accounts for more than one-third of Feeding South Florida’s supply chain. On Thursday, its six open loading bays were filled with volunteers heaving food into U-Hauls and other trucks. The...
  • USDA turns off entire website, claiming shutdown woes

    10/03/2013 7:47:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/03/13 09:46 AM ET | Pete Kasperowicz
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has turned off its entire website in response to the government shutdown, leaving farmers, reporters and others with no way to access any of the agency’s information online. A visit to usda.gov sends readers to a “funding lapse” page that reads, “Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available. After funding has been restored, please allow some time for this website to become available again.” USDA’s total website shutdown goes far beyond the response of other federal agencies, and seems to be part of an effort to make people feel...
  • Small number of schools drop out of lunch program

    09/29/2013 3:36:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2013 5:04 PM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    The Agriculture Department says 524 schools—out of about 100,000—have dropped out of the federally subsidized national school lunch program since the government introduced new standards for healthier foods last year. The new standards have been met with grumbling from school nutrition officials who say they are difficult and expensive to follow, conservatives who say the government shouldn’t be dictating what kids eat and—unsurprisingly—from some children who say the less-greasy food doesn’t taste as good. But USDA says the vast majority of schools are serving healthier food, with some success. Data the department is planning to release Monday shows that 80...
  • Could you eat on $5 a day?

    09/23/2013 1:20:00 PM PDT · by wbill · 238 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | Posted Sept. 23, 2013, at 12:27 p.m. | Georgia Clark-Albert
    In my work, I see more people who want to focus on losing weight rather than gaining weight, so I don’t often stop to think about the problem of hunger. It’s easy to overlook the fact that hunger is still a big problem in in the United States. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2011 about 50 million Americans were living with food insecurity — 33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children. What is food insecurity? It’s the inability to provide adequate food on a consistent basis. For adults, not getting enough food can have harmful...
  • USDA will not take action in case of GMO alfalfa contamination

    09/23/2013 8:17:27 AM PDT · by opentalk · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 17, 2013 | Carey Gillam
    The detection of a small amount of genetically modified material in a Washington state farmer's non-GMO alfalfa crop constitutes a "commercial issue" only and does not warrant any government action, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. The Washington state farmer had complained in late August to state agricultural officials that his alfalfa hay had been rejected for export sale because of the presence of a genetically modified trait that makes the crop resistant to herbicide. The event triggered a wave of concern from consumer and agricultural groups who have fought the government for nearly a decade to keep...
  • USDA pilot program fails to stop contaminated meat

    09/17/2013 7:22:13 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    A meat inspection program that the Agriculture Department plans to roll out in pork plants nationwide has repeatedly failed to stop the production of contaminated meat at American and foreign plants that have already adopted the approach, documents and interviews show. The program allows meat producers to increase the speed of processing lines by as much as 20 percent and cuts the number of USDA safety inspectors at each plant in half, replacing them with private inspectors EMPLOYED BY MEAT COMPANIES. The approach has been used for more than a decade by five American hog plants under a pilot program....
  • USDA Says Florida Food Pantry Must Remove Its Christian Symbols

    09/14/2013 4:49:46 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 70 replies
    The New American ^ | 9/13/2013 | Dave Bohon
    A Florida Christian ministry that has been distributing food to the needy for the past 31 years said it will drop all connections with the federal USDA agriculture bureaucracy rather than bow to orders that it must remove Christian symbols from its facility. Fox News reported that officials from the Christian Service Center of Lake City (CSC), Florida, were told by the state agriculture department that in order to continue to receive food from the USDA they would have to remove portraits of Christ and a 10 Commandments display from their facility and stop giving Bibles to those who came...
  • Our Forests and Climate Change

    09/12/2013 1:27:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    US Department of Agriculture ^ | September 12, 2013 | by Robert Bonnie, Anne Castle
    Americans know the importance of forests to our communities and our economy. They provide jobs and recreational opportunities, filter our air and water, and make up essential habitat for wildlife and natural resources. But increasingly, we’re also recognizing that forests play an important role in mitigating climate change. Recently, President Obama announced a Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare for the impacts of climate change on our communities and economy, and lead international efforts to combat global climate change. This plan recognizes that America’s forests play a critical role in addressing carbon pollution, absorbing as much as 14...
  • Florida official tells Christian charity to choose between Jesus and cheese

    09/09/2013 2:54:57 PM PDT · by blueyon · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/09/13 | Todd Starnes
    A Florida ministry that feeds the poor said a state agriculture department official told them they would not be allowed to receive USDA food unless they removed portraits of Christ, the Ten Commandments, a banner that read “Jesus is Lord” and stopping giving Bibles to the needy.
  • Quit Washing Your Chicken: It Just Sprays Germs Everywhere

    08/26/2013 3:13:43 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 99 replies
    Consumerist ^ | August 26, 2013
    Generations of American cooks are wrong. They learned their wrongity wrongity wrong habits from their parents, or from public television’s Julia Child. Their terrible, filthy habit is rinsing poultry before cooking. Public health experts estimate that as many as 90% of Americans do it, and they want us to cut it out. Poultry-washing makes intuitive sense: you don’t know where that bird has been or what kind of bacteria are crawling on the outside. Julia Child herself admitted that washing a chicken before roasting it felt cleaner, even if the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the government agency in charge of...
  • 4 Year Old Girl’s Vegetable Garden Must Go, Says USDA

    08/25/2013 10:44:07 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 35 replies
    thehealthyhomeeconomist.com ^ | August 23, 2013 | Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
    With each passing day, it seems the United States of America, “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave” is becoming more and more like the Communist Russia I learned about in elementary school where people weren’t allowed to grow their own food unless the State “allowed” it. In this latest crackdown on citizens simply trying to provide for themselves using the most basic of skills – gardening – the USDA’s Rural Development Agency is forbidding Rosie, an industrious 4-year old girl in South Dakota from using a small, unused area outside her subsidized housing unit to grow green...
  • USDA Paid ‘Improper’ Subsidies to 1,799 Dead Farmers and Proper Ones to 28,613 Dead Farmers

    08/08/2013 5:37:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 6, 2013 - 11:33 AM | Ryan Kiernan
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture made farm subsidy payments to 28,613 dead farmers between 2011 and 2012, of which 1,799 were deemed “improper,” according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report issued in June. The report, entitled “USDA Needs to Do More to Prevent Improper Payments to Deceased Individuals,” said USDA’s Farm Service Agency identified “thousands of deceased individuals who were paid $3.3 million in improper payments after their dates of death, of which FSA has recovered approximately $1 million.” … “Improper payments” are those sent to individuals who had not properly filed documentation and who had subsequently died, or...
  • USDA Sets Goal to Serve 166 Million Gov’t Subsidized Meals to Kids This Summer

    08/07/2013 1:45:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 7, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    With a record 101 million Americans receiving food aid from the federal government, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants more kids to be on the dole for food during the summer months. “As part of its ongoing commitment to improving access to healthy food for low income children, USDA has set a goal of serving 5 million more meals to eligible children this summer,” the agency said on Aug. 1. The agency’s goal amounts to serving 166 million meals through its Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which already gives subsidies to 3.5 million children a day during breaks from...
  • USDA OKs Greek yogurt for school lunch pilot program

    07/24/2013 6:12:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | July 24, 2013 | David Paulin
    First, Michelle Obama called for healthier school lunches -- and kids complained that the first lady's menus left them hungry. Now, the United States Department of Agriculture has green-lighted a pilot program to serve trendy Greek yogurt in school cafeterias in New York, Idaho, Arizona, and Tennessee. If all goes well this fall, Greek yogurt may became a staple in Washington's $11 billion school lunch program in some 100,000 schools. In one sense, it's an example of America's growing European Union-style nanny state -- not to mention crony capitalism and insider influence. Two of the biggest cheerleaders of Greek yogurt...
  • Students fill garbage cans with Michelle mandated foods

    07/21/2013 2:22:52 PM PDT · by usalady · 77 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 20,2013 | Martha
    School administrations continue to hang posters in cafeterias trying to convince students that what is being fed to them is "fun food" which is healthier for them than the foods they enjoy eating. Meanwhile schools are having to purchase more garbage cans to contain the Michelle mandated foods that kids are dumping, some preferring to go hungry rather than eat "required" foods. Students just throw away the food being forced on them by the US Government.
  • Watch him pull a USDA-mandated rabbit disaster plan out of his hat

    07/17/2013 8:15:56 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 16, 2013 | David A. Fahrenthold
    OZARK, Mo. — This summer, Marty the Magician got a letter from the U.S. government. It began with six ominous words: “Dear Members of Our Regulated Community . . .” Washington had questions about his rabbit. Again. Marty Hahne, 54, does magic shows for kids in southern Missouri. For his big finale, he pulls a rabbit out of a hat. Or out of a picnic basket. Or out of a tiny library, if he’s doing his routine about reading being magical. To do that, Hahne has an official U.S. government license. Not for the magic. For the rabbit. The Agriculture Department requires...
  • Farm Bill Squeaks By in Win for GOP Leaders (Updated)

    07/11/2013 10:17:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Roll Call ^ | July 11, 2013 | Matt Fuller
    House GOP leaders took a big gamble Thursday in bringing a farm bill without food stamps to the floor, and it paid off — just barely. The House passed the bill 216-208, inching across a 213-vote threshold without a single Democrat supporting the measure.
  • 'Victory' for Boehner as House passes farm bill without food stamps

    07/12/2013 7:14:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/12/2013 | Rick Moran
    <p>Speaker John Boehner proved to the world that he still has enough support among Republicans in the House to pass a bill.</p> <p>The fact that the Senate won't touch the Farm Bill passed by the House and President Obama has threatened to veto it because the GOP scrubbed the food stamp provision in the legislation, also means that Boehner is still clueless about almost everything else.</p>
  • NY School Dumps Michelle Obama Food Plan After Kids Complain of Hunger

    07/10/2013 6:11:49 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 59 replies
    Jammie Wearing Fools ^ | 07/09/2013 | Jammie
    New York’s Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district has become the latest casualty in first lady Michelle Obama’s preferred lunch plan, dropping the menu after too many students complained of hunger. “[Food service manager Nicky] Boehm and her staff worked hard to implement the new regulations, but there were just too many problems and too many foods that students did not like and would not purchase,” said Assistant Superintendent Chris Abdoo about the National School Lunch Program in a statement reported by EAGNews.org. “Students complained of being hungry with these lunches and the district lost money.” Undaunted, the nattering nabobs from...
  • Hare-Brained: USDA Reportedly Orders Children's Magician to Produce 'Disaster Plan' for His…Rabbit

    06/30/2013 8:54:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 6/30/13 | Dave Urbanski
    After a children’s magician said he was harassed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture over a permit for the rabbit he used in his act a few years back, Marty Hahne probably figured it couldn’t get any more intrusive than that. USDA Reportedly Orders Childrens Magician to Produce Disaster Plan for His...Rabbit (Credit: Marty Hahne web site) Silly, Marty… Now the Ozark, Mo.-based illusionist is saying the trick’s allegedly on him, as he notes in an email to blogger, Bob McCarty (emphasis added): My USDA rabbit license requirement has taken another ridiculous twist. I just received an 8 page letter...
  • TREASON

    06/27/2013 11:45:31 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 13 replies
    US Dept. of Agriculture ^ | 6/27/13 | USDA
    See the website pages....
  • Vintage Photo, Early 1900's - U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Pig Cafeteria"

    06/24/2013 7:35:41 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    Retronaut ^ | Early 20th Century | Retronaut
    “The Pig Cafeteria” was an exhibit produced by the Department of Agriculture to educate farmers about new methods of farming and raising livestock — specifically, what to feed pigs so that they would be healthy and profitable.
  • USDA Slashes Food for Women, Children, Subsidizes Wineries Instead

    06/20/2013 10:42:56 AM PDT · by grundle · 9 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | June 20, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    The USDA Rural Development agency also touted a program to subsidize the Wine Barn LLC in “marketing and increasing production of its Kansas produced wine.” That cost $25,000. The USDA Rural Development also said it would hand $300,000 to the Mackinaw Trail Winery in Michigan, $100,000 for the Appleton Creek Winery in New York, $162,500 for the Old Westminster Winery in Maryland, and tens of thousands of dollars to wineries in Nebraska and Iowa. Liquor is the name of the game for the USDA, apparently – they’re also subsidizing the production of vodka in North Carolina, Bloody Mary mix in...
  • Is Your Food Being 'Poisoned'?

    06/11/2013 3:59:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 102 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    The Oxford English Dictionary defines "poison" as "a substance that is capable of causing the illness or death of a living organism when introduced or absorbed." The legal definition of the term is "any product or substance that can harm someone if it is used in the wrong way, by the wrong person, or in the wrong amount." The medical condition of poisoning is even broader: It can be caused by substances that are not even legally required to carry the label "poison." Therefore, can food become poisonous? Of course it can if it is infected, tampered with or altered...
  • Gov’t Gone Wild! USDA’s Zero Down Mortgage on Martha’s Vineyard

    06/09/2013 9:33:02 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 06/09/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    I attended a conference in New York City on Thursday regarding the future of housing finance. While all the proposals were interesting, I asked if this will mutate into another Obamacare debacle at 13,000 pages or the 1,000 page plus immigration bill. And I warned that government policies will assert themselves to control and manipulate whatever is decided, regardless of how ironclad one thinks it will be. As an example, I mention the recent story where millionaires wanting to buy a home on Martha’s Vineyard are eligible for a zero percentage down payment mortgage from the USDA! The US Department...
  • Gov’t Gone Wild! USDA’s Zero Down Mortgage on Martha’s Vineyard

    06/08/2013 2:29:35 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 06/08/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    I attended a conference in New York City on Thursday regarding the future of housing finance. While all the proposals were interesting, I asked if this will mutate into another Obamacare debacle at 13,000 pages or the 1,000 page plus immigration bill. And I warned that government policies will assert themselves to control and manipulate whatever is decided, regardless of how ironclad one thinks it will be. As an example, I mentioned the recent story where millionaires wanting to buy a home on Martha’s Vineyard are eligible for a zero percentage down payment mortgage from the USDA! The US Department...
  • US genetically modified wheat stokes fears, Japan cancels tender

    05/31/2013 8:44:34 AM PDT · by opentalk · 125 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 30, 2013 | Naveen Thukral and Risa Maeda
    - A strain of genetically modified wheat found in the United States fuelled concerns over food supplies across Asia on Thursday, with major importer Japan cancelling a tender offer to buy U.S. grain. Other top Asian wheat importers South Korea, China and the Philippines said they were closely monitoring the situation after the U.S. government found genetically engineered wheat sprouting on a farm in the state of Oregon. The strain was never approved for sale or consumption. Asian consumers are keenly sensitive to gene-altered food, with few countries allowing imports of such cereals for human consumption. However, most of the...
  • USDA investigating detection of Genetically Engineered (GE) GLYPHOSATE-RESISTANT wheat in Oregon

    05/30/2013 7:39:09 AM PDT · by opentalk · 52 replies
    USDA ^ | May 29, 2013
    –The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today that test results of plant samples from an Oregon farm indicate the presence of genetically engineered (GE) glyphosate-resistant wheat plants. Further testing by USDA laboratories indicates the presence of the same GE glyphosate-resistant wheat variety that Monsanto was authorized to field test in 16 states from 1998 to 2005. APHIS launched a formal investigation after being notified by an Oregon State University scientist that initial tests of wheat samples from an Oregon farm indicated the possible presence of GE glyphosate-resistant wheat plants. There are no...