Head count: India is world’s cattle king

Americans home on the range in Texas or Nebraska, especially, might wonder how in the world any other country in the world could have more cattle than the United States.

Well, turns out, it’s not even that close. According to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), the United States is a distant fourth in the […]

USDA toughens poultry standards to prevent Salmonella

In a new attempt to make headway against Salmonella, one of the country’s biggest, and most intractable, food safety problems, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new, stricter limit on the bacteria in poultry products.

This news comes at a fitting time as a recent report estimates that 1.3 billion chicken wings will […]

USDA: Pesticide levels in produce, other foods not a threat

Earlier this week the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual Pesticide Data Program (PDP) report, which analyzed data from produce and other food samples, and concluded that pesticide residues are not a food safety concern for the United States.

The PDP report included data from 10,619 food samples collected in 2014 and […]

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Food Safety

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Announces Standardized Approach to Residues without Established Public Health Tolerances – USDA FSIS announced today that it is standardizing the approach it will take […]

U.S. crop production expected to hit record levels

U.S. corn and soybean production estimates for 2015 are nearing record breaking numbers as the USDA recently increased its corn projection by 99 million bushels and its soybean projection by 93 million bushels over its October estimate.

According to a recent report, the latest USDA report estimates the total U.S. corn production for 2015 at […]

USDA: Deadly baby pig virus likely came from China via feed bags

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently reported that the DNA of a virus found in China matches porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), which responsible for killing more than eight million baby pigs in 2013 and 2014. It was also reported that it is likely the virus entered the U.S. through reusable tote bags used […]

If the bird flu vaccine is used, how will it affect your food?

It was recently announced that a vaccine to help protect the nation’s chickens from avian influenza has cleared a first hurdle with the Agriculture Department granting its maker a “conditional” license. This comes after more than 48 million birds died during an outbreak earlier this year and helps to ease some worries from farmers, producers […]

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Agriculture

USDA analyzing effects of wild pigs on U.S. crops and livestock – Yahoo The USDA recently said it has started analyzing for the first time data it has collected on the impact […]

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Animal Science

From farm to table, seedstock selection is the first step – Collegian Central

When people walk into the meat section in any market, many have an expectation of finding fresh, affordable, […]

Don’t be a Super Bowl party pooper!

Known as the second highest day for food consumption after Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is much more than just a football game. With an estimated 43 million Americans planning to host a Super Bowl party, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided several tips that can help those partaking in the festivities form […]