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USDA Blog » Local Foods and Nutritious Diets: USDA’s 2013 Agricultural Outlook Forum

Local Foods and Nutritious Diets: USDA’s 2013 Agricultural Outlook Forum Posted by Brenda Chapin, USDA Office of the Chief Economist, on January 31, 2013 at 12:17 PM Demand for local and regional foods is strong and growing, as consumers across the country are looking for healthy food options grown and raised in their own communities. […]

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County anti-biotech effort hits snag

    By MITCH LIES, Capital Press A hearing date has not yet been set for a ballot initiative sponsored by a group seeking to ban the production of genetically engineered crops in Benton County, Ore. The group, GMO Free Oregon’s Benton County chapter, has challenged a county determination that its initiative petition is invalid. […]

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Agriculture Dept: US Homes Short of Food Rose in 2011

The U.S. Agriculture Department says the number of American households suffering from what it calls very low food security rose last year. A new report says nearly 6% of U.S. homes, or a total of 17 million people, had difficulty at some time in 2011 providing enough food. The number increased by 800,000 people. It […]

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what? me worry?

ACTUALITY – Mike Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods, U.S. Food & Drug Administration    INFO: Mike Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods, U.S. Food & Drug Administration says U.S. milk is safe.   Mike Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods, U.S. Food & Drug Administration: There’s nothing about this recent finding, or event, that really changes the […]

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FEAST workshops planned for the Rogue Valley

MEDFORD, Ore. — Local organizations are joining forces and taking action in order to better the food system in Jackson and Josephine County.   Farmers, producers, grocers, and consumers met to begin developing a Rogue Valley Community Food System Plan. The plan will include the processing, distribution, consumption, and waste of food in Jackson and […]

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Where’s All That Food Gonna Come From?

Just the other day I sat down to make a list of the natural disasters that have occurred around the world just this year.  Without having to look at old news reports, I came up with the following list: floods in Australia, Brazil, China, Japan and the Midwestern United States.  Add to that, the Tsunamis […]

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Food prices rising | Natural Resource Report

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 13, 2011 – Strong global demand, especially for pork and other protein-rich foods, was a primary driver behind higher retail prices at the supermarket during the third quarter of 2011, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that […]

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Don’t let baby chicks cause health problems this Easter

Don’t let baby chicks cause health problems this Easter

State Veterinarian advises parents to protect young children from infectious diseases ODA — Fluffy newborn chicks may be cute and cuddly, but the traditional Easter holiday icon can also lead to infectious disease, particularly affecting young children. That’s why parents are once again advised this spring to use common sense and caution when it comes […]

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