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NATIONAL
March 12, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Agriculture Department is investigating a possible case of mad cow disease, the agency's chief veterinarian said. A routine test indicated the possible presence of mad cow disease, said John Clifford, the USDA official. The agency would not say where the animal was from. The cow did not enter the human or animal food chain, Clifford said. The department is conducting more detailed tests at its laboratory in Ames, Iowa, and should have results within a week.
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BUSINESS
February 17, 2006 | From Reuters
A new wave of competition among food vendors is holding down prices and saving the typical U.S. family about $500 annually, an Agriculture Department economist said. Ephraim Leibtag, USDA's food-price expert, forecast food inflation of 2% to 3% this year, about the same as last year and a relief after the 3.4% rise in prices during 2004.
NATIONAL
February 16, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Agriculture Department said it had accidentally released the Social Security and tax identification numbers of 350,000 tobacco farmers. The federal agency said it inadvertently released the data in response to Freedom of Information Act requests about the tobacco buyout program. The information went to eight different people or groups. Those who received the information agreed not to disclose it, to destroy any copies and to return computer disks containing the data, officials said.
BUSINESS
November 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
Kelsey Kozack's kitchen is a dairy wonderland. Fresh cheeses, yogurt and quarts of fresh raw milk abound, all compliments of Iris, a gentle tan cow who grazes on the family's 7-acre property. Kelsey, just 16, established and runs Fort Bantam Creamery from her family home on this island just west of Seattle. At first, Kelsey's parents and sister were the main consumers of her culinary creations from Iris' raw, unpasteurized milk.
NATIONAL
October 19, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The Agriculture Department will abandon plans to close more than 700 Farm Service Agency offices across the U.S. because of widespread opposition in Congress, an official said. A hearing had been scheduled Thursday in the Senate Agriculture Committee. But in a letter sent to Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Agriculture Department Undersecretary J.B. Penn said the agency was scrapping the plan to close 713 of the 2,351 Farm Service offices.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2005 | From Reuters
Prices for U.S. corn and soybeans will sink to stressful levels under the weight of the second mammoth harvest in a row, the government forecast Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated a corn stockpile of 2.22 billion bushels at the end of this marketing year, the largest corn surplus in 18 years. At 260 million bushels, the soybean carry-over would be the largest in six years. On the heels of records set last year, the USDA pegged the corn crop at 10.
HEALTH
October 10, 2005 | Sally Squires, Washington Post
An online game and the first food pyramid created specifically for 6- to 11-year-olds just might help kids blast off to better eating habits. Or so the federal government hopes. The goal is to get kids to "eat right, exercise and have fun," Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns told a room of fifth-graders recently in describing the new pyramid and game. This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture redesigned the food pyramid for adults and children 12 and older.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2005 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Turns out there is such a thing as organic lip balm after all. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reversed its decision to yank the "USDA Organic" seal from lotions and lip balms and will allow cosmetics to carry the prestigious round, green label. Having the USDA imprimatur is essential for a product to stand out on store shelves crowded with allegedly organic merchandise, said David Bronner, president of Escondido, Calif.-based Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap.
SCIENCE
April 20, 2005 | Thomas H. Maugh II and Rosie Mestel, Times Staff Writers
To help stem the nation's slide into obesity, the government Tuesday unveiled a dramatic redesign of its familiar food pyramid, tipping it on its side with vertical color bands, incorporating a staircase and climber to emphasize the need for exercise -- and producing it in 12 versions to reflect the nation's diverse lifestyles.
SCIENCE
March 22, 2005 | Rosie Mestel, Times Staff Writer
Dawn was just breaking over the Arizona desert as Ethan Schwartz began his daily regimen of a quart of ice tea, a 1 1/4 -mile hike up Piestewa Peak and a fruit-and-protein shake packed with a medley of dietary supplements. "Nutrition is kind of a passion of mine," said Schwartz, a buff, 187-pound adherent of high-fiber, lean protein diets.
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