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December 8, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal employee was stabbed inside the U.S. Agriculture Department, a department spokesman said, in what seemed to have been a dispute between acquaintances. The employee was stabbed with a knife in the USDA's south building, a sprawling, blocklong structure across the street from the USDA administration building on the National Mall, spokesman Ed Loyd said. The employee was treated at a local hospital for injuries Loyd described as non-life-threatening. The assailant escaped.
December 3, 2004 | Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writer
Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns, nominated by President Bush on Thursday to be the next Agriculture secretary, grew up on an Iowa dairy farm and has traveled widely to promote farm products from Nebraska, where he has served as governor for two terms. If confirmed by the Senate, Johanns, 54, would succeed Ann M. Veneman, a Californian, as head of the 113,000-employee department.
November 30, 2004 | Charles Duhigg, Times Staff Writer
A controversial recreational fee -- locally known as the Adventure Pass -- is expected to be extended this week by Congress for 10 years. The Recreational Fee Demonstration Program was created in 1996 on a temporary basis to pay for maintenance on public lands. It was reauthorized several times and has collected $867 million since inception. The program was due to expire on Jan.
September 17, 2004 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
When is a virgin not always a virgin? When the "virgin" describes the type of olive oil sold in the United States. In a rare case of a trade group asking the federal government for more regulation, the California Olive Oil Council is pressing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to tighten its grading standards.
September 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
Federal regulators have accused UC San Francisco researchers of mistreating animals used in experiments over a three-year period. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued 60 allegations of animal-care violations in a complaint dated Aug. 31, which was made public Tuesday by an animal-rights group.
July 22, 2004 | Jia Lynn Yang, Times Staff Writer
Tens of thousands of black farmers have yet to see any of the compensation promised them by the U.S. Department of Agriculture five years ago in one of the federal government's largest-ever racial bias settlements, according to a report released this week by a public interest watchdog group. A two-year probe by the Environmental Working Group and the National Black Farmers Assn. found that the government had denied restitution to 81,000 out of 94,000 black farmers who sought compensation.
July 14, 2004 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, responding to a critical report, defended its testing program for mad cow disease Tuesday, saying the surveillance plan that went into effect June 1 targets "precisely the population of animals we should be testing." The draft report, prepared by the USDA's Office of Inspector General and released by Rep. Henry A.
May 26, 2004 | From Reuters
American farmers will export a record $61.5 billion worth of agricultural products in fiscal 2004, despite a sharp drop in beef exports because of mad cow disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. U.S. imports of farm goods from other nations were estimated at a record $51.5 billion for fiscal 2004, up $5.8 billion from last year, the USDA's Economic Research Service said in its quarterly forecast of farm trade.
May 24, 2004 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
John Tarpoff knows his demand is illogical. There is no scientific reason for him to extract a sliver of brain from each steer he slaughters to test for mad cow disease. He kills only young cattle at his processing plant: certified Angus, 12 to 20 months old. Animals that young just don't get the disease -- at least, not at a detectable level. Testing every carcass is "highly unnecessary," Tarpoff said. Still, he's desperate to do it. But the federal government won't let him.
April 27, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Prosecutors opened their case Monday against self-proclaimed "Sausage King" Stuart Alexander by outlining the months the sausage factory owner allegedly spent flouting the law and threatening government health inspectors before he shot and killed three of them. Alexander, 43, faces three counts of murder in the June 2000 deaths of U.S.
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