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September 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
California's navel-orange crop will be 34% smaller this season after higher-than-normal temperatures in May caused fruit to drop from trees prematurely, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. Growers will pick 32 million boxes of the fruit (1.2 million tons), down from a revised estimate of 48.5 million boxes last season, the USDA said.
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BUSINESS
February 17, 2006 | From Reuters
A coalition of farmers, consumers and environmental activists Thursday sued the U.S. government over its approval of a biotech alfalfa that critics say will spell havoc for farmers and the environment. Opening another front in the battle over genetically modified crops, the lawsuit contends that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is improperly allowing Monsanto Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1985 | Associated Press
The Agriculture Department said Thursday that two California poultry companies have been suspended from providing food to the government's school lunch program because of "alleged false representation" that their product met federal specifications. Officials identified the suspended firms as Cal-Pacific Poultry Inc. of Pomona and Beaumont Poultry Inc. of Beaumont. Both companies are under the same management.
OPINION
December 10, 2004
The Dec. 6 editorial, "New Farmer in Chief," ignores key accomplishments at the Department of Agriculture under the leadership of Secretary Ann M. Veneman. Significant food safety enhancements have helped reduce the prevalence of E. coli and salmonella in raw meat and poultry. Veneman put in place new safeguards against bovine spongiform encephalopathy. New forest rules have resulted in the treatment of a record 4 million acres for undergrowth in 2004 and intensified the fight against invasive species, treating 1.1 million acres.
OPINION
March 4, 2008
The U.S. Department of Agriculture just issued the biggest beef recall in history. Not really. It was, in fact, the biggest recall, but not by the USDA, which has no power to recall tainted food. The agency has to prod and push meatpackers to do that. It also won't tell consumers in 49 states that they might have bought some of the 143 million pounds of suspect beef from a Chino slaughterhouse. Only Californians have access to such a list. (Go to the state Department of Public Health website, www.cdph.
NATIONAL
December 13, 2012 | By Andrew Khouri
The federal government is the ultimate master of the roughly 40 cats, many with six toes, that lounge around the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Fla. A federal appeals court has ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has the power to regulate the cats, agreeing with a district court that the museum is an animal exhibitor and can be regulated under the Animal Welfare Act. The cats, some of them kin of Ernest Hemingway's six-toed...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1985
This is in reference to John Kendall's article (May 28), "Southland Meat Industry, Inspections Under Probe." As a trade association representing many meat companies in Southern California, we are concerned that the article gives consumers the incorrect impression that bad meat is being shipped from Los Angeles-area meat plants to supermarkets, butcher shops, and restaurants. We are equally concerned about meat companies that do not adhere to the standards required by law. In the meat business, as has so often been the case, one bad actor spoils the whole show.
OPINION
June 18, 2004
Re "USDA: Frozen Fries Are 'Fresh' Veggies," June 15: Under pressure from the branch of the U.S. obesity industry devoted to the consumption of frozen French fries, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and now a federal judge have agreed that frozen French fries constitute "fresh vegetables." This is an outrageous Alice in Wonderland interpretation of a simple phrase that any 2-year-old can understand. This country's anxiety to export its vision of democracy to the entire globe makes outcomes like this especially sad. With the USDA in the deep fryer of the frozen potato industry, any country that cares to look will have to wonder about how much of our political and legal system is for sale to the highest bidder.
BUSINESS
June 25, 1985 | Associated Press
World coffee production could rise to a record 99.1 million bags in 1985-86, up 8% from last season's revised output of 91.8 million bags, the Agriculture Department reported. The forecast was the first by the USDA for the new season and was included in a routine weekly trade report issued by the department's Foreign Agricultural Service. Brazil, the largest producer, is expected to harvest 33 million bags, a 22% increase from 1984-85.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1990
City officials noted marked improvement in conditions at the Los Angeles Zoo Thursday, less than a month after charges came to light about numerous federal violations at the Griffith Park facility. After participating in a surprise inspection with U.S. Department of Agriculture officials, councilmen Joel Wachs and John Ferraro said "tremendous" improvements have been made and all violations are corrected or are in the process of being corrected.
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