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USDA to relocate hundreds of jobs as fewer Americans move for work

by Meghan McCarty Carino Jun 14, 2019
Mobility has been on the decline for decades.
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Trade showdown

USDA report to show the impact of wet weather and trade tensions on farmers

by Mitchell Hartman Jun 11, 2019
An Ag report to be released on Tuesday is expected to show the effects of weather and trade tensions on farm supply and demand.
Floodwater from the Mississippi River covers a farmer's field on May 30, 2019 in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
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The USDA is buying milk and giving it to food banks

by Mitchell Hartman Aug 17, 2018
The program is hoping to help the needy – including America's dairy farmers.
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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in Canada

by Andy Uhler Jun 14, 2018
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will be in Canada today  to meet with his counterpart, Lawrence MacAulay. Last weekend’s G-7 summit in Canada ended in a tweet storm with President Donald Trump insulting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s trade…

Meat consumption expected to hit a new record this year in the U.S.

by Peggy Lowe Mar 28, 2018
Demand for “clean” protein, a “pork craze” and cheap prices are fueling high meat consumption in 2018.
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An animal welfare rule aimed at organic egg production is on the chopping block

by Julie Grant Jan 11, 2018
The Trump administration has proposed doing away with a rule that mandated that organic egg laying chickens spend time outdoors.
Chickens congregate on a New Hampshire farm.
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Trump speaks to farmers, highlighting taxes and trade

by Kai Ryssdal and Kimberly Adams Jan 8, 2018
The president announced a new initiative to expand access to rural broadband in a speech to the Farm Bureau convention.
President Donald Trump speaks at the American Farm Bureau Federations 99th Annual Convention at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee, today.
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Lunch shaming is on its way out of schools

by Adriene Hill and Paulina Velasco Aug 11, 2017
Local school policies address how to deal with unpaid meal charges.
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Rural America weighs the economic realities of proposed federal budget cuts

by Mitchell Hartman May 23, 2017
President Trump calls for the USDA to be cut by 21 percent. Rural areas have a lot of federal employment and funding at stake.
Goldendale, Washington, population 3,400, could be impacted by cuts to agriculture, environmental and other federal programs in President Trump's proposed 2018 budget.
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USDA removes animal welfare data from its website

by Annie Baxter Feb 7, 2017
It's unclear if the USDA's removal is permanent.
A chihuahua awaits adoption at a Los Angeles Department of Animal Services shelter.
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