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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • USDA issues public health alert for some California chicken

    USDA issues public health alert for some California chicken
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a public health alert Monday afternoon, saying it had linked some raw chicken products produced in California to a salmonella outbreak. The agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said it had...
  • Kenter Canyon Farms reaps harvest of locally grown wheat

     Kenter Canyon Farms reaps harvest of locally grown wheat
    California farmers raise vast quantities of wheat, but this most basic of foods has remained an industrial commodity, absent from farmers markets. That may be changing, however, since a passionate bread baker, Andrea Crawford of Kenter Canyon Farms,...
  • Lawsuit filed to protect endangered southwestern willow flycatcher

    Lawsuit filed to protect endangered southwestern willow flycatcher
    A U.S. Department of Agriculture program designed to control invasive streamside trees by releasing exotic leaf-eating beetles has gone awry and is destroying the nesting areas of a federally endangered songbird, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by two...
  • New American diet report card shows we're just barely passing

    New American diet report card shows we're just barely passing
    With Cronuts, ramen burgers and calorie-laden mash-ups dominating our current food culture, it should come as no surprise that as a country we're not scoring high marks for healthy diets. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest's...
  • Farmers using falcons to scare off crop-eating birds

    Farmers using falcons to scare off crop-eating birds
    To keep pesky birds away from his blueberries, veteran farmer Mark Flamm has blared recordings of avian distress calls, shot noisy "bird bangers" from a pistol and ordered an employee to shake a gravel-filled bottle at the sky. He even went old-school...
  • 2 Jewish groups get state violation notices for slaughtering chickens

    2 Jewish groups get state violation notices for slaughtering chickens
    The California Department of Food and Agriculture on Friday issued notices of violation to two Orthodox Jewish groups that were slaughtering chickens in the Pico-Robertson area as part of an ancient atonement ritual. The action was taken after animal...
  • USDA improperly pays millions to dead farmers, audit finds

    USDA improperly pays millions to dead farmers, audit finds
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has improperly paid millions of dollars in aid to thousands of farmers after they have died, according to a government audit. An inspection of the department's crop insurance, disaster assistance and conservation...
  • So many wineries, so little time

    So many wineries, so little time
    Even if you spit, hire a designated driver and plan your route with the efficiency of a mom navigating Costco, there are only so many wineries you can visit in a day. Which is a problem in California, home to nearly 3,000 wineries. Most of them make...
  • California discourages needy from signing up for food stamps

    California discourages needy from signing up for food stamps
    WASHINGTON — It was not surprising that Texas held out. For years, Texas was among a handful of states that required every resident seeking help with grocery bills to first be fingerprinted, an exercise typically associated with criminals....
  • The Obamas' second first dog is a chance to talk about all dogs

    The Obamas' second first dog is a chance to talk about all dogs
    Despite President Obama’s mention during his 2012 victory speech that “one dog’s probably enough,” apparently it wasn’t. The Obamas have expanded the first family with another Portuguese water dog, which they named Sunny. All...
  • L.A. Now Live: California discourages food stamps enrollment

    L.A. Now Live: California discourages food stamps enrollment
    Talk with Times reporter Evan Halper at 9 a.m. about California’s food stamp program, which ranks among the stingiest in the nation enrollment-wise. Liberal California discourages eligible people from signing up for food stamps at rates...