Posts tagged "US Department of Agriculture"

Vermont farmers to create their own organic certification

[5 July/Food Dive] According to Grocery Business reports, a group of farmers and scientists in Vermont had written standards for their own organic requirements. The plan was to launch this summer on 20 to 60 farms. The operations would add the label after they were certified by an inspector. The label would list information that...

Manufacturers reformulate with sugar as consumers sour on corn syrup

[14 August/Food Dive] US Department of Agriculture data shows a 15% reduction in sweeteners, including sugar and corn syrup, over the last 17 years with most of the decline attributed to a reduced use of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). The association of HFCS with obesity has seen its use decline significantly in recent years,...

New agreement will allow US rice exports to China

[21 July/BBC] China has agreed to allow imports of rice from the US for the first time, giving US farmers access to the world’s largest rice consumer, with China importing 5 million tonnes in 2016. USA Rice said the agreement is complex and sets strict standards for US exporters to protect against the introduction of...

Most chicken, turkey farms affected by bird flu can restock

[7 November/ NZ Herald] US Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials have cleared the majority of commercial chicken and turkey farms infected by the recent bird flu epidemic to restock, however scientific monitoring of migrating birds will remain.  No new cases of the flu had been reported since June 17, however the migration of birds south...

Fight Against Bird Flu Intensifies in U.S.

[14 October/ The Wall Street Journal] United States poultry companies and regulators are taking steps to combat the potential return of the H2N2 avian flu virus which resulted in the death of more than 48 million birds earlier this year. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to hire hundreds of veterinarians and workers to...

USDA: US corn yields to offset lesser acreage

[10 May/ NZ Herald] A federal forecast stated that US corn growers may exceed last year’s record production, despite the lesser acreage devoted to the grain, but corn prices could edge lower later in the year. US Department of Agriculture’s first World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates higher corn production this year at 13.9 billion...

MPI confirms tainted meat warning

[25 February/ Radio New Zealand Rural] The Ministry for Primary Industries has confirmed that New Zealand was warned about the quality of meat exports in 2011 and 2012 by the US Department of Agriculture.  USDA testing found traces of faeces in small consignments of New Zealand meat, breaching the US’s zero tolerance standard.  Deputy Director-General...

Bee deaths may stem from virus, study says

 [21 January, New York Times] A new study suggest that the mysterious colony collapse disease that has wiped out commercial bee colonies around the world may be linked to a rapidly mutating virus that has jumped from tobacco plants to soy plants to bees.  The research suggests that increases in honeybee deaths generally starts in...