U.S. Department of Agriculture

Ag Update: Developments On The BSE And Trade Front
The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to adopt world wide standards for the import of beef when it comes to concerns about BSE or what's commonly known as mad cow disease.
U.S.D.A, Chief Veterinarian, Dr. John Clifford, says it would be based on each country's risk level, bringing the U.…
Plant Hardiness Map, Online And Warmer
Plant hardiness zones have been adjusted and the map used to track what to grow and when has been updated. The new version of the USDA's Plant Hardiness Zone Map is now available on the web.
"The new map takes the form of an interactive geographical information system software tool that…
Food Price Inflation Hits Consumers Hardest At The Grocers
With just days left until the end of 2011 the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that food prices this year went up about 3.5 percent. Ag Department Economist, Ricky Volpe, says prices for foods eaten at restaurants went up about 2 percent while foods bought at the grocery store shot up much mo…
High Prices Tempt Cattle Producers To Sell Breed Stock
Cattle producers are wrestling with whether to hold back female breeding stock or sell at current high prices. That according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Livestock Analyst Shayle Shagam who says many producers are choosing to sell, but there are multiple factors involved in the decision...
What’s Behind The Price For Your Thanksgiving Bird
U.S consumers are eating more turkey throughout the year. It use to be something folks saved for the holiday season, but that's changed.
"It's all the turkey breasts, turkey luncheon meats, turkey hams, that get sold throughout most of the year...
USDA Says Japan May Drop U.S. Beef Ban
Last month Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced his upcoming trade visits to China and Vietnam with part of his agenda focused on increasing beef trade with both of those Asian nations.
Food Prices Just Keep Going Up
No break in rising food prices for 2012  according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA Food Price Economist, Ricky Volpe,  says inflation rates are slowing, but most prices continue to increase.
"For the year 2012 we're looking at beef and veal prices to increase by 4.…