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  • Rules would make school snacks healthier

    February 1, 2013 11:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make school snacks healthier, a move that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus. Under the new rules proposed Friday by the Department of Agriculture, school vending... more »
  • Christmas tree fee delayed by Dept. of Agriculture

    November 9, 2011 5:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - A fee on Christmas trees that was scheduled to go into effect today has been delayed by the Obama administration, after backlash against the program from organizations who called it a tax. The program would have charged some growers 15 cents per tree to pay for nationwide... more »
  • Chili pepper deliver spices up doomsday seed vault

    July 12, 2010 1:10 PM

    Wenk's Yellow Hots, Pico de Gallos and the unpredictably hot San Juan "Tsiles" chili peppers have safely arrived at a "doomsday" vault in the Arctic. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., says he and other congressmen delivered seeds from the pepper varieties on Sunday to a Norwegian seed bank on the... more »
  • USDA strengthens salmonella standards for poultry

    May 10, 2010 1:14 PM

    The Department of Agriculture is setting new standards for the levels of salmonella and another pathogen in young chickens and turkeys as part of an effort to strengthen food safety. The new standards would hold poultry slaughterhouses more accountable by decreasing the number of samples allowed to test positive... more »

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