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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • Customs agents seize exotic fruit containing pest at BWI

    Customs agents seize exotic fruit containing pest at BWI
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents intercepted a type of mealybug pest in an exotic fruit at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, federal officials said Monday. The bug, formally known as Maconellicoccus multipori,...
  • USDA to regulate online breeders

    USDA to regulate online breeders
    You know those Sarah McLaughlin-narrated ads about puppy mills? The ones with the horrific pictures of dogs in unthinkable conditions? I flip the station as quickly as possible (I'm pretty sure everyone does), but her message is a good one....
  • TB in elephants called 'a gray area'

    TB in elephants called 'a gray area'
    An animal-rights group contends that an elephant performing in Baltimore with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus poses a health risk to the public because she has tested positive for tuberculosis, but circus and government health officials...
  • Vend Natural sells healthful snacks in machines

    Vend Natural sells healthful snacks in machines
    Healthful food and vending machines don't exactly mix. Vending machines are typically seen as antithetical to good health, with the industry criticized for contributing to childhood obesity and targeted by new rules requiring calorie disclosure. But...
  • WIC cuts: Balancing the budget on the backs of babies

    WIC cuts: Balancing the budget on the backs of babies
    Congress' recent efforts to balance the federal budget give new meaning to "women and children first." The $500 million cut to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) that President Barack Obama and congressional...
  • End farm subsidies and make agriculture sustainable

    End farm subsidies and make agriculture sustainable
    Farm subsidies could finally be on the chopping block. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently acknowledged that corn and ethanol "subsidies need to be phased out" over time. And on a swing through Iowa, Mr. Vilsack suggested that the Obama...
  • Table Talk: When Restaurant Weeks collide

    Table Talk: When Restaurant Weeks collide
    Here they come. Three neighboring jurisdictions are set to launch the latest editions of their winter restaurant promotions. Baltimore County's promotion starts Jan. 14, Baltimore City's starts Jan. 21, and Howard County's starts Jan. 17. The news...
  • U.S. provides funds for farm pollution control

    Maryland got an infusion of $2 million in federal funds Friday to pay state farmers to plant cover crops in winter, replacing state money cut from one of the most effective efforts to reduce nutrient pollution fouling the Chesapeake Bay. The state's...
  • Stink bugs: Time for hand-to-hand combat

    Stink bugs: Time for hand-to-hand combat
    It is time to smash some bug eggs. This is a citizen-based action, somewhat gooey, recommended by authorities who are battling a Maryland pest, the brown marmorated stink bug. Squashing an adult bug generates an unpleasant odor that gives the bug its...
  • Time for healthier school lunches

    I was delighted to read the newU.S. Department of Agricultureguidelines requiring schools to serve meals with twice as many fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, less sodium and fat, and no meat for breakfast ("Taterless tots," Aug. 24, 2011). The...
  • Pompeian Inc. becomes first olive oil maker to get USDA approval

    Baltimore-based Pompeian Inc. has become the first olive oil maker to have the quality of its products backed by the United States Department of Agriculture, the company announced. The manufacturer has obtained approval for its extra virgin and extra...
  • Maryland to see 60-degree temperatures this week

    Maryland to see 60-degree temperatures this week
    You don't need a groundhog to tell you which way winter is going. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 60s Tuesday and Wednesday — not into record-breaking territory, but enough to extend lunch breaks into the afternoon, confuse...