USDA offers easy property transfer for beginning farmers and ranchers

In Washington, D. C., the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an early termination opportunity for certain Conservation Reserve Program contracts, making it easier to...

Sonny Perdue sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

In Washington, D.C., Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the thirty-first U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S....

The European Commission grants conditional merger clearance to Dow and DuPont

In Delaware and Michigan, the European Commission granted DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company conditional regulatory clearance in Europe as a merger of equals....

USDA pilots online SNAP ordering and payment with selected retailers

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced seven retail firms selected to take part in a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program pilot designed...

Canada approves irradiation treatment for ground beef

In Canada, the Government of Canada published final regulations permitting the sale of fresh and frozen raw ground beef treated with irradiation. Health Canada...

An EU biofuels proposal worth getting behind

By James Cogan, Special to The Digest Europe’s bioethanol association ePure just released a renewables policy paper that's something to get excited about. It’s a show of confidence...

GNC runs afoul with DOJ over synthetic stimulants

In Pennsylvania, dietary supplements retailer GNC has agreed to pay a $2.25-million Department of Justice fine after a product branded as containing only natural,...

102 million trees have died in California since 2010, according to the U.S. Forest...

In California, the U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This...

Perdue signs proclamation to increase local flexibility in school lunch programs

In Virginia, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide greater flexibility in nutrition requirements for school meal...

EPA proposes rule changes for RFS to boost cellulosic ethanol production

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule change to the Renewable Fuel Standard that would allow poplar and willow trees as...

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Plant reactions to anesthetics are similar to humans and animals

In the United Kingdom, A new study showed that plants react to anesthetics similarly to the way animals and humans do, suggesting plants are...

USDA offers state agencies greater control over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced increased cooperation with states in the operation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to promote...

New crop imager detects chlorophyll fluorescence for a true picture of crop health

In Washington, D.C., researchers developed a new imaging system designed to monitor the health of crops in the field or a greenhouse.  The new...