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How to save your food in a power outage

A power outage can be expensive depending on how much perishable food you have to lose.

Thursday - 02/13/2014, 08:32am EST

Tags: usda, storm, food, power outage, refrigerator, Megan Cloherty

Don't buy that fresh Thanksgiving turkey just yet

Many shoppers buy their Thanksgiving turkey frozen, but more and more people prefer a fresh one. If that includes you, be careful not to buy that bird too soon - one to two days before you plan on cooking it is the maximum, according to the USDA.

Saturday - 11/23/2013, 08:21am EST

Tags: veronica robinson, turkey, usda, Thanksgiving

Dr. Pawz: Closing loophole with online pet sales

After years of pressure from the public and animal-welfare groups, the USDA's inspector general looked into the laws regulating commercial dog breeding and agreed there was a gap between breeders who sell online and those who do not.

Saturday - 09/14/2013, 07:46am EDT

Tags: Katy Nelson, Dr. Pawz, Dr. Paws, puppy mills, pet sales, usda


Money doesn't grow on trees: Small farmers turn to organic alternatives

Organic food products are traditionally more expensive for consumers than their conventional varieties. This difference in price is also felt by the farmers who grow and produce certified organic food. But a new program is helping small farmers grow certified natural food.

Wednesday - 08/14/2013, 08:31am EDT

Tags: organic, organic food, farm, Certified Naturally Grown, Rachel Nania, market, usda

What is the future of food?

It's something that's enjoyed for taste and it's something that's required to survive. It's found in the ground, on trees, on shelves, in homes and in retail settings throughout the world. It defines cultures, helps to run vehicles and even influences national security decisions. It's food, and its future is up for discussion.

Thursday - 05/23/2013, 10:50am EDT

Tags: food, food supply, Health, GMOs, technology, usda, Rachel Nania, Washington Post Live

USDA awards grants to 8 Va. agricultural producers

Eight agricultural producers in Virginia are receiving federal grants to develop new ways to earn income.

Thursday - 05/02/2013, 11:30am EDT

Tags: usda

Grocery costs rise 35 pct to 39 pct in decade

Shoppers are paying between 35 percent to 39 percent more for groceries than they did a decade ago.

Thursday - 05/02/2013, 08:39am EDT

Tags: grocery shopping, food costs, usda, Colleen Kelleher


Beef, chicken prices to rise if gov't furloughs meat inspectors

Department of Agriculture inspectors could be furloughed for up to 15 days under sequestration. That would force meatpacking plants to intermittently shut down and would result in less meat in grocery stores. Prices would rise.

Tuesday - 02/12/2013, 08:20am EST

Tags: usda, Nick Iannelli, sequestration, FDA

USDA bans deep fryers in employee cafeterias

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is cutting down on fried foods with a new plan to eliminate deep fryers from the federal department's cafeterias.

Monday - 02/04/2013, 03:27pm EST

Tags: usda, fried foods, deep fryer, Kathy Stewart

USDA: Va. produce company didn't fully pay sellers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has accused a Staunton produce company of violating federal law by failing to make full payments to sellers.

Wednesday - 11/21/2012, 03:26pm EST

Tags: Staunton, usda

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