Thu., December 6, 2012 7:00am
Growers are expected to harvest a million more tons of peanuts than they can sell this year. Federal forecasts put the harvest above three million tons, and some in the industry think that’s a low estimate.
Wed., November 28, 2012 1:00pm
Federal officials say they plan to close the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Georgia Rural Development Office in Baxley by Dec. 7.
Mon., November 26, 2012 6:00am
Nearly a quarter of a million dollars in federal grant funding will help bring locally grown food to school cafeterias in Georgia.
Thu., September 27, 2012 2:40pm
School lunches recently got their biggest update in 15 years thanks to new guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The rules now set limits on calories and salt. They phase in whole grains and require at least one vegetable or fruit per meal.
Mon., August 6, 2012 6:42pm
Georgia students can expect to see more fruits and vegetables in their school lunches under new federal guidelines aimed at adding more nutrition to their diets.
Thu., August 2, 2012 7:28am
More than half of U.S. counties now are classified by the federal government as natural disaster areas mostly because of the drought. The U.S. Agriculture Department on Wednesday added 218 counties in a dozen states as disaster areas, including six in Georgia.
Fri., July 13, 2012 2:42pm
Under new U.S. Department of Agriculture rules announced Thursday, all but a handful of Georgia counties are considered disaster areas because of ongoing drought. The department is trying to shorten the time between a disaster and making aid available to farmers.
Fri., July 13, 2012 6:53am
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted the governor's request for natural disaster designations in 13 Georgia counties for two weather events in April and May.
Tue., June 12, 2012 4:10pm
The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to reduce the number of federal inspectors in chicken processing plants. The USDA plan would eliminate as many as 800 inspector positions. Visual inspection of the chickens would fall to plant workers. Federal inspectors would focus on areas of the plant where bacteria could grow.
Mon., April 9, 2012 4:30pm
Georgia is not seeing a big jump in production of organic products and crops, despite a national organic boom. Officials said that is due, in part, to a producers’ and handlers’ failure to register with the state. Registration is required, but not really enforced.