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US Ag secretary, celebrity chef among visitors to Baltimore school (access required)

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is visiting a Baltimore high school to highlight opportunities in urban agriculture. The event Friday afternoon at Frederick Douglass High School also includes celebrity chef Kwame Onwuachi and Broderick Johnson, chairman of the My Brother’s ...

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USDA gives Maryland bonus for SNAP effort

Maryland received a $3.4 million bonus incentive payment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for getting food assistance to low-income families, the state announced this week. Maryland is the top-performing state (and second only to the District of Columbia) for ...

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USDA details new risk-based farm payment programs

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says farmers can begin signing up for new safety net programs next week established in the 2014 farm bill that replace the much-criticized direct payments with government payouts based on risks farmers face.

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Government health and safety efforts slowed or halted

WASHINGTON — The government shutdown has slowed or halted federal efforts to protect Americans’ health and safety, from probes into the cause of transportation and workplace accidents to tracking the flu. The latest example: investigating an outbreak of salmonella in ...

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Some school districts quit healthier lunch program

After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program. They say so many students refused the meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that their cafeterias were losing money. ...

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