Sesame Added To FDA Allergen Program

Dan This Land of Ours

Working to make food safer for those with allergies. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Millions of Americans have food allergies and could have reactions to products that contain food allergens. While many allergic reactions may involve only mild symptoms, some are severe and could even be life-threatening. Earlier this year, sesame was added as the ninth major …


USDA Expands Access to School Breakfast and Lunch

Dan Agri-Business, Education, This Land of Ours

The USDA is giving more children access to school-day meals. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. The Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced it is giving an estimated 3,000 more school districts in high-need areas the option to serve breakfast and lunch to all students at no cost. The expansion is possible through the Community Eligibility Provision, commonly known …


Next-Gen Institute for Digital Agriculture

Dan Agri-Business, Education, This Land of Ours

A new university institute with a focus on the future of agriculture. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. A new university institute is putting the spotlight on digital agriculture. Kansas State University has launched the Interdisciplinary Institute for Digital Agriculture and Advanced Analytics. The institute is a people-centered interdisciplinary collective transforming learning, research, and outreach around digital technologies …


Deadlines Approaching for AIM for Climate Components

Dan Climate Change, Environment, This Land of Ours

Some important deadlines are coming up for USDA climate programs. Rod Bain has more in today’s This Land of Ours Report. What’s the latest news from the agriculture innovation mission for climate? The US-United Arab Emirates co-chaired AIM for Climate Initiative sponsors a webinar the last week of September on the food systems and agriculture innovation agenda highlighting the upcoming …

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USDA Expands Efforts to Prevent and Reduce Food Waste

Dan This Land of Ours

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wednesday announced an additional $25 million investment to expand efforts to prevent and reduce food loss and waste. The investment, funded under the American Rescue Plan Act, is part of a joint agency initiative between USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist. More than one-third of all …

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USDA Study Underscores Importance of Food Safety Education Month

Dan Education, This Land of Ours

A new USDA study shows the importance of Food Safety Education Month. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. USDA Tuesday released results from the final year of a five-year study that observed how consumers prepared meals. The study observed food safety behaviors, including participants’ thermometer use for ground pork sausage, handwashing, and cleaning and sanitizing food preparation surfaces. …


National Farm Health and Safety Week

Dan Agri-Business, This Land of Ours

It’s a week to focus on staying safe while working in agriculture. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. This is National Farm Health and Safety Week and this year’s theme is ‘No one can take your place’. Laura Siegel, the health communications officer for AgriSafe Network, says the week is an annual reminder of how important it is …


APHIS Finalizes Changes to Import Regulations for Horses

Dan Agri-Business, Equine, Exports/Imports, Legislative, Regulation, This Land of Ours, USDA-APHIS

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is finalizing amendments to its import regulations for horses. These amendments will better align our regulations with international standards and allow more flexibility for permitted imports, while continuing to mitigate the risk of bringing equine diseases into the United States. The regulations also provide APHIS with …