Over-wintering your perennials in pots? Some tips

...to begin with, she said. Buy the most cold-tolerant varieties you can find."I pick the hardiest available rated with a USDA zone that is two zones colder than my zone," Ophardt said.Some plants genetically are more perennial than others. Woody...

Department of Human Services Board says photo IDs will cost $7.7 million

...proposal for the Legislature to review.Critics of the food stamp legislation have said it will not fix larger-scale fraud. The USDA has reported the rate of illegal sales of food assistance benefits for cash or other items is around 1.3 percent of all users...

Plant species tulips for early color

...producing blooms through at least several seasons. Their bloom period ranges from early spring well into June. They perform best in USDA Zones 3 to 7.Shop for labels specifying the genus Tulipa, about 100 species of which have been cloned for domestic use.Look...

Protests USDA rules on organic foods

...is trying to do with organic foods. The USDA's well-publicized, temporary withdrawal...of the proposal. The instructions the USDA was given in the Organic Foods Production...Standards Board on those details, the USDA has proposed rules that do not codify the...

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USDA setting up gene research center at Cornell

...is expected to open this spring, said Judy St. John, an associate deputy administrator with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service. "The USDA-funded center will aid researchers around the country and the world in the quest to discover all...

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USDA develops quick test for E. coli bacteria

...test, can determine the presence of a dangerous strain of E. coli within five to 10 minutes instead of 48 hours or more, said USDA scientist Dan Laster. "We think this will encourage more testing of meat and other foods because it is such a simple process...

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Officials seize more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

...who was selling them illegally.The USDA discovered the snails through a tip from...reasons for importing the snails. The USDA believes most of the snails it has seized...said Wendolyn Beltz, a director in the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection...

Cool summer raises expectations of record corn, soybean harvest; seed, GPS technology factors

...market analysts and some farmers expect the USDA to revise expectations upward in a report...2009 with 164.7 bushels per acre. The USDA previously estimated 165.3 bushels per...a 3.36 billion-bushel harvest. The USDA expects a national average of 45.2 bushels...

EPA to decide whether to boost the use of popular weed killer 2,4-D

...environmental review released last week, the USDA recommended approval. The agency said...600 percent by the year 2020.While the USDA only oversees the safety of the plants...In its environmental assessment, the USDA said increased resistance is a risk, and...

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Children consume too much salt, raising risk of heart disease

...Consumer Services for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The USDA is also helping out with the bulk food it makes available to...two-thirds of which has no added salt, he said."At the USDA, we're working to make the school environment an important...