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Final tobacco quota payment will not be reduced

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It appears former or current US tobacco growers will get their full, final annual payment from the quota buyout approved by Congress almost a decade ago. Full story...
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Ex-Rep. Etheridge to lead NC federal farm office

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Former congressman and state schools superintendent Bob Etheridge is the new executive director of the North Carolina office of the federal agency that oversees some agricultural programs and keeps farmers abreast of other initiatives. Full story...
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NC lawmakers want tobacco program protected

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Members of the state's congressional delegation want the federal tobacco program protected from expected budget cuts. Full story...
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Kansas company recalls nearly 23K lbs. of meat

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Reser's Fine Foods in Topeka, KS, is recalling about 22,800 pounds of potentially bacteria-tainted chicken, ham and beef products. Full story...
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Federal loan to help Dosher modernize

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videoDosher Memorial Hospital has been working for this day for several years. Monday the hospital celebrated an $8.5 million, low-interest loan from USDA Rural Development. The facility will use the money to renovate all 25 rooms. Full story...
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Wilmington-based ethanol-maker gets USDA backing for fuel plant

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A company that wants to turn grass grown on North Carolina hog farms into motor fuel is getting the federal backing it wants to build an ethanol plant. Full story...
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Schools turn their noses up at 'pink slime'

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The nation's school districts are turning up their noses at "pink slime," the beef product that caused a public uproar earlier this year. The US Department of Agriculture says the vast majority of states participating in its National School Lunch Program have opted to order ground beef that doesn't contain the product known as lean finely textured beef. Full story...
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Black Farmers Settlement deadline Friday

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The deadline is approaching for North Carolinians to join in a class action lawsuit that alleges the US Department of Agriculture unfairly denied loans to black farmers in the 1980s and 1990s. Full story...
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Columbus Co., Whiteville schools stop using USDA beef

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There's no "pink slime" on the menu any more at school in Columbus County. The county's two school districts have stopped using beef from the USDA. Full story...
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Schools will get to opt out of 'pink slime' beef

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The Agriculture Department says that starting next fall, schools can stop feeding students a common ammonia-treated ground beef filler dubbed "pink slime" by critics. Full story...
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Lumbee farmers file claims in discrimination case

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Farmers who belong to the Lumbee Indian Tribe have begun filing claims now that a nationwide discrimination case involving the federal government has been settled. Full story...
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USDA unveals new dietary guidelines

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The USDA has released new dietary guidelines that they say will help families plan healthier meals. Full story...
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USDA lowers pork's safe cooking temp

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The US Department of Agriculture is lowering its temperature recommendation for cooking pork to 145 degrees. That's a drop of 15 degrees and a change from the agency's longstanding guideline. Full story...
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New law to help improve child nutrition

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videoRep. Mike McIntyre and USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon came to Bladen County to celebrate National Nutrition Month. During their visit to Elizabeth Primary School, McIntyre and Concannon spoke to students and faculty about the importance of nutrition in public schools. Full story...
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