U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

4:41pm

Thu September 5, 2013
The Salt

Was Your Chicken Nugget Made In China? It'll Soon Be Hard To Know

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 10:52 am

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Here's a bit of news that might make you drop that chicken nugget midbite.

Just before the start of the long holiday weekend last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture quietly announced that it was ending a ban on processed chicken imports from China. The kicker: These products can now be sold in the U.S. without a country-of-origin label.

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6:00am

Mon August 26, 2013
Agriculture

Farmers Look To Do More With Less Water

Tom Trout, a researcher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture who focuses on efficient and effective irrigation methods, checks sunflowers on a USDA research plot in Weld County, Colo.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

12:52am

Fri August 16, 2013
The Salt

Why This Year's Blueberry Bounty Has Growers Feeling Blue

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 8:52 am

Picker Erika Nicolas Garcia, 18, fills her pail at a blueberry farm near Hillsboro, Ore.
Anna King Northwest Public Radio

The blueberries on your morning cereal are less expensive this year. That's because farmers are harvesting a bumper crop this summer. It's good news for berry lovers, but the bounty might wreck some blueberry growers.

In Richland, Wash., Genoa Blankenship pops open the lid on a box of blueberries. Her three young children struggle to stop wiggling. Blankenship loves the idea of healthy snacks that are easy to take along to soccer practice.

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5:04pm

Wed August 14, 2013
Personal Economy

That 2012 Bundle Of Joy Will Cost You $241,080 To Raise

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 8:19 am

Eight-week-old Eleanor Delp attends a "What to Expect" baby shower with her mother in August of 2012 in Springfield, Virginia.
Alex Wong Getty Images

The United States Department of Agriculture has crunched the numbers and it concludes today that if you had a child in 2012, it'll cost you $241,080 to raise him or her for next 17 years.

If you adjust it for inflation, that number soars to $301,970.

This represents a 2.6 percent increase from 2011. The USDA reports:

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2:01pm

Wed August 7, 2013
The Salt

Bring Home The Bacon Or Put It In A Meat Locker?

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 10:44 am

Time for a meat locker? One Flickr user's freezer after purchasing a large share of a pig.
Cowgirl Jules via Flickr

Why buy 1 pound of hamburger meat from a local farmer when you can buy 5 pounds — plus another 20 pounds of stew meat, steaks and roast — for as little as half the price of what it all goes for at the market?

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