Tag: Agriculture Department

Food Pantries Are No Substitute for the SNAP Program

Once a week, a blocklong line of men and women in surgical masks stretches down Neptune Avenue in Coney Island. Their goal is a food pantry that has cardboard containers stacked on the sidewalk in front. These are “U.S.D.A. Farmers to Families Food Boxes,” each holding 23 pounds of produce: apples, cantaloupes, potatoes, yams, oranges, […]

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Farmers Get Billions in Virus Aid, and Democrats Are Wary

WASHINGTON — Cotton farmers were paid 33 times as much in federal subsidies in 2019 as the income they actually lost to trade disruptions, one study showed. Farmers in Georgia, the home state of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, were paid more in federal aid per acre than anywhere else in the nation, another found. Some […]

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North Carolina Dog Was Not Infected With Coronavirus, U.S.D.A. Says

Winston the pug can breathe a sloppy sigh of relief; he is not the first dog in the United States to be infected with the coronavirus. That was the conclusion of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories, which “was unable to verify infection in this dog,” a U.S.D.A. spokeswoman, Joelle Hayden, said […]

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A New Viral Outbreak Is Killing Rabbits

There’s another deadly virus outbreak in the U.S., but this one is killing thousands of wild rabbits. It started in New Mexico in March and has since spread to Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, California and Mexico. It poses a fatal threat to pets as well as wild animals. The illness is caused by Rabbit Hemorrhagic […]

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As Hunger Spreads With Coronavirus Pandemic, Government Takes Timid Steps

WASHINGTON — As hunger spreads across a locked-down nation, the Trump administration has balked at the simplest ways to feed the hardest hit, through expanding school meals programs and food-stamp benefits and waiving certain work requirements as unemployment reaches record levels. Instead, the Department of Agriculture is focusing on giving states more flexibility to feed […]

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Food Stamps Can Help Fight Hunger During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Americans are lined up dozens, hundreds and sometimes thousands deep at food pantries across the nation. One in every six Americans has lost their job in the pandemic, and the number will likely grow much larger before we start adding jobs again. Since March when business shutdowns began to prevent exposure to Covid-19, 1.9 million […]

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For Most Food Stamp Users, Online Shopping Isn’t an Option

About 38 million people receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but how they can use them is often limited by technology or government policy. That means they must walk the aisles, increasing the possibility of coronavirus exposure for a group of Americans that includes the poor, older people and those with disabilities. Ariel […]

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The Trump Administration’s Legal Moves to Prevent a Meat Shortage, Explained

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration moved this week to try to mitigate the effects from the shutdowns of beef, pork and poultry processing facilities amid the Covid-19 pandemic that have potentially endangered an important part of the nation’s food supply chain. But the policy moves have generated confusion. “We are, in many regards, in uncharted […]

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Pug in North Carolina Tests Positive for the Coronavirus, Researchers Say

A pug in North Carolina named Winston has tested positive for the coronavirus in what is apparently the first known case in which the virus was detected in a dog in the United States, researchers at Duke University said on Tuesday. The dog belongs to a Chapel Hill family participating in a research study at […]

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Two Cats Are First U.S. Pets to Test Positive for Coronavirus

The cats, from different parts of the state, are showing only mild symptoms and are expected to be fine. Testing positive does not mean the cats have the same illness that people have. Nor does it mean that the cats can pass on the illness to people. And tests for pets are not the same […]

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Coronavirus Turns School Cafeterias into Soup Kitchens

BALTIMORE — On the first day of the coronavirus school closure at Sinclair Lane Elementary School, Janet Bailey, the cafeteria manager, showed up to the school’s kitchen like any other day, ready to do her job. She began fixing the favorites of the 250 or so children who relied on her to feed them daily […]

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Trump School Nutrition Rule Struck Down

WASHINGTON — A federal court has struck down a 2018 Agriculture Department rule that reversed nutrition standards for sodium and whole grains in school meal programs once championed by the former first lady Michelle Obama. The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland vacated the rule, concluding that it violated the Administrative Procedure Act […]

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Covid-19 and the Big Government Problem

Katie Wilson, a deputy under secretary at the Department of Agriculture in the Obama administration, is the executive director of the Urban School Food Alliance, a nonprofit that works with the country’s largest school districts to improve the quality of student nutrition. Her topmost concern is with the millions of poorer children and their families […]

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A Bronx Zoo Tiger Is Sick With Coronavirus. Your Cats Are Probably OK

When a tiger tests positive for the novel coronavirus, the immediate question is: What about other cats? Nadia, a 4-year-old Malayan tiger who had a dry cough and a slight loss of appetite, tested positive for the virus that has caused a human pandemic, the Bronx Zoo reported on Sunday. She is doing well, according […]

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What Happened After ‘Tiger King’

Traveling the country in 1866, the showman P.T. Barnum sparred with the founder of the A.S.P.C.A. Having learned of a mauling at a Long Island zoo in 1933, one woman wrote to her newspaper, “it makes one wonder why these roadside ‘zoos’ are allowed.” Watching Netflix in 2020, a lot of people are wondering the […]

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For Farmers, Stimulus Bill Means Subsidies Continue to Flow

WASHINGTON — After providing nearly $26 billion in aid to farmers over the past few years to offset losses from President Trump’s trade war with China, the administration now has another giant new pot of money to pass out to them with little or no oversight, courtesy of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. The […]

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After Days of Anxiety and Confusion, Government Workers Told to Stay Home

WASHINGTON — The federal government on Monday began directing its employees to work from home, after a week of confusion as some workers were told to report to the office even as public health officials implored employers to keep people at home. Facing mounting criticism and anxiety from federal employees, the Trump administration on Sunday […]

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Amid a Pandemic, Trump Moves Forward With Safety Net Cuts

WASHINGTON — Despite the worsening pandemic, the Trump administration is pushing ahead with tougher work requirements for food stamps, and so far has not offered states the opportunity to cover the uninsured on an emergency basis under Medicaid. The coronavirus appears ready to upend the economic landscape, especially for low-wage workers who could face layoffs […]

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