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PHOTO: A Minnesota student enjoys locally grown green beans as part of a Farm to Preschool celebration. Photo courtesy of Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

ST. Paul, Minn. - October is National Farm to School Month and in Minnesota, it's an event being celebrated in an ever-growing number of districts, in every corner of the state. The Farm to School program links school districts with nearby farms, to open new markets for those growers and get more ...Read More

PHOTO: Changes to USDA loan programs have increased their flexibility, and could help more beginning farmers make a profit. Photo credit: Jerry Oster.

YANKTON, S.D. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is improving farm loans by expanding eligibility and lending limits to more beginning farmers. Traci Bruckner, senior associate for agriculture and conservation policy at the Center for Rural Affairs, says the changes are part of the micro-loan pro ...Read More

PHOTO: In his presentations about crop science, Ray Seidler shows people two types of corn seed. The yellow seed is conventional; the blue is genetically engineered, and coated with chemical pesticides. Photo courtesy of Seidler.

ASHLAND, Ore. - One Oregon man has a unique perspective on genetically engineered crops and Oregon's November ballot measure to label the products made from them. As a microbiologist and former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) senior scientist, Ray Seidler has been studying genetic engin ...Read More

PHOTO: Maryland schools in high-poverty areas are taking part in a new program that allows them to serve no-charge, nutritious breakfast and lunch to all students. Administrators report the program is running smoothly. Photo courtesy of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

SALISBURY, Md. - A new program offering breakfast and lunch in school at no charge is now in place for all public schools in Somerset County on the Eastern Shore, and in about a dozen schools in Washington County in the western portion of the state. According to the federal Community Eligibility Pr ...Read More

PHOTO: How to help overweight children become healthier is one of the key discussion topics at the Southern Obesity Summit in Louisville. The annual forum brings together community, government and healthcare leaders from 16 southern states. Image courtesy of Southern Obesity Summit.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - With obesity considered a public health crisis by most experts, this week in Louisville, the focus is on solutions at the "Southern Obesity Summit." Community, government and healthcare leaders from 16 states are gathered to decide what changes can be made to help southerners becom ...Read More

PHOTO: Will groceries cost more in Oregon if Measure 92 passes? A comparison of studies concludes listing genetically engineered ingredients on food labels would cost $2.30 per person, per year. Photo credit: Mangostock/iStockphoto.com.

PORTLAND, Ore. - A Portland-based research group has "studied the studies" about what it may cost consumers to label genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in foods sold in Oregon - and the answer is, 'not much.' An increase in food costs is one of the primary arguments being made by food producer ...Read More

PHOTO: Census data shows poverty in Virginia and the U.S. has actually increased since the end of the last recession. Photo by No Kid Hungry.

RICHMOND, Va. - More Virginians and Americans are in poverty now than at the end of the great recession, according to census figures. Debbie Weinstein, executive director with the Coalition on Human Needs, says the census shows more people living below the poverty line than when the recession offic ...Read More

PHOTO: Elementary school students in Reading stop by kiosks parked near school entrances to get free, nutritious breakfast items to eat in their classrooms. Photo courtesy Food Research and Action Center.

READING, Pa. - Homeroom is just a little "homier" in Reading elementary schools this month, as kids are now starting their days with a nutritious breakfast before they begin their class work. Some Reading students used to eat breakfast in the cafeteria, but this year, the district made the decision ...Read More

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