Animal Rights Groups: Lab Monkeys Deserve Same Treatment Laws As Chimpanzees

Animal rights advocates are looking to expand recent research treatment laws passed on behalf of chimpanzees to another primate — medical lab monkeys.


Chesapeake Bay. (Photo credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

USDA Grants to Benefit Chesapeake Bay Restoration

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Chesapeake Bay restoration projects will receive more than $18 million in funding.


Shirley Sherrod, a former USDA official, speaks during a news conference with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, at the Department of Agriculture on Aug. 24, 2010 in Washington, DC. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Email Shows Vilsack Was ‘Waiting For The Go-Ahead’ From White House Before Accepting Sherrod’s Resignation

A 2010 email from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his department was “waiting for the go-ahead” from the White House before accepting the resignation of employee Shirley Sherrod, according to newly released documents, despite Obama administration assertions that her ouster was Vilsack’s decision alone.


Caption:Two versions of Del Monico Rib Eye beef steaks are seen for sale at the Eastern Market February 25, 2014, in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Just In Time For Grilling Season, Beef Prices Reach Highest Level Since 1987

The highest beef prices in almost three decades have arrived just before the start of grilling season, causing sticker shock for both consumers and restaurant owners — and relief isn’t likely anytime soon.


A corn cob lays on the ground following a harvest. (Photo Credit: Volker Hartmann/AFP/Getty Images)

Door Opens for Sale of Seeds Engineered to Resist 2,4-D

The USDA has opened the door to the sales of corn and soybean seeds genetically engineered to resist the weed killer known as an ingredient in Agent Orange.


Stink bug. (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Government Shutdown Benefitting Stink Bugs

Not only is the government shutdown causing problems for furloughed federal employees, it’s also indirectly benefitting one of nature’s nuances: stink bugs.


File photo of wild horses. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Horse Slaughterhouse Accuses USDA of IRS Tactics

A southeastern company’s plans to convert a cattle plant into a horse slaughterhouse has hit another roadblock, this time over an environmental dispute that the company’s attorney blames on the Obama administration putting politics over policy.


File photo of wheat field. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Unapproved Genetically Modified Wheat Found in Oregon Field

Unapproved genetically engineered wheat has been discovered in an Oregon field, a potential threat to trade with countries that have concerns about genetically modified foods.


A bee harvests pollen from the flowers of a cherry tree near on April 25, 2013. (Photo credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Feds: Many Causes for Dramatic Bee Disappearance

A new federal report blames a combination of problems for a mysterious and dramatic disappearance of U.S. honeybees since 2006.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture's statistical arm said it won't issue some agricultural reports this year because of automatic federal budget cuts, alarming some in the dairy industry who fear the information void could wreak havoc with milk prices. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

USDA Will Not Issue Some Reports Due To Federal Budget Cuts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s statistical arm said it won’t issue some agricultural reports this year because of automatic federal budget cuts, alarming some in the dairy industry who fear the information void could wreak havoc with milk prices.