USDA http://wunc.org en DHHS Says Its Food Stamp Backlog Is No More http://wunc.org/post/dhhs-says-its-food-stamp-backlog-no-more <p>Officials with the state Department of Health and Human Services say they have met a federal deadline as of yesterday to clear its backlog of food stamp applications. Earlier this year, the US Department of Agriculture threatened to pull 88 million dollars in funding if deadlines were not met.</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 23:03:27 +0000 Jessica Jones 33082 at http://wunc.org DHHS Says Its Food Stamp Backlog Is No More Exploring Gaps In America's Food System From The Farm To The Table http://wunc.org/post/exploring-gaps-americas-food-system-farm-table-0 <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Starvation is often considered a problem distant from the American experience.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">But for many United States citizens, hunger is a way of life. And many of them live right here in North Carolina.</p><p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 27689 at http://wunc.org Exploring Gaps In America's Food System From The Farm To The Table NC Congress Members: Don't Sequester Tobacco Buyout Money http://wunc.org/post/nc-congress-members-dont-sequester-tobacco-buyout-money <p>Members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation are urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to not lower payments to tobacco farmers next year as part of the expected federal budget cuts known as sequestration.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 23:03:44 +0000 Jorge Valencia 25638 at http://wunc.org NC Congress Members: Don't Sequester Tobacco Buyout Money Getting To The Bottom Of Disappearing Bees http://wunc.org/post/getting-bottom-disappearing-bees <p>The company Bayer CropScience says it wants insect experts to find out what's causing a massive drop in the bee population.&nbsp;</p><p>The company broke ground on a bee research facility last week and plans to add a hundred employees at it expands in Research Triangle Park.&nbsp; Bayer hopes scientists will be working with bees at the new building by the end of the year.&nbsp; Iain Kelly of Bayer CropScience says other insects and diseases are invading much of the bee's natural habitat. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:17:44 +0000 Will Michaels 16473 at http://wunc.org Getting To The Bottom Of Disappearing Bees UNC Researchers Map American Eating Habits http://wunc.org/post/unc-researchers-map-american-eating-habits <p>Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill are gathering massive amounts of nutritional information to create a better picture of what Americans are eating.&nbsp;</p><p>Scientists are looking at caloric data for every packaged food on the shelves and comparing that to food sales in order to see how they work into Americans' diets.&nbsp; Professor Meghan Slining says the research will show how quickly manufacturers change ingredients in each product and how that changes nutrition. Mon, 20 May 2013 20:55:23 +0000 Will Michaels 15657 at http://wunc.org UNC Researchers Map American Eating Habits Exploring Gaps In America's Food System From The Farm To The Table http://wunc.org/post/exploring-gaps-americas-food-system-farm-table <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Starvation is often considered a problem distant from the American experience. But for many United States citizens, hunger is a way of life. And many of them live right here in North Carolinians.</p><p>According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 636,000 households in the state have been labeled “food insecure” within the past year. This means that over 17 percent of our families lack consistent access to nutritious food. Families hit hardest by food insecurity are Black, Latino and homes led by single mothers. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:17:55 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 11080 at http://wunc.org Exploring Gaps In America's Food System From The Farm To The Table Funding For Smart Grids http://wunc.org/post/funding-smart-grids <p>US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his agency has reached a goal to expand smart grid technology usage. Vilsack says one of the biggest challenges in rural development is the efficient delivery of power. He hopes more money the USDA has secured will help electric co-ops better serve farms and ranches.</p><p style="display: block; margin-left: 40px"><strong>Tom Vilsack:</strong> "We want to do a better job of working with them to make sure that their customers are as efficient with the use of their electricity and power as possible which is why smart metering makes sense."</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 20:30:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 1922 at http://wunc.org US Ag Secretary Talks Biofuel In North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/us-ag-secretary-talks-biofuel-north-carolina <p>The U.S. Secretary of agriculture came to North Carolina to push a plan that may further decrease America's dependence on foreign oil.<br><br><strong>Gurnal Scott:</strong> USDA secretary Tom Vilsack stood outside the Biofuel Center of North Carolina in Oxford to encourage a new standard in domestically-produced fuel. Vilsack says an E-15 ethanol blend, 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, will not only further wean the country from foreign oil but also create jobs. Vilsack says this should be attractive to farm families.<br> Fri, 04 May 2012 13:10:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 2609 at http://wunc.org Native American Farmers Settlement Meeting http://wunc.org/post/native-american-farmers-settlement-meeting <p>Preparations are being made to pay thousands of dollars to Native American farmers and ranchers who were discriminated against by the U-S-D-A.</p> Wed, 06 Jul 2011 14:00:00 +0000 Leoneda Inge 8493 at http://wunc.org