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A pilot program announced last month will consider combining announced and surprise inspections.

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USDA Will Not Regulate CRISPR-Edited Crops

By Diana Kwon | April 2, 2018

Restrictions will remain on transgenic plants, which contain artificially inserted genes from other species.

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In 2017, the agency began posting redacted records, but Congress is now demanding full transparency.

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Preliminary results from a USDA study reveal that imported guard dogs outperform those traditionally used in the U.S. to fend off wolves and coyotes.

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The federal agency has so far not taken any enforcement action against Ruby Fur Farm. 

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President Donald Trump’s pick to serve as the US Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary for research, education, and economics blames the “political climate” for his decision. 

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USDA Emails: Don’t Use “Climate Change”

By Kerry Grens | August 8, 2017

The agency denies instructing staff to avoid particular terms.

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image: Trump Nominates Sam Clovis to Lead USDA Research

Trump Nominates Sam Clovis to Lead USDA Research

By Kerry Grens | July 20, 2017

The choice of an economics professor and climate change denialist is slammed by science advocates.

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The proposals would funnel more money into some science programs, but make new research cuts of their own. 

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Scientists hope to save oranges from a bacterial disease that causes citrus greening, a disease that leads to bitter, discolored fruit.

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