USDA Only Carries Out Partial Inspections of Some Animal Labs
USDA Only Carries Out Partial Inspections of Some Animal Labs
The agency moved to scale back its monitoring in 2019 in a way that experts in animal welfare law say was secretive, Science reveals.
USDA Only Carries Out Partial Inspections of Some Animal Labs
USDA Only Carries Out Partial Inspections of Some Animal Labs

The agency moved to scale back its monitoring in 2019 in a way that experts in animal welfare law say was secretive, Science reveals.

The agency moved to scale back its monitoring in 2019 in a way that experts in animal welfare law say was secretive, Science reveals.

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Animal Welfare Records Return to USDA Website
Animal Welfare Records Return to USDA Website
Jef Akst | Feb 20, 2020
The inspection reports that had been removed a few years ago due to privacy concerns have resurfaced, pleasing animal rights advocates.
Science Positions Increasingly Abandoned Under Trump
Science Positions Increasingly Abandoned Under Trump
Lisa Winter | Jan 24, 2020
In government agencies, 20 percent of high-level science appointments are vacant, The Washington Post reports.
USDA Labs’ Move to Kansas City Might Be Illegal
USDA Labs’ Move to Kansas City Might Be Illegal
Kerry Grens | Aug 6, 2019
An inspector general finds that the agency was supposed to have received congressional approval before relocating facilities out of Washington, DC.
Opinion: Agriculture Must Replace Small Science with Big Science
Opinion: Agriculture Must Replace Small Science with Big Science
Sylvie Brouder | Jun 17, 2019
Agronomic sciences should follow the lead of genetics and other disciplines in sharing data.
USDA Scientists Must Say Published Research Is “Preliminary”
USDA Scientists Must Say Published Research Is “Preliminary”
Ashley Yeager | Apr 22, 2019
A memo distributed to employees of the US Department of Agriculture requires them to include a disclaimer that their peer-reviewed work doesn’t represent agency findings or policy.
Termination of USDA’s Toxoplasmosis Lab Concerns Parasitologists
Termination of USDA’s Toxoplasmosis Lab Concerns Parasitologists
Shawna Williams | Apr 10, 2019
Some researchers say the abrupt end of the program will hobble the fight against a common parasite.
Trump Releases 2020 Budget Proposal
Trump Releases 2020 Budget Proposal
Jef Akst | Mar 12, 2019
The draft budget includes deep cuts for science funding, hacking more than $5.5 billion from the NIH’s allotment, but historically Congress has not accepted the White House’s proposals.
FDA Lifts Import Restrictions on Genetically Engineered Salmon
FDA Lifts Import Restrictions on Genetically Engineered Salmon
Catherine Offord | Mar 11, 2019
The fast-growing fish can now be raised and sold in the US, although it’s likely to be some time before the product hits the market.
USDA Cited 60 Percent Fewer Animal Welfare Violations in 2018
USDA Cited 60 Percent Fewer Animal Welfare Violations in 2018
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 27, 2019
The drop may be due to fewer inspections, but critics say the USDA also appears to be avoiding documenting the violations.
US Government Shutdown’s Effects on Science Ripple Overseas
US Government Shutdown’s Effects on Science Ripple Overseas
Catherine Offord | Jan 30, 2019
From canceled conferences to delayed publications, fallout of the shutdown spread beyond US borders, prompting concerns about long-term damage to international collaboration.
USDA Approves Edible Cotton
USDA Approves Edible Cotton
Jef Akst | Oct 29, 2018
While farmers have the green light to grow the genetically engineered plant, FDA approval is still needed before the seeds are sold as food.
Reorganization of USDA Research Offices Concerns Scientists
Reorganization of USDA Research Offices Concerns Scientists
Ashley Yeager | Aug 16, 2018
The plan would move two scientific branches out of Washington, DC, by 2019.
USDA Unveils New Gene-Stacking Tool to Prevent Plant Diseases
USDA Unveils New Gene-Stacking Tool to Prevent Plant Diseases
Anne N. Connor | Aug 14, 2018
The European Union says no thanks.
Trump Nominates Scott Hutchins for USDA Top Scientist
Trump Nominates Scott Hutchins for USDA Top Scientist
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 18, 2018
A pesticide industry leader, Hutchins was formerly president of the Entomological Society of America.
USDA to Warn Some Facilities Ahead of Animal Welfare Inspections
USDA to Warn Some Facilities Ahead of Animal Welfare Inspections
Jim Daley | May 18, 2018
A pilot program announced last month will consider combining announced and surprise inspections.
USDA Will Not Regulate CRISPR-Edited Crops
USDA Will Not Regulate CRISPR-Edited Crops
Diana Kwon | Apr 1, 2018
Restrictions will remain on transgenic plants, which contain artificially inserted genes from other species.
USDA Ordered to Publish Complete Animal Welfare Reports
USDA Ordered to Publish Complete Animal Welfare Reports
Ashley Yeager | Mar 23, 2018
In 2017, the agency began posting redacted records, but Congress is now demanding full transparency.
The Breeds of Guard Dogs that Best Protect Livestock: Study
The Breeds of Guard Dogs that Best Protect Livestock: Study
Jim Daley | Mar 12, 2018
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.
USDA Buys Animals from Farm It Reported for Animal Welfare Abuses
USDA Buys Animals from Farm It Reported for Animal Welfare Abuses
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 14, 2017
The federal agency has so far not taken any enforcement action against Ruby Fur Farm.