May 21, 2008–New language added to the 2007/08 Farm Bill by conferees at the 11th hour could create a sweeping new secrecy mandate that would prohibit the Agriculture Department from disclosing almost any information about individual US farm operations.
January 2, 2008–The Senate passed a five-year Farm Bill Dec. 14, 2007, that softened a provision imposing draconian penalties for publication of information from a federal database for tracking food animals.
January 31, 2007–Emerging evidence suggests another nemesis should be on the priority list of agricultural production threats - a significant decline in the animals that pollinate crops (bees, insects, birds, bats, etc.).
May 10, 2006–The American Horticultural Society and the National Arbor Day Foundation offer generalized hardiness maps as a starting point, until the US Department of Agriculture gets around to unveiling its own update.