• More than $5 million in grants were announced Tuesday to connect school cafeterias with local farmers by USDA.

    Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grants for 82 projects in 42 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The grants are made possible through USDA’s Farm to School Program—that program was created by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

    According to USDA's first-ever Farm to School Census, school districts participating in farm to school programs purchased and served over $385 million in local food in school year 2011-2012, with more than half of participating schools planning to increase their purchases of local food in the future.

  • Cargill has recalled about 31,000 pounds of packaged ground beef sold to Walmart stores in four Canadian Provinces.

    The recall was issued due to possible E. coli contamination.

    The ground beef was packaged on November 19th, according to Cargill. A random sample uncovered E. coli in the ground beef that was shipped to Walmart stores in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.