USDA

Hacking

Someone Posted Weed and Viagra Spam On a US Department of Agriculture Site

The USDA blamed the issue on a "web form" that was abused to post spam.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.26.18
cats

Researchers Built a Cat Paradise for Science

Researchers converted a barn into a cat paradise to study feline contraceptives in a more natural way.
Daniel Oberhaus
8.22.18
Broadband Land

What It's Like to Live in America Without Broadband Internet

In every single state, a portion of the population doesn’t have access to broadband, and some have no access to the internet at all.
Kaleigh Rogers
4.16.18
Praying for Rain

Trump’s Pick for Ag Secretary Is Already Facing Criticism from Conservationists

As agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue would also oversee 193 million acres of national forests.
Kaleigh Rogers
2.14.17
See You in Court

Animal Rights Groups Have Filed a Lawsuit Against the USDA for Removing Records

PETA, Born Free USA, and others filed the lawsuit Monday.
Kaleigh Rogers
2.13.17
undeletable

This Blog Is Republishing All the Animal Welfare Records the USDA Deleted

A grassroots effort to recover the extant records has sprung up amid controversy over the USDA’s decision to remove the files from the web.
Kaleigh Rogers
2.7.17
nothing to see here

Why Did the USDA Delete Thousands of Animal Abuse Records From Its Website?

In a climate of criticism over the Trump administration’s lack of transparency, these kinds of decisions are getting higher scrutiny.
Kaleigh Rogers
2.6.17
FOOD

Peanut Butter Execs Were Comically Concerned About 'Aggressive' Almond Butter

Back in 2008, the National Peanut Board sounded pretty perturbed about Big Almond's move into “the spread category."
Kaleigh Rogers
12.22.16
FOOD

Trippy Satellite Imagery Could Forecast Food Crises Before They Happen

New machine learning algorithm from Descartes Labs is like ‘Minority Report,’ but for corn.
Daniel Oberhaus
12.10.16
Weed

Why You Can’t Legally Call Organic Weed ‘Organic’

Medicinal and recreational users are demanding organic pot, but most states have next to no regulatory oversight when it comes to pesticide use on cannabis.
Daniel Oberhaus
11.20.16
Florida

On the Ground With Scientists Battling Zika in Florida

When state officials announced last week that they'd captured mosquitoes infected with Zika, it was by using these scientists' traps.
Meredith Rutland Bauer
9.9.16
money

How 'Big Egg' Tried to Control Your Mayonnaise

This story has more twists and turns than a mayo jar lid.
Kaleigh Rogers
8.11.16