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Aquarium Partner Gets a Year in Fed Tank
Legality of Austin Aquarium still in question
"...of occupancy. Moreover, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Covinos have yet to submit a completed application..."

Dec. 6, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Is the Austin Aquarium Fishy?
Vince Covino defends the family business
"...city of Austin and with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture – which is responsible for enforcing the Animal Welfare..."

Oct. 18, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Hightower Report: Roast, Grill, and Fry This Chicken – Then Toss It Out
Roast, grill, and fry this chicken – then toss it out
"...out of chicken manure. However, President Obama's Department of Agriculture intends for us to give it a try...."

Sept. 27, 2013 News Column by Jim Hightower

Sowing the Seed
ACC launches sustainable agriculture program
"...many farmers markets to realize the face of sustainable agriculture is changing. It’s getting younger. As a critical mass..."

July 22, 2013 Food Post by Anna Toon

Slow Food Austin Announces Inaugural Snailblazer Award Winners
Boggy Creek Farm owners to receive award this weekend
"..."When the leadership board discussed creating this award months..."

July 17, 2013 Food Post by Virginia B. Wood

Dewhurst Down, and Out Come the Jackals
UPDATE: Lite guv hopefuls turn on incumbent after SB 5 meltdown
"...their political flag in Dewhurst's still-warm political corpse. Enter Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples: Another former state senator, he clearly..."

June 27, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

West, Ammonium Nitrate, And the Myopia of Terrorism
House hearing shows emphasis on public safety, not health and safety
"...As staff from the Texas Department of Agriculture argued, ammonium nitrate isn't being kept in big piles..."

May 5, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Urban Farm Redux
Community stakeholders address future of city’s urban farms
"...practice. According to Heather Frambach, research analyst and urban agriculture planner for the City of Austin’s Sustainable Urban Agriculture..."

May 3, 2013 Food Post by Anna Toon

Civics 101
"...A CONVERSATION WITH AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER TODD STAPLES Have coffee and conversation with Texas'..."

April 26, 2013 News Column

TOFGA-Palooza
Celebrating 20 Years of education, organics, and attitude
"...intensive, education-based conference reaffirmed TOFGA’s mission to support organic agriculture throughout Texas...."

Feb. 13, 2013 Food Post by Anna Toon

Horse Slaughter Back on the Table?
To lift the ban is to encourage the overbreeding of horses, witnesses testified
"...mayor Pam Bacon told the Texas Senate Commit­tee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs in a nearly four-hour meeting at..."

July 20, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Then There's This: Back to the Garden
Comp plan aims to build a sustainable food system
"...Energy, now serves as the city's coordinator of urban agriculture and community gardens. The newly created position carries with..."

July 13, 2012 News Column by Amy Smith

'Local' Filmmaker Spotlights Farms
Christian Remde looks at local farms and restos
"...face of the increasing corporatization and genetic modification of agriculture...."

Dec. 6, 2011 Food Post by Melanie Haupt

Point Austin: Eat the Heat
Capital Area Food Bank extends its reach and relevance
"...The single largest donor is the U.S. Department of Agriculture (many food aid programs, including food stamps – now..."

Aug. 12, 2011 News Column by Michael King

Texas Takes on the World
A coming-out party for Texas olive oil
"...left the farms for better-paying jobs. Although plenty of agriculture remains in the area (spinach around Crystal City, strawberries..."

March 25, 2011 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

Last-Minute Culinary Stocking Stuffer Ideas – for Both Pre- and Post-Holiday Shopping!
In case you're still trying to shop for that foodie on your list
"...Community Supported Agriculture memberships for individuals or families are likely to be..."

Dec. 24, 2010 Food Feature

Food-o-File
Austin restaurateur Parind Vora soldiers on after fire, and more foodie news
"...Commission on the Arts and the Texas Department of Agriculture on a three-year project to gather information about Texas..."

Aug. 6, 2010 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Food-o-File
Streat, from a founder of Mirabelle, offers a gustatory whirlwind trip around the world in a casual setting
"...means there are membership shares available in several community-supported agriculture programs. For more info or to sign up, contact..."

June 11, 2010 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Food-o-File
Scholarships, WineCasts, noteworthy locals, and more
"...be sure to check out the Texas Department of Agriculture's new Go Texan WineCasts – Web videos showcasing eight..."

May 7, 2010 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Local Investment Fuels Expansion at Johnson's Backyard Garden
Local investment fuels expansion at local garden
"...When members of the community-supported agriculture program at Johnson's Backyard Garden (9515 Hergotz, 386-5273) show..."

April 9, 2010 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

'Chronicle' Endorsements
Our recommendations for the March 2 primaries
"...he's an entertaining guy who makes a great sandwich. Agriculture Commissioner: Hank Gilbert..."

Feb. 12, 2010 News Feature by The Chronicle Editorial Board

And They're Off!
Primary filings reveal a who's who of contenders
"...was thunderous applause for gubernatorial candidate Bill White and agriculture commissioner hopeful Hank Gilbert, but much less for their..."

Jan. 8, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Letters at 3AM: Conditions on the Ground
This is no war on terror; we're taking sides in a civil war
"...adults are unemployed. Of those employed, 80% are in agriculture...."

Dec. 18, 2009 Column by Michael Ventura

Guv's Race Shuffle
White shifts to the governor's race, and the candidate lineup follows
"...that race to mount his second challenge to Republican Agriculture Com­mis­sioner Todd Staples. It was the announcement that many..."

Dec. 11, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Obama Going to COP15
The pres finally commits to UN Climate Talks
"...to Copenhagen for the conference. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Energy Secretary..."

Nov. 25, 2009 News Post by Katherine Gregor

Gilbert for Gov?
Smith County Rancher announces for Democrat nomination
"...a long memory may recall that Gilbert ran for agriculture commissioner in 2006. The smart money for a while..."

Aug. 26, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

The Hightower Report
USDA and Synthetic Organics; and Chevron Runs but Can't Hide
"...produced hops. Recognizing this reality, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "certified organic" program allows up to 5% of a..."

Aug. 21, 2009 News Column by Jim Hightower

The Hightower Report
Genetically Engineered Invasion; and Big Oil Powers Up in D.C.
"...is the unofficial slogan of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In May, with little consideration of the devastating consequences..."

Aug. 14, 2009 News Column by Jim Hightower

A Recipe for Revolution
Food, Inc. serves up some scary facts on food production in America
"...kids if you don't." Even the U.S. Department of Agriculture – not exactly depicted favorably in the film –..."

June 19, 2009 Screens Feature by Nora Ankrum

Go Texan Restaurant Day
October 1st is Go Texan Restaurant Day - bringing Texas to the table at restaurants around the state.
"...Texan Restaurant Day sponsored by the Texas Department of Agriculture. All across the state, restaurants participating in TDA's Go..."

Oct. 1, 2008 Food Post by Virginia B. Wood

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