2 Louisiana parishes named ag disasters; 11 more covered
The federal government has declared agricultural disasters in two Louisiana parishes because of floods during the past year. A news release emailed Wednesday says farmers in another 11 adjacent...
Pork slaughter rules give companies more food safety tasks
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government finalized a new rule for most U.S. pork processing plants Tuesday that allows meatpackers to remove limits on the speed of production lines and place...
Farmers hurt by Hurricane Michael now able to apply for aid
WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers in Georgia who suffered losses from Hurricane Michael nearly a year ago may soon get federal money to help with recovery.
The Latest: Perdue says Trump to act on ethanol waivers
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's visit to Illinois (all times local):
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says President...
Perdue says Trump will act to soften ethanol-waiver impact
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Wednesday that President Donald Trump plans to soften the blow to farmers after his administration allowed some small oil...
Reynolds says she’s pushing Trump to reverse ethanol moves
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she is pushing the Trump administration to restore billions of gallons of ethanol demand lost when the Environmental Protection Agency exempted...
Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers
Des Moines Register. August 22, 2019
Trump administration pulls up stakes on federal scientists; jeopardizes key agricultural research
45 Mississippi counties primary ag disaster areas
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has named 45 Mississippi counties primary natural disaster areas because of freezing, flooding, flash flooding and excessive...
Perdue: US farmers will regain markets lost in trade war
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told nervous Midwestern farmers on Wednesday that he's confident that they'll eventually regain the markets they've lost in the Trump administration's trade...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Plans for protecting sage grouse in five Western states are being changed in ways that will conserve habitat while allowing ranchers to maintain their livelihoods, federal...
Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Oklahoma newspapers:
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Trump administration's decision to base new handouts to farmers hit by the trade war with China on how many acres they've planted might be a fairer way to distribute the...
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 3.1 million people would lose food stamp benefits under the Trump administration's proposal to tighten automatic eligibility requirements for the food stamp...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Department of Agriculture says fewer than 40% of the researchers whose jobs are being transferred from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City will make the move to the...
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Five Michigan counties have been declared federal disaster areas because of losses from heavy rains and high winds in the past year.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's congressional delegation said the state's fishermen and seafood processors should be included in a federal trade war relief package, a report...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking the federal government to approve Michigan farmers for disaster assistance because of wet weather that's making it hard to plant...
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Recent Missouri Editorials
The Kansas City Star, June 18
The border war is back: It's Kansas vs. Missouri in a pointless battle for USDA jobs
A costly competition between Kansas and Missouri over hundreds of...
Enrollment opens for dairy farm insurance program
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont dairy farmers can now sign up for an improved insurance program to help them when the gap between milk prices and feed prices reaches a certain level.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that it will relocate two research agencies' headquarters to the Kansas City area, delighting Kansas and Missouri...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Governor Ron DeSantis says nearly half a billion dollars from the federal government will help Florida timber growers recover from the impacts of Hurricane...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump rolled out another $16 billion in aid for farmers hurt by his trade policies, and financial markets shook Thursday on the growing realization that the U.S....
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah and federal officials have signed an agreement to defer to the state when planning forest projects.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday that Republican Gov....
WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Wednesday his agency is still "in the throes of constructing" an aid package for farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs, but he is not...
TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has picked up his barbeque tongs to convey his message to Japan: Buy more American beef.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's two U.S. senators are joining more than a third of their colleagues in the Senate to call for the government to implement provisions of the most recent farm bill...
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's two senators are joining a large, mostly Democratic group in calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to withdraw proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition...
Some farmers may get flood-related emergency loans
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has designated two Louisiana parishes as "primary natural disaster areas" due to excessive rain and flooding that occurred from Sept. 1...
Agriculture Secretary Perdue heading to Purdue next week
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is traveling to Purdue University next week to meet with students, faculty and statewide agricultural industry...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will be helping to kick off Vermont's maple season alongside by tapping a tree alongside Gov. Phil Scott.
FSA loans open to 31 Louisiana parishes, 9 counties
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has designated nine Louisiana parishes as a disaster area because of rains and flooding from Sept. 1 through Dec. 10.
The Latest: US official cites progress in China trade talks
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the trade negotiations between the United States and China (all times local):
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (LYT'-hy-zur) says "substantial progress" has been made as American and Chinese negotiators wind up two days of trade talks in Washington.
The two sides are trying to make progress toward a deal by a March 1 deadline. That's when U.S. tariffs against Chinese goods are scheduled to bump up to 25 percent from 10 percent.
Federal food assistance arriving early because of shutdown
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohioans who receive food stamps are getting February's benefits this week.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asked states to issue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program aid no later than Jan. 20 for the nearly 40 million Americans in the program. The Trump administration said SNAP will be funded through February despite the partial federal government shutdown.
Oklahoma joins states issuing February food benefits early
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is joining other states in giving out February food stamp benefits early because of the partial government shutdown.
Indiana to issue food stamps 3 days earlier than planned
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's early distribution of February's food stamp benefits due to the partial federal government shutdown has been moved up by three days.
The state's Family and Social Services Administration announced last week that it would distribute February's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits this Saturday for about 585,000 Indiana residents.
Tennessee issuing February food stamps early due to shutdown
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is the latest state to issue February's food stamp benefits early due to the partial government shutdown.
The state's Department of Human Services says those eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, will receive February benefits on or before Jan. 20. The benefits are usually distributed at the first of each month.
The agency also said recipients won't receive another benefit payment until further notice.
Arkansas to issue February food stamps early due to shutdown
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Human Services says it will distribute February's food stamp benefits early as a result of the partial government shutdown.
The agency says those eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, will begin receiving the February benefits on Jan. 17. DHS says this is not an additional payment and that recipients won't receive another payment until March, if the program is funded by then.
Wyoming rancher re-appointed to Cattlemen’s Beef Board
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming rancher has been re-appointed to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of Irv Petsch, of Meridan, to a second term this past week.
The Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board is commonly referred to as the Cattlemen's Beef Board. The board has 100 members, all of whom are beef producers or importers of cattle, beef or beef products.
USDA delays deadline for farmer aid to offset tariff losses
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers already reeling from low prices and uncertainty amid the nation's trade dispute with China are welcoming a decision to extend a deadline for federal aid because of the partial government shutdown.
USDA: Food stamps will be funded through February
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, will be funded through February should the government shutdown continue.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is asking states to issue the February benefits on or before Jan. 20 so that they can be paid to the nearly 40 million Americans in the program. SNAP is already fully funded for January.
Damaging hail in August leads to help for Michigan farmers
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a portion of Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula has been designated as a natural disaster area following a summer hailstorm that damaged crops.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the designation Wednesday for Grand Traverse County.
Eligible farmers can get loans to cover hurricane losses
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Some Georgia farmers are eligible for federal loans to help cover the costs of losses sustained because of Hurricane Michael.
The Augusta Chronicle reported Tuesday that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated several Georgia counties as primary natural disaster areas, allowing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer the loans.
Johnson heads to House with ag, transportation on his mind
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's next congressman is focused on the state's top industry — agriculture — as he heads to Washington, where he will be a Republican seeking headway in the Democratic-controlled U.S. House.
Incoming U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson was in Washington for orientation this week and recently announced members of his leadership team. The former public utilities commissioner and chief of staff to Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be sworn in to his new office in January.
Zinke, Perdue view California fire damage
Watchdog reviewing plan to relocate key USDA office
WASHINGTON (AP) — The USDA's internal watchdog will examine the agency's plan to restructure its top independent research office and move it out of the District of Columbia, actions some lawmakers and staff fear could leave research on contentious issues like climate change and the social safety net vulnerable to political pressures.
Correction: Landon Lecture-Perdue story
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — In a story Oct. 17 about Agricultural Secretary Sonny Perdue delivering a Landon Lecture, The Associated Press erroneously reported that "Moran" will talk about lessons in public service that he learned on the farm. Perdue will discuss that. Sen. Jerry Moran was the previous Landon Lecture speaker.
Moran in the last paragraph. It should have said Perdue.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Ag Secretary Perdue to speak next month at Kansas State
The Latest: Trump hears from Georgia farmers on hurricane
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to areas hit by Hurricane Michael (all times local):
President Donald Trump has heard from Georgia farmers whose crops were wiped out by Hurricane Michael.
Rep. Cheney offers help to residents who lost homes in fire
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney is reaching out to residents who lost homes in a destructive wildfire south of Bondurant.
The Republican attended a community meeting Tuesday night and told residents that her office will do everything possible to help them.