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...
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.
Rainy harvest devastates Louisiana soybeans for 2nd year
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The trade disputes with China are hurting Louisiana's soybean farmers at a time when rain during harvest season has also hit them badly, a Republican congressman from the state said, asking the federal government for help.
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue meets with RI farmers
COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) — Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was in Rhode Island this week to gather public comment from farmers anxious over President Donald Trump's trade policy.
Idaho governor, GOP leaders ask to join sage grouse suit
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho ranch's attempt to block U.S. efforts to protect the greater sage grouse has attracted the support of Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and other top state Republicans.
Otter, House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill asked a federal judge last month for permission to intervene in a lawsuit targeting the federal government's regulation of sage grouse habitat.
Editorials from around New York
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The Wall Street Journal on taxpayers paying for retaliatory tariffs
U.S. Trade Rep Robert Lighthizer says President Trump wants to "modernize" America's trade deals, but this week the Agriculture Department is dusting off an ancient New Deal program to assist farm casualties of his trade policy.
Southern Iowa farmers eligible for USDA disaster loans
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has designated three Iowa counties as natural disaster areas due to severe drought.
The USDA says in a statement released Tuesday farmers in Lee, Monroe and Wapello counties who suffered losses due to drought may be eligible for Farm Service Agency emergency loans to meet various recovery needs including replacing equipment or livestock, reorganizing a farming operation or refinance certain debts.
US vows to work more closely with states to fight wildfires
WASHINGTON (AP) — As wildfires choke California and other Western states, the Trump administration pledged Thursday to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires from ever starting.
Disaster designation for 4 Oklahoma counties due to drought
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin's office says four counties in northeastern Oklahoma have been designated disaster areas because of drought, making farmers and ranchers eligible for federal assistance.
Fallin's office said Friday that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue notified Fallin of the designation, which makes farmers and ranchers in adjoining counties in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas also eligible for aid.
The primary counties are Nowata, Rogers, Mayes and Delaware.
MARIETTA, Okla. (AP) — A south Oklahoma electric association will receive a $16.3 million federal loan for infrastructure construction and improvements.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Monday that the Red River Valley Electric Association in Marietta will receive the grant as part of $345.5 million in loans to 20 rural electric projects in 14 states.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Competing in a contested runoff campaign for Georgia's governor, Brian Kemp didn't see it coming: the single-most prized endorsement in Republican politics.
When President Donald Trump tweeted his support last week of Kemp over his Republican opponent, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the Georgia secretary of state was holding a news conference announcing an endorsement from a former primary rival. Kemp had no warning that the president would deliver his "full and total endorsement."
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro wants more information about the status of a program that allows low-income people to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at thousands of farmers markets across the country.
The Latest: Celebrities among thousands fleeing wildfire
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):
President Donald Trump has received a lunchtime briefing on the government's response to wildfires in California.
White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters says Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue also briefed Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on a wildfire prevention roundtable he participated in Monday.
Trump has declared a state of emergency in the state and ordered federal agencies to help with the efforts.