Funding available for cover crops on damaged farmland
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The federal Natural Resources Conversation Service is providing money to plant cover crops on damaged farmland.
The aid is aimed at recovery work on cropland directly...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The number of female producers on Wisconsin farms increased by 16% between 2012 and 2017, according to the latest census by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Food stamps and online grocery shopping are about to mix
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon and Walmart on Thursday kicked off a two-year government pilot program allowing low-income shoppers on government food assistance in New York to shop and pay for their...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A central Minnesota farm where deer were found infected with a fatal brain disease has closed and the U.S. Department of Agriculture compensated the owner for euthanizing...
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico became the national leader in pecan production last year after Hurricane Michael struck down large swaths of Georgia's crop, new U.S. Department of Agriculture...
Agriculture report shows fewer but larger farms in US
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The latest Census of Agriculture shows the number of farms and ranches in the U.S. has fallen but the remaining operations are larger and are responsible for a higher...
Houston company recalls some meat, poultry, salad items
HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas company has recalled more than 3,300 pounds (1496.87 kilograms) of ready-to-eat meat, poultry and salad products amid concerns about possible listeria...
Dairy safety net program expected in June
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An insurance program to help hard-pressed dairy farmers is expected to be ready for enrollment in June, the U.S. Farm Service Agency says, but farmers say it won't tackle...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — As hemp enters a new era as a legal agricultural commodity, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday he's willing to offer follow-up legislation to resolve any...
Company recalls 28 tons of ‘hot stuffed sandwiches’
HOLLY RIDGE, N.C. (AP) — Federal officials say that a North Carolina company is recalling 28 tons of "hot stuffed sandwiches" across the nation.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana experienced a dry March, but snowpack levels are still normal to above normal for central and southern mountain ranges due to record snowfall earlier in the...
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...
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Four Michigan communities are receiving federal loans and grants to upgrade rural water systems.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a combined $7.7 million...
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...
Animal rights group files complaint against OSU
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — An Ohio-based animal rights group has filed a complaint against Oregon State University with the U.S. Department of Agriculture over seven animal deaths.
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois could lose more than $18 million in funding if it doesn't accelerate the processing times on food stamp applications within the next month, U.S. Department of Agriculture...
PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it has designated four counties in Arizona and 21 counties in New Mexico as primary disaster centers eligible for emergency loans because of...
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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Low-income Nebraskans recovering from this month's massive flooding could now be eligible for federal food benefits.
CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire food company is recalling over 2,600 pounds of ready-to-eat sausage products that could contain metal.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont is nominating the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association's executive director to serve as Department of Agriculture commissioner.
Langston University receives $1.8 million research grant
LANGSTSON, Okla. (AP) — Langston University is to receive six grants totaling $1.8 million for agriculture-related research projects.
Republican U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas on Wednesday announced...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia agriculture officials are accepting applications for a federal specialty crop block grant program.
Agricultural officials say in a news release the...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Butterball LLC issued a voluntarily recall of more than 78,000 pounds (35,400 kilograms) of raw ground turkey products nationwide Thursday as Wisconsin health officials...
Wildlife safari pays $75K to settle USDA complaint
GENTRY, Ark. (AP) — The Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari in northwestern Arkansas has agreed to pay a $75,000 fine and plans to reopen this weekend after taking action to resolve a U.S....
KEWAUNEE, Wis. (AP) — Scientists are one step closer to understanding how dangerous contaminants from fecal matter are entering private wells in a northeastern Wisconsin county. New research by...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Officials say February's record-breaking snowfall helped relieve snowpack deficits across much of Montana and improve the water supply outlook.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials will poll cotton growers over whether they want to keep paying for a boll weevil eradication program.
WYNDMERE, N.D. (AP) — A worker with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services program and a contractor suffered minor injuries in a plane crash in southeastern North Dakota.
NEW YORK (AP) — Burgers made by growing cow cells in a lab dish have a clearer path to reaching supermarkets as U.S. regulators on Thursday outlined how the emerging food category will be...
23 sheep killed in likely wolf attack
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Wildlife officials say 23 sheep were killed in a probable wolf attack in southwestern Oregon.
A USDA Wildlife Services specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A southwestern Indiana rural electric cooperative is receiving a $10.5 million federal loan to make improvements.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week...
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont museum is celebrating its 125th anniversary of collecting local weather data.
The Caledonian-Record reports the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St....
Houston seafood company recalls more than 50 tons of catfish
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-based seafood company is recalling more than 50 tons (45 metric tons) of wild-caught catfish because the products were produced, packed and distributed without federal...
USDA hunters kill dozens of deer in Long Island state parks
BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says its hunters have killed nearly four dozen deer at state parks on Long Island because large herds are damaging the landscape.
Houston company recalls fish products that weren’t inspected
HOUSTON (AP) — Officials say a Houston-based seafood company is recalling nearly 101,000 pounds (45,810 kilograms) of fish products, specifically wild caught catfish, because they were produced...
Hemp legalization nationwide spurs push for crop in Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two months after President Donald Trump signed a law to legalize hemp, Nebraska lawmakers and state agency officials are working together to help farmers get a piece of the market.
Lawmakers heard public input Tuesday on a bill that would allow farmers to grow and harvest hemp in Nebraska. Many have eyed it as a way to diversify their crops in a climate that's well-suited for it, but state officials haven't decided exactly how to regulate it.
East Texas company recalls 59 pounds of smoked sausage items
CARTHAGE, Texas (AP) — An East Texas company has recalled 59 pounds (26.76 kilograms) of smoked sausage items due to possible under-processing of the food.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the voluntary recall involves Panola County Processing of Carthage. Federal inspectors discovered the problem on Friday.
South Texas company recalls nearly 50 tons of chicken items
HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) — A South Texas company is recalling nearly 50 tons (45.36 metric tons) of chicken products due to misbranding and the labels not indicating the items contain an allergen — eggs.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the recall involves VICS Acquisition of Harlingen.
Some workers still unpaid after shutdown, dread what’s next
Nearly two weeks after the end of the longest government shutdown in U.S history, many federal workers still have not received their back pay or have only gotten a fraction of what they are owed as government agencies struggle with payroll glitches and other delays.
And even as they scramble to catch up on unpaid bills and to repay unemployment benefits, the prospect of another shutdown looms next week.
Dallas company recalls more than 1 ton of chicken products
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas company has recalled about 2,100 pounds (952.55 kilograms) of chicken items produced last month with incorrect labels.
Virginia counties get disaster designations from hurricane
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued disaster designations for seven Virginia counties affected by extensive flooding and winds caused by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.
The designations make farm operators eligible for consideration for assistance from the USDA's Farm Service Agency. The assistance includes FSA emergency loans.
Federal agency sued over wildlife killings in Wyoming
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Conservation groups have filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services program that kills animals to protect crops, livestock and other wildlife in Wyoming.
Brown U criticized for using live pigs in medical training
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An advocacy group has asked federal regulators to investigate Brown University's medical school, arguing it is violating the law by using live pigs for training in emergency medicine.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine on Tuesday asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to investigate animal use at the Warren Alpert Medical School at the Ivy League university.
The Latest: Brown U responds to criticism over use of pigs
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on Brown University facing criticism for using live pigs in medical training. (all times local):
Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital say they abide by all federal regulations and follow strict protocols when using animals for training in emergency medicine.
Iowa school district starts food pantry
NEW LONDON, Iowa (AP) — A conference room at a southeast Iowa school has been turned into a food pantry for students and their families.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Bank of Iowa and local community groups helped launch the food pantry at New London School District in December, The Hawk Eye reported.
The Latest: His attorney says man will be proven not guilty
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on Amin Salem and charges (all times local):
Federal prosecutors say an Ohio man accused of operating an illegal slaughterhouse has been charged with conspiracy to launder money and other counts.
Indiana farmers struggle without key USDA crop reports
KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — Some Indiana farmers are concerned with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision to delay the release of key crop reports because of the partial federal government shutdown, saying they don't know what to do with last year's crop without the data.