Federal funds awarded for Oscoda drinking water upgrades
OSCODA, Mich. (AP) — Federal grants totaling $1 million will help residents of the Oscoda area in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula whose well water might be contaminated to connect to the municipal drinking water system.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture grants are intended for homes ...
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Challenges surrounding water usage also raise big questions that University of Arkansas, Fayetteville researcher Lauren Greenlee is working to answer.
“How do we sustain our way of life? How do we sustain the lifestyle that we’re all used to? How do we sustain ...
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Scientists at Texas &M University have earned federal approval of a genetic process to unleash cottonseed as possibly one of the world’s leading sources of protein-rich food.
Houston company recalls salad with chicken products
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston company has recalled nearly 1,800 pounds (817 kilograms) of ready-to-eat salad with chicken products because a corn ingredient may be contaminated with salmonella and listeria.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Composting is coming to Virginia prisons.
The Virginia Department of Corrections has received a grant of $88,700 to establish a composting program at 18 prison sites with adjacent farms.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture targets projects that ...
Federal government cites exotic zoo over its animal care
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina exotic animal park has been accused of failing to provide proper care for several animals.
The Statesville Record & Landmark
MADBURY, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire says it has completed a two-year project to build an aquaponics research facility.
Officials say three aquaponic greenhouses in Madbury will allow researchers to grow crops like lettuce from the nutrient-rich wastewater that comes from ...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Federal grants have been awarded to organizations representing growers of a variety of Michigan specialty crops.
The funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture supports efforts such as marketing, sustainability, boosting production, and preventing disease and ...
Juicy returns: Florida orange harvest up after long decline
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s orange crop is expected to increase for the first time in seven years.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that 79 million boxes of oranges are expected during the coming season, a 76 percent increase from the 45 million produced last ...
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alec Sonnek points to a specimen in a plastic bag on his desk near St. Louis Lambert International Airport.
“This,” he says, “is snarge.”
Snarge: The (often unpleasant) remains of a bird after it has been struck by an airplane — and an important element of Sonnek’s ...
3 farmers to plead guilty in organic grain fraud scheme
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Three Nebraska farmers will plead guilty to knowingly marketing non-organic corn and soybeans as certified organic as part of a lengthy, multi-million-dollar fraud scheme, federal prosecutors revealed Thursday.
Tom Brennan, his son James Brennan and family friend ...
Feds designate 2 natural disaster areas in Louisiana
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two Louisiana parishes are eligible for disaster assistance as a result of a recent drought.
Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, in a news release Thursday, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared Caddo and DeSoto parishes are contiguous to ...
A group representing Maine organic growers has received a grant to train the next generation of farmers.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s grant will support training 116 beginning farmers over the next three years.
The Maine Organic ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials have ordered a recall of ham products from a North Carolina company after investigators found listeria contamination which led to one death.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Wednesday the ready-to-eat hams were ...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Scattered rainfall has created muddy field conditions that are making harvesting a challenge in parts of Minnesota.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday in its weekly crop progress and condition
State, feds to meet with public about invasive forest pest
LEBANON, Maine (AP) — Maine forest officials are meeting with the public to talk about the danger posed by an invasive forest pest that has been located in southern Maine.
The emerald ash borer has been discovered infesting trees in western York County. The Maine Department of Agriculture, ...
New Mexico balks at US demand of repayment for nutrition aid
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government is demanding that New Mexico repay $164 million of alleged overpayments for food benefits provided to low-income families, but the state agency involved denies it provided too many benefits.
The Albuquerque Journal
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has reached a record number of pigs on farms as the pork industry continues to expand production amid questionable export demand due to tariff battles with China.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday Iowa has 23.6 million pigs on farms as of Sept. ...
UNR wins $5 million USDA grant to study changing snowpack
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the University of Nevada, Reno a $5 million grant to lead a study on changing snowpack.
UNR scientists will conduct the five-year study with researchers at the Desert Research Institute, Northern Arizona University and ...
Lake County group gets $226K to address food deserts
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana philanthropic foundation has won a more than $226,000 federal grant to address food deserts in Gary and East Chicago, in part by expanding access to locally-grown produce.
The Merrillville-based Legacy ...
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Crops are maturing more quickly in Illinois this year compared to 2017, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The agency’s most recent Illinois Crop Progress and Condition report estimates that 75 percent of the corn crop was mature by Sept. ...
Texas company recalls 690 pounds of ready-to-eat beef jerky
EL CAMPO, Texas (AP) — A South Texas company has recalled nearly 700 pounds (317.52 kilograms) of beef jerky after regulators say a consumer reporting finding hard metal in a product.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture
Colorado meatpacker recalls ground beef after E. coli death
FORT MORGAN, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado meatpacker is recalling more than 132,000 pounds (60,000 kilograms) of ground beef after a suspected E. coli outbreak killed one person and sickened 17, officials said.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday the beef was produced and packaged ...
Partnership helps land owners battle sudden oak death
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — State and federal officials are pairing up to help private landowners in southwest Oregon battle the spread of an invasive, tree-killing disease called sudden oak death.
The Capital Press
USDA looking into why camel bucked at circus, hurting 7
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal agency is looking into an accident involving a startled camel that began bucking while a woman and two small children were riding it at a circus in Pittsburgh.
U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman R. Andre Bell
Authorities may have killed cougar that killed female hiker
ZIGZAG, Oregon (AP) — Authorities say they are investigating whether an adult female cougar they killed at the site of a fatal attack on a human is the same animal that killed the 55-year-old hiker.
U.S. Department of Agriculture officers killed a cougar Friday that appeared at the site of ...
Animal rights group wants Creighton University to be fined
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An animal rights watchdog group wants regulators to fine Creighton University for problems in one of its animal research projects.
Ohio-based Stop Animal Exploitation Now said Wednesday that it had filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture asking ...
Maine businesses to get help to use more renewable energy
WALPOLE, Maine (AP) — A barbecue restaurant in Freeport, an oyster farm in Walpole and a potato supplier in St. Agatha are among the Maine businesses receiving federal grants for renewable energy systems.
The grant of more than $430,000 is coming through the U.S. Department of ...
North Dakota soybean, corn crops expected to slip in 2018
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s corn and soybean crops are expected to slip in 2018.
Based on Sept. 1 conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says North Dakota’s soybean harvest is forecast at 236 million bushels, down 2 percent from last year.
Soybean acres for harvest are ...
Record corn, soybean harvest forecast for South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A record corn crop is forecast for South Dakota.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, South Dakota’s 2018 corn harvest is forecast at a record high 839 million bushels, based on Sept. 1 conditions. That’s up 14 percent from last year’s ...
Maine gets $431k for 9 rural energy efficiency projects
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s two United States senators say nine rural businesses in the state will receive almost $432,000 for energy efficiency projects.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Angus King say the money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for ...
Bismarck college gets mobile lab for rural nursing students
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bismarck State College is using a nearly $100,000 federal grant to better train nurses at rural medical centers across North Dakota.
The school’s nursing program recently received the grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a mobile simulation lab and a new ...
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are backing President Donald Trump’s plan to switch federal agency control of a biodefense laboratory complex under construction in the state.
The National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan is currently controlled by the U.S. Department of ...
Minnesota crops develop ahead of schedule as fall approaches
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Even as the weather starts to cool, Minnesota’s major crops are developing ahead of schedule.
In its weekly crop progress and condition
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Jane Raybould is requesting correspondence and any records of financial assistance between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a Nebraska ranch co-owned by Republican U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer.
Raybould submitted the Freedom of Information ...
USDA announces $643K for 6 opioid projects in Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal officials have announced $643,300 for six projects aimed at opioid prevention, treatment and recovery.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the projects are part of $10.7 million for 85 initiatives across 22 states through the department’s Community ...
US approves sheep grazing research in grizzly bear area
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federally-run sheep experiment station in eastern Idaho long targeted by environmental groups will resume grazing sheep in the Centennial Mountains of Idaho and Montana next year.
The U.S. Sheep Experiment Station will open on 25 square miles (65 square kilometers) of ...
Cranberry growers want to destroy crops to prop up prices
BOSTON (AP) — Cranberry farmers have asked the federal government for permission to destroy a quarter of their crop in response to a glut that has kept prices low and growers operating in the red.
The Boston Globe
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Investigations into livestock deaths in Idaho blamed on wolves don’t have to be made public, the U.S. government says.
The U.S. Department of Justice in documents filed Thursday in U.S. District Court said the reports requested by an environmental group contain ...
Hurricane Irma, disease, lowers value of Florida citrus crop
LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — Losses from Hurricane Irma last year sent the value of the 2017-18 Florida citrus crop plummeting 41 percent.
The Lakeland Ledger reports that’s a preliminary ...
FREEPORT, Pa. (AP) — It’s “Rent The Chicken,” not “Rent-A-Chicken.”
Local entrepreneurs Phil and Jenn Tompkins stress the distinction because their South Buffalo Township-based business, Rent The Chicken, in their assessment, is on top of the pecking order of live chicken rental ...
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A national group is paying for three billboards to protest the use of live pigs for emergency medicine training at the University of Missouri.
DENVER (AP) — U.S. agricultural officials say Fort Morgan, Colorado-based Cargill Meat Solutions is recalling nearly 25,300 pounds (11,400 kilograms) of ground beef that might be contaminated with E. coli.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is predicting an excellent hazelnut harvest this fall and Oregon growers agree.
The latest production forecast issued this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls for 52,000 tons (47 million kilograms) of hazelnuts, surpassing ...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State officials say an insect that’s killed millions of ash trees in the U.S. has been found further west into Nebraska.
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture says the emerald ash borer has been found in Lincoln and Fremont. The insect was found in a baited trap in ...
US denies liability after boy is sprayed by its cyanide trap
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. government said an Idaho family is to blame for any injuries it alleges a boy received after he was doused with cyanide by a predator-killing trap that a federal worker mistakenly placed near their home.
Any injuries were caused by the negligence of the parents ...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers and ranchers in two southeastern Iowa counties who’ve suffered losses and damages from recent drought may now be eligible for federal emergency loans.
That news came Wednesday as the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Appanoose and Van Buren ...
DRESDEN, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving small businesses in southern and coastal Maine more than a half million dollars to open up new markets, reduce energy costs and cut back on fossil fuel use.
Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree says the grants are Renewable ...