Houston company recalls nearly 3½ tons of chicken salad
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston company has recalled nearly 3½ tons (2.72 metric tons) of ready-to-eat chicken salad that regulators say may be contaminated with listeria.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture
Minnesota fall harvest winds down as wintry weather sets in
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The fall harvest is winding down in Minnesota as wintry weather sets in.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 87 percent of Minnesota’s corn has been harvested. That’s six days ahead of last year’s pace and just 2 percentage points behind the five-year ...
Idaho, Washington farmers see above-average year on wheat
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Farmers in Idaho and Washington saw above-average returns on wheat crop this year, but lentil prices are plunging, officials said.
“Generally speaking, we had an above-average year,” said Nez Perce County Extension agent Doug Finkelnburg. “We had above-average ...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The federal government is investing more than a half million dollars in Maine to help boost production of crops including state staples like potatoes and blueberries.
Maine Agriculture Commissioner Walter Whitcomb says the state is working with the U.S. Department of ...
2 Indiana REMCs getting USDA loans to make upgrades
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two Indiana rural electric cooperatives are receiving federal loans to improve their systems.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that Martinsville-based South Central Indiana REMC will use a $100 million loan to build 28 miles (45 kilometers) of ...
Bismarck addiction center to use telemedicine, expand reach
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck addiction treatment center is using telemedicine to extend its reach to western North Dakota, a rural region where such services are limited.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that Heartview Foundation in Bismarck received a nearly ...
Record soybean harvest expected amid continued trade dispute
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers are expected to harvest the largest soybean crop on record but must deal with a constricted market in which to sell the crop because of President Donald Trump’s tariff battle with China.
In its latest update released ...
ORONO, Maine (AP) — Researchers in New England are working on a project to develop tools for small- and mid-sized farms in the region to address productivity problems related to climate change.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted nearly $500,000 over three years to the ...
Scientists testing whether dogs can detect ohia tree disease
HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists are testing whether they can train dogs to sniff out a deadly fungus that’s killing Hawaii’s native ohia trees.
U.S. Department of Agriculture research ecologist Kealoha Kinney says it’s a lot like creating an “ohia guard dog.”
Kinney told the
Maine, Michigan team looks to root weeds out of organic ag
ORONO, Maine (AP) — Scientists from universities in Maine and Michigan are getting a boost from the federal government in researching weed management on organic farms.
Organic farms use a more limited scope of weed management tools than conventional farms, and the weeds are a threat to ...
Utah seeks more influence over national forest management
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is planning to ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture for permission to thin forests, clear out dead trees and do controlled burnings on protected areas that account for nearly half of national forest lands in the state.
The Republican governor ...
Farmers fear it will take years to recover from storm strike
ATLANTA (AP) — Hurricane Michael left a snowy landscape of ruined white cotton on Georgia’s red clay, destroying a crop and likely bringing hard times to the region’s many small communities built on agriculture.
When the storm struck, most of the cotton was still in the fields, “wide open ...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers took advantage of favorable weather early last week to make good progress on harvesting before rain moved in.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state’s corn harvest is 58 percent complete. That’s one week ahead of last year but equal to ...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $500,000 in grant funding to promote specialty crops and increase economic development in Virginia.
The 10 projects to receive grant money include one to expand the use of mason bees as pollinators and another to ...
A few bad apples, but mostly good ones in New England’s crop
HIRAM, Maine (AP) — There have been a few bad apples, but New England’s crop of its signature fall fruit is only slightly behind last year’s.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicted earlier this year the six-state region’s apple production would be in line with a typical year. That ...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials say Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney is in Mexico this week leading a trade delegation to promote barley exports.
Cooney said in a statement that Mexico is the largest importer of malt barley and that it’s important to the state’s agricultural industry to ...
Wisconsin farmers concerned that mold could hurt profits
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wet weather this year has delayed Wisconsin’s grain harvest and caused widespread mold problems in farm fields, according to agriculture experts.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects Wisconsin farmers to harvest a record amount of soybeans this year, but farmers ...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Four Arkansas cities are among more than 135 nationwide vying for two U.S. Department of Agriculture branch offices that are moving away from Washington, D.C.
The USDA’s Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture together employ ...
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 ...