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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Saturday
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 ...
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.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide
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. ...
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 ...
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 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.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 59-year-old ...
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.
Brad Winger, who ...
Montana’s snowpack nears average despite mild winter
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Officials say snowpack in Montana remains close to average despite a mild winter.
The Flathead Beacon reports the close-to-normal snowpack is largely ...
Arizona making early distribution of nutrition assistance
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizonans who receive food stamps are getting their February benefits early because of the federal government’s partial shutdown, and state officials want recipients to know they won’t be getting additional benefits during February.
The state Department of Economic Security ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnsonville LLC has recalled more than 48,000 pounds (21,800 kilograms) of raw ground frozen pork patties that may be contaminated with materials including black rubber.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Friday ...
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USDA to open offices to help farmers with loans and taxes
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Federal officials say 90 offices will be open in Kansas for three days to process loans and tax information for farmers.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday that the offices will be open Thursday, Friday and Tuesday. The offices will be closed Monday ...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A $200,000 budget request by Gov. Brad Little for an Idaho board that manages money to pay a federal and state agency to kill wolves that attack livestock and big game is sufficient for fiscal year 2020, a board member told lawmakers Wednesday.
“We’re fine with the ...
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.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services announced Tuesday that those already receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, ...
State: WIC funding available into March despite shutdown
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State health officials say Kansas has enough money to provide WIC benefits into March, even if the partial federal government shutdown continues.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said in a news release Monday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture ...
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 ...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is going to be issuing February food stamp benefits early because of the partial federal government shutdown.
The Vermont Department for Children and Family will issue the benefits, known in Vermont as 3SquaresVT, on Jan. 20.
The U.S. ...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana plans to issue February’s food stamp benefits next week for hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers due to the partial federal government shutdown.
The state’s Family and Social Services ...
Company recalls sausage sent to Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio meatpacker is recalling more than 1,700 pounds of raw pork sausage meat that may contain rubber.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a
Investors, farmers guessing as shutdown delays crop reports
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that it must delay the release of key crop reports due to the partial government shutdown, leaving investors and farmers without vital information during an already tumultuous time for agricultural markets.
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Oklahoma farmers fear effects of government shutdown
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The ongoing government shutdown could soon have a negative impact on Oklahoma farmers and ranchers, who are facing limited access to important data and funding sources, according to agriculture experts.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering limited statistical ...
Rule seeks to tighten work requirements for food stamps
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is alarming Alaska food security advocates who say it would make it tougher to waive work requirements for food stamps.
Alaska has held a waiver for years to exempt recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition ...
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama company has recalled tons of hot sausages because they may be contaminated with bits of metal.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s
Mississippi: Shutdown won’t immediately affect food program
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Officials say Mississippi has enough money to fund a food program for 95,000 mothers and young children through January despite the partial shutdown of the federal government.
The State Department of Health announced Thursday that it has already received enough money ...
USDA program overwhelms Quad City-area food banks with milk
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Food pantries in eastern Iowa and western Illinois are being flooded with milk donations under a federal program to buy and distribute nearly $50 million in dairy products to compensate farmers hurt by trade tariffs.
River Bend Foodbank CEO Mike Miller told the
Maine rep says new GMO labels aren’t consumer friendly
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Democratic congresswoman is pushing back against the federal government’s plan to place labels on foods that were produced with genetic engineering.
Rep. Chellie Pingree, an organic farmer who has been in office since 2009, has often focused on food issues ...
Aggressive form of tree-killing disease found on Kauai
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Scientists have discovered on Kauai the more aggressive form of a fungal pathogen that kills trees native to Hawaii.
Lab results confirmed last week the more aggressive strain of rapid ohia death, which has affected more than 210 square miles (546 square kilometers) of ...
Survey to measure financial well-being of farmers, ranchers
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A survey to measure the financial well-being of Virginia farmers and ranchers will begin next month.
From January to March, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will distribute the survey about farm economics and production ...
USDA moves to tighten work requirements for food stamps
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is setting out to do what this year’s farm bill didn’t: tighten work requirements for millions of Americans who receive federal food assistance.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday proposed a rule that would restrict the ability of ...
Report: Inhumane killings, injuries at Puerto Rico’s zoo
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal inspections at Puerto Rico’s only zoo have found animals killed inhumanely or for unclear reasons, inadequate veterinary care and a string of other problems.
The reports obtained by The Associated Press span a decade up to its closure in 2017 and show ...
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 ...
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
Idaho, US sign logging and forest restoration agreement
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State and federal officials signed an agreement Tuesday they said will help protect Idaho’s national forest lands, which they said are at risk of insect infestations and destructive wildfires.
Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, Gov.-elect Brad Little and U.S. Department of ...
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — The Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina has grown by a few hundred acres.
The Post and Courier
New Mexico rural water projects get $35M federal boost
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts to build water and wastewater systems and improve existing infrastructure in a few communities in rural New Mexico will see a $35 million infusion of federal funding.
Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation announced the funding this week from U.S. ...
Mexican wolf that escaped Colorado wildlife center captured
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An endangered Mexican wolf that escaped from a Colorado wildlife center last month has been captured.
SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The federal government is investing more than $46 million in improvements to water systems in three Maine communities.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making the money available in the form of grants and loans for water infrastructure projects in ...
School lunch rules OK refined grains, low-fat chocolate milk
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. school lunch program is making room on menus again for noodles, biscuits, tortillas and other foods made mostly of refined grains.
The Trump administration is scaling back contested school lunch standards implemented under the Obama administration including one ...
NEW YORK (AP) — An Arizona company is expanding the scope of its recall of raw beef that could be contaminated with salmonella, federal officials said Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a news release that a unit of Brazil’s JBS is now recalling a total of more than 12 ...
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Farmers in Oklahoma are producing less wheat because of a global surplus, low prices and the weather, turning instead to cotton, soybean and corn, according to state and federal agricultural officials.
Figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that Oklahoma ...
USDA’s rural broadband plan met with criticism, concerns
Slow speeds, bad coverage and expensive service.
These are just some of the concerns contained in nearly 300 public comments on Rural Broadband Pilot Program proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a review by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found.
The proposal ...
Kansas man fined $5,000 for importing endangered leopards
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man will pay a $5,000 fine for unlawfully importing endangered leopard cats.
U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister announced Thursday that 34-year-old Lawrence Payne, of Olathe, was fined after pleading guilty to one count of violating the Endangered Species ...
State farmers averaging $2,145 from farm bailout program
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin farmers will receive about $10 million in federal money from the farm bailout program.
U.S. Department of Agriculture data obtained by the Washington non-profit Environmental Working Group shows the average payment for Wisconsin farmers from the Market ...
Want some kelp with your bread? Seaweed firm says you might
BUXTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine-based firm is receiving a $600,000 grant from the federal government to help develop a kelp-based additive for bread.
The company is VitaminSea of Buxton. Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree says the firm’s receiving the Small Business Innovation Research grant ...