- Chobani selected as Greek yogurt provider for school lunches Updated: Jun-29-15 8:16 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Public schools across America will soon offer Greek yogurt as a meat substitute in school lunches beginning this fall.
- Federal food program struggles to reach rural Kansas Updated: Jun-29-15 3:54 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Children in a third of Kansas counties don't have access to summer food programs, according to a child advocacy group.
- State, poultry industry take precautions against bird flu Updated: Jun-29-15 12:14 pm
BALTIMORE - Agriculture officials and poultry farmers in Maryland are taking extra precautions against avian influenza after outbreaks devastated flocks in other states.
- Colorado deploys tiny wasps from China Updated: Jun-28-15 6:02 pm
BOULDER, Colorado - Colorado is deploying tiny predator wasps imported from China as part of a state experiment aimed at annihilating invasive beetles threatening one in six metro Denver trees.
- USDA proposes healthier fare for child, adult day cares Updated: Jun-27-15 10:48 am
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - As teachers lament seeing toddlers too large to fit in playground swings, a federal program that feeds millions of low-income children may be overhauled for the first time in almost 50 years, aiming to make the meals at day cares healthier and reduce obesity.
- Drop expected for Michigan's cherry crop due to May freeze Updated: Jun-26-15 6:46 am
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - Michigan's cherry crop is expected to be down this year following freezing temperatures in May.
- 13 rural Maine businesses to receive energy grants Updated: Jun-25-15 6:25 am
PORTLAND, Maine - Thirteen rural Maine businesses are receiving grants for energy projects.
- USDA hotline helps youth find free meals in SD this summer Updated: Jun-23-15 5:11 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - A hotline set up by the U.S. Department of Agriculture can help youth in South Dakota find places where they can have access to free meals this summer.
- Monthly egg report reveals depth of impact of bird flu Updated: Jun-22-15 5:26 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - A monthly report on egg production and chicken flocks reveals the depth of the impact of bird flu on the nation's egg producers.
- USDA program promotes products such as plant-based bottles Updated: Jun-17-15 6:52 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - A program designed to promote ethanol and biodiesel fuels will be expanded to companies using plant-based plastic, rubber and fiber in manufacturing products such as bottles and packaging, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday.
- Foster Farms suspends 5 after undercover video shows abuse Updated: Jun-17-15 6:11 pm
LOS ANGELES - Poultry producer Foster Farms suspended five employees Wednesday after an animal-rights group released undercover video showing live birds being slammed upside-down into shackles, punched and plucked.
- Despite cold-shortened season, US maple syrup production up Updated: Jun-17-15 12:58 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Colder-than-normal temperatures shortened the Northeast's maple sugaring season this year, but overall syrup production in the U.S. still managed to stay strong, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
- USDA funding 23 Kentucky energy projects with $264,000 Updated: Jun-17-15 4:04 am
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Kentucky is receiving more than $264,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund 23 applications for improvements in energy efficiency.
- Ag deputy secretary discusses women in agriculture Updated: Jun-17-15 3:05 am
ROCHESTER, New York - A federal agriculture official is in New York to talk about bringing more women into leadership roles in agriculture.
- Bird flu likely spread on equipment, workers, rodents, wind Updated: Jun-15-15 6:10 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The bird flu that's devastated some Midwestern farms likely spread by several means - on machinery and workers, by rodents and possibly even on the wind, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a new report released Monday.
- Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe gets $200,000 boost for market Updated: Jun-15-15 9:04 am
MOUNT PLEASANT, Michigan - The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is getting a $200,000 federal grant to help support a farmers market in mid-Michigan.
- Medical center in Faulkton could build addition this fall Updated: Jun-14-15 10:13 am
FAULKTON, South Dakota - A medical facility in Faulkton could begin a much-needed expansion project as early as this fall.
- Lafayette school system applying for free meals program Updated: Jun-13-15 12:39 pm
LAFAYETTE, Louisiana - Students at 19 Lafayette Parish schools could receive free meals in the upcoming school year, if the school district qualifies for a new USDA program for high-poverty areas.
- Man accused of threatening USDA agent with metal pipe Updated: Jun-13-15 10:44 am
GULFPORT, Mississippi - A grand jury will review a complaint that a Perkinston man threatened a federal agent with a metal pipe when the agent visited the man's farm headquarters.
- Baltimore fighting against beetle that targets its ash trees Updated: Jun-13-15 9:31 am
BALTIMORE - With the arrival of an invasive green Asian beetle in Baltimore, local governments and property owners are confronting tough - and potentially costly - choices about whether to try to save ash trees at risk of infestation or cut them down.
- Rancher indicted for falsely claiming cattle died in storm Updated: Jun-12-15 5:24 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - Federal authorities say a South Dakota man falsely claimed he lost more than a hundred cattle during the autumn blizzard of 2013 that left western South Dakota ranchers reeling with financial losses.
- New bird flu cases slow, focus turns to preventing repeat Updated: Jun-12-15 12:56 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - No new bird flu cases have been reported in nearly a week on commercial farms in Minnesota and Iowa, giving government officials, scientists and farmers hope that the worst U.S. outbreak of the bird flu is, though not over, winding down.
- Traps set for remaining loose piglets after Ohio truck crash Updated: Jun-11-15 9:38 am
XENIA, Ohio - Federal officials are setting traps for any piglets that may still be in the area after a semitrailer carrying 2,200 of them overturned on an Ohio highway.
- USDA official discussing hunger issues in New Hampshire Updated: Jun-11-15 4:05 am
PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire - A top USDA official is visiting New Hampshire to discuss hunger issues and how federal programs are working to address it.
- House votes to repeal country-of-origin labeling on meat Updated: Jun-10-15 10:40 pm
WASHINGTON - House Republicans voted Wednesday to repeal a law requiring country-of-origin labels on packages of meat - a move to avoid costly trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico.