- Officials: Look for signs of invasive beetle in RI Updated: Aug-03-15 1:32 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Federal officials are asking Rhode Islanders to be on the lookout for the Asian Longhorned beetle.
- NC farmers markets part of USDA promotion of fresh foods Updated: Aug-02-15 4:04 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - It's a season of produce bounty at farmers markets, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture says they play an important role in North Carolina's farm-to-table food network.
- Big Island farmers to participate in feral pig project Updated: Jul-30-15 3:16 pm
HILO, Hawaii - Five Big Island farmers have signed up to join federal efforts in a conversation pilot program aimed at addressing feral pig management.
- Appeals court reinstates 'Roadless Rule' for Tongass Updated: Jul-29-15 6:55 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - A divided federal appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a lower-court decision that reinstates prohibitions on road-building and timber harvests in roadless areas of the nation's largest national forest.
- Ex-federal contractor in Texas gets prison in drug case Updated: Jul-29-15 7:46 am
McALLEN, Texas - An ex-federal contractor in South Texas has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for using a government truck to smuggle drugs across the border.
- US expects to pay farmers $191 million for birds lost to flu Updated: Jul-28-15 4:10 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The U.S. government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday as he called for Congress to consider a disaster program for poultry producers similar to that for other livestock farmers.
- Fredericksburg rules the roost; pesky vultures driven away Updated: Jul-28-15 9:41 am
FREDERICKSBURG, Virginia - Fredericksburg is the ruler of the roost after a removal effort drove off a flock of pesky vultures.
- 7 Hawaii schools to offer free meals to all students Updated: Jul-23-15 12:16 pm
HONOLULU - The Hawaii State Department of Education will be testing a pilot program at seven public schools that will allow all students to receive free meals.
- Officials say Alcona County beef cattle herd has bovine TB Updated: Jul-23-15 10:53 am
LANSING, Michigan - Officials say a small beef cattle herd has tested positive for bovine tuberculosis in Alcona County.
- 5 things: House bill would prevent mandatory GMO labeling Updated: Jul-23-15 9:11 am
WASHINGTON - States could no longer require labels on genetically modified foods under legislation the House is considering.
- USDA declares 35 Louisiana parishes natural disaster areas Updated: Jul-22-15 7:45 pm
NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared a natural disaster involving 35 Louisiana parishes and eight counties in three neighboring states because of rain, floods, high winds and hail from April 27 through June 26.
- USDA: Bird flu vaccine works on chickens; testing on turkeys Updated: Jul-22-15 6:35 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that has tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it also protects turkeys, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday.
- Disaster declaration sought to help flooded Illinois farmers Updated: Jul-22-15 5:01 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Illinois plan to seek a federal disaster declaration to make farmers with flood-damaged crops eligible for assistance, as flood warnings persist along several state waterways, including the Illinois River.
- USDA aid sought for Nebraska growers of great northern beans Updated: Jul-22-15 1:23 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska's governor has asked federal authorities to bolster a sagging market by buying 25 million pounds of great northern beans.
- First Iowa farms hit by bird flu nearing restocking time Updated: Jul-21-15 8:20 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - One of the first Iowa turkey farms where bird flu was found is getting close to the time at which birds can be restocked, but most of the 77 farms affected are still weeks away from introduction of new flocks, Iowa Department of Agriculture officials said Tuesday.
- PETA: neglect complaint filed with USDA names 2 Va. zoos Updated: Jul-21-15 1:18 pm
NATURAL BRIDGE, Virginia - The animal protection group PETA says it has filed federal complaints against two zoos in Natural Bridge, citing the alleged neglect of monkeys, zebras and other animals.
- US government commits $30 million to rural Montana Internet Updated: Jul-21-15 11:13 am
BILLINGS, Montana - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has committed $30 million to improving high-speed Internet service in rural Montana.
- USDA grant to deliver high-speed broadband to SW Va. locale Updated: Jul-21-15 2:38 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - A federal grant program aimed at delivering high-speed broadband to rural America is bringing connectivity to an unserved area in southwest Virginia.
- Drought dings quality of winter wheat in Northwest Updated: Jul-20-15 7:25 pm
HELENA, Montana - Intense drought conditions have shrunk the kernels and disrupted the proteins of winter wheat crops in Montana, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, the region that produces a fifth of the U.S. harvest.
- Montana governor, federal agency sign sage grouse deal Updated: Jul-20-15 3:40 pm
HELENA, Montana - Gov. Steve Bullock signed an agreement Monday with the U.S. Department of Agriculture pledging cooperation on efforts to protect declining populations of greater sage grouse.
- Fond du Lac Band gets $6M in federal broadband grants Updated: Jul-20-15 3:36 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is getting $6 million in federal grants to expand broadband Internet service on its northeastern Minnesota reservation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday.
- USDA secretary not ready to declare bird flu outbreak over Updated: Jul-20-15 1:22 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday that he's not ready to declare the Midwest bird flu outbreak over even though no new cases of the H5N2 virus have been detected over for over a month.
- Former state senator, rancher to lead Rural Development Updated: Jul-20-15 8:41 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - President Barack Obama has appointed former North Dakota Senate minority leader Ryan Taylor to lead the state office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development agency.
- Emerald ash borer found in north Louisiana Updated: Jul-18-15 10:36 am
MINDEN, Louisiana - Efforts are under way in north Louisiana to slow the spread of an invasive species threatening native ash trees.
- Aspen Foods recalls nearly 2 million pounds of chicken Updated: Jul-17-15 7:27 am
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois-based Aspen Foods is recalling nearly 2 million pounds of raw, frozen chicken products over concerns they might be contaminated with salmonella.