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  • Citing fraud, Maine to put photos on EBT cards 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 6:41 pm
  • AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine will begin putting photo identification on welfare benefit cards this month, first in Bangor and then across the state in an effort to target fraud and abuse, Gov. Paul LePage's administration said on Friday.

  • USDA orders farms to report pig virus infections 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 1:10 pm
  • MILWAUKEE - Farms stricken with a deadly pig virus must report outbreaks as part of a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of the disease, the federal government announced Friday.

  • USDA rural business grants available in Nevada 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 6:13 am
  • CARSON CITY, Nevada - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says rural business enterprise grants are available in Nevada to nonprofits, economic development authorities, public bodies and federally recognized tribes.

  • Ag economists help farmers plot insurance coverage 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:37 am
  • STONEVILLE, Mississippi - Mississippi growers at some point this fall will have to make a momentous, one-time decision on how best to insure their livelihood over the next five years.

  • Grant money increases for Michigan specialty crops 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:06 am
  • LANSING, Michigan - Michigan could receive nearly $2 million in federal block grants for specialty crops as a result of the U.S. farm bill.

  • Wisconsin's Oneida tribe hosts food summit 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:52 am
  • ASHWAUBENON, Wisconsin - The Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin hopes to combat serious health problems among Native Americans by teaching other tribal members to farm and preserve their own food.

  • Excerpts from recent Indiana newspaper editorials 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:53 pm
  • The Journal Gazette. April 15, 2014.

  • Farmers off to slow start planting corn crop 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:20 pm
  • ST. LOUIS - Most years about this time, northern Illinois farmer Monty Whipple, like so many Midwest growers, would be riding high in his monstrous planter, kicking up dust while sowing corn in hundreds of acres. But this spring has kept him sidelined, and he's anything but alone.

  • State says pig virus found on 93 farms in Michigan 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:52 pm
  • KALAMAZOO, Michigan - A virus that kills piglets at an alarming rate has been found on 93 farms in Michigan, the state agriculture department says.

  • USDA give GA deadline to improve food stamp system 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 2:22 pm
  • ATLANTA - Federal officials have given Georgia a deadline to show that it's doing a better job of processing food stamp applications.

  • Spring fieldwork off to late start in Minnesota 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 4:34 pm
  • MINNEAPOLIS - Spring fieldwork is getting off to a late start because of winter's stubborn grip on Minnesota but farmers say their yields shouldn't be hurt as long as they can get into their fields soon after Easter.

  • USDA lending $8.5M to 2 Louisiana businesses 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 8:59 am
  • NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says its rural development program is lending $7.1 million to a New Orleans sausage maker and $1.3 million to a Bunkie senior care company.

  • Miss. farmers to plant more cotton and soybeans 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 2:13 pm
  • JACKSON, Mississippi - With corn prices down, Mississippi farmers are likely to plant more cotton than 2013's record low acreage. But soybeans are still king, with almost as many acres expected to be planted than all other crops combined.

  • Florida's orange production is declining 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 4:05 pm
  • ST. PETERSBURG, Florida - This year's Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit's lowest harvest in 24 years.

  • Florida's orange production is declining 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 2:29 pm
  • ST. PETERSBURG, Florida - This year's Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit's lowest harvest in 24 years.

  • Tribe, US officials christen $2.4M solar array 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 7:31 pm
  • LAS VEGAS - Tribal leaders and U.S. officials marked the completion of a nearly $2.4 million solar power array at a freeway travel stop and convenience store off Interstate 15 outside Las Vegas.

  • US bacon prices rise after virus kills baby pigs 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 5:17 pm
  • MILWAUKEE - A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.

  • USDA: Fieldwork not yet started in most of SD 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 4:55 pm
  • SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Fieldwork has yet to start for most South Dakota farmers, but spring wheat seeding has begun in some localities.

  • Feds face legal action over jaguar protections 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 1:58 pm
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Two environmental groups are threatening to sue the federal government over protections for endangered jaguars in the Southwest.

  • Panhandle rehearses to handle livestock disasters 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 5:13 pm
  • AMARILLO, Texas - Planners in the Texas Panhandle - a major region for cattle feedlots, hog production and the dairy industry - have completed an 18-month $1.4 million program to help minimize and survive natural or man-made disasters such as a major disease outbreak.

  • Montana farmers back away from spring wheat 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 11:32 am
  • BILLINGS, Montana - Some Montana farmers are backing away from spring wheat in favor of planting other crops this season.

  • Ky. ends attempts to control emerald ash borer 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 2:34 pm
  • LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Kentucky officials have ended a 30-county wood quarantine that was intended to contain the emerald ash borer, an insect that already has killed more than 25 million trees in the eastern U.S.

  • Indiana seeks federal approval for growing hemp 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 2:27 pm
  • WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana - Indiana's seed commissioner is seeking federal approval for the state's farmers to begin growing industrial hemp under a newly passed state law.

  • USDA sharpshooters kill 156 deer in Md. park 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 11:32 am
  • THURMONT, Maryland - The National Park Service says government sharpshooters killed 156 white-tailed deer in the fifth year of a herd-reduction program at Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont.

  • US helps rice growers reduce greenhouse gases 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 6:56 pm
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The federal government is helping rice growers in Arkansas and elsewhere to use new production methods that would decrease greenhouse gas emissions.