- Federal funds aims to boost migrating monarch butterflies Updated: Nov-27-15 1:24 pm
BLOOMINGTON, Indiana - Federal officials want landowners in Indiana and nine other states to grow milkweed to boost the population of monarch butterflies.
- New federal rule for catfish inspection process finalized Updated: Nov-25-15 4:36 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service released its final rule Wednesday on a new inspection process for catfish and other ray-finned fish species that's scheduled to start in March.
- 6 months after tornado, some Delmont residents not giving up Updated: Nov-25-15 11:51 am
DELMONT, South Dakota - Not everyone is giving up on Delmont.
- New processing plant prepares traditional Alaska Native food Updated: Nov-24-15 7:15 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - First it was musk ox stew. Then the Alaska nursing home served up musk ox meatloaf to its elderly Inupiat residents and their visiting family members.
- Iowa egg production improves but remains below last year Updated: Nov-23-15 6:00 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa egg farms are gradually recovering from the bird flu that destroyed 25 million of the state's egg-laying hens this spring.
- Haley asks feds to speed up crop loss payments to farmers Updated: Nov-23-15 5:16 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture to speed up crop insurance payments to farmers who lost their harvests because of last month's historic flooding.
- Hawaii awarded for improved food stamp processing Updated: Nov-23-15 9:18 am
HONOLULU - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded Hawaii more than $660,000 for expediting its review of applications for the federal food stamp program.
- Pesticide-makers point to other culprits in bee die-offs Updated: Nov-23-15 6:16 am
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina - In a Nordic-inspired building tucked in a corner of the Bayer CropScience North American headquarters, high school students wander through 6,000 square feet dedicated entirely to the specialness of bees. Children taste different types of honey and examine the differences between honeybee and carpenter bee specimens.
- Rancher pleads guilty to falsely claiming cattle losses Updated: Nov-21-15 5:31 pm
RAPID CITY, South Dakota - A South Dakota rancher has pleaded guilty in federal court to falsely claiming he lost more than a hundred cattle during the autumn blizzard of 2013 that left ranchers in the state reeling with financial losses.
- Inspections find animal abuse at Indiana wildlife facility Updated: Nov-20-15 4:15 pm
CHARLESTOWN, Indiana - Inspections by the U.S. Department of Agriculture have found abuse of animals and unsafe conditions for visitors at a southern Indiana wildlife facility.
- SD gets over $1.8M to help boost rural health, public safety Updated: Nov-19-15 2:19 am
WILMOT, South Dakota - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says South Dakota is getting more than $1.8 million in loans and grants to help boost health and public safety in rural areas.
- USDA awards $300K to help build 12 homes on Pine Ridge Updated: Nov-17-15 2:18 am
PINE RIDGE, South Dakota - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $300,000 to a development corporation on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to help people build 12 homes over the next two years.
- ND businesses get $125K to develop new agricultural products Updated: Nov-15-15 1:41 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted nearly $125,000 to businesses in North Dakota to develop new agricultural products and markets for existing goods.
- USDA revises 2015 North Dakota potato production estimate Updated: Nov-12-15 12:07 pm
FARGO, North Dakota - The federal Agriculture Department has revised its latest estimate of North Dakota potato production.
- More than 12 stores rid of tainted beef from Omaha supplier Updated: Nov-12-15 7:54 am
OMAHA, Nebraska - More than a dozen Nebraska and Council Bluffs grocery stores have eliminated tainted beef from suppliers that used products from an Omaha meat-processing facility.
- USDA expects Nebraska's corn, soybean crops will set records Updated: Nov-11-15 10:43 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska's corn and soybean crops are both expected to set records this fall.
- Federal grant helping producers form local food hub Updated: Nov-10-15 2:16 am
BROOKINGS, South Dakota - The USDA is giving SDSU Extension a two-year $100,000 federal grant to strengthen local food systems and revitalize rural economies and communities.
- US official: Thinking big can save big-game migration routes Updated: Nov-09-15 7:04 pm
LARAMIE, Wyoming - More cooperation between government and private landowners, such as that which has kept the greater sage grouse off the endangered species list, can help protect big-game migration corridors in Wyoming, a federal official who oversees the U.S. Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service said Monday.
- Putnam farmers venture into agritourism Updated: Nov-08-15 9:46 am
BUFFALO, West Virginia - With an end to this year's harvest season in sight, popular destinations such as Gritt's Fun Farm have cleared out their pumpkin patches and corn mazes.
- 2 rural Nebraska communities get grants for sewer projects Updated: Nov-08-15 5:01 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Two Nebraska communities are receiving federal money to help them complete sewer upgrade projects.
- 3 rural Iowa water get federal grants from USDA Updated: Nov-08-15 5:01 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - Three projects in rural Iowa will receive federal money to help pay for the upgrades to water and sewer systems.
- Rare bison free to roam Larimer County prairie Updated: Nov-07-15 3:05 pm
FORT COLLINS, Colorado - The gate is open, at last, and 10 bison that have spent the past 11 days in a wooden corral the size of a high school gymnasium are free to leave.
- Iowa roadside Zoo under scrutiny Updated: Nov-07-15 10:33 am
MANCHESTER, Iowa - It's a sunny fall morning as Pam Sellner greets the dozen home-schooled children taking a field trip to her roadside zoo and shows them Consuela, a 2-year-old kinkajou.
- Most chicken, turkey farms affected by bird flu can restock Updated: Nov-06-15 4:34 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Most commercial chicken and turkey farms that were infected by the bird flu have been cleared to restock, agriculture officials said Friday, but scientists still will keep a close eye on migrating birds and test thousands to see if the virus is present.
- Michigan animal sanctuary cited by USDA for violations Updated: Nov-06-15 8:29 am
BROWN CITY, Michigan - A Michigan animal sanctuary that has been the target of activists has been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for more violations.