- Animal welfare groups seek assistance for breeder inspection Updated: Oct-03-15 1:07 pm
DOWS, Iowa - Two Iowa animal welfare groups are asking the state and local law enforcement for help in inspecting a Dow dog breeder's operation.
- USDA awards $35 million in local food, farmers market grants Updated: Oct-02-15 11:46 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $35 million in federal grants to support farmers markets and other local farm programs.
- Despite bird flu, Minnesota still top turkey producing state Updated: Oct-02-15 5:01 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota has retained its ranking as the nation's top turkey producing state despite this year's bird flu outbreak.
- Civil rights concerns headline Latino farm, ranch gathering Updated: Sep-30-15 11:05 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Leaders of minority farm and ranching groups took aim at the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday, saying the agency hasn't done enough to address decades of discrimination and civil rights violations against Latinos and women.
- USDA: Pig virus that struck US similar to China strain Updated: Sep-30-15 6:29 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - A virus that killed more than 8 million baby pigs in 2013 and 2014 nearly matches the DNA of a virus found in China and was likely carried into the United States on reusable tote bags used in international trade, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.
- $204K in rural business development grants awarded Updated: Sep-30-15 5:01 am
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Seven Vermont nonprofits are getting grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that support the startup or growth of rural businesses in the state.
- Iowa State research farm works with area producers Updated: Sep-26-15 10:44 am
NASHUA, Iowa - Iowa State University's Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm now is in its 40th year of operation on 260 acres near Nashua, and every year, it brings new ideas, as well as crops, organizers say.
- USDA: New national record set for number of hogs on farms Updated: Sep-25-15 5:14 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the nation has reached a new record for the number of hogs and pigs on farms.
- Chinese dairy professionals visit LSU AgCenter for training Updated: Sep-25-15 6:43 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Six Chinese dairy professionals are winding up a two-week training program at the LSU AgCenter in Baton Rouge.
- USDA to distribute bait to vaccinate raccoons for rabies Updated: Sep-25-15 4:02 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Raccoons in parts of East and Middle Tennessee will be vaccinated for rabies under a U.S. Agriculture Department program.
- Government shutdown could cut off food stamps Updated: Sep-22-15 6:03 pm
WASHINGTON - A government shutdown Oct. 1 could immediately suspend or delay food stamp payments to some of the 46 million Americans who receive the food aid.
- Iowa company gets first USDA license for bird flu vaccine Updated: Sep-21-15 4:20 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The first license to develop a bird flu vaccine has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a crucial step toward preventing another devastating outbreak like the one that led to the destruction of 48 million chickens and turkeys this spring.
- PETA requests review of UGA's use of dogs, other lab animals Updated: Sep-21-15 3:15 pm
ATLANTA - An animal protection group wants a federal review of the University of Georgia after the group obtained a document detailing the use of live dogs, pigs and goats to teach medical procedures that include placing a breathing tube through a hole in the throat.
- State fairs won't press broiler industry's bird flu luck Updated: Sep-19-15 8:56 am
NEW ORLEANS - The South is the heart of U.S. broiler chicken production and escaped the deadly bird flu virus that devastated flocks in the Midwest this spring. Autumn, however, brings the possibility that migrating wild birds will carry the virus to the lower half of the U.S.
- USDA adds suffocation to bird flu euthanasia methods Updated: Sep-18-15 7:00 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - A new federal bird flu control policy says ventilation systems must be shut off as a means of suffocating entire poultry barns if other methods of euthanasia cannot be completed within 24 hours.
- Another food fight? Congress mulls school meal standards Updated: Sep-18-15 3:40 am
WASHINGTON - Congress is deciding whether it wants another pitched battle with first lady Michelle Obama and the administration over school lunches that put more whole grains in kids' meals and cut salty foods.
- State's agricultural mediation program recertified by USDA Updated: Sep-18-15 2:15 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's agricultural mediation program has been recertified by USDA's Farm Service Agency.
- Delegation seeks to land firefighting planes in Wyoming Updated: Sep-16-15 7:04 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Wyoming's congressional delegation has asked the U.S. Forest Service to consider basing a fleet of seven U.S. Forest Service firefighting planes in the Cowboy State.
- USDA secretary announces goals for cutting food waste Updated: Sep-16-15 2:32 pm
NEW YORK - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the United States' first-ever national goal for reducing the amount of food that goes to waste.
- Ex-USDA official in settlement over supposedly racist video Updated: Sep-15-15 4:37 pm
WASHINGTON - Shirley Sherrod, the former Agriculture Department official whose supposed racist remarks on video ignited a firestorm in 2010, has reached a tentative settlement with the widow of a conservative blogger who posted the edited images, a federal judge said Tuesday.
- Indiana getting grants to add pumps with higher ethanol Updated: Sep-14-15 3:46 am
INDIANAPOLIS - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Indiana is among 21 states that will receive federal grants to add more service station fuel pumps that can handle gasoline blends with more than 10 percent ethanol.
- Pilot insurance program offered to W.Va. livestock producers Updated: Sep-14-15 2:05 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - A pilot insurance program is being offered to West Virginia livestock producers to help manage financial risk.
- New York farmers get help for losses over harsh winter Updated: Sep-13-15 9:30 am
ALBANY, New York - Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide relief to farmers who suffered severe crop damage due to last winter's frigid weather and heavy snowfall.
- Officials: Livestock on western Nebraska farm quarantined Updated: Sep-12-15 4:55 pm
SCOTTSBLUFF, Nebraska - Livestock have been quarantined on a western Nebraska farm following a diagnosis of a disease that can hamper an animal's ability to eat and drink, state officials said.
- ND among 21 states sharing in federal biofuels grant Updated: Sep-12-15 2:05 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says North Dakota and 20 other states will share $100 million in federal funding to make more biofuel pumps available for vehicles.