- Wiscasset Water District to get $4M for water safety Updated: May-26-16 12:27 am
WISCASSET, Maine - A water district in Wiscasset will receive more than $4 million in federal money to replace century-old water lines.
- UAMS announces $1.6 million in grants from USDA Updated: May-25-16 1:24 pm
- Use of parasitic wasps to fight ash borer grows to 24 states Updated: May-24-16 6:00 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Millions of tiny wasps that are natural parasites for the emerald ash borer have been released into wooded areas in 24 states as the battle against the tree-killing borer is now biological.
- Judge orders rancher to repay USDA $65K for loan he misused Updated: May-24-16 3:38 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - A federal judge in South Dakota has ordered a rancher to pay back the U.S. Department of Agriculture $65,000 for a loan he misused.
- USDA says frost had little impact on Minnesota corn crop Updated: May-23-16 6:54 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the recent frost has had little impact on Minnesota's corn crop.
- Flood leaves many Fremont homeowners with damaged property Updated: May-23-16 2:19 pm
RIVERTON, Wyoming - Officials say four homes were destroyed and 200 more were damaged by flooding in Wyoming.
- Maine's forest products industry gets USDA grant to expand Updated: May-23-16 12:27 am
BANGOR, Maine - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving the Maine Forest Service more than $380,000 to assist the state's wood products industry.
- 2 Kentucky groups get federal grants to help poverty areas Updated: May-22-16 5:38 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A group will receive a $250,000 federal grant to help low-income communities develop businesses and create jobs in eastern Kentucky.
- Cotton gins disappearing as acreage decreases in Arkansas Updated: May-22-16 1:41 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Cotton gins are disappearing as Arkansas farmers abandon cotton for more profitable crops.
- Biotech firm to pay $3.5M fine to settle animal-abuse case Updated: May-21-16 6:27 pm
SANTA CRUZ, California - One of the world's largest suppliers of antibodies used in research has agreed to pay a $3.5 million fine and cancel its research registration in order to settle government allegations that it mistreated goats and rabbits at its Santa Cruz, California, facility.
- Mental health, substance abuse facility coming to Hastings Updated: May-20-16 5:21 pm
HASTINGS, Michigan - An outpatient mental health and substance abuse facility is being built in Barry County.
- South Dakota April milk production up 11 percent over 2015 Updated: May-19-16 5:38 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says South Dakota increased its milk production in April.
- Wildlife officials kill aggressive coyote in Kirkland Updated: May-18-16 4:20 pm
KIRKLAND, Washington - Wildlife officials have killed a coyote that Kirkland residents say killed their pets and terrorized their neighborhood.
- Corn, soybean planting in Ohio lagging behind averages Updated: May-18-16 12:08 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The planting of corn and soybeans in Ohio is off to a slow start, with only about a third of the corn crop and 10 percent of soybeans in the ground, so far, according to agricultural officials.
- Biologist: Rabbits and skunks can pass bird flu to ducks Updated: May-17-16 1:37 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - A government wildlife researcher has found that rabbits and skunks can become infected with the bird flu virus and shed it enough to infect ducks - offering scientists one more clue about how bird flu may move in the environment and spread between farms, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
- Report: Genetically altered food safe but not curing hunger Updated: May-17-16 1:03 pm
WASHINGTON - Genetically manipulated food remains generally safe for humans and the environment, a high-powered science advisory board declared in a report Tuesday.
- Recent editorials published in Nebraska newspapers Updated: May-16-16 10:01 am
Omaha World-Herald. May 13, 2016
- Citizen-scientists: Uncle Sam wants you to fight Zika! Updated: May-16-16 4:06 am
MIAMI - The mosquitoes that can spread Zika are already buzzing among us. The U.S. government could use some help figuring out exactly where.
- Renewable energy grants to Portland, College of the Atlantic Updated: May-15-16 1:25 pm
BAR HARBOR, Maine - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving more than $160,000 to the Greater Portland Council of Governments and to the College of the Atlantic to develop renewable energy.
- Tiger encounters ending at zoo on Alabama Gulf coast Updated: May-15-16 11:30 am
GULF SHORES, Alabama - The practice of handling tiger cubs during interactions at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores is ending.
- Organic, conventional farmers deal with pesticide conflict Updated: May-14-16 11:06 am
GREELEY, Colorado - The jagged hole in the roof of the chicken coop at Ginger's Farm shows the sky, but there are no birds to see it. The coop has been empty for months, nearly as long as the beehive surrounded by tiny winged corpses. The plot that used to grow everything from raspberries to onions to cabbage is now just mud and weeds.
- Report: Zoo keeper killed by tiger violated safety rules Updated: May-12-16 2:48 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - A federal report says a Florida zookeeper who was killed by a tiger did not follow established safety procedures.
- State looks to sell southcentral Alaska meat plant Updated: May-11-16 4:16 pm
PALMER, Alaska - The state is seeking a new owner for the only federally approved slaughterhouse in southcentral Alaska, as funding for the facility could run out this year due to legislative budget cuts.
- Work finished on Indiana's Asian carp barrier to Great Lakes Updated: May-11-16 3:12 pm
FORT WAYNE, Indiana - Environmental officials are celebrating the completion of a nearly 2-mile-long, 80-foot-wide earthen berm designed to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.
- Correction: Crop Production story Updated: May-11-16 10:12 am
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - In a story May 10 about South Dakota's winter wheat crop, The Associated Press, relying on incorrect information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, reported erroneously that the 2016 crop is forecast to be down 28 percent from last year. The crop is expected to be up 28 percent from 2015.