- Rutgers researchers reviving historic New Jersey tomato seed Updated: Aug-29-15 10:44 am
BRIDGETON, New Jersey - The Jersey tomato has a special place in its home state's self-image, and not only because New Jersey's farmers grew and sold more than 62 million pounds of them last year, $38.1 million worth.
- USDA to approve Simplot's genetically engineered potato Updated: Aug-28-15 3:16 pm
BOISE, Idaho - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a potato genetically engineered by Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine and that still damages crops around the world.
- Kapowsin Meats recalls pork from Washington, Oregon, Alaska Updated: Aug-28-15 5:16 am
VANCOUVER, Washington - Graham-based Kapowsin Meats is recalling more than 520,000 pounds of pork shipped to Washington, Oregon and Alaska after food inspectors found that it may be contaminated with salmonella.
- Farm profits to fall second consecutive year Updated: Aug-26-15 5:01 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - It will be a less profitable year for farmers as low grain, milk and hog prices cut into income, U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say.
- Scientists use industrial kitchen to save sagebrush steppe Updated: Aug-26-15 12:38 pm
BURNS, Oregon - Some of the West's most promising rangeland research is taking place in an industrial kitchen where scientists might be mistaken for pastry chefs.
- Consumers shell out more for eggs, prices soar in California Updated: Aug-24-15 1:14 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Consumers are shelling out more for a carton of large eggs as benchmark prices in California have gone up by 150 percent in a year.
- Pence, others seek USDA disaster aid for 8 more counties Updated: Aug-20-15 5:58 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Gov. Mike Pence and others have asked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack to make a secretarial disaster declaration for eight additional counties hit by heavy rains and flooding since May 1.
- Most Nebraska farmers regularly use computers Updated: Aug-20-15 5:11 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A new survey shows that more Nebraska farmers are using computers and connecting to the Internet.
- Farms in the Dakotas have high rate of computer access Updated: Aug-19-15 5:25 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The percentage of farms with access to computers is slightly higher in the Dakotas than in the nation as a whole.
- USDA seeking proposals for production of bird flu vaccine Updated: Aug-19-15 2:02 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is preparing to stockpile a bird flu vaccine as the agency plans for a possible return of the virus that led to the destruction of 48 million chickens and turkeys this spring.
- Jackson County under quarantine for emerald ash borer Updated: Aug-19-15 5:58 am
BLACK FALLS RIVER, Wisconsin - Jackson County in west-central Wisconsin will be quarantined for the destructive emerald ash borer after an infestation was found in Black River Falls.
- Officials celebrate Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest Updated: Aug-18-15 6:34 pm
SOLON SPRINGS, Wisconsin - A ranking U.S. Department of Agriculture official joined Sen. Tammy Baldwin and others in northwestern Wisconsin to celebrate what's billed as the largest land conservation effort in state history.
- North Dakota electric co-op getting $46 million federal loan Updated: Aug-17-15 11:22 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Minot-based Central Power Electric Cooperative is getting a $46 million federal loan for infrastructure improvements.
- More North Dakota land being dedicated to wildlife habitat Updated: Aug-17-15 10:28 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Ducks and geese and maybe even bees stand to benefit from an expansion of North Dakota land into certain federal conservation programs.
- Michigan brewery gets federal grant for solar panel project Updated: Aug-14-15 6:07 pm
ELK RAPIDS, Michigan - The head on that Michigan beer? Thank taxpayers.
- South Dakota corn crop could achieve record yield this year Updated: Aug-14-15 12:10 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is projecting a record corn yield in South Dakota this year.
- Virginia corn crop yield expected to increase in 2015 Updated: Aug-14-15 3:17 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - Virginia's corn crop is expected to increase 5 percent this year compared to the 2014 crop.
- PETA asks US government to investigate SeaWorld Orlando Updated: Aug-13-15 12:43 pm
ORLANDO, Florida - Animal rights group PETA is asking federal officials to investigate SeaWorld Orlando after a veterinarian says she observed violations of the Animal Welfare Act on a recent visit.
- USDA designates 87 Illinois counties as disaster areas Updated: Aug-12-15 2:24 pm
CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 87 Illinois counties as primary natural disaster areas, making their farmers eligible for low-interest emergency loans because of heavy rains and flooding that have occurred since June 1.
- USDA: Expected corn yield lower than 2014, still 3rd best Updated: Aug-12-15 1:33 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers are expected to produce 13.7 billion bushels of corn this year, down 4 percent from last year's record.
- Beetle swarms invade Portland neighborhood Updated: Aug-12-15 9:13 am
PORTLAND, Oregon - Beetles are invading areas of Portland and it turns out the government really is to blame.
- Food program for older Marylanders to be launched Updated: Aug-12-15 4:22 am
BALTIMORE - Maryland is launching a supplemental food program for older residents.
- Agriculture Secretary to visit rural Alabama facilities Updated: Aug-12-15 4:09 am
WHITE HALL, Alabama - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Congresswoman Terri Sewell will be touring parts of Alabama to promote the state's rural small businesses and community infrastructure.
- USDA awards grants, loans to 3 North Dakota counties Updated: Aug-12-15 2:07 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota's congressional delegation says three North Dakota counties are getting grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- Walker seeks disaster designation after ginseng losses Updated: Aug-11-15 1:50 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker is seeking a federal disaster designation for three Wisconsin counties where farmers lost nearly a third of their ginseng crop this spring.