- Oregon grass seed harvest ramps up with good weather Updated: Jun-29-16 9:39 am
ALBANY, Oregon - After having to throttle down for more than a week due to periods of pounding rainfall and spotty hail, mid-Willamette Valley farmers put combines back to work in area grass seed fields over the weekend.
- Federal agency won't include pot in annual crop statistics Updated: Jun-27-16 11:19 am
SALEM, Oregon - Sales and tax figures collected by state agencies may finally solve one of Oregon's long-running farm crop questions: whether marijuana is indeed the state's most valuable crop, as cannabis advocates have always maintained.
- New Haven program aims to curb gap in food security Updated: Jun-27-16 9:19 am
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - In order to make sure one less child goes hungry over the summer, officials and volunteers gathered Saturday to kick off the city's Free Summer Meals program.
- Agriculture officials say most Minnesota crops in good shape Updated: Jun-27-16 8:23 am
MINNEAPOLIS - Recent heavy rain and damaging hail has been tough on crops in southern Minnesota while the west central region has been abnormally dry.
- USDA: South Dakota's hog and pig numbers up 6 percent Updated: Jun-25-16 6:48 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the number of hogs and pigs in the state is up 6 percent from the same time last year.
- South Dakota cattle on feed up 9 percent from last year Updated: Jun-25-16 12:37 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - South Dakota feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more animals reported 250,000 cattle on feed on June 1, up 9 percent from last year.
- $16M in federal energy grants announced for rural Alaska Updated: Jun-24-16 1:24 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Rural communities in Alaska are set to receive more than $16 million in federal grants to go toward their energy projects.
- New Mexico's handling of food aid spurs calls for probe Updated: Jun-23-16 11:46 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - The U.S. congressional delegation for New Mexico is recommending a federal investigation into the handling of emergency food assistance benefits by a state agency.
- Organic slow to catch on in state, but last year saw jump Updated: Jun-23-16 11:52 am
MADISON, South Dakota - Charlie Johnson grew up on an organic farm started by his father 40 years ago.
- USDA: LePage's 'junk food' ban jeopardizes Mainers' benefits Updated: Jun-22-16 3:59 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - If Gov. Paul LePage follows through on this threat to cede Maine's administration of the federal food stamp program, the federal agricultural agency said it can't run it, due to a lack of authority and funding.
- Maine governor threatens to halt federal food stamp program Updated: Jun-21-16 1:58 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage is threatening to halt Maine's administration of the federal food stamp program if he can't ban recipients from buying products such as Mars bars and Mountain Dew.
- Hot, dry conditions beginning to stress Iowa, Nebraska crops Updated: Jun-20-16 4:48 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Crops across Iowa and Nebraska are off to a good start this year but stress is beginning to show in some parts of the region from very hot and mostly dry conditions over the past week.
- Minnesota-based GNP Co. recalls 27 tons of chicken Updated: Jun-19-16 5:10 pm
ST. CLOUD, Minnesota - Minnesota-based GNP Company is recalling more than 27 tons of chicken after contaminants were detected.
- Rhode Island to kick off summer meals program as school ends Updated: Jun-19-16 9:42 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Rhode Island is kicking off its summer meals program as the school year ends.
- Triple Creek Farm struggles to maintain land and legacy Updated: Jun-19-16 9:01 am
WEST FRIENDSHIP, Maryland - Clad in jeans and a salmon, button-down shirt, Teresa Stonesifer stands several feet from Midnight, as the cow rests in the green pastures of her farm. Stonesifer says she can feel her ears perk up.
- Michigan animal sanctuary cited again for federal violations Updated: Jun-16-16 1:07 am
BROWN CITY, Michigan - An animal sanctuary in eastern Michigan has been cited again for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act.
- North Dakota tribe gets grants to repair, improve housing Updated: Jun-15-16 7:34 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota's congressional delegation says the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indian Reservation has been awarded federal grants totaling $140,000 for housing repairs and improvements
- Mississippi catfish farmers fight for stricter safety laws Updated: Jun-14-16 6:13 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - In an industry that's lost over half of its jobs in the past decade, Mississippi's catfish farmers have by no means given up to heated competition from abroad.
- It was a sweet year for maple syrup production in US, Canada Updated: Jun-14-16 5:05 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - The United States and Canada produced record amounts of maple syrup this year, thanks to the weather and more people getting into the business or expanding their operations.
- The Latest: US, Canada yield record amounts of maple syrup Updated: Jun-14-16 4:48 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - The Latest on the record-setting maple syrup season (all times local):
- Report urges cautious water use with Oregon's quick snowmelt Updated: Jun-13-16 3:26 am
BEND, Oregon - A federal report shows that this summer's stream flow in Oregon is better than last year's, but that flow levels are expected to recede earlier than usual.
- More Kansas students will get meals this summer Updated: Jun-12-16 11:25 am
SHAWNEE, Kansas - Kansas has done a relatively weak job of making sure low-income students have nutritious food when school's out during the summer, but schools, nonprofits and government agencies are making progress.
- Wildlife officials kill wolves near Lander after calf deaths Updated: Jun-09-16 8:58 am
LANDER, Wyoming - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has authorized killing four wolves after ranchers near Lander have had three verified livestock killings by the animals.
- Indiana food bank gets $100,000 to boost fruit, veggie buys Updated: Jun-08-16 10:59 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - One of Indiana's largest food banks has won a $100,000 federal grant to encourage food stamp recipients to purchase more fruits and vegetables.
- Correction: Leopard Loose-Utah Zoo story Updated: Jun-08-16 7:35 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - In a story June 7 about a leopard that escaped at a Salt Lake City zoo, The Associated Press, relying on information from a zoo spokeswoman, reported erroneously that the leopard had been at the zoo for a few years. The spokeswoman said that the leopard has, in fact, been at the zoo for less than one year.