- USDA offers urban farmers an online toolkit Updated: Apr-29-16 2:33 pm
BALTIMORE - The U.S. Agriculture Department is offering urban farmers some help in growing and marketing their produce.
- South Dakota egg production down but value up to $73.5M Updated: Apr-28-16 7:12 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the value of South Dakota's egg production rose to $73.5 million in 2015, up from $63.3 million in 2014.
- Mendocino County suspends predator trapping program Updated: Apr-28-16 8:54 am
UKIAH, California - Mendocino County has suspended its longstanding program that traps and kills wild animals and dogs that kill livestock to settle a lawsuit filed by animal rights groups.
- Foreign-matter contamination prompts Pilgrim's Pride recall Updated: Apr-26-16 6:57 pm
WACO, Texas - Pilgrim's Pride has ordered a massive recall of cooked chicken products after consumers and federal meat inspectors found contamination by such foreign material as wood, plastic, rubber and metal.
- Minnesota farmers start early on spring planting Updated: Apr-26-16 1:43 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - Many of Minnesota's farmers are getting an early start on spring planting, taking advantage of warm weather in hopes of higher yields and an earlier harvest.
- USDA: State benefited from last week's rainfall Updated: Apr-25-16 6:03 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says much of South Dakota's rangeland, pastureland and emerging crops benefited from last week's rainfall, but the moisture slowed planting progress in eastern locations.
- City of Oxford provides space for farmers to sell produce Updated: Apr-24-16 10:01 am
OXFORD, Georgia - Some small farm farmers are offering two different ways for Newton County residents to support local agriculture: either by purchasing shares in a farm's seasonal offerings or by subscribing to receive an email which lists the week's offerings and prices.
- Williamstown joins Vermont water cleanup effort Updated: Apr-24-16 8:44 am
WILLIAMSTOWN, Vermont - Williamstown is joining the list of Vermont communities working to clean up wastewater discharges and reduce the flow of phosphorus into Lake Champlain's tributaries.
- Farms can get fed help for meeting environmental standards Updated: Apr-23-16 5:11 pm
EAST LANSING, Michigan - Federal funding is available to help Michigan farm operations get certification for meeting environmental protection standards.
- South Dakota cattle on feed up 13 percent Updated: Apr-22-16 3:35 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - South Dakota feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more animals reported 265,000 cattle on feed on April 1, up 13 percent from last year.
- Feds seek comments on plan to fight potato pest in Idaho Updated: Apr-21-16 5:34 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Federal officials are taking public comments on possible methods to deal with a microscopic pest that has infested potato fields in southeastern Idaho.
- East Jordan getting upgrade to wastewater treatment system Updated: Apr-21-16 9:01 am
EAST JORDAN, Michigan - A community in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula is getting a multi-million upgrade to its wastewater treatment system.
- Equine herpes forces racehorse quarantine at Nebraska track Updated: Apr-20-16 10:00 am
GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska - Hundreds of racehorses have been quarantined at Fonner Park in Grand Island because three of them tested positive for equine herpes.
- US Ag Department: Virginia livestock taken by coyotes dips Updated: Apr-20-16 4:09 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - The number of livestock taken by coyotes is down in Virginia.
- Dry weather lets Minnesota farmers begin planting in earnest Updated: Apr-18-16 5:04 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Warm and dry conditions in the past week have allowed Minnesota farmers to begin planting in earnest.
- Midwest farmers get head start on corn planting Updated: Apr-18-16 4:54 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - A stretch of sunny and dry weather has given Midwest farmers a good start on planting corn.
- USDA: North Dakota receives much needed rainfall Updated: Apr-18-16 4:24 pm
FARGO, North Dakota - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says North Dakota received much needed rainfall across the state, with amounts from the past week ranging from a half inch in the eastern and western edges to 1.5 inches in the central region.
- Governor puts conditions on state money at Citrus Department Updated: Apr-17-16 3:01 am
WINTER HAVEN, Florida - Florida Department of Citrus officials have learned the $7.65 million of state general revenue it will get in the new 2016-17 budget comes with strings attached.
- Deaths at Baton Rouge zoo prompt outside reviews Updated: Apr-16-16 4:33 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The death of a Malayan tiger and other deaths at the Baton Rouge Zoo have prompted the zoo to ask for an audit from its accrediting agency, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and an investigation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- Can soup save the city? Updated: Apr-16-16 9:57 am
CINCINNATI - The month of cauliflower was weird. Like, 'What do we do with all this cauliflower?' weird. They made soup.
- British Columbia woman teaches seaweed class near Ketchikan Updated: Apr-16-16 9:05 am
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - "This is a beautiful patch for harvesting. It's not in its reproductive stage yet," seaweed expert Dolly Garza said, pointing to a patch of edible seaweed called fucus at Rotary Beach. "Nothing but dinner."
- USDA Rural Development to observe Earth Day in Central City Updated: Apr-15-16 7:57 pm
CENTRAL CITY, Nebraska - Nebraska USDA Rural Development will be in Central City later this month to join other community around the state celebrating Earth Day.
- Donation of surplus peanuts from US dismays Haiti farmers Updated: Apr-15-16 9:26 am
MIREBALAIS, Haiti - The barefoot farmer oversees three teenage workers as they attack weeds with spades in a sunbaked field of peanut plants, a vital cash crop often grown on Haiti's marginal farmland.
- US government to buy wild blueberries to help prop up prices Updated: Apr-14-16 4:33 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - The U.S. Department of Agriculture will buy up to 30 million pounds of wild blueberries to help stabilize prices and supply in one of Maine's signature industries.
- USDA: Cooler temperatures delay Illinois planting Updated: Apr-14-16 6:26 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Federal officials say cooler temperatures sometimes dipping below freezing have prohibited Illinois agricultural producers from planting until they find warmer soil.