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  • Northwest fire crews hope for a break in the weather story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-28-15 4:58 pm

    PORTLAND, Oregon - Northwest fire officials told U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that incoming cooler weather could help calm the massive blazes that threaten thousands of homes, but wind storms may cause extreme fire behavior in the interim.

  • Aviation experts to review state's firefighting helicopters 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 6:49 pm

    HELENA, Montana - U.S. aviation experts are planning to head to Montana to review the state's firefighting protocols and see for themselves whether its helicopters should be used to attack blazes on federal lands, officials said Thursday.

  • Okanogan wildfires fire grow by 100 square miles story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-22-15 10:53 am

    TWISP, Washington - A series of wildfires in north-central Washington that left three firefighters dead grew by more than 100 square miles, but officials hope easing winds forecast for Saturday will allow them to gain the upper hand.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Some Midwest farmers' crops falter in record rains story has photos
    Updated: Aug-01-15 11:02 am

    INDIANAPOLIS - Weeks of record rainfalls drenched Don Lamb's cornfields this summer, drowning some plants and leaving others yellowed, 2 feet tall and capable of producing little, if any, grain.

  • Pence asks for disaster declaration in 53 Indiana counties 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 2:47 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - Gov. Mike Pence and Sen. Joe Donnelly are asking the U.S. agriculture secretary to declare 53 of Indiana's 92 counties disaster areas because of crop damage and losses caused by flooding and excessive rain.