Latest U.S. Department of Agriculture News

Feral hog control: 8 years, some progress, $2.5B damage/year

Dec. 02, 2022 11:14 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Eight years into a U.S. program to control damage from feral pigs, the invasive animals with big appetites and snouts that uproot anything that smells good are still a multibillion-dollar plague on farmers, wildlife and the environment. These prolific hogs gone...

Senators announce rural development funding for WVa counties

Dec. 01, 2022 04:01 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Nearly $10 million in federal assistance will support three rural development projects in West Virginia, U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced. The $9.8 million in funding will come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural...

9,000 hens killed after latest Missouri case of avian flu

Nov. 28, 2022 13:03 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nearly 9,000 laying hens in Webster County were killed after federal officials confirmed an outbreak of bird flu in the flock, state agriculture officials said. It is the 11th case of the highly contagious avian influenza in Missouri this year, involving...

Bird flu prompts slaughter of 1.8M chickens in Nebraska

Nov. 27, 2022 12:43 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska agriculture officials say another 1.8 million chickens must be killed after bird flu was found on a farm in the latest sign that the outbreak that has already prompted the slaughter of more than 50 million birds nationwide continues to spread. The...

USDA program keeps extra COVID-era money for fruits, veggies

Nov. 17, 2022 19:27 PM EST

U.S. agriculture officials proposed changes Thursday to the federal program that helps pay the grocery bills for low-income pregnant women, babies and young children, including extending a bump in payments for fresh fruits and vegetables allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The...

Rising food costs take a bite out of Thanksgiving dinner

Nov. 17, 2022 18:19 PM EST

In early November, Hays Culbreth’s mother sent a poll to a few family members. She said she could only afford to make two sides for their group of 15 this Thanksgiving and asked them each to vote for their favorites. Culbreth guesses green beans and macaroni and cheese will make...

USDA says more than $200M will help meat processors expand

Nov. 02, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Agriculture Department announced more than $223 million in grants and loans Wednesday to help small- and mid-sized meat processing plants expand as part of a larger $1 billion effort to boost competition in the highly concentrated industry. The effort is...

Bird flu infects Iowa egg farm with 1 million chickens

Oct. 31, 2022 19:47 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa agriculture officials said Monday that another commercial egg farm in the state has been infected with bird flu, the first commercial farm case identified since April, when a turkey farm was infected. The latest case is in Wright County in north central...

Springfield mountain lion sedated, taken to Indiana refuge

Oct. 28, 2022 17:56 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A mountain lion that roamed residential neighborhoods in Springfield was sedated Friday and taken to an Indiana sanctuary that houses big cats, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said. The young male was tranquilized by staff with the U.S....

US agency to cover matching costs following New Mexico fire

Oct. 20, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will waive cost-sharing requirements for New Mexico farmers and ranchers affected by the largest wildfire in the state’s recorded history. U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján on Thursday announced that the agency will cover cost...