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Senate Democrats assail Trump's $16B bailout for farmers

Nov. 12, 2019 5:24 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump's $16 billion bailout package for farmers hurt by the trade war with China unfairly benefits the South at the expense of the North and wealthy producers over smaller farms, Democratic senators concluded in a report released Tuesday. The report, one of the sharpest...

$800 million in disaster aid to farmers hit by hurricanes

Nov. 8, 2019 5:31 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The federal government announced $800 million in aid Friday to farmers in three southern states that were devastated by last year's hurricanes. Nearly half that money will go to Florida, where timber farmers suffered catastrophic losses when Hurricane Michael came ashore in October...

Correction: Hemp Growing Rules story

Oct. 30, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In a story Oct. 29 about new federal agriculture rules for hemp growing, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Greg Ibach is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's undersecretary for farm production and conservation. He is the USDA undersecretary for marketing and regulatory...

1st of many federal broadband grants announced in Tennessee

Oct. 18, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced on Friday the first of many federal investments targeting the creation of critical broadband internet infrastructure in underserved rural areas across the country. Perdue visited the West Tennessee city of Halls to announce a $2.85...

Ag secretary: No guarantee small dairy farms will survive

Oct. 1, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump's agriculture secretary said Tuesday during a stop in Wisconsin that he doesn't know if the family dairy farm can survive as the industry moves toward a factory farm model. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters following an appearance at the...

House OKs measure to prevent possible end-of-month shutdown

Sep. 19, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a short-term bill Thursday to prevent a federal shutdown when the budget year ends Sept. 30, and give lawmakers until the Thanksgiving break to negotiate and approve $1.4 trillion for federal agencies. The Senate is expected to approve the stopgap bill next week. The vote...

Pork slaughter rules give companies more food safety tasks

Sep. 17, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government finalized a new rule for most U.S. pork processing plants Tuesday that allows meatpackers to remove limits on the speed of production lines and place more animal inspection and food safety tasks with company employees. The first significant processing rule...