Latest U.S. Department of Agriculture News

Tennessee State gets $1.9M agriculture grant from USDA

May. 17, 2022 04:11 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State University won a $1.9 million grant for its College of Agriculture to lead a group of historically Black schools in research around sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation, the college announced on Monday. The 1890 Center of...

Hemp grower in NC looks to medical marijuana’s future

May. 15, 2022 00:04 AM EDT

WILSON, N.C. (AP) — Wilson County’s only commercial hemp grower says if medical marijuana becomes legal in North Carolina, he will be a good candidate to grow it with the knowledge he has gained. Delmer Langley, owner of D.E.L. Hemp Farm, received a license to grow hemp from the...

Report: Trump officials, meat companies knew workers at risk

May. 12, 2022 15:16 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meat processing industry worked closely with political appointees in the Trump administration to stave off health restrictions and keep slaughterhouses open even as the virus spread rapidly among workers, according to a...

Amid avian flu, Michigan bans bird shows at fairs, exhibits

May. 11, 2022 15:12 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have temporarily banned all poultry and waterfowl exhibitions amid the avian flu outbreak that's spreading quickly across the U.S. and has prompted farms to euthanize millions of birds. Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural...

USDA says Maine blueberry growers had a big 2021

May. 10, 2022 09:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal data released this week confirmed that Maine's wild blueberry growers had a strong season in 2021. Maine is the only state with commercial-scale wild blueberry growers in the U.S. Growers said last year that they felt the crop bounced back from a...

USDA: Farmers in 4 states can apply for drought loans

May. 08, 2022 10:44 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says drought during the growing season has made farmers in most of Texas, all of Louisiana and parts of Arkansas and Mississippi eligible to apply for federal aid. The department’s Farm Service Agency says low-interest...

Alabama-based Pop’s Que and Stew recalls frozen stew product

May. 07, 2022 15:18 PM EDT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama-based business is recalling more than 12,000 pounds of its frozen stew products that were made without a federal inspection, federal agriculture officials said. Pop’s Que and Stew, of Opelika, Alabama, is recalling about 12,472 pounds of the...

Bird flu takes unheard-of toll on bald eagles, other birds

May. 05, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Bird flu is killing an alarming number of bald eagles and other wild birds, with many sick birds arriving at rehabilitation centers unsteady on their talons and unable to fly. “It’s quite a sight to see an eagle with a six-foot wingspan having uncontrollable...

Kimberly Palmer: To fight inflation, take down food expenses

May. 02, 2022 11:10 AM EDT

Like many shoppers, I’ve noticed my grocery bill getting bigger each week: February food prices were 7.9% higher than they were a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. To compensate for my family’s busy spring schedule, I’d also been turning...

Solar projects to bring millions of kilowatt hours to Maine

Apr. 30, 2022 10:22 AM EDT

WINDSOR, Maine (AP) — Solar energy projects on Maine farms are expected to bring millions of kilowatt hours of electricity to the state. The projects will get a boost of $10.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Energy for America Program, Democratic U.S. Rep....