Latest U.S. Department of Agriculture News

China's pig disease outbreak pushes up global pork prices

May. 20, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong retiree Lee Wai-man loves pork fresh from the market but eats a lot less now that the price has jumped as China struggles with a deadly swine disease that has sent shockwaves through global meat markets. China produces and consumes two-thirds of the world's pork, but output is...

Better weather helps Nebraska farmers plant corn, soybeans

May. 20, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Good weather enabled Nebraska farmers to make progress in planting crops last week, but they remain behind historic averages. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that for the week ending Sunday, there were five days suitable for field works. Thanks to the better weather, farmers...

Trump's 'great patriot' farmers follow him into a trade war

May. 19, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

MADRID, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmer Tim Bardole survived years of low crop prices and rising costs by cutting back on fertilizer and herbicides and fixing broken-down equipment rather than buying new. When President Donald Trump's trade war with China made a miserable situation worse, Bardole used up any...

The Latest: Tariff agreement hailed by business groups

May. 18, 2019 6:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and U.S. trade tariffs (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Mexico's National Chamber of the Iron and Steel Industry is congratulating the country's officials on the agreement reached with the United States on ending steel and aluminum tariffs. The chamber...

How 'lunch shaming' is facing scrutiny around the US

May. 16, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Denying children a hot meal apparently isn't a popular way for schools to deal with unpaid lunch money. After a flood of angry Facebook comments and phone calls, a Rhode Island district last week abandoned its plan to serve cold sandwiches to students whose families owe money. "The outcry...

Tyson sues federal agency for $2.4M over hog inspections

May. 16, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Arkansas-based meat processor Tyson Foods is suing a federal agency for $2.4 million, saying it had to destroy 8,000 carcasses because a federal meat inspector lied about checking hogs at a plant in Iowa. Yolanda Thompson, who works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food...

Perdue says farmer aid package still a work in progress

May. 15, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Wednesday his agency is still "in the throes of constructing" an aid package for farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs, but he is not prepared to say when it will be ready. Perdue said the Agriculture Department is reviewing feedback from producers...

4 communities to see rural water infrastructure investments

May. 14, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

CROSWELL, Mich. (AP) — Several Michigan communities will receive federal funds to improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure. The U.S. Agriculture department says it is investing $82 million in 40 projects in 20 states. The projects must be in rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents....

Nebraska farmers struggling to get corn crop planted

May. 13, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nearly half of Nebraska's corn crop has been planted, but farmers remain far behind planting averages. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that as of Sunday, Nebraska farmers had planted 46% of the corn crop. That's behind 68% last year and the five-year average of 72%....

Iowa governor signs law enabling industrial hemp production

May. 13, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmers will have the option of growing industrial hemp next year under a law signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday. The Iowa Hemp Act passed the Legislature with overwhelming support last month with just one no vote in the Senate and three in the House. The bill allows...