Latest U.S. Department of Agriculture News

The Latest: Hawaii eases virus rules for inter-island travel

Apr. 20, 2021 21:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials are moving forward with a plan to allow people who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus to skip pre-travel testing and quarantine requirements for flights between islands. The rule, for now, is only for people who have received...

Food boxes with fresh produce to be given away in Jackson

Apr. 18, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Thousands of food boxes of fresh produce will be available for pick-up at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson on Wednesday. The food is being provided as part of a federal program to support families who have lost income during the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Aquaculture training program in development in Maine

Apr. 17, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

WALPOLE, Maine (AP) — A Maine aquaculture center and a community college are working together to develop a new aquaculture workforce training program in the state. Maine aquaculture operations grow shellfish, salmon, seaweed and other seafood species. The U.S....

Wood from Madison laboratory headed for U.S. Capitol repairs

Apr. 17, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Workers repairing damage to the U.S. Capitol during January’s riot are using priceless wood that spent decades sitting in a Madison laboratory. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Saturday that the U.S. Department of...

Judge sides with conservationists in sheep grazing dispute

Apr. 16, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday sided with conservation groups who said allowing domestic sheep to graze in a mountain range along the Idaho-Montana border as part of a government agriculture program could harm grizzly bears and other wildlife. Chief...

Virus deadly to rabbits found in multiple areas of Oregon

Apr. 14, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Environmental experts are concerned about Oregon's wild rabbit population after multiple cases of a virus that is deadly to the animals were confirmed in different parts of the state. The latest case of the rabbit hemorrhagic disease, which was...

Bates College lifts lockdown; outbreak reported at jail

Apr. 14, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Bates College lifted a 12-day lockdown aimed at containing an outbreak of COVID-19, and in-person classes resumed Wednesday. Joshua McIntosh, vice president for campus life, told students the school was immediately “lifting the in-room...

NJ increases food aid by $95 a month for 231K households

Apr. 13, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey will boost supplemental nutrition assistance benefits for 231,000 households, about half of those already getting the federally funded help, by $95 a month under a Biden administration rule, the state said Tuesday. The change comes with...

Estimated 25 million to see boost in federal food benefits

Apr. 02, 2021 19:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — About 25 million Americans will be eligible for more money in food assistance under a new policy adopted by Democratic President Joe Biden's administration. The change announced late Thursday also came after the United States Department of...

Judge rejects rule that let pork plants speed up production

Apr. 01, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a rule allowing pork plants to speed up production lines because the U.S. Department of Agriculture didn't properly consider the risks to workers. The judge in Minnesota ruled Wednesday that the agency's Food Safety and...