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45 Mississippi counties primary ag disaster areas

Aug. 19, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has named 45 Mississippi counties primary natural disaster areas because of freezing, flooding, flash flooding and excessive rain. Producers who had losses from those causes since Jan. 15 may be eligible for Farm Service Agency emergency loans....

Tennessee farmers are 'eternal optimists' despite trade war

Aug. 11, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

ADAMSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Jai Templeton is asked why he farms, he simply gestures to a 250-acre field of soybeans located here in McNairy County. But as he stands among the soybeans sprouting from the dry, cracked ground, he said the last few years have been especially rough. "There's moisture...

Editorials from around New England

Aug. 9, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Trump's words meaningless without change The Day Aug. 5 It shouldn't be news that a president of the United States condemns white supremacists, but it was news when President Trump uttered such words Monday more clearly and emphatically than he had ever done before....

National forest planning spurs worries for Hispanic ranchers

Aug. 8, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hispanic ranchers in New Mexico are asking President Donald Trump and top federal officials to ensure the latest round of forest management planning considers traditional values that have helped shape the use of mountain ranges and pastures in rural communities for 500 years....

Perdue: US farmers will regain markets lost in trade war

Aug. 7, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told nervous Midwestern farmers on Wednesday that he's confident that they'll eventually regain the markets they've lost in the Trump administration's trade war with China. Perdue appeared at Farmfest, an annual trade show near the Minnesota town of Redwood Falls, during a...

Union: Mulvaney comments confirm agency moves meant to cut

Aug. 6, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal employees union charged Tuesday that recent comments by acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney confirm the Trump administration's "grand strategy" to cut the federal workforce by relocating agency offices out of Washington. Mulvaney said last week that the U.S....

Forest Service wants to trim habitat for sage grouse

Aug. 2, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A U.S. Forest Service plan released Friday would reduce designated sage grouse habitat in Wyoming and Nevada while easing grazing rules intended to protect the ground-dwelling birds in five Western states. The plan would target 300 square miles (800 square kilometers) now set aside...

Forest Service to change sage grouse protections in 5 states

Aug. 1, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Plans for protecting sage grouse in five Western states are being changed in ways that will conserve habitat while allowing ranchers to maintain their livelihoods, federal officials said Thursday. The U.S. Forest Service said the changes allow for greater flexibility and local control,...

Trump proposal seeks to crack down on food stamp 'loophole'

Jul. 28, 2019 4:06 AM EDT

Residents signing up for food stamps in Minnesota are provided a brochure about domestic violence, but it doesn't matter if they even read the pamphlet. The mere fact it was made available could allow them to qualify for government food aid if their earnings or savings exceed federal limits. As odd as that might...

Economist: New Trump farm aid may be distributed more fairly

Jul. 26, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Trump administration's decision to base new handouts to farmers hit by the trade war with China on how many acres they've planted might be a fairer way to distribute the cash than the previous system of payments per bushel heavily skewed toward soybean growers, an agricultural...