Latest U.S. Department of Agriculture News

Montana governor seeks federal disaster relief for crops

Dec. 10, 2019 6:47 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's governor requested a disaster designation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 11 counties that reported significant weather-related crop losses, officials said. Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock has submitted the request to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, The...

Virginia legal landscape shifts as cannabis support grows

Dec. 9, 2019 5:17 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — “We do grams, eighths, quarters, half ounces, pounds, wholesale pounds -- however you want it,” Jacob Stretch said, standing between crates of dried hemp in his living room that doubles as his hemp processing and drying facility. Stretch, owner of Chesapeake Blue, just...

Schumer-Long Island Potatoes

Dec. 7, 2019 7:37 PM EST

JAMESPORT, N.Y. (AP) — New York Sen. Charles Schumer is praising the humble spud, at least the ones grown on Long Island. The Democratic lawmaker appeared at a farm on Long Island's North Fork on Saturday to promote locally grown potatoes. Newsday reports that the impetus for the news conference at the...

Trump food stamp changes loom, impact on Louisiana unclear

Dec. 7, 2019 3:35 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials don't yet know how many of the state's food stamp recipients could be at risk of losing their benefits because of a new Trump administration rule that will tighten work requirements on the program. About 49,000 of the 810,000 people in Louisiana who rely on the...

Wyoming governor requests disaster help for beet farmers

Dec. 7, 2019 12:07 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon is asking for a federal disaster declaration to help farmers affected by cold weather in October. Two cold spells with warm weather in between harmed sugar beet crops in northern and southeastern Wyoming. The first cold spell halted sugar beet growth. Ensuing...

Maine institute gets grant to boost access to local seafood

Dec. 6, 2019 7:52 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine research institute has received a $480,000 boost from the federal government for a drive to increase access to local seafood. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding the money to Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland for the project. Democratic Rep. Chellie...

Hobby Lobby to donate St. Gregory campus to Oklahoma Baptist

Dec. 6, 2019 6:50 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hobby Lobby says it plans to donate the campus of the now-defunct St. Gregory's University to nearby Oklahoma Baptist University. The Oklahoma City-based craft retailer and its founding Green family announced Friday that they've scheduled a Wednesday news conference to formally...

EPA rejects ban on poison bombs against cattle predators

Dec. 5, 2019 1:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trappers can keep using sodium cyanide bombs to kill coyotes and other livestock predators, the Trump administration said Thursday, rejecting calls for a ban despite repeated instances of the devices also poisoning other wildlife, pets and people. The Environmental Protection...

Senator: Trade hurting Maine blueberries, farmers need help

Dec. 4, 2019 5:04 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator says the state's blueberry growers need help from the federal government to survive the Trump administration's trade battle with China. Sen. Angus King said Wednesday the value of Maine's wild blueberry exports to China are on pace to drop by nearly 97%...

668,000 will lose food stamp benefits under new work rules

Dec. 4, 2019 2:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Americans who rely on the federal food stamp program will lose their benefits under a new Trump administration rule that will tighten work requirements for recipients. The move by the administration is the latest in its attempt to scale back the social safety net...