Latest U.S. Department of Agriculture News

North Dakota beekeeping supply to serve top US honey states

Jan. 16, 2022 11:57 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A commercial beekeeping supply business has opened in far southwestern North Dakota that will serve people in three of the top five honey producing states in the country. State Department of Commerce officials say Commercial Bee Supply in Hettinger is meant...

Scientists: Duck is 1st wild bird flu case in US in 5 years

Jan. 14, 2022 18:35 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A duck killed by a hunter in South Carolina had a contagious and dangerous bird flu that has not been detected in the wild in the U.S. in five years, officials said. The flu poses a low risk to people but can spread quickly through chicken houses and other...

Consumers asked to support Northeast organic dairy industry

Jan. 14, 2022 14:26 PM EST

Northeast organic dairy companies are trying to recruit consumers to help strengthen the industry after news that 135 farms in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and New York will lose their milk contracts. An initiative announced Wednesday by Gary Hirshberg, co-founder of organic yogurt...

Owners to get $42 million for citrus trees Florida destroyed

Jan. 14, 2022 13:08 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sixteen years after their legal battle began, about 18,000 homeowners in central Florida will be paid more than $42 million collectively by the state of Florida for destroying their citrus trees during an effort to eradicate a harmful citrus disease. The...

Oregon company recalls ground beef over E. coli concerns

Jan. 11, 2022 14:41 PM EST

CLACKAMAS, Ore. (AP) — A meat distributor based in Clackamas, Oregon, has recalled more than 28,300 pounds (12,800 kilograms) of ground beef because of concerns the meat may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The raw ground beef products from Interstate Meat Distributors,...

Farmer appreciation projects awarded grants in Kentucky

Jan. 10, 2022 04:08 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Farmer appreciation projects across Kentucky are receiving grants totaling more than $70,000, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture said. The grants are part of a $500,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture award. State officials say the funds will allow the...

Biden: More competition in meat industry can ease food costs

Jan. 03, 2022 18:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden met virtually with independent farmers and ranchers Monday to discuss initiatives to reduce food prices by increasing competition within the meat industry, part of a broader effort to show his administration is trying to combat inflation. ...

Farmers help Wisconsin students fill in food supply gaps

Jan. 03, 2022 01:06 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — School districts across the state are reporting problems getting the foods they need to make student meals. Some Wisconsin farmers see the supply chain problems as an opportunity to show food service directors the benefits of buying locally produced foods. Kat...

Kentucky storm victims to have SNAP benefits replaced

Dec. 29, 2021 04:13 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says some Kentucky households impacted by devastating tornados early this month can be eligible for replacement of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. Rather than require households to report food losses...

Sarah Weddington, lawyer who argued Roe v. Wade, dies at 76

Dec. 27, 2021 16:25 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Sarah Weddington, a Texas lawyer who as a 26-year-old successfully argued the landmark abortion rights case Roe v. Wade before the U.S. Supreme Court, died Sunday. She was 76. Susan Hays, Weddington’s former student and colleague, said she died in her sleep early...