Latest U.S. Department of Agriculture News

US pledges money and other aid to help track and contain bird flu on dairy farms

May. 10, 2024 17:09 PM EDT

U.S. health and agriculture officials pledged nearly $200 million in new spending and other efforts Friday to help track and contain an outbreak of bird flu in the nation's dairy cows that has spread to more than 40 herds in nine states. The new funds include $101 million to...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Apr. 15, 2024 07:12 AM EDT

Dubuque Telegraph Herald. April 13, 2024. Editorial: State meal site funding positive, but millions less than rejected federal program It’s good to see the state of Iowa making money available to support summer meal sites for kids, but the move renews questions...

With organic fields next door, conventional farms dial up the pesticide use, study finds

Mar. 22, 2024 12:04 PM EDT

Champions of organic farming have long portrayed it as friendlier to humans and the earth. But a new study in a California county found a surprising effect as their acreage grew: Nearby conventional farms applied more pesticides, likely to stay on top of an increased insect threat to their crops,...